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  • 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.”

  • Bruins salute golf standouts

    The Class AAAA state champion Lancaster High School golf team honored a host of golfers at the team’s awards night Friday.
    Senior golfer Brady Hinkle, who has signed to play at Coastal Carolina University, was presented the team’s Leadership Award.
    Hinkle, the Bruins captain, was a five-time all-region golfer.
    Senior Nick Mangano received the team’s Most Congenial Award for his sportsmanship and positive approach among opponents. Mangano has signed to play golf at Belmont-Abbey University.

  • President orders flags at half-staff

    President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff early Tuesday to honor the five shooting victims at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., after its mayor, Gavin Buckley, requested it.

    The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, in connection to the shooting.

    Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were killed Thursday when Ramos came into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom and shot them with a shotgun.

  • Dumpster full of toxic debris is hauled away from Main St.

    HEATH SPRINGS – Just in time for the July 4th parade on Wednesday, a smelly dumpster piled high with garbage and asbestos-laced construction materials has been removed from Main Street.

    A crew from Charlotte-based Environmental Holdings Group [EHG] picked up the dumpster about noon Friday after resealing it in plastic sheeting. The company specializes in the removal of asbestos and construction debris.

    Not only does the site look better, it smells better, said Elizabeth Harden, owner of a nearby daycare center impacted by the mess. 

  • Assisted-living resident, 85, was exposed to drug ecstasy

    An 85-year-old assisted-living resident tested positive for the illegal drug Ecstasy during a hospital stay last month, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.

    The woman lives at Heath Springs Residential Care Center, where her daughter said she must’ve been exposed. Her daughter told authorities there is no other explanation and that her mother doesn't even know what the drug is.

  • Cancer victim’s pot took circuitous route from Alaska

    Steven Michall never planned on becoming an outlaw, but his undying love for his dying wife turned him into one.

    Battling non-small cell lung cancer, Michall’s wife had the misfortune of being diagnosed in South Carolina, he said, where medical marijuana remains illegal – despite ongoing but failed bipartisan attempts by state lawmakers to change that amid objections from the state’s law enforcement establishment.

  • 1st episode of Lancaster documentary debuts

    The first episode of Travis Bell’s documentary film series about Lancaster has been released online.

    Titled “In a Little Town Like Lancaster,” the 27-minute episode features a compilation of nostalgic interviews with Lancaster natives recounting the Lancaster of their youth and their happy memories of the town. 

    “People love going back in time and recalling what Lancaster used to be like,” said Bell, Columbia photographer and Lancaster native who took on the project.