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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Korean group tours Lancaster

    As her tour group moved quickly through the ornate rooms of the Hollywood Beach railcar, HeeJong Park made sure to take a few pictures along the way.

    With her digital camera in hand, Park snapped photos throughout the luxury railcar, from the dining car to the cabins to the glass-ceiling sun room. The train, which was one of two deluxe charter trains parked at Lancaster’s L&C Railway, was just a stop along the way for Park and the rest of her tour group.

  • 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.

  • Trio seeks to stay alive

    A trio of county  prep softball teams are bidding to stay alive in the state playoffs.

    Andrew Jackson, Buford and Lancaster each has a loss in the playoffs.

    Lancaster and AJ faced elimination games Tuesday, while Buford travels to Dixie High of Due West today seeking two wins over the Lady Hornets to take the district title.

    Lancaster stayed alive in the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs on Monday night, taking a 7-4 win over Westside High of Anderson.

  • AJ to begin interviews

    KERSHAW The move to hire a new football coach at Andrew Jackson High School reaches the interview stage this week.

    AJ High school officials, according to Volunteers’ athletic director Dale Reeves, will be interviewing “between 10-12” candidates for the job. The vacancy occurred April 17 when Volunteers’ coach Louis Clyburn resigned to take the job of head football coach and athletic director at North Central High School in Kershaw County.

  • 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.

  • Blackmon to lead Post 31 baseball

    Lancaster High School baseball coach Brett Blackmon will guide the 2009 Lancaster American Legion Post 31 baseball team in its 66th season.

    Blackmon, a Lancaster native who played high school baseball in Lancaster, is coming off his first season as the Lancaster High School head baseball  coach.

    In 21 seasons as a high school head baseball coach, Blackmon has a 254-209 record.

    Blackmon has also served as a North-South All-Star coach on two occasions.