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  • 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.

  • Council debates local road project priorities

    Several Lancaster County Council members were reluctant Monday to approve a list of recommended road projects, though the list eventually passed.  

    Council members Cotton Cole and Larry McCullough had reservations about a list that included the proposed Dave Lyle Boulevard extension as a top priority.

    The list, which prioritizes road projects for the county, is used as a recommendation to the Catawba Regional Council of Governments’ Transportation Improvement Program.

  • Denim Day not about a casual matter

    Many women and three men dressed down in their denim to raise awareness at Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault’s first Denim Day luncheon on April 22.

    April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. PCASA held the lunch at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Deputies mourn Roberts' death

    Monday was a sad day for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office as officers and staff mourned the loss of Sgt. Stacey Roberts.

    Roberts, 40, died after he crashed his motorcycle into a car on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

    The driver of a 1994 Honda –  Jordan Smith, 22, of Columbia – was also killed.

    Lt. Brad Redfearn of the Rock Hill Police Department said Roberts was driving a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle on Heckle Boulevard as Smith was turning onto Heckle Boulevard from an apartment complex on Wade Hampton Boulevard.