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  • Red Ventures could bring 1,000 new jobs to county

    In what could be the first step toward putting hundreds of county residents back to work, an Internet marketing and sales company officially announced its plans Tuesday to move to Lancaster County.

    Red Ventures said it will relocate its headquarters from Charlotte to Indian Land.

    As part of its relocation, the company plans to invest more than $20 million in a facility at the 521 Corporate Park, just north of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160.

    It also intends to bring 1,000 jobs to the county within five to seven years.

  • Too close to homes?

    Lancaster County Council is considering changing the procedure by which cell phone companies are authorized to build new towers in the county.

    Council’s attention to the matter was brought by a cell phone company representative who last month asked council to ease the county’s tower restrictions. According to county ordinance, cell companies must include a setback distance around cell towers equal to their height.

  • Want a job at Red Ventures?

    When Red Ventures announced plans Tuesday to bring 1,000 jobs to Lancaster County, many saw this as an opportunity to turn the tide on rising unemployment rates.

    But before workers can ready themselves for the impending influx of jobs, what types of positions should they expect?

  • County Council to consider land swap agreement

    After months of revisions, Lancaster County Council will make its final vote on an agreement for a new Roy Hardin Park on Monday.

    The proposed ordinance would approve an exchange of land for Indian Land’s Roy Hardin Park, moving it to Shelley Mullis Road. Council was to originally hear third reading of the ordinance in early September, but some council members wanted more information about the proposed exchange of land before approving the deal.

  • Police reports - Oct. 14, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was charged with drug possession after a traffic stop on West Meeting Street on Oct. 9.

    Spencer Massey, 41, 1025-C Woodcreek Apartments, was charged with third offense simple possession of marijuana.

    According to the report, officers stopped the car Massey was riding in because the driver was not wearing a seat belt.

  • Two more charged in botched robbery

    Two more men have been charged in connection with a botched armed robbery attempt that led to the death of another suspect in the robbery attempt early Aug. 14.

    Walter Blake Davis, 18, of 1105 Crestwood Drive, and Robert Deon Nelson, 20, of 2436 Lynwood Drive, have been charged with armed robbery, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The charges stem from an armed robbery during which another suspect – Jarkevious Ingram, 18, of 1108 Culp St. – was shot and killed by the victim, Edward Patterson Jr., 34.

  • Census official addresses Kershaw council

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council was reminded of the importance of the U.S. Census, coming up in 2010.

    Tricia Cummings-Lecque, a partnership specialist with the regional Census center in Charlotte, addressed council members Sept. 21.

    Cummings-Lecque reiterated the Census campaign’s slogan, “10, 10 in 2010” which means there are 10 questions on the survey, which should take 10 minutes or less to complete.

  • Man charged in stabbing

    Police charged a Lancaster man after a reported stabbing at a Central Avenue home Sept. 18.

    Demareo Thomas Perry, 30, of 708-A Central Ave., has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    According to an incident report, officers responded to 706 Central Ave. and found a 38-year-old man lying over a tree stump, and another man holding a shirt to the man’s chest.

    An officer had the witness lift up the shirt and saw two puncture wounds on the man’s chest and left side, the report said.

  • H1N1 flu cases now widespread

    Though statistics aren’t available, officials say the H1N1 flu, or swine flu, is a pandemic and is prevalent in all areas of the state, including Lancaster County.

    Until late summer, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control had released numbers of confirmed H1N1 cases. However, officials stopped tracking individual cases because “the numbers don’t add up,” said Adam Myrick, a DHEC spokesman.

    Many people who may have H1N1 aren’t going to a physician and, therefore, aren’t getting tested, he said.

  • Remembering Hugo

    If you lived in Lancaster County on that fateful September night in 1989, you probably remember Hurricane Hugo.

    The storm slammed into the South Carolina coast on Sept. 21, 1989, as a Category 4 storm, the second-most intense category of hurricanes. Charleston bore the force of its howling winds and 20-foot storm surge.

    The mega storm tore a path of destruction 150 miles inland from the ocean into Lancaster County, which caught many residents here by surprise.