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  • ZF Lemforder to close plant

    A company that has produced automotive suspension systems in Lancaster since 1999 will close its operations here within the next 13 months.

    ZF Lemforder, located in the Lancaster Business Park, announced Wednesday its intention to consolidate with a ZF plant in Gainesville, Ga. The 90,000 square-foot plant will slow down production next year and plans to close completely by September 2010.

    There are now 108 employees at the facility.  

    The company will work with the employees on severance packages and possibly relocating

  • McKinney hopes to save dealership

    David McKinney Jr. is usually busy at his car dealership in Lancaster, but Tuesday was a little different.

    He spent much of the day in Washington, D.C., knocking on the doors of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

    McKinney, owner of Lancaster Dodge Chrysler Jeep Inc., went to the nation’s capital hoping to give some perspective on the problems car dealers are facing across the country.

  • Boy, 11, drowns in pool

    An 11-year-old boy drowned in the family pool Friday after apparently becoming entangled in the pool’s cover.

    Charles Matthew “Matt” Schumpert was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital at 7:42 p.m., Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said.

    Morris said Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services was called to Schumpert’s home in the Buford community about 6 p.m.

    EMS workers attempted to revive him and took him to the emergency room where rescue attempted continued.

  • Man robbed at gunpoint in home invasion

    A Lancaster man told police that two men kicked in the door of his Miller Street home early Tuesday morning and demanded money at gunpoint.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the 31-year-old man said he was playing a video game and talking to a friend on the phone about 2 a.m. when he heard someone knocking at the door. He said he didn’t go to the door and told whoever it was to leave, the report said.

  • Businessman dies in cycle wreck

    Family members of Matthew Keller are mourning the sudden loss of a loved one who’s being remembered for his kind spirit and love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

    Keller, a Lancaster resident originally from the San Francisco area, died Sunday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident.

    He was 55.

    Keller was riding a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle just before 5 p.m. when he collided with a pickup at the intersection of Camp Creek and Daystar roads.

    Keller died at the scene. Nobody else was hurt, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Call center training begins on Monday

    Some Lancaster County residents hit hardest by the nation’s economic downturn will be able to receive call center training later this month.

    York Technical College, in partnership with Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., will begin offering classes in Lancaster to prepare residents for call center and customer care jobs.

    The first four-week class begins Monday at Lancaster High School and is filling up fast, according to York Tech officials. Workforce Investment Act-qualified residents and the public will be accepted into the training.

  • 4 accused of Ecstasy trafficking

    Three Lancaster men and another former Lancaster resident have been charged with drug trafficking in a case investigated by both Lancaster and York counties.

    Matthew Tyrell Curry, 21, of 1177 Shiloh Drive, and Robert Deon Montgomery, 20, of 1704 Great Falls Highway, have been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with trafficking in Ecstasy.

  • Groundbreaking for new courthouse set for Sept. 14

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the county’s new courthouse is slated for Sept. 14.

    Before the old courthouse burned, County Council was considering building a court facility that would house the solicitor, public defender, family court and other agencies, such as the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and the local office of the S.C. Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

    The historic courthouse was still being used a working court facility before the fire.

  • Pleasant Valley Fire Department seeking stimulus funds for building

    INDIAN LAND – The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department recently applied for federal stimulus funds that could help with the construction of its new station.

    Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Paul Blackwelder said the department applied for a $1.9 million grant. He’s optimistic about receiving the funds, but said he’s not sure when the department will learn if its request was approved.

    “You hope for it, but you can’t depend on it until you get it,” Blackwelder said. “You can’t count your chickens until they hatch.”

  • City declines to fund back-to-school bash

    The start of school is around the corner and area children will soon need the paper, pencils and other materials required for the first school day.

    The second annual block party at South Side Park is one of several events locally that will give away supplies to the youth in attendance.

    City Councilman Kenny Hood had requested that the city give $500 to buy hot dogs and supplies for the July 25 block party.

    But council voted 4-3 Tuesday in favor of denying the request.