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  • Groups collecting school supplies

    A number of drives are being held throughout the county to help area children get what they need for the start of school next week.

    Here’s information about a few:

    Gonzie’s & Son Assembly Shop

    Gonzie’s & Son Assembly Shop began a school supply drive in July that will run through Friday, said shop owner Gonzie Mackey. The target group is from kindergarten through third grade.

  • Breaking News James Bradley dies

    One of Lancaster's most well-known civic, business and education leaders has died.

    James “Jim” Bradley, 92, died Sunday.

    Bradley moved to Lancaster in 1947 and served as an executive for Springs Industries, the former textile giant that was once the leading employer in Lancaster County.

    Bradley was active in the community from the start. He served on the Lancaster Board of Education, during school integration and consolidation.

    For more than 36 years, he dedicated his time and talents to the University of South Carolina.

  • Man dies in wreck near Kershaw

    KERSHAW – The driver of a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 pickup died early Saturday morning after he lost control of his truck on Flint Ridge Road.

    The man, whose name hadn’t been released by The Lancaster News’ Saturday afternoon press time, was traveling east on Flint Ridge Road when he ran off the right side of the road, overturned and was ejected from the pickup, said Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The accident happened at 3 a.m., about 5 miles north of Kershaw.

  • IL library seeks county funds to cover developers' shortfalls

    Lancaster County Council will consider a funding request from the Del Webb Library at Indian Land at its Monday meeting.

    Richard Band, director of the Lancaster County Library, will ask the county to cover the remainder of construction costs, about $17,000.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this amount was originally expected from developers, but with the decline in the housing market, the developers’ contributions have dropped significantly.

    Band will also give an update on the new library.

  • Mary Lucas celebrates 101st birthday at eatery

    Doctors can’t be right all the time.

    Mary Ida Lucas celebrated her 101st birthday Friday eating lunch with her son, Arthur, at Leigh Anne’s Restaurant.

    She dined on fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese and corn bread.

    “Imagine that – eating fried chicken at 101,” said Leigh Anne’s owner Marc Culler. “I guess that goes to show you the doctors have it wrong – fried chicken can’t be that bad for you.

  • Input sought on road study

    The public will have a chance to weigh in on the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study this week.

    There will be an open house Tuesday and Wednesday at the Lancaster County Administration Building in which the study will be discussed.

    The study focuses on transportation and land-use plans for the U.S. 521 and S.C. 9 corridors.

    There will be resource maps and data for the public to review, as well as the opportunity for residents to discuss the study with project team members.

  • Robbery suspect in custody

    GREAT FALLS – Charges are pending against a former Lancaster County woman in the armed robbery of the Great Falls Pharmacy last Thursday.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said he is waiting for former Lancaster County resident Kimberly Payne Arnold, 26, to be released from the Horry County Detention Center so he can transfer her to the Chester County jail on the Great Falls robbery charge.

    Rice said two people were involved in the robbery and a third person is being investigated for possible involvement.

  • Couple survive crash in creek

    A Rock Hill couple survived after their car ran off U.S. 521 and crashed into a creek Wednesday afternoon.

    William and Mary Hines were in the process of moving their son’s family to live with them in Rock Hill when the accident occurred. The couple had just finished loading their 1997 Dodge Caravan and were heading north on U.S. 521.

  • Breaking News Couple survive crash in creek

    A Rock Hill couple survived a car crash into Bear Creek on Wednesday afternoon.

    At about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, William and Mary Hines were heading north on U.S. 521 when they lost control of their car at the bridge before the 903 interchange. The car cut across oncoming lanes of traffic before plummeting down an embankment into Bear Creek.

    The couple survived after their 16-year-old grandson and several passersby jumped into the water to save them. They were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Eat, Drink and Play Saturday

    Lancaster County Council of the Arts is kicking off its annual Membership Drive with the launch of the Young Patrons Circle with the goal of attracting younger patrons of the arts.

    The arts council is offering a special membership for individuals ages 21 to 40. A launch event, Eat, Drink and Play, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., home of the arts council.

    The Young Patrons Circle represents a new giving level aimed at attracting young couples, singles and business leaders.