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  • Two more charged in botched robbery

    Two more men have been charged in connection with a botched armed robbery attempt that led to the death of another suspect in the robbery attempt early Aug. 14.

    Walter Blake Davis, 18, of 1105 Crestwood Drive, and Robert Deon Nelson, 20, of 2436 Lynwood Drive, have been charged with armed robbery, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The charges stem from an armed robbery during which another suspect – Jarkevious Ingram, 18, of 1108 Culp St. – was shot and killed by the victim, Edward Patterson Jr., 34.

  • Census official addresses Kershaw council

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council was reminded of the importance of the U.S. Census, coming up in 2010.

    Tricia Cummings-Lecque, a partnership specialist with the regional Census center in Charlotte, addressed council members Sept. 21.

    Cummings-Lecque reiterated the Census campaign’s slogan, “10, 10 in 2010” which means there are 10 questions on the survey, which should take 10 minutes or less to complete.

  • Man charged in stabbing

    Police charged a Lancaster man after a reported stabbing at a Central Avenue home Sept. 18.

    Demareo Thomas Perry, 30, of 708-A Central Ave., has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    According to an incident report, officers responded to 706 Central Ave. and found a 38-year-old man lying over a tree stump, and another man holding a shirt to the man’s chest.

    An officer had the witness lift up the shirt and saw two puncture wounds on the man’s chest and left side, the report said.

  • H1N1 flu cases now widespread

    Though statistics aren’t available, officials say the H1N1 flu, or swine flu, is a pandemic and is prevalent in all areas of the state, including Lancaster County.

    Until late summer, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control had released numbers of confirmed H1N1 cases. However, officials stopped tracking individual cases because “the numbers don’t add up,” said Adam Myrick, a DHEC spokesman.

    Many people who may have H1N1 aren’t going to a physician and, therefore, aren’t getting tested, he said.

  • Remembering Hugo

    If you lived in Lancaster County on that fateful September night in 1989, you probably remember Hurricane Hugo.

    The storm slammed into the South Carolina coast on Sept. 21, 1989, as a Category 4 storm, the second-most intense category of hurricanes. Charleston bore the force of its howling winds and 20-foot storm surge.

    The mega storm tore a path of destruction 150 miles inland from the ocean into Lancaster County, which caught many residents here by surprise.

  • Look Who's Cooking banquet raises about $10,000 for autism research

    It was difficult not to be moved by the words of Chris Fitzmaurice, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 2.

    Fitzmaurice, now 23, is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was the guest speaker at the Lancaster Cooks 2009 – Look Who’s Cookin’, a fundraiser banquet for Autism Speaks. The banquet was held Tuesday at the Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room, with a wide variety of food prepared by local cooks and served buffet style.

    Fitzmaurice was introduced to the crowd by his father, Mike.

  • Andrew Jackson High continues celebration

    KERSHAW – Former members of sports teams, bands and cheerleaders from Flat Creek, Heath Springs, Hillside and Kershaw and former Andrew Jackson High homecoming queens will be recognized at coming Andrew Jackson football games as the school’s 40-year celebration continues.

    “Andrew Jackson has such a rich tradition of excellence in all its activities, and we want to recognize not just our students, but also the people from the four schools whose rich traditions created the foundation for Andrew Jackson,” athletic director Dale Reeves said.

  • Men robbed at gun point in two separate incidents

    Sheriff’s deputies responded to two armed robberies Monday night.

    The first happened in Indian Land about 9:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The victim told deputies that he was stopped at the traffic light on U.S. 521 at Shelley Mullis Road when he was approached by a man, who opened the passenger’s side door of the truck and threatened the driver with a pistol.

  • State puts brakes on busy highway

    INDIAN LAND – Motorists may have noticed a change on U.S. 521 as the speed limit was lowered at several locations last week.

    John McKay, Lancaster County maintenance engineer for S.C. Department of Transportation, said the speed limit zone had been extended along the northern portion of U.S. 521 in Indian Land.

    McKay said there is now a 45-miles-per-hour zone from Sun City Carolina Lakes south to Van Wyck Road.

    The new speed limit begins at the state line and continues for 6.5 miles., except for the 1.4 miles between Marvin Road and Possum Hollow Road.

  • County Council supports effort to seek grant for road project

    Lancaster County Council debated the merits of participating in the proposed extension of Dave Lyle Boulevard at its last meeting.

    Council considered a resolution Sept. 14 to support the Catawba Indian Nation as it applies for funding related to the extension. The extension would provide a link between Interstate 77 and U.S. 521 as an alternate route south of Charlotte.

    The Catawba Indian Nation, in conjunction with York County, has submitted a grant application for funding available strictly for Indian tribes.