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  • Wreck victim was leaving site of reported altercation

    A Heath Springs man who crashed his car and died Sept. 28 had assaulted a relative moments earlier, appeared to have been drinking and injured himself severely before driving away, according to a sheriff’s report.
    Gregory Blackmon, 35, was killed when his car ran off McIlwain Road shortly after 5 p.m. and overturned, throwing him from the wreckage.
    At 5:22, Richard Hinson of Kershaw called 911 and reported an altercation with Blackmon after an argument over a car. Hinson is the uncle of Blackmon’s wife, Jessica.

  • Firefighter descends 42-foot pit to rescue injured kitten

    Landmark News Service

    The Richburg Fire Department lowered a firefighter into a 42-foot-deep pit at an industrial site Tuesday in an attempt to save a weeks-old kitten that had fallen into the hole.
    Firefighter Scotty Hill hauled up the kitten and rushed it to a veterinarian, but the animal died Wednesday from injuries suffered in the fall.

  • Fill the Boot raising money for muscular dystrophy aid

    The Lancaster Fire Department is collecting donations for its Fill the Boot fundraiser at Walmart on the bypass Friday afternoon.
    The annual fundraiser collects money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), which helps kids and adults struggling with muscular dystrophy, ALS and any related muscle-debilitating diseases. It also contributes to groundbreaking research, support groups and care centers.

  • Resolute selling Catawba plant for $300 million

    Resolute Forest Products is selling its Catawba paper mill – the old Bowater plant, a major regional employer since the 1950s – to a California-based maker of cardboard-box materials for $300 million.
    Under the agreement’s terms, buyer New-Indy Containerboard will offer employment to all 460 Catawba employees when the sale is finished, likely around year-end, Resolute said in a statement.

  • Fixing risky crossing

    Two Buford business owners are unhappy over a proposal for Lancaster County’s second traffic roundabout, designed to reduce wrecks at the odd-angled intersection of S.C. 522 and Taxahaw Road.
    “It’s going to ruin us and is digging me a deeper hole trying to stay here,” he said.
    Wayne Hinson is a third-generation storeowner whose family-run business, Hinson’s Trading Post, has been at the intersection since 1937. He has weathered business peaks and valleys for 40 years, but this this issue might make him shut the store’s doors.

  • VFW car show rolling into Indian Land Fall Fest

    Chris McGinn
    For The Lancaster News

    Rev up your engines and wipe down the dash because the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual Honor Our Heroes car show is coming to the Indian Land Fall Festival on Nov. 3.
    Indian Land VFW Post 12136 hosts the annual event as part of its community involvement mission.
    “It’s a win-win,” said IL VFW Commander Jim Taylor, who’s organizing the show. The VFW gets to help the community, as well as build awareness of its programs.

  • Fire Safety Expo this Saturday in Walmart parking lot

    The Lancaster Fire Department is hosting its 24th-annual Fire Safety Expo this Saturday. It’s a family-fun event that doubles as a course in fire safety.
    The free event, held every October, runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass West in Lancaster. It will kickoff National Fire Prevention Week, which begins Sunday and promotes fire safety, especially among youngsters.
    Fire engines and ladder trucks from every station around the county will be on display, along with dozens of business and informational booths.

  • K-9 unit finds marijuana at Lancaster High

    A 16-year-old student was arrested on drug charges Tuesday morning at Lancaster High School after a routine search by a K-9 unit.
    Lancaster police officers found a container of marijuana in the teen’s bag, along with a cigar that had its tobacco contents removed and was rewrapped with marijuana.
    According to Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety director, the student was transported to the Municipal Justice Center.

  • Citing storm, S.C. extends deadline for voter signup until Oct. 17

    COLUMBIA – The voter-registration deadline for November’s general election has been extended to Oct. 17 statewide in response to the continuing Hurricane Florence recovery.
    A Richland County court issued the order to extend the cut-off date by 10 days after S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a lawsuit Friday requesting it. The state’s normal registration deadline is 30 days before an election.

  • Bond boosters make case

    November’s election ballot includes the county’s first bond referendum to fund recreational facilities – $19 million for five projects stretching from Indian Land to Kershaw.
    Supporters of the referendum, who are making their case to taxpayers at community meetings, say the need is obvious.