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After decades of inaction, Lancaster eager to target scofflaws

Unpaid city fines top $1M

By Greg Summers

For more than three decades, the city of Lancaster has allowed those with limited incomes who owe municipal court fines to make small payments over time instead of paying the entire amount within 90 days as the law stipulates.
But far too often, people have not kept up with those payment plans, and the city hasn’t done much about that.
No one knows exactly how or when this started, but the amount in back fines continues to balloon and today probably tops $1 million, city officials say.


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Get ready for library summer programs

Ashley Lowrimore
For The Lancaster News

The Lancaster County Library and its branches are “Building a Better World” during its building-themed Summer Reading Program this year.
From June 1 to July 28, readers of all ages can register for their summer reading log online or at the library’s circulation desk.


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Clemson’s Ben Skardon part of tonight’s episode

‘60 Minutes’ spotlights S.C. survivor of Bataan march

Ken Scar
Clemson University

CLEMSON — Clemson University alumnus and professor emeritus Col. (Ret) Ben Skardon, a survivor of World War II’s Bataan Death March, will be featured on the “60 Minutes” this Sunday.


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IL Legion honors vets found in old cemetery

Denise Johnston
For The Lancaster News

So often we hear about history being lost, but this story is about history being rediscovered.
Three veterans were honored this week in the newly cleared Old Six Mile Cemetery on Henry Harris Road in Indian Land. They were:
◆ Col. John William Hagins (1727-1790) – His is the oldest grave in the cemetery. Hagins served under Thomas Sumter at the Battle of Hanging Rock. His headstone, featuring crossed sabers, had been lost for about 16 years.


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Grammy winner Regina Belle, Clint Black in concert lineup

By Hannah Strong

See Lancaster has announced the 2017-18 Lancaster Performing Arts Series line-up, featuring six concerts that will kick off in August and run through March.
Upcoming performers are Eddie Money, Clint Black, Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show, Second City, Regina Belle and Jo Dee Messina.
“This season’s line-up consists of a multi-award winning mixture of county, pop/rock and R&B performers,” said April Joplin, Performing Arts manager. “I believe it is possible to see sell-out performances this year.”


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890 debit cards reissued due to ATM ’skimmer’

By Kayla Vaughn

Nearly 900 customers of Founders Federal Credit Union had their debit cards blocked this week after a data-stealing skimmer was found on an ATM in Rock Hill.
The device was placed on a standalone ATM on India Hook Road sometime between March 15 and May 20, when it was discovered, according to Nicki Nash, chief marketing officer at Lancaster-based Founders. It might have been installed and uninstalled numerous times.


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Tornado warning issued for county until 4:30 p.m.

By Greg Summers

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings for Lancaster County until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to the NWS, at 3:48 p.m., doppler radar indicated that a severe thunderstorm producing wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and quarter sized hall was located near Fishing Creek Reservoir or 8 miles south-southwest of Lancaster, moving northeast at 40 mph.
Hail damage is expected to vehicles, roofs, siding and trees.

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Blackwelder named 911 center chief

By Greg Summers

Stephen Blackwelder, the Lancaster County fire marshal since 2007, has been named the county’s director of public safety communications.
Blackwelder will begin his new job in the county’s emergency services June 12. He will oversee the daily operation and 20 employees at the public safety communications center on Pageland Highway. Its dispatchers answer 911 calls and handle communications with law enforcement officers and fire and EMS crews.


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Shelter virus identified, plan may save dogs

By Mandy Catoe

The mystery disease at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been identified as distemper, and there’s a plan in the works that might avoid euthanizing any of the 25 quarantined dogs on the premises.
The shelter remains closed, and a team effort is under way to save the dogs. Shelter staff and volunteers are working with local veterinarians, the S.C. Humane Society, the Charleston County Animal Society, and the Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters (LASS) on a plan to permanently relocate the dogs. At this point, it has spots for 18 of the animals.


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Lancaster man dies in Chester jail

By The Staff

A Lancaster man, Charles Thomas Minors, was found dead in a cell at the Chester County Detention Center after being arrested for DUI on Sunday.


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