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  • Cassatt man dies in Saturday car wreck

    KERSHAW – A Cassatt man was killed and three Lancaster County residents were hurt in a three-car crash near Kershaw on Saturday.

    Charles Blackwell, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:45 p.m. crash, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. He died of head injuries, Morris said.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said Blackwell was headed north on U.S. 521 in a 1999 Chevrolet when he hit a 1998 Ford driven by Isabell Shields, 70, of Heath Springs. Gaskin said Blackwell then hit a 2000 Chrysler van driven by Cathy Hunter, 54, of Kershaw head-on.

  • School district changes insurance companies

    The Lancaster County School District is switching companies that provide insurance-related services to district employees.

    The school board voted unanimously Aug. 18 to uphold its decision to contract with Colonial Life Insurance to administer the school district’s benefits enrollment program.

    District employees receive their insurance through the state, but a third party handles enrollment and provides counseling about related services.

    KeenanSuggs served as the third party for the last six years.

  • City gets grant to upgrade wastewater facility

    The city of Lancaster is receiving federal money to make much-needed improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.

    The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $450,000 grant to the city to replace the effluent pumps that send water from the treatment plant to the Catawba River.

    Mack McDonald, the  city’s public utilities director, said the current pumps are about 20 years old and have lost efficiency, costing more to operate and maintain.

  • Founders to give $1M to USCL

    The official kickoff of the 50th anniversary celebration at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster came with a major announcement.

    Founders Federal Credit Union has pledged $1 million toward the construction of a new classroom building at USCL.

    Founders President and CEO Bruce Brumfield announced the contribution Tuesday night during the campus’ 50th anniversary gala.

    Brumfield said Founders’ board of directors decided Aug. 27 to commit $1 million to USCL.  

  • Sheriff's office receives $350,000 in grants

    A crime scene unit and new fingerprinting system will soon be helping the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office – and other agencies nearby – to solve crimes.

    The sheriff’s office has received almost $350,000 in grants from the S.C. Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs.

    A $241,833 grant will pay for a two-officer crime scene unit. The grant covers salaries, training and equipment for the crime scene technicians.

  • County OKs moratorium on billboards

    No more billboards can be erected along large parts of S.C. 9 and U.S. 521 for the next year.

    County Council approved final reading of an ordinance Monday that imposes the one-year moratorium on issuing of permits to erect new billboards. It restricts new billboard construction on S.C. 9, from the Chester County line to the western boundary of the city of Lancaster, and on U.S. 521, from the city of Lancaster to the North Carolina border.

    Lancaster resident Randy Collins voiced his opposition to the moratorium.

  • Sharing traditions

    INDIAN LAND – Stomping from one foot to the other, Ronnie Beck tossed a series of hoops into the air as a ceremonial drum beat in the background.

    Decorated in blue and yellow clothing, Beck, a member of the Catawba Indian Nation, performed a traditional hoop dance at Indian Land Middle School on Thursday.

    During the dance, Beck tossed almost 20 different colored hoops around his body, using the hoops to create different shapes, such as birds, alligators and even Mickey Mouse.

  • Man shot in leg after hold-up attempt

    A Lancaster man told police that he was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt early Thursday.

    Lancaster Police Department officers responded to a home on Central Avenue about 12:50 a.m. Thursday and found the 27-year-old man lying on the porch.

    The man told police that he was walking home and a burgundy SUV pulled up beside him, according to an incident report.

    He told police a man with his face covered up got out of the SUV and said, “Give it up.”

  • County Council approves first step for USCL dorms

    Lancaster County Council took a step Monday to transform Lancaster into a true college town.

    After discussing a proposal from the Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, council unanimously passed a resolution that could help provide funding for two new dormitory facilities on the college campus.

    The resolution allows the county to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Housing Administration Loan Program in connection with the proposed dorms.

  • Exhibit features USCL mementos

    There’s still time to check out a display that ties into the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s 50th anniversary celebration.

    Since Aug. 14, an exhibit featuring old pictures and memorabilia has been up in the lobby of the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at USCL.

    Photos of past presidents, vintage bulletins and handouts as well as information on previous and future expansion are included.

    Faculty started gathering material for the exhibit about a year ago.

    Brittany Taylor, exhibit curator, finalized things this summer.