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  • District 2 voters go to polls

    Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the special Democratic primary for Lancaster County Council’s District 2 seat.

    Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk are vying for the seat left by Fred Thomas, who stepped down to become a magistrate judge in June. There is a little more than a year remaining in Thomas’ County Council term.

    Five polling places will be open Tuesday: Lancaster East, Lancaster West, Chesterfield Avenue, Gooches Crossroads and Erwin Farm. By law, residents can vote only at their precinct.

  • WW II veterans invited to take Honor Flight to nation's capital

    KERSHAW – World War II veterans from the Kershaw area, or Lancaster and Kershaw counties, will have the opportunity to see the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 21.

    But months before the trip, local World War II veterans will be recognized at a kick-off dinner. The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kershaw First Baptist Church ministry center, 210 N. Matson St.

  • Officials to break ground for courthouse

    Lancaster County will kick off construction of its new courthouse with a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon.

    Slated for 4 p.m., the ceremony will be held at  Main and Meeting streets.

    The event will feature comments from several officials, including County Council Chairman Rudy Carter, Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond, Chief Justice of the S.C. Supreme Court Jean Toal and Mitch Norrell, president of the Lancaster County Bar Association. Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith will introduce Toal.

  • Healthy Youth conference seeks funds from county

    Lancaster County Council is considering whether to help fund an annual conference that focuses on youth substance abuse prevention.

  • New Roy Hardin Park inches closer to reality

    INDIAN LAND – As plans firm up for a new Roy Hardin Park, some Indian Land residents are hoping for a smooth transition.

    Jane Tanner, president of the Indian Land Action Council, presented some of the community’s concerns at Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 10 meeting.

    Council is considering an ordinance that would relocate the park from its current location near Collins Road to an area one street over near Shelley Mullis Road.

  • Fire destroys mobile home

    KERSHAW – Several volunteer fire departments were called to a fire at a mobile home on Taxahaw Road early Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies and fire departments responded to the blaze about 12:30 a.m.

    When a deputy arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.

    The homeowner, Roger Wayne Self, 42, said he was awakened by the smell of smoke and realized his home was on fire.

  • Three charged in shooting death

    Three men have been charged in a July 10 shooting in which a 26-year-old Lancaster man died.

    Torey Robert Blackwell, 18, of 1262 Belmont Circle, has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with murder, attempted armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

  • USCL seeks financial support for new classroom building

    HEATH SPRINGS – University of South Carolina at Lancaster officials want to build a new classroom building, and they need a little help from some friends.

    USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano, Stan Johnson, chairman of USCL’s 50th anniversary committee, along with former County Councilwoman Polly Jackson addressed Heath Springs Town Council at its Aug. 18 meeting to talk about funding issues. The 30,0000-square-foot building will cost between $6 and $6.5 million.

  • Man dies in crash

    PAGELAND – A Lancaster County man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Chesterfield County on Saturday.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bryan McDougald said Lamont Johnson, 34, of 2119 Santa Rosa Drive, was riding a 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle about 9:20 p.m. on Peach Orchard Road, 7 miles south of Pageland.

    McDougald said the man entered a left-hand curve in the road and lost control of the motorcycle and ran off the right side of the road.

    Johnson was ejected from the motorcycle when it overturned, McDougald said.

  • Carowinds unveils The Intimidator

    “Start your engines, get set and get ready to race to the finish line.”

    With those words, Jon Taylor announced plans for the Intimidator, a new roller coaster at Carowinds.

    Taylor, director of marketing at Carowinds, showed a video simulation of the new ride to a crowd at Carowinds Theatre on Wednesday.

    The coaster is named and themed after race car legend the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. It should be complete by spring 2010.