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Deputy dies after collapse at training event

By Kayla Vaughn

A veteran Lancaster County law officer died Tuesday after collapsing at a training event.

Sheriff's Deputy James Kirk Jr., 57, of Lancaster was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he later died from an apparent medical condition, according to a statement from sheriff's Maj. Matt Shaw, issued at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday. A specific cause of death is still unknown.

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Pinckney’s widow: ‘You never know the cards that you are going to be dealt’

Stay ‘prayed up,’ ready for change

By Mandy Catoe

Jennifer Pinckney is a survivor.
Three years ago, she and her 6-year-old daughter, Malana, crouched under a desk as bullets pierced the walls around them.


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Nice day for a ride

The American Legion Riders of South Carolina’s state Legacy Ride covers 600 miles in 3 days and supports a scholarship fund for children of fallen military and disabled veterans. The ride stopped at Lancaster's Post 31 on Saturday.

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Former IL volleyball coach Seidel files suit

By Hal Millard

The former coach of the Indian Land High girls’ volleyball team, whose brief tenure at the school ended last year before his team played its first regular season game, is now suing for back pay, according to a lawsuit.
In his suit filed April 3, James P. Seidel has demanded the Lancaster County School District pay him $2,161 in coach’s supplemental pay that he argues the district promised him in writing upon his departure from the school.


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Van Wyck sticks with UDO for now

By Greg Summers

VAN WYCK – Anyone who wants to build in the county’s newest town must follow the county regulations spelled out in the Unified Development Ordinance.
The Lancaster County Council unanimously voted March 9 for a memorandum of understanding with Van Wyck to keep the UDO in place for now. In other words, nothing will change until Van Wyck gets its is own zoning ordinances in place.
“You remember it took a year and a half for us to do that,” said County Attorney John Weaver, noting that the county UDO rewrite took from March 2015 to October 2016.


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No arrests yet in hit-and-run

By Hal Millard

Amber Green of Indian Land is just 42 years old.
“But in the past week,” she said, “I feel like I’ve aged 10 years.”
A week ago, her son, Wilkie, 4, and husband, Nathan, 41, were run over after an unidentified teen just south of Charlotte stole a case of beer from a Blakeney Village grocery and jumped into a waiting getaway car.


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Craft Stand owner running for mayor

By Mark Manicone

The mayoral race expanded yet again Monday and now includes a fifth candidate.
Don Geraghty, co-owner of The Craft Stand on Main Street, has filed in the special mayoral election to fill the term of the late Mayor John Howard. It’s his first run for public office.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” said Geraghty, 44. “I’m not a Lancaster native, but I’ve met the best people in my life here, and I want to see the city prosper.”


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Steve Harper: ‘This ranks at the very top of the good-news scale’

Lancaster County joining I-77 Alliance

By Greg Summers

RICHBURG – Almost four years after giving Lancaster the economic brushoff for membership, the I-77 Alliance has warmed up to include the county in the regional partnership that lures businesses to the area.
The county will join the alliance, which includes Chester, Fairfield, Richland and York counties, on July 1.
“As far as I’m concerned, this ranks at the very top of the good-news scale,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper. “This is really a great day in Lancaster….


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Our own Special Olympics

Lancaster County held its first Special Olympics Friday at Springdale Recreation Center. Here are a few moments from the games.


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Norman trumpets Trump’s record

By Greg Summers

INDIAN LAND – Rep. Ralph Norman told Sun City residents Thursday that he expects to see legislation passed this year on immigration reform, the building of a border wall and making last year’s tax cuts permanent.
He defended President Trump’s record and said he stands firmly at his side.
“I will tell you this president is doing a good job,” Norman said. “You may not like his personality, but look what has he done.”


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