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Today's News

  • Man, 76 dies in collision with broken down truck

    A Lancaster man was killed after he crashed into the back of a broken down Comporium Communications truck on West Doc Garris Road on Thursday.

    John Curry, 76, of 3452 Oakridge Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:57 p.m. crash, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Lance Cpl. Kathy Hiles said the Comporium truck and a utility trailer behind it were partially in the road. A tow truck had arrived to pick up the Comporium truck.

    Curry was headed westbound in a 1968 pickup truck on West Doc Garris when he crashed into the back of the utility trailer.

  • Police reports " February 8, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A Kershaw man was charged with child endangerment and driving under the influence after a traffic stop on Feb. 2.

    Theodore Billy Humphries Jr., 38, 5169 Bethune Road, was charged with second offense DUI, child endangerment and open container.

    According to the report, an officer saw a car weaving in and out of lanes on S.C. 9 Bypass. The officer stopped the car just south of the S.C. 9 overpass. The officer saw a backseat passenger put on her seat belt as he approached the car, the report said.

  • Council tables rezoning request

    An ordinance that would have rezoned a small portion of Indian Land was tabled by Lancaster County Council on Monday.

    The proposed ordinance would have rezoned the property at 4172 Doby’s Bridge Road from a residential to a general commercial district.

    Councilman Larry McCullough, who represents Indian Land, motioned to table final reading of the ordinance until he could conduct more research on the neighborhood.

    “We had folks with opposing viewpoints who brought up, in my honest opinion, some good points,” McCullough said.

  • Eye & Laser Center receiving many calls for exam program

    The Eye & Laser Center in Lancaster is seeing a huge response in people looking to take advantage of a special discount.

    Last week, the center started its Sight Saver Eye Exams initiative, which allows the uninsured to receive a complete dilated eye exam for as low as $1.

    Each of the Eye & Laser Center’s four ophthalmologists will give three exams a week for as long as the center sees a need, said Dr. Malcolm Edwards.

  • AJ student’s play to be staged this week

    KERSHAW – There may be a playwright in the making, and you will have a chance to see his work before he makes it to the big stage.

    Ethan Wells, a senior at Andrew Jackson High School, has written a play called “Drifter.”

    His work placed in the top three in this year’s Palmetto Dramatic Association competition. Nearly 150 students statewide submitted entries.

    Wells is shocked that he won. His eyes open wide and his jaw drops when you ask him about it.

  • New home sales still brisk in IL development for seniors

    INDIAN LAND – The housing market bubble may have burst last year, but sales have remained strong in one Indian Land location – Sun City Carolina Lakes, which has continued to attract new homeowners.

    Developed by Del Webb, the Sun City development off U.S. 521 includes hundreds of homes, most ranging between almost $200,000 to over $400,000 each.

    Jon Hardy, president of Pulte Homes’ Charlotte market, said the development is progressing according to plan. Pulte Homes is Del Webb’s parent company.

  • Boone will ‘bend over backwards to help you’

    Elaine Boone had no idea she was going to be nominated for Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter award.

    Boone, who works in Lancaster County’s planning department, said it wasn’t until she opened her paycheck last month that she saw the award ballot inside with her name on it. Employees are nominated mainly by their own colleagues, with the final decision made by the county’s human resources department.

    Boone’s coworker, Penelope Karagounis, nominated her for the award, and the HR department revealed she won in late January.

  • New leaders take reins

    The Van Wyck Community Development Club is under new management. After 10 years with the same leadership, the club voted in new office holders in January.

    New officers are Ollie Bass, president; Chris Madden, vice president; Eloise Williams, secretary; and Kelly Bishop, treasurer.

    Retiring club secretary Betty Broome said she is excited about the change, adding that new people bring new ideas and energy.

    For 20 years, Broome has been a member of the club, which was formed in the 1940s. The club is responsible for the upkeep of the Van Wyck Community Center.

  • From Bruins quarterback to Highway Patrol’s top cop

    Kenny Lancaster quarterbacked for the Lancaster High School Bruins football team from his sophomore to senior seasons.

    He played golf, wrestled and ran track for the Bruins. He graduated from Lancaster High in 1985.

    After high school, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Ken Lancaster, a 30-year veteran of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Lancaster is a 20-year veteran of the S.C. Highway Patrol. His most recent assignment was major in charge of field operations for the lower state.

  • More than 4,000 jobless in county

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate increased by more than 1 percent in December.

    The unemployment rate for the county rose to 13.9 percent, up from 12.5 percent in November, according to the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Lynda Burke, area director for the S.C. Employment Security Commission, said this translates to more than 4,000 unemployed workers in the county, out of a labor force of almost 30,000 workers.