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  • Mother lives with anger, sadness

    KERSHAW – Shedrick “Simp” Sowell was well-liked as a student at Andrew Jackson High School.

    He played football for the Volunteers and worked for Small’s Grocery in Kershaw, starting in high school and beyond. Many people in the small town knew him from the grocery store.

    He was considered very good looking, said his mother, Barbara Jackson, 61. He sang in church, and had a daughter, Kantara, who Jackson said he loved.

    Jackson cherishes a Mother’s Day card she received from Sowell years ago.

  • Council considers aligning terms of board, commission members

    County Council discussed two potential ordinances last week that could change the terms of office for the members of county boards and commissions.

    Council considered first drafts of ordinances that would align the terms of office of council appointees to county boards and commissions with the terms of office of the respective council members who appoint them.

  • Tommy Walker, a participant in the fight for racial equality

    Tommy L. Walker has been active in local, state and national politics for decades and has been a dedicated supporter of the Democratic Party.

    He has been an eyewitness to change and an advocate for racial equality.

    This biography highlights Walker’s accomplishments:

  • Ricky Foster's brother searches for answers, closure in'98 case

    It’s been a long 12 years for Willie Foster as he’s tried to piece together what happened to his brother, Ricky, on June 5, 1998.

    Willie Foster remembers working at Springs Industries when a coworker told him a body had been found on Brooklyn Avenue. He didn’t think much of it at first.

    But he knew his brother lived near the area, and they had not spoken in a few days, so he decided to call his grandmother in Heath Springs.

    That’s when he learned that someone from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office had already spoken to her.

  • City votes down Arrowood-area annexation

    A measure that would have brought four parcels of land into the Lancaster city limits failed Tuesday night.

    The majority of City Council members – four – voted against a measure that would have annexed property on the northeastern edge of the Arrowood community, near U.S. 521 behind the Burns Ford dealership, into the city.

    Council members Linda Blackmon-Brace, Tamara Green, Kenny Hood and Gonzie Mackey voted against it.

    Mayor Joe Shaw, Councilwoman Sara Eddins and Councilman John Howard favored the measure.

  • F.A. Clinton was only black man to serve county in state Senate

    Frederick Albert (F.B.) Clinton has been the only black man to serve Lancaster County in the state Senate.

    Born a slave on a plantation on March 1, 1834, Clinton was educated and learned how to run a plantation from the owner of the property, Irvin Clinton. After the Civil War, Clinton was given land from his former master and Clinton continued to amass property. He established himself as a community leader in the Cedar Creek Township.

  • Columbia man dies after motorcycle wreck in Lancaster County

    A Columbia man died one day after wrecking his motorcycle on S.C. 97 in Lancaster County.

    Elmer Virgil Branham, 50, was riding his 2003 Harley Davidson about 3:30 p.m. Sunday when he ran off the right side of the road and hit an embankment, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Branham was taken to KershawHealth center and then transferred to a Florence hospital, where he died Monday, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.  

    He died from internal injuries, Morris said.

  • 27 years later, murders of Kershaw teens remain unsolved

    HEATH SPRINGS – In the scheme of things, two hours aren’t long.

    In watching the hands of a clock turn, it’s 120 minutes or 7,200 seconds.

    But for the families of Lisa Ann Thompson and Russell Anthony, what happened between midnight and 2 a.m. on May 15, 1983, have become a lifetime of pain.

    Now, almost 27 years later, there are still many unanswered questions as to what led to the deaths of the two 19-year-olds in the shadows of the old Heath Springs High School. No arrests have ever been made.

  • ILMS is national School to Watch

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School has received national recognition.

    Earlier this month, ILMS was designated as a National School to Watch. The distinction is part of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grade Reform program, created in 1999 to honor high-performing middle schools.

    ILMS and Southwood Middle School in Anderson County are the latest schools to be named. They’re among just six middle schools in South Carolina and fewer than 350 across the country to receive the designation.

  • Golf clubs, guns stolen in IL burglaries

    INDIAN LAND – Several thefts were reported at homes and a business in Indian Land last week.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, a Cressingham Drive man reported his golf clubs were stolen from his garage, which was left open at the time of the theft.

    The clubs, with a total value of $1,850, included a set of Adams A-405 clubs.

    Also on Feb. 19, a Wade Carnes Road resident told sheriff’s deputies that someone broke into his son’s bedroom and forced open a safe.