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  • 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.

  • Police taking joking holdup seriously

    A Lancaster man told police that his threat to rob the Crenco convenience store on the S.C. 9 Bypass early Sunday was just a prank.

    Officers weren’t amused, and the man – William Brandon Johnson, 31, of 2552 Deertrack Circle – has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with attempted armed robbery.

    According to an incident report, the clerk at the store said two men tried to rob him about 2:55 a.m.  They drove off in a small silver car on Arundel Road behind the store.

  • Fires were a wake-up call for better building security

    Fires at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office in August 2008 served as a $322,922 wake-up call for better security for county government buildings.

    The courthouse, which was built in 1828, was still being used as a court facility at the time of the fire. Officials agreed that it was woefully inadequate in security, and was not equipped with even burglar or fire alarms at the time of the fire.

    One judge even wrote county officials a few years ago about his concerns about safety in the courtroom.

  • Swine flu case confirmed in schools

    School resumed in the Lancaster County School District last week, and the district already has its first confirmed case of H1N1 or swine flu.

    A case of  H1N1 was reported at Andrew Jackson High School on Wednesday and later confirmed. There is also a suspected case at Indian Land High School, but it hasn’t been confirmed.

    District personnel aren’t saying whether the two cases are students, faculty or staff.

  • Heath Springs council votes to raise water, sewer charges

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council is moving forward with a plan to raise its water and sewer rates.

    Heath Springs now charges $15 for in-town residents for the first 3,000 gallons of water, and $15 for the first 3,000 gallons of sewer treatment for residents. Council is considering raising those fees to $20 each.

    Council will vote on first reading of an ordinance to raise the rates in September.

    Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to put the item on the next agenda to vote on.  Councilman Eddie Moore cast the dissenting vote.

  • TEA Party event is Saturday in Lancaster

    The focus will be on health care spending as Lancaster gears up for its third TEA Party on Saturday.

    The event, which stands for Taxed Enough Already Party and which draws its inspiration from the Boston Tea Party tax revolt, is modeled after several similar forums that have been held throughout the country this year. Previous forums in Lancaster have focused on stimulus funding and the cap-and-trade tax.

    Rob McCoy, a Heath Springs resident and owner of McCoy Motors in Indian Land, is helping organize the protest.

  • Bless Fest geared to youth

    The youth will be the focus at the third-annual Bless Fest, a weekend-long function that has become a staple in Lancaster.

    The Bless Fest is Saturday and Sunday at Shekinah Word Center, 1001 W. Meeting St.

    A youth workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will feature various guests from the local community. Speakers include Bobby Bailey of Adopt-A-Leader, Tyrom Faulkner of the Fatherhood Project and Lynette Garris from Victory Worship Center.

  • Three men charged in robbery

    KERSHAW – Three Lancaster men were arrested shortly after sheriff’s deputies say they robbed a Kershaw resident on Baxter Kennington Road on Thursday.

    Sedrick Edroco Stevens, 23, of 425 Morris Road, Kevin Marquie Montgomery, 21, of 4910 Rowell Road, and Casey Bernard Montgomery, 21, of 1961 Pinta Drive, were each charged with strong arm robbery, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • ACT scores rise at all four district high schools

    The Lancaster County School District saw a substantial increase in its 2009 ACT scores, along with an increase in the number of students who took the college entrance exam.

    The American College Testing Program released scores last week.

    The district’s 2009 high school seniors had an average composite score of 17.9 on the test’s 36-point scale. That’s up .5 from 2008 when the district’s score in 2008 was 17.4.