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  • Kershaw man dies almost two weeks after motorcycle crash

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man has died after he was involved in a motorcycle crash on April 26.

    Michael Gary Holden, 41, 6373 N. Matson St., died May 8.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said Holden was driving his 1996 Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Country Club Drive in Kershaw about 8:15 p.m. April 26 when he ran off the right side of the road and hit a ditch.

    Holden was not wearing a helmet, Gaskin said. He was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia.

  • Council OKs franchise for private ambulance service

    Lancaster County Council has approved a new ambulance service to operate in the county.

    The private ambulance service, called American TransMed Inc., was given the go-ahead to operate a franchise in the county on Monday. Council voted 6-1 in favor of the measure, with Councilman Cotton Cole dissenting.

    Greg Kirby, president of American TransMed, and Emergency Medical Services Director Lanny Bernard answered questions from council.

  • New traffic light being installed on S.C. 160

    INDIAN LAND – A new traffic light could soon help manage the surge in motorists on S.C. 160 in Indian Land.

    The traffic light is being installed at the intersection of S.C. 160 and Rosemont Boulevard.

    John McKay, maintenance engineer for the S.C. Department of Transportation, said installation is almost complete, and signs have already been ordered for the intersection.

    The light was approved by SCDOT, but work is being completed by a developer.

  • County Council considers Made in the USA resolution

    Lancaster County Council is considering a resolution that would place an emphasis on buying American-made goods.

    But some council members admit it may be a tough guideline to follow.

    Council Chairman Fred Thomas introduced the idea at Monday’s meeting. The idea for the resolution developed from a request by the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

    The proposed resolution, called the 2009 Resolution on the Spending of Federal Economic Renewal Grants, lists several ways the county can help turn the economy around.

  • Man, 23, hit by gunshot while riding in car near Kershaw

    KERSHAW – A Lancaster man was shot in the neck while riding in a car on Fork Hill Road on May 3, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to an incident report, deputies were called to 406 E. Richland St. in Kershaw because someone there had a gunshot wound.

    Officers found the 23-year-old victim inside a car, bleeding from the neck.

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported him to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room.

  • Man takes gun from invasion suspect

    A Lancaster man held a home invasion suspect at gunpoint with the suspect’s own gun while waiting on sheriff’s deputies to arrive Tuesday.

    Ryan Dale Evans, 17, of 1432 Avery Lane, was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted armed robbery, possession of a pistol under 21 and possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Police reports - May 10, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - A Waxhaw man was arrested on several charges after a traffic stop on May 5.

    Christopher Gerald Yost, 39, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, simple possession of marijuana and open container violation.

    The report said an officer stopped Yost because the van he was driving did not have a working license tag light.

    The report said Yost refused to take field sobriety and breath-analysis tests.

  • County looks at business licenses

    Almost four years after defeating a motion to institute business licenses in the county, Lancaster County Council is once again discussing the measure.

    Councilman Larry McCullough brought the issue to council as a discussion item Monday.

    He said several issues developed in the last few weeks, including the problem of tracking businesses within the county.

    McCullough said he talked to each council member individually and to the president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., Keith Tunnell, before Monday’s meeting.

  • Heath Springs' Web site emphasizes town’s charm

    HEATH SPRINGS – Lancaster County’s smallest town is billed as having “quiet, affordable, small-town charm just 40 minutes from downtown Charlotte.”

    The town’s Web site, www.townofheathsprings.org, went live recently, Mayor Ann Taylor told fellow council members April 21.

    The Web site was donated by MyWebSiteGuys.com, a company owned by Keith Tunnell, president of Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

  • Teen hit by pickup truck

    A teenager was hit by a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon, but suffered only minor injuries.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said the teen pedestrian was struck about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday on Springdale Road.

    Gaskin said the teen was attempting to cross Springdale Road when a 1982 Ford pickup truck struck him. The truck was traveling northbound.

    “He walked in front of the pickup truck and got struck,” Gaskin said.

    He was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.