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  • Rao Ride at USCL on Saturday

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will be the location for the seventh annual Rao Ride set for Saturday.

    The Rao Ride is named for the late Mike Rao, a state trooper who began his law enforcement career in Lancaster.

    Rao was killed in 2002 after he was hit by a car while assisting a motorist in Clarendon County. Rao’s parents, Sal and Lois, live in Lancaster and assist officers in organizing the motorcycle ride each year.

  • Hi Kee program set to begin at Steele Hill AME Zion

    INDIAN LAND – There are only a few days left to sign up for a summer program that promises to provide educational and fun opportunities for children of various ages.

    The Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program will run from June 8 to July 17. The annual program, held at Steele Hill AME Zion Church, offers a variety of engaging activities to help students with reading, math and other skills.

    It’s open to Lancaster County children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

    It costs $25 per student to attend the program. The last day to sign up is Friday.

  • Indian Land tower about to get do-over

    INDIAN LAND - The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District is hoping the second time will be the charm for the lettering on its new Indian Land water tower.

    The tower near Indian Land High School was recently painted to include the initials for the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District in big blue letters on two sides.

  • Kershaw man flown to hospital after assault

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man was airlifted to a Columbia hospital after an assault in there early Saturday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to East Third Street about 12:15 a.m. Saturday and spoke with the 49-year-old victim. The report said the man was bleeding heavily from the head and mouth.

    The man told deputies that he was walking from his friend’s house on East Fourth Street. He said he passed by a Springs Street home where four men were standing outside.

  • Founders dedicates rebuilt clock tower

    Jim Williams had one word for the restored Lancaster Plant clock tower at a dedication ceremony Friday – fantastic.

    “It’s just fantastic and beyond my expectations,” he said.

    The clock tower, which originally stood at Springs Industries’ Lancaster Plant, was dismantled when the historic mill closed in 2003 after more than a century in operation.

    The Lancaster Plant, one of the first of the company that would evolve into Springs Global, was once considered the largest textile mill in the world under one roof.

  • City approves Streetscape funding

    Lancaster City Council has given officials the OK to proceed with Streetscape – its Main Street beautification project.

    Council voted on Tuesday to approve two different ordinances that deal with the city’s application for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  

    That grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • Fort Lawn chief faces charge, loses job

    FORT LAWN – Mike Revels was arrested Wednesday and then fired from his job as Fort Lawn police chief.

    He turned himself in to State Law Enforcement Division agents Wednesday morning. He has been charged with one count of misconduct in office.

    Chester County Magistrate Dianne Moore set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and he was released after being booked.

    The charge relates to a period when Revels was police chief in Great Falls.

  • Tunnell: Call center training almost a reality

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A new workforce training program is one step closer to becoming a reality in Lancaster County.

  • Arrest made in Kershaw assault

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man has been charged in an assault that sent a man to a Columbia hospital over the weekend.

    Cash Pierre Young, 19, 5206 Sandy Lane, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault and battery, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to East Third Street about 12:15 a.m. Saturday and spoke with the 49-year-old victim. The report said the man was bleeding heavily from the head and mouth.

  • 1 man arrested in store robbery

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    One man has been charged in an armed robbery at Hot Deals clothing store Wednesday night in which a store employee was hit on the back of a head with a pistol.

    Demarco Fonte Blair, 19, 525-B Meeting St., has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with armed robbery.