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  • Residents turn out to talk about county's busiest roads

    Polly Jackson and Russell Patrick took their time examining the large color maps hanging on the walls at the Lancaster County Administration Building on Wednesday night.

    The maps, which detailed everything from transportation issues to land-use plans, were part of a public workshop hosted by consulting firm URG about the ongoing U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study.  

    The study focuses on S.C. 9 from the city of Lancaster, west to the Chester County line, and U.S. 521, from Lancaster to the North Carolina border. The roads are considered two of the county’s busiest.

  • Expert: Streetscape didn’t cause damage to Kershaw business

    KERSHAW, A structural engineer has said a problem at Kevin Robinson’s building on Hampton Street was not caused by sidewalk construction during the town’s Streetscape project.

    Robinson told town officials that he noticed the brick facade falling away from the building, at 217 N. Hampton St., after the sidewalk construction, town administrator Tony Starnes told Town Council on Monday night.

  • Four charged in botched armed robbery attempt

    Four men have been charged in connection with a botched armed robbery attempt that led to a fifth suspect's death early Aug. 14.

    Torey Robert Blackwell, 18, of 1262 Belmont Circle, Dendrel Latavis Campbell, 17, of 1515 Carmel Road, Nicholas Marquis Dooley, 19, of 682 Shiloh Unity Road, and Lamarutis Terrone Clyburn, 18, of 2018 Great Falls Highway, have each been charged with armed robbery, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • USCL wants to raise $6.8M

    The fundraising campaign organized in conjunction with the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s 50th anniversary celebration is being resumed.

    Officials suspended the efforts in late February because of the sour national economy, said Stanley Johnson, who chairs USCL’s 50th anniversary campaign.

    Money raised from the campaign will go toward various expansion projects on campus – chiefly a new classroom building that’s projected to cost about $8 million.

  • New school year begins

    Summer for about 11,500 Lancaster County School District students came to an end Monday as a new school year got under way.

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said all the schools had an “excellent opening” on the official first day of school. It seemed as if school never ended, he said.

    “It was business as usual,” Moore said. “Students were engaged and that’s what I really want to emphasize.”

    Moore visited every district school on Monday and later said it was probably as good as any opening he had ever been part of.

  • Council OKs $17,000 for IL library

    Lancaster County Council approved $17,000 in funding for the Del Webb Library in Indian Land at its Monday meeting.

    Richard Band, director of the Lancaster County Library, requested that the county cover the remaining construction costs on the building.

    With the downturn in the economy, Band said his staff’s efforts to raise funds fell short.

  • County considering new terminal for airport

    Lancaster County Council is reviewing two potential construction projects.

    County Administrator Steve Willis discussed the separate projects – one at the Lancaster County Airport and another for a road in the Buford community – at council’s Aug. 10 meeting.

    Willis recently developed pricing information for council to review.

    The first project calls for a new terminal at the Lancaster County Airport, which could also include office space for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

  • Police reports - Aug. 26, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster woman was arrested on several charges after a traffic stop on Meeting Street on Aug. 15.

    Jerrie Lynn Clyburn, 47, 180 Ranson Road, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, driving under suspension and second offense driving under the influence.

    The report said an officer stopped Clyburn after she ran a stop sign and committed other traffic violations. Clyburn smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech, the report said.  

  • Lancaster News engagement announcements

     

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  • Police reports - Aug. 23, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • A Kershaw man was arrested on a drug charge in the Pit Stop Parking lot on Grace Avenue on Aug. 12.

    Morrison Rayvon Kirkley, 28, 113 W. First St., was charged with possession of marijuana.

    The report said deputies saw a suspicious car in the bar parking lot and a person attempting to hide from deputies inside the car, the report said.

    Deputies questioned Kirkley and smelled marijuana inside the car. Kirkley turned over a bag of marijuana to the officers, the report said.