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  • Moore receives glowing review from school board

    Lancaster County Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore received an outstanding grade in seven areas in his annual evaluation from the school board.

    School board Chairwoman Charlene McGriff discussed Moore’s 2009 evaluation at the school board’s meeting Tuesday night.

    “We applaud your tireless efforts to improve district operations, to visit classrooms in all our schools and to provide leadership at every level,” McGriff said, reading from a letter to Moore on the annual evaluation.

  • Breaking News 15-year-old boy killed in Sunday wreck

    A teenager was killed after the pickup truck he was riding in overturned on Camp Creek Road on Sunday morning.

    Brandon Threatt, 15, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford. He died of blunt force trauma.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said the crash happened at 10:20 a.m. on Camp Creek Road at John Everall Road.

  • Fort Lawn man apparently died of electrocution at power station

    GAFFNEY – A Fort Lawn man whose body was found in Cherokee County apparently died of electrocution.

    Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said the body of Donald Lloyd Catoe, 49, was found near a Gaffney industrial site last week.

    Fowler said Catoe was identified through dental work and other information provided by family members.

    A Cherokee County Board of Public Work grass-mowing crew discovered Catoe’s body inside a fence at a power substation located behind Hamrick’s Plant No. 5 about 2 p.m. Tuesday.   

  • County receives $1.7M for airport

    The Lancaster County Airport will soon receive much-needed work to its runway.

    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced Thursday that the airport, as well as airports in Charleston and Greenville, was receiving grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Lancaster County received $1.7 million for runway rehabilitation.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said this is the second half of a $3.3 million grant intended to rehabilitate the runway. The first portion was received earlier.

  • Judge denies bond in local murder case

    Anthony Armour Sr. said his son, Anthony Armour Jr., moved to Lancaster from Chicago to get away from the violence there.

    Armour Sr. spoke Monday during a bond hearing for Monterio Lamarcus Hood, 18. Hood is accused of killing Armour Sr.’s son, Armour Jr., 31, on Sept. 13, 2008.

    “My son was shot and killed for no reason,” Armour Sr. said. “You can’t prove a point by carrying a gun. If you could feel how mad I am, he (Hood) wouldn’t be standing there.”

  • Man, 27 pleads in shooting

    A Lancaster man charged with shooting his grandmother in the head the day after Christmas 2007 pleaded guilty in court last week.

    Brandon Wayne Aldridge, 27, pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Aldridge to 12 years in prison, but suspended the sentence to seven years in prison, followed by five years probation, Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Trey Cook said. The plea was heard during a court term in Chester last week.

  • Fire damages bar and grill

    Fire damaged a bar on Grace Avenue early Monday.

    The fire apparently started about 2:30 a.m. Monday in the kitchen area of the Dawg House Bar and Grill at 1864 Grace Ave.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy patrolling the area noticed smoke and flames coming from the building and radioed for fire departments.

  • Children learn about EMS, personal safety at Camp 911

    Camp 911 was a three-day camp designed to teach children about Emergency Medical Services and personal safety, along with first aid and injury prevention.

    Camp 911 began in 1996, though it’s not held every year.

    This year’s Camp 911 was held June 9-11 at South Middle School.

    The camp lasted for two hours each morning.

    The directors of the camp were Sherri Brady, training coordinator for Lancaster County EMS,  Tammy Vincent, public information officer for EMS, and Greg Brasington, EMS’s field training officer.

  • Man faces drug charge

    Two Lancaster men were arrested after one of them was apparently seen handling drugs under the carport of a home on Jolly Street on Tuesday.

    Quinton Marsh, 20, of 1358 Camp Drive, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

    Marcellus Demond Stover, 28, of 102 Jolly St., was charged with interfering with a police officer.

  • Couple: Stray dogs made a feast of our chickens

    HEATH SPRINGS – Betty Bowers was raising her white Plymouth Rock chickens for a good cause.

    The Bayspring Road resident donated the eggs from her chickens to the food pantry at her church, New Hope Baptist.

    She also bakes a lot, and used the eggs in her own recipes.

    On March 3, Bowers received 26 Plymouth Rock chicks, and invested at least $400 in the new brood. On Tuesday, Bowers found the first egg one of the new chickens had laid.