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  • Put safety first when handling fireworks

    If you are going to shoot off fireworks, here are some suggestions from safety organizations:

    • Only use fireworks outdoors.

    • Obey state and local laws.

    • Always have water handy with a hose or buckets of water. If water is not available, keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

    • Have a cell phone nearby and call the local fire department quickly if fire breaks out.

    • Only use fireworks as intended. Do not alter or combine them.

    • Use a Pyrotorch rather than lighters, matches or punks to light fireworks.

  • Getting ready for Fourth of July fun

    For many South Carolinians, it’s not the Fourth of July until something goes boom.

    And with most fireworks legal in the state, residents are often on the hunt this time of year for items such as ground spinners, sparklers, mortars and roman candles.

  • Man gets 15 years for sex charge

    A Lancaster man received the maximum sentence for inappropriately touching an 8-year-old girl four years ago.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Lyman Lester Hughes, 66, to 15 years in prison on Friday.

    Hughes pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act upon a minor on Monday, said Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Curtisha Mingo. Mingo prosecutes sex crimes for the solicitor’s office.

  • Council accepts Legacy Park roads

    A vote to accept a neighborhood’s roads into the county system turned into a debate on whether to stop accepting roads altogether at Monday night’s County Council meeting.

    Residents from Indian Land’s Legacy Park neighborhood packed the council chambers hoping their roads would finally be accepted into the county.

  • Police reports - June 28, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge June 25 after a police officer saw the man trying to hide something under his shirt.

    Timothy Jackson, 49, 314 N. Hughes St., was charged with possession of a controlled substance and open consumption violation.

  • Girl, 11, dies in wreck in Kershaw County

    KERSHAW – A 11-year-old Kershaw girl was killed in a crash in Kershaw County, and her grandparents were hurt and taken to a Columbia hospital.

    Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers said Maghan Bowers, 11, died of head injuries in the crash.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Bowers was a passenger in a 1996 Ford Explorer driven by her grandmother, Nancy Hendrix.

    The crash happened about 4:55 p.m. Wednesday on Payne Road, about 11 miles east of Camden, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson.

  • Uncovering the past

    ROCK HILL – A crowd of more than 40 history buffs packed the auditorium at the Museum of York County recently hoping to learn more about recent discoveries about the old Catawba Indian Nation.

    University of North Carolina archaeologists Drs. Brett Riggs and Stephen Davis transported the crowd of anxious explorers back to the days of the Old Catawba Indian Nation using artifacts they’ve uncovered.

    The two have been excavating sites in both York and Lancaster counties for more than six years.

  • City Council weighs fairness of police fitness testing

    What should be required physically of law enforcement officials? How fit and in shape do you expect your local police officers to be? And to what standards should they be held?

    Those questions and more were asked Tuesday when Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White updated City Council members on the police department’s physical abilities test.

    In May 2008, council unanimously voted to allow White to implement the testing program, which consists of an obstacle course that all officers are asked to complete in 2 minutes and 16 seconds.

  • Police reports - June 26, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Construction materials were stolen from Haddington and Allendale drives in Indian Land between June 15 and 18.

    Lumber, a window, a Kenmore dishwasher and a Kenmore microwave were stolen from three homes under construction. The materials and appliances have a total value of $1,275.

    • Someone broke into an Ernest Scott Road home in Kershaw between June 13 and June 23 and stole a 1.25-carat diamond ring.

  • Residents express shock in Sanford revelation

    Over grits, biscuits and coffee at Leigh Anne’s Restaurant on Thursday morning, residents expressed shock and disappointment about Gov. Mark Sanford’s announcement that he had an affair with a woman in Argentina.

    “I’m disappointed,” Trish Hinson said. “I think he should resign.”

    Like so many other South Carolinians, Hinson said she was shocked when she heard the news Wednesday.

    “I didn’t know what to think,” she said.