• Roads more deadly in '07

    Seven more people died on Lancaster County roads in 2007 than the year before, and the S.C. Highway Patrol points to alcohol use and the failure to use seat belts as major reasons for the spike.

    In 2007, 16 crashes in the county resulted in 17 fatalities. That's up substantially from 2006, when 10 crashes resulted in 10 fatalities.

    About half of the fatal crashes in the county last year were alcohol-related and about 70 percent are tied to non seat-belt use, Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson said. Other key factors have been speeding and failing to yield to other vehicles.

  • 15 more arrests made in drug roundup

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office's Operation Rolling Thunder continued over the weekend with more arrests.

    Twelve people had been arrested in the drug operation on Friday, with sheriff's officials saying that arrests would continue Saturday and Sunday.

    The sheriff's office conducted two search warrants on Friday and confiscated drugs, guns and stolen stereos.

  • BHS student hurt in wreck

    A Buford High School student was injured early Tuesday when he drove in front of a tractor-trailer truck at the intersection of Pageland Highway and Rocky River Road.

    Christopher Wren Jones, 17, of 254 Knollwood Apartments, was the driver, said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskins.

    Jones was taken to Carolina Medical Center by ambulance. Rescue workers at the scene wanted to fly Jones to the Charlotte hospital, but fog had its flight services grounded for the morning.

    A CMC spokeswoman said late Tuesday that Jones was in fair condition.

  • Sandhill cranes make rare pit stop in county

    A long-legged bird made a rare stop in Lancaster County last week.

    West Doc Garris Road resident Cricket Harper said he saw a group of six strange birds eating in his open fields on Jan. 2. Harper's son, Tim, saw the birds during a deer hunting expedition on Dec. 29.

    At first, Harper thought the birds were turkeys.

    "Then I thought, 'A turkey is not gray,'" Harper said. "We were just so excited to see those birds."

  • Elon University's Clyburn tapped to lead AJ football program

    KERSHAW - Andrew Jackson High School has tapped the college football ranks for the Volunteers' new head football coach.

    Louis Clyburn, 35, is the Vols' ninth football coach. He was selected from a field of more than 55 applicants.

    Clyburn, who comes to AJ from Elon University in Elon, N.C., replaces Ernie Hughes. Hughes resigned Nov. 29 at the Class AA school after leading the Vols for five seasons and going 20-35 with four postseason bids.

    "We feel great about coach Clyburn," said AJ athletic director Dale Reeves. "We can't wait to get him here and get him started.

  • Kanawha CEO retires

    Stan Johnson has bid farewell to the company where he spent half of his career in the insurance industry.

    Johnson, 64, stepped down at the end of 2007 as chief executive officer and president of Kanawha Insurance after 22 years.

    "It has been an interesting career," he said from his nearly empty office in downtown Lancaster, where Kanawha has been headquartered since 1958.

    "My significant accomplishment is that the company continues, has grown and is still in downtown Lancaster," Johnson said. "We also have a good future with Humana."

  • Readers can access Gateway online

    The Carolina Gateway is online at www.thelancasternews.com in a temporary form until the Gateway's new Web site is completed this year.

    Carolina Gateway readers will be able to download an Adobe PDF file or view the site in Acrobat Reader.

    Users of The Lancaster News' Web site may now use an archive search on the site. An application is on the site as a beta test.

    Readers will be able to search the archives for any story published after Oct 17, 2007. A more extensive archive of stories and obituaries from The Lancaster News is planned for later.

  • Mussel still a cramp to development

    County Council will take a vote Monday night on a new zoning district designed to protect an endangered mussel.

    County officials have been meeting with developers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work on an overlay zoning district to protect the Carolina heelsplitter. The proposed overlay district would only affect property in the Six Mile Creek basin in Indian Land.

    A small number of heelsplitters were found in the creek in early 2006. Since then, officials have been grappling with how to deal with the federally protected species in a high-growth area.

  • Mulvaney to serve on Judiciary Committee

    The 2008 Legislative Session begins this week, and it is shaping up to be a busy year for District 45 Rep. Mick Mulvaney.

    "Last year, I asked our leadership to give me as much as they thought I could handle, and evidently they took me seriously," Mulvaney said.

    Last month, House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston and Dorchester counties) placed Mulvaney on the Judiciary Committee.

    Mulvaney sees it as an opportunity, and one that has strong ties to the past in his district.

  • Officers arrest 12 in drug roundup

    You may have seen a helicopter hovering over areas of Lancaster County on Friday.

    It was the S.C. National Guard, helping the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office look for criminals from the sky as part of Operation Rolling Thunder.

    Friday's operation was the final phase of a six-month drug operation, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.