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  • Dust-up over dirt roads

    Lancaster County bush-hogged some overgrowth and hauled in some gravel last month to repair a remote dirt road with a locked gate limiting public access.

    A handful of taxpayers are livid about that.

    They showed up at the last county council meeting to talk about Timberline Road, a red-clay 2.1-mile stretch off Camden Road, at the far eastern edge of the county south of S.C. 9. The road was repaired by the county June 11-14. 

  • Speedway owner, sons charged in altercation deputy labels ‘total chaos’

    The owner of Lancaster Motor Speedway had a rowdy Fourth of July, and he ended up in jail facing domestic violence and assault charges.

    Brandy Baker, who also owns Brandy Baker Trucking in Heath Springs, was charged with third-degree domestic violence and third-degree assault and battery after an incident at his lake home, according to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • White hot from the white tees

    Lancaster golfer Scott Roberts, the five-time Lancaster Golf Club champion, continues his links assault on the LGC records.
    Two weeks ago, Roberts shot a sizzling 56 (29-27) from the silver tees at the Lancaster Golf Club for a new mark. LGC pro Phil Small said Roberts’ 56 was the first time in his memory a golfer had broken 60 in a round.
    Then on Tuesday, the former Buford High School golf standout, a 1989 BHS graduate and Lancaster High School golf coach, notched another milestone, shooting a 60 from the white tees, playing 6,100 yards over 18 holes.

  • LDB Ozone stars win district crown

    Lancaster Dixie Youth Baseball Ozone League All-Stars competed in the District 2 Championship Tournament in Lewisville June 23 – 30.
    Lancaster, with a 3-2 win over Fort Mill, captured the tournament title to secure a state championship tournament bid.
    The Lancaster Ozone stars open play in the state tournament in Union at the Timken Complex on Saturday at noon when they face Greer. Opening ceremonies are today.
    Lancaster opened play June 23 when it beat Lewisville, 13-4.

  • Van Wyck enacts property-upkeep rules

    New rules governing property upkeep and littering are now in effect for the town of Van Wyck.

    At its July 2 meeting, the town council voted unanimously on final reading to adopt the new rules, which basically mirror those ordinances already on the books for the county. 

    Council members Cassandra Watkins and Xavier Kee were absent for the vote, though both had supported the new rules when presented for first reading last month.

  • Last of 3 suspects surrenders in hit-and-run of IL man, son

    The third and final suspect in a hit-and-run that seriously injured an Indian Land businessman and his young son has turned himself in to authorities.

    Ralph Cornelius Hall, 20, of Des Moines, Iowa, is facing a felony charge of a passenger fleeing an accident causing injury or death, in addition to a misdemeanor larceny charge, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

  • 2 projects may bring 400 jobs to county

    Lancaster County is close to landing two large employers that would bring a total of $43 million in investment, more than 400 jobs and one corporate headquarters to the county.

    The unidentified companies, code-named Project Green Onion and Project Wine, have been on the county’s radar screen for 18 months and three months, respectively, said Lancaster County Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.

  • 2 drivers die in head-on collision

    A Lancaster man and a Heath Springs woman driving separate vehicles died June 29 in a head-on collision in Kershaw County.

    The Kershaw County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Steven Edward Rutledge, 41, and Debra Catoe Izzard, 61. They had no passengers.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Izzard was traveling west on Flat Rock Road shortly before 2:30 p.m. when Rutledge, who was heading east, crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle head-on.

    Both victims were wearing seatbelts, and both died at the scene.

  • Low-key mayoral race winding down

    Three months of low-key campaigning for a five-month job is wrapping up, and Lancaster voters will choose their next major Tuesday.

    Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, James “Butch” Flynn, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty are running to fill the remaining months of the late Mayor John Howard’s term.

    Garris, a 10-year city council veteran who has been acting mayor since Howard entered the hospital in January, said she has been working double-time filling in as mayor and campaigning day-to-day. 

  • 2nd test on 85-year-old finds no illegal drugs

    A second drug test on an 85-year-old assisted-living resident has come up negative for ecstasy, and investigators are still trying to determine why she tested positive for the illegal drug last month.

    “We are still investigating the case to see whether she had it in her, if there was a false-positive result or whether there was a lab mix-up,” said Doug Barfield, spokeman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s still an open investigation.”