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A matrimonial moment in a family pawn shop

By Mandy Catoe

“Love is the reason we are here,” said the presiding notary public, bringing business to a halt inside Lancaster Pawn & Jewelry at 1 p.m. Friday.
The South 200 store was a mini-chapel, with a wedding arch, flowers, a tiered cake and monogrammed champagne glasses.
Johnny Knight, 52, stood at the altar as his bride, Mary Paddock, 51, watched from the back of a makeshift aisle, holding a bouquet of fresh roses.
The groom’s mom, Patsy Bailey, handed him a crystal dove. “It’s a symbol of peace and tranquility,” she said.


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Exploding oxygen tanks threatened firefighters

Lightning bolt ignites fatal fire in Antioch

By Reece Murphy

A lightning strike appears to have caused a house fire that killed an Antioch woman Friday afternoon, a blaze that forced firefighters to contend with exploding oxygen tanks inside the home.
Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters with the Antioch, Buford, Rich Hill and Camp Creek fire departments were dispatched to 635 Adams Lane about 5:27. They found the home engulfed in flames.
Firefighters extinguished the fire within minutes and searched the home. They found the body of Debra Scott, 54, in a bedroom on the side of the house.


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New chief knew early what he wanted to do

Fire service 'a brotherhood'

Gregory A. Summers
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Justin McLellan has a hand-written sticky note on his computer screen at Fire Station 1.
“ALL IN,” it says, a motto Lancaster’s new fire chief borrowed from Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney.
The 35-year-old McLellan bleeds orange and purple. His office has a few Tigers souvenirs, alongside photos of wife Kylie and daughters Riley, 10, Haley, 8, and Addaley, 2.


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Philanthropist, ex-official donates $50K to buy cameras for Lancaster deputies

By Mandy Catoe

A big chunk of the money the sheriff’s office will use to outfit its deputies with body cameras is coming from Jerry Blackmon, a former N.C. legislator, county official, businessman and philanthropist who has taken a great interest in Lancaster County.
Blackmon, 87, lives in Mecklenburg County, where he served six years as a county commissioner and was elected three times to the state Senate. He is donating $50,000 to the sheriff’s office to help buy body cameras for deputies.


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City, county get $310K for ‘body cams’

By Greg Summers and Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County law enforcement agencies, facing a state mandate to begin using body cameras, will soon receive $310,000 in grants and donations that should cover the startup costs of the projects.
The S.C. Department of Public Safety has committed $186,267 to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and $74,000 to the Lancaster Police Department to fund the purchase of body cameras and related equipment. The one-time DPS grants are part of $5.8 million the General Assembly appropriated for fiscal 2016-17.  


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Norrell plans 2nd ‘walk and talk’ downtown

By Hannah Strong

A second “walk and talk” event is planned for this Sunday, with hopes that participants from across the community will simply get to know one another better, said event organizer Teddy Norrell.
The event is designed to give individuals a chance to talk with each other, no matter their race, career or background, as they walk the streets of downtown Lancaster.
The “walk and talk” will begin in the First Baptist Church parking lot, 300 S. Market St., at 7 p.m. Sunday, and groups will walk around downtown Lancaster for an hour.


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Rep. Sanford stops by Nutramax

By Reece Murphy

Congressman Mark Sanford stopped by Lancaster on his way to Columbia Wednesday for a brief tour of Nutramax, where he spoke about his impressions of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Sanford, who was on his way to an S.C. Chamber of Commerce event, said he wanted to take a moment to visit Dr. Bob Henderson, co-owner and founder of the veterinary supplement manufacturer.
“There’s a lot of history, and it’s incredible to see what a vibrant and important part of this county they’ve become,” Sanford said.


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Cozy, historic space in heart of downtown

Friends, Carolinas brews help couple launch Main St. dream

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster’s Main Street got a new place to hang out this week as The Craft Stand opened for business in a renovated century-old building in the heart of downtown.
Owners Don and Brandy Geraghty had their official opening at noon Thursday, with 24 Carolinas craft beers on tap, retail craft beer in bottles and a few original Craft Stand items such as pint glasses, koozies and T-shirts in signature black.
The business is located at 134 South Main in the old Emanuel’s Jewelers building, just across Gay Street from the old Bank of Lancaster.


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Charlotte shooting victim has local ties

By Reece Murphy

A man who was fatally shot in a Charlotte Walmart parking lot Saturday night has connections to Lancaster County and will be buried in Kershaw as two men face murder charges in his death.
According to reports by several news outlets, Rechard Delane Mickle, 35, was pronounced dead late Saturday after being dropped off with gunshot wounds at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Mount Holly.


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LHS Junior Civitans elected international officers

By Hannah Strong

Two Lancaster High School Junior Civitans were elected to serve as international officers for the 2016-17 academic year during this summer’s Junior Civitan International Convention in Atlanta.
Tanner Knight was elected Junior Civitan international vice president and Cody Catoe was elected as an international director.
“Being elected international vice president is a great honor,” Knight said. Knight serves as co-vice president of the LHS Junior Civitans and governor of the South Carolina Junior Civitan District.


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