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  • Bear spotted roaming Great Falls

    GREAT FALLS – He was believed to be a young rambling male and was probably just passing through town when he was spotted by several curious onlookers.

    He stood about 4 feet tall and weighed around 100 pounds.

    Preferring to remain out of view, the young male crouched behind tall underbrush and small trees in a wooded area off Pinecrest Avenue last Wednesday evening.

    He remained clear of sight for at least 30 minutes while two police officers and the Great Falls Reporter editor patiently waited for his movement.

  • Kershaw swears in new mayor, members

    KERSHAW – Town Council is now up to full strength.

    Magistrate Van Richardson swore in new Mayor Wayne Rhodes, District 2 Councilman Michael Cook and at-large Councilwoman Genny Hendrix at the start of Monday night’s special meeting.

    The town held a special election July 21. The election was needed after former Mayor Tommy Baker, District 2 Councilwoman Rose Marie Baker and at-large Councilman Jabo Sims resigned in April.

    Rhodes told the council he wanted to start holding work sessions in addition to the council’s regular meetings.

  • Roy Hardin Park could relocate soon

    Plans are moving forward for a new Roy Hardin Park in Indian Land.

    A committee made up of several groups involved in the process met at the county administration building recently to discuss relocating the park from its current location near Collins Road to an area one street over, near Shelley Mullis Road.

    Included in the meeting were members of Lancaster County Council and Lancaster County Recreation Commission, as well as representatives from York Development Group and U.S. Trust.

  • 29 KMG employees laid off

    Humana Inc. has announced layoffs at its subsidiary, Lancaster-based KMG America.

    Calling the insurance company layoffs a “consolidation,” company spokeswoman Nancy Hanewinckel said 29 KMG America employees were laid off last week. Six employees have been offered relocations, Hanewinckel said.

  • McGriff, Funderburk to seek District 2 seat

    Fred Thomas’s county council seat has been empty for just one week, but there are already two contenders for the job.

    Charlene McGriff, chairwoman of the Lancaster County school board, and local business owner Blondale Funderburk announced Wednesday their intention to run for the council District 2 seat. Both will be running as Democrats.

    The seat became vacant after Thomas stepped down to become a magistrate judge following council’s June 22 meeting. He was sworn in as magistrate on June 30.

    McGriff: ‘Time to try other things’

  • 26-year-old killed in shooting

    Police are releasing few details about a shooting that left a Lancaster man dead early Friday.

    Larry Curtis Duncan, 26, of 316 S. Hughes St., was killed, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    The shooting happened at 110 N. Willowlake Road. Police were called to the residence at 2:35 a.m. Duncan was found lying in the front yard of the home. Willowlake Road is between Meeting and Arch streets.

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and attempted to revive Duncan.

  • USCL to offer new degree program starting this fall

    There’s a new degree option available at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Starting this fall, USCL students will be able to work toward a bachelor’s of arts degree in organizational leadership, or BOL degree. Applications are now being accepted.

    The BOL is for students who want a degree with a focus on workplace leadership. The degree prepares students for leadership roles in various settings, such as government, nonprofit groups and businesses.

  • Trial slated for man charged in cyclist's death

    The trial for a Lancaster man accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist and then leaving the scene of the accident is slated to begin Monday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol on Aug. 23, 2008, with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The accident happened three days earlier.

    John Haver, 68, a self-employed mechanic, was killed in the accident.

    Hood is accused of speeding in a Lincoln that was driving away from the city of Lancaster on S.C. 903.

  • Businesses facing hardships can apply for ARC loans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Small Business Administration recently began accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital. 

    “ARC” loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a bridge for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship – to keep their doors open until they get back on track.

  • New group to study U.S. 521

    A new committee has begun looking at future plans for U.S. 521.

    The group, called a Project Advisory Committee, was formed to address traffic flow concerns along U.S. 521, as well as to look at economic development in the area.

    Made up of several local officials, the committee includes representatives from Lancaster County Council, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, Lancaster County School District, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and Indian Land Action Council.