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  • Man dies in accident on S.C. 903

    KERSHAW – A 41-year-old man was killed late Thursday night on S.C. 903 after he was ejected from the sport utility vehicle he was driving.

    Scottie Privette, of Jefferson, died in the 11 p.m. crash. His official cause of death has yet to be determined, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth said the man was driving a 2007 Kia sedan west on S.C. 903 about a mile from S.C. 265 when he ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and overturned in the highway.

  • Kershaw County authorities probe fatal fire

    LAKE WATEREE – Authorities are working to identity the bodies of two people found inside a home that burned about midnight Wednesday in Kershaw County.

    Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said a fire at a Baron Dekalb Road home started about midnight and destroyed the house.

    One body was recovered from the home about 3 a.m. The second was recovered about 8:30 a.m.

    Both bodies were taken to Newberry for autopsies. Authorities are using dental records to identify the bodies, Fellers said.

  • Officer faces charge in wreck

    A Lancaster Police Department investigator was found at fault in a car crash Tuesday night near the S.C. 200 North bridge at the city limits.

    Sgt. Pat Parsons was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol with failure to yield right of way, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson.

    Robinson said Parsons, who was on duty and driving an unmarked 2007 Chevrolet Impala, was stopped at the stop sign on the ramp from the S.C. 9 Bypass onto S.C. 200 North about 6:10 p.m.

  • Breaking NewsForecast calls for less than half inch of snow

    Residents will likely have to stay up late to see any snow falling over Lancaster County.

    There is a chance of rain and snow tonight before 11 p.m., then snow is expected to fall after 11 p.m., with accumulations of less than half an inch, according to the National Weather Service. Any snow that falls isn't expected to stick around long, forecasters say.

    The possibility of snow will usher in cold weather for the weekend. Friday will be mostly sunny with a high of 35 and Friday night's low will be 19.

  • Sanford not calling for axing USCL this year

    Dr. John Catalano said Thursday was a great day for the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Catalano, the dean at USCL, waited anxiously Thursday for the release of Gov. Mark Sanford’s 2010-11 budget.

    And when it was released, he was pleased to see it wasn’t a repeat of the last year, when the governor called for closing USCL.

    In his new budget, Sanford calls for funding USCL with $1.9 million next fiscal year.

  • TEA Party set for Saturday

    As Democrats in Congress work to finalize a health-care bill, Lancaster is gearing up for its fourth TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party on Saturday.

    The event will be held outside the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. If the weather is too cold, the event will be moved inside. The event begins at 11 a.m. and should last about two hours.

  • Forecast calls for more bitter cold temperatures

    Snow or not Thursday night, this weekend will continue a stretch of near record-breaking cold.

    Forecasters said there was a 50 percent chance of snow overnight Thursday.

    Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 35 and with a low of 19 tonight.

    Saturday and Sunday will also be sunny, with a high in the upper-30s and lows in the teens.

    It’s cold, but not record-breaking, said Wes Tyler of the S.C. State Climatology Office. However, Tyler said this is the longest stretch of cold weather with low temperatures at 20 degrees or below since 1981.

  • Two men rob check-cashing/title loan business

    Police say two men robbed a check-cashing and title loan business on the S.C. 9 Bypass on Wednesday morning, tying up two employees and a customer during the incident.

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Hugh White said the department got a call at 9:22 a.m. to respond to Carolina Pay Day and Loans at 1180 S.C. 9 Bypass, which is near Home Depot.

  • Movie prescreening to be held here

    A major motion picture will be shown in Lancaster before it hits the big screen in a couple of weeks.

    Members of the faith community, local leaders and area youth will have a chance to see “To Save a Life,” a movie that centers on a high school star athlete who reaches out to others after going through struggles himself.

    The prescreening will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church. The movie hits theaters nationwide Jan. 22.

  • Del Webb Library birthday party Jan. 16

    INDIAN LAND ee" Almost a year to the day its doors opened to the public, the Del Webb Library at Indian Land will celebrate its first anniversary.

    The 11,000-square-foot library opened in Carolina Commons on U.S. 521 on Jan. 11, 2009. To mark the one-year milestone in style, the Friends of the Del Webb Library organization is planning a used book sale, refreshments, a children’s activity and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 16.