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  • Hog Jam is Oct. 8 and 9

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Hog Jam is set for Oct. 8 and 9.  The annual event will have music and entertainment and a barbecue cookoff.

    The festivities will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 when the Mighty Kicks will perform.   

    Festivities start at 10 a.m.  Oct. 9. There will be music all day long. Crooked Creek will play and there will be other entertainment. A horseshoe tournament will be going on throughout the day.  There will also be health screenings provided by Kershaw Health.

  • 3 accused of bilking money from man

    Three Lancaster residents have been charged with taking thousands of dollars from an elderly man who believed one of them was an undercover officer with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Kevin Mark Shute, 39, and his wife, Lana McNeil Shute, 26, both of 1217 Laurel Ave., and Kenneth Earl Johnson, 48, of 1444 Pink Dogwood Ave., have been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with obtaining goods by false pretenses over $10,000.

    Johnson has also been charged with impersonating a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of crack cocaine.

  • Four-way stop signs erected at intersection near school

    They’re covered in plastic and topped with bright orange flags right now, but those are new stop signs at French and Dunlap streets.

    Within a few weeks, the intersection will become a four-way stop, with the new signs on French Street going into effect.

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Hugh White said his department received numerous complaints last year about traffic problems during arrival and dismissal times for Discovery School, which is near the intersection.

  • Council to consider upgrades for courthouse restoration

    County Council will consider several additions to the historic courthouse construction project at its Tuesday meeting.

    Council is scheduled to discuss additional work needed on the project. It would be completed using money from the new courthouse contingency fund.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the fund has barely been used and can be used for upgrades on the historic courthouse restoration project. The additional projects include construction of sidewalks and a retaining wall.

  • Bruins to show their spirit

    “Once a Bruin, always a Bruin.”  

    That’s the message given to the freshman when they arrive at Lancaster High School every fall.  “You are now part of a family.”

    Homecoming is a time for alumni to return to cheer on the football team and celebrate being a Bruin.  This year, Lancaster High School students and alumni are getting a chance to live this message of family and the Bruin community. 

  • McDonald Green: A mix of young, veteran members

    Not long ago, Thomas Hagwood walked the halls of Lancaster High School.

    His daily chats centered on class schedules, favorite teachers and pop quizzes. At lunch, he’d joke around with friends and discuss sports, music and girls. His outfits were casual.

    Now, three years later, Thomas finds himself in a different setting. His conversations are more serious, and so is his attire. One look at him, and you can tell he’s someone who protects his community.

  • Judge denies bond to man charged in child’s death

    One of the men charged in the killing of a 3-year-old girl in May was in court on Friday hoping to receive bond.

    Marico Lamont Stevens, 29, of 2517 Douglas Road, Lancaster, has been charged with murder in the death of Jaylen Jackson.

    A bond hearing was held Friday for Stevens.

    Judge Craig Brown denied bond for Stevens, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said.

    Stevens was one of several men involved in a gunfight in May on Athena Road. Jackson was seated in a car when she was caught in the crossfire and shot in the head.

  • Comedy ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ to debut tonight

    Theater lovers looking for laughs are sure to find them this weekend as the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County begins its run of “Lend Me a Tenor.”

    The show opens at 8 p.m. tonight at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. There will also be 8 p.m. shows on Saturday and Oct. 1-2. A matinee begins at 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Sheri Marvin, a theater veteran, is making her CPLC directorial debut with “Lend Me a Tenor.”

  • Home delivery

    New parents Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis and Derrick Lewis got what they literally call their miraculous surprise on Aug. 28.

    Achikeobi-Lewis, 40, had tried for 14 years to conceive. On Aug. 28, she gave birth to a healthy girl the couple named Omololu Iyanu, which means “my child is my blessing” and “surprise and miraculous.”

    But Omololu wasn’t born in a hospital, although the Lewises had every intention of going to one for her birth.

  • Elgin has fought some of county’s biggest fires

    Randy White is trying to think of the right word.

    White, assistant chief of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, is talking about how he feels about being one of the firefighters who helped put out the blaze at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse on the morning of Aug. 4, 2008.