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  • Heath Springs adopts budget

    HEATH SPRINGS – Even with its mayor absent, Heath Springs Town Council is moving along with the town’s business.

    Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday, June 18, to adopt its $596,175 budget for 2013-14, which includes an increase in water and sewer rates.

    The vote was 3-0. 

    Mayor Ann Taylor and Councilwoman Ida Drakeford were not at the meeting.

  • Hells Angels members sentenced

    COLUMBIA – Drug trafficking and money laundering are just some of the charges against two Lancaster men sentenced in federal court Wednesday, June 19, for their participation in the Rock Hill Hells Angels. 

    Hells Angels Charter President Mark “Lightning” Baker, 50, and David “Gravel Dave” Oiler, 49, were each sentenced after having been convicted by a jury of racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking, money laundering and firearm offenses, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. 

  • Council members, Tunnell debate construction of LCEDC building

    A tense mood and concerns about negativity weighed heavily on a debate earlier this month between county officials about plans for a new economic development building. 

    Words such as “misunderstanding” and “negative tone” were brought up at Lancaster County Council’s meeting  June 10 during a discussion about the next step for constructing a new home for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.

  • Local student accepted at Governor’s School

    A former Lancaster High School student has been accepted as a student at the prestigious S.C. Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics in Hartsville.

    Brooke Christensen, 16, is one of only 122 rising juniors in the state accepted at the residential academy for academically gifted students.

    Brooke, the daughter of Hallie and Lon Christensen of Lancaster, said she decided to apply for the school almost on a lark after years of hearing both her parents and teachers suggest she apply.

  • Employee raises in 2013-14 Kershaw budget

    KERSHAW – Town of Kershaw employees will see more money in their paychecks.

    On Monday, June 17, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed final reading of the town’s $3.5 million budget for 2013-14, which includes a 3 percent across-the-board raise for town employees. Town Administrator Bryan Pettit said those salary hikes cost about $25,000 – increasing the budget by about 5.7 percent from 2012-13.

    While the town’s 17 employees will get paid more, town residents will pay more in property taxes.

  • Truck accident claims Kershaw man

    A head-on collision on Gold Mine Highway (S.C. 601) claimed the life of a Kershaw man, Monday, June 17.

    The accident happened about 5:10 p.m. in the Flat Creek community near Haile Gold Mine, according to emergency radio chatter.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris identified the deceased Tuesday afternoon as 61-year-old Ronnie Lee Cranford of Kershaw.

  • Man fatally injured crossing highway

    RICHBURG – A man who was living at the Relax Inn in Richburg was fatally injured when he attempted to cross Lancaster Highway (S.C. 9) about 11 p.m. Monday.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Bobby Tony Clark, 41, and his girlfriend were living at the motel, which is near I-77, and had walked across the street to the BP station.

    When the couple realized Clark had left his wallet in the room, Clark left to go get it.

  • Taylor gets community development service award

    Ann Taylor was recently recognized for her many years of service to Heath Springs.

    Taylor, who’s been mayor of the county's smallest municipality since 1990, received the Hettie Ricket Leadership Award last month in North Myrtle Beach.

    The S.C. Community Development Association presented the award, which honors those who are community-development leaders. The group is affiliated with the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

  • Troubled bridges over county waters

    A new study has ranked Lancaster County’s bridges some of the worst in South Carolina. 

    According to a AAA Carolinas study released earlier this month, which evaluates and ranks the state’s top substandard bridges on an annual basis, Lancaster County had the second highest percentage of substandard bridges in the state, at 40 percent. 

    Charleston County edged out Lancaster County for the top spot, at 42 percent, with Edgefield (34 percent) and Aiken (31 percent) trailing close behind. 

  • Forever father figure

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    In 2004, TV Guide ranked John Walton Sr. as No. 3 on its list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.
    That sort of prominence will never escape actor Ralph Waite, who portrayed Walton Sr. in the long-running "The Waltons" TV series.   
     Waite, who was in the Carolinas in late April filming a six-part short-form miniseries, “Old Henry,” for INSP, still walks in Walton’s shoes.