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  • Council supports proposal to build war memorial in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man is leading the charge to build a war memorial in Lancaster County’s smallest incorporated town.

    David Williams presented a proposal to Heath Springs Town Council on Tuesday night. He said a war memorial honoring all branches of the military could be built where the old water tower was recently torn down.

    “Nothing is carved in stone, but let me give you some of the details,” Williams told council members.

  • 2 face charges in unrelated assaults

    Two people have been arrested in connection with unrelated assaults on Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Shawn Pearson, 33, of 6514 Carolina St., Kershaw, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    The report said a Kershaw deputy was approached by a man who said that someone had been stabbed repeatedly at a Carolina Street home about 6 p.m. The deputy went to the home, where Pearson lives, and found the 27-year-old man lying in a pool of blood.

  • City tweaks application for hospitality tax grants

    Lancaster City Council has made some adjustments to its application and process for handling grants requests for hospitality tax funding.

    A specially appointed committee will now meet quarterly – instead of once a year as it had before – to review applications and make recommendations to council.

    An organization can only be approved once per fiscal year for hospitality tax funding, and the most the city will award to a group is 50 percent of the total cost of the function or project.

    That amount of funding awarded will not exceed $25,000.

  • Kershaw elects new mayor

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has a new mayor and two new council members.

    Wayne Rhodes won the mayor’s race in a special election Tuesday. He won with 240 votes, to Jody Connell’s 54, and Pam Johnson’s 23. Rhodes has served as a councilman on Town Council in the past.

    In the District 2 race, Michael Cook won with 32 votes to Sherry Hunter’s 16.

    Former Town Councilwoman Genny Hendrix will serve once again on council, winning the at-large seat with 175 votes to Sonya Poole’s 134.

  • Heath Springs man charged in shooting at Pageland club

    PAGELAND – Chesterfield County deputies have charged a man in a July 4 shooting at a night club near Pageland.

    Melvin Lee Sowell Jr., 21, of 108 Harris St., Heath Springs, was charged July 13 with assault and battery with intent to kill. His father escorted him to authorities, where Sowell turned himself in.

    Sowell is accused of firing a gun in the Styx Night Club and wounding a Kershaw man.

    The Styx Night Club is near the Lancaster County line west of Pageland.

  • Police department establishes new tip line

    The Lancaster Police Department is still looking for leads in a July 10 shooting that left a 26-year-old Lancaster man dead and hopes a new crime information hotline will yield tips in the case.

    Larry Curtis Duncan, of 316 S. Hughes St., was killed in the shooting earlier this month.

    The shooting happened at 110 N. Willowlake Road, and police were called to the residence at 2:35 a.m.

    Duncan was found lying in the front yard of the home, where his mother lives. He had been shot at least once in the chest.

  • 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.