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As local overdoses skyrocket, a survivor traces the path from pills to needles to the morgue

Addiction's deadly allure

By Reece Murphy

First of four parts


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Community Foundation awards grants

By Kayla Vaughn

The Lancaster County Community Foundation has handed out its annual grants, totaling $9,600 this year.
The foundation held a reception earlier this month to celebrate the eight local nonprofits that are receiving the money.
The organizations include the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Christian Services, Classroom Central, HOPE in Lancaster, Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, Lancaster Promise Neighborhood, Palmetto Council-Boy Scouts of America and Samaritan’s Feet International.


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Stevens Park hosts Nature & Art Day

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – You don’t have to go to the mountains this weekend to enjoy a relaxing fall hike and some family fun.
You can do both from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the annual Nature & Art Day celebration at Stevens Park, 200 Close Circle.
Now in its third year, Nature and Art Day is hosted by the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) and is one of its signature events.
“We’re excited to be opening up the park for the community to learn and enjoy,” said KCPC General Coordinator Beverly Timmons.


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Lancaster man acquitted in child-sex case

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man accused of sexually abusing a child two years ago was found not guilty during his trial in Lancaster County General Sessions Court last week.
Michael Stephen Mobley, 38, formerly of 1948 Sunny Lane, faced a possible 25-year sentence in his Oct. 11 trial on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under age 11.


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Booth brouhaha pits VTIL leader against Fall Fest

By Reece Murphy

A spat over booth space has broken out between one of the leaders in Indian Land’s incorporation effort and the Indian Land Fall Festival.
Matt McCusker, a vice president of Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), accuses festival officials of intentionally blocking his group from renting a booth at the Oct. 28 event, Indian Land’s largest gathering of the year.
But festival officials Mike Neese and Robin King Hensel say they did no such thing, noting that McCusker simply missed the deadline for applying for a booth.


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State kicks in $40K for Kershaw playground equipment

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has received a $40,000 state grant to help replace the rotten playground equipment at Stevens Park, adding to a growing pot of money that will be used for the project.
The grant was awarded Oct. 12 by the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The announcement was made at Monday night’s town council meeting.
“It’s good news,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman, noting that the town plans to kick in an additional $10,000 in hospitality-tax money to construct new playground equipment.


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Crash kills 18-year-old

By Hannah Strong and Kayla Vaughn

An 18-year-old truck driver from the Midlands was killed Thursday morning when he ran a stop sign south of Kershaw and slammed into an oncoming pickup.
Zachary Blake Kirkland of Elgin, in the southern part of Kershaw County, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. His autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
Emergency personnel responded about 9:30 a.m. to the intersection of Shop and Winterwood roads, about half a mile south of Kershaw. A Dodge work truck carrying Kirkland had overturned in a ditch at the intersection.


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IL man pens self-help book

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Last KVLT speaker – Josh Arrants

By Hannah Strong

Naturalist Josh Arrants will wrap up this year’s Katawba Valley Land Trust Speaker Series on Thursday at USC Lancaster.


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10-year term for DUI crash that killed son

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday on charges related to a 2015 drunk-driving accident that killed one of his sons and injured another.
Lonnie Eugene Patterson, 36, of 1350 Camp Drive, pleaded guilty to felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and child endangerment.
At the Fairfield County Courthouse in Winnsboro, Circuit Judge Dan Hall sentenced Patterson to 10 years on each count, to run concurrently. He was facing a maximum of 52.5 years in prison, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said.


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