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Machines silent during funeral, workers line up to salute family

Road crew stands as honor guard

By Mandy Catoe

White Street has often been a clattering, steaming, confusing mess in front of Lancaster Funeral Home during the past few weeks of road resurfacing.
Wednesday was one of those days.
Owner Hazel Cauthen alerted the road-builders that the funeral procession for Ricky McManus Sr. would be leaving about 2:30 p.m. on its way to Lancaster Memorial Park. He hoped the workers might stop for a minute or two so the line of cars could leave his parking lot easily.
The crew from Lynches River Contracting did far more than that.


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Heavy security after threatening message

248 AJHS kids stay home, but no trouble

By Hannah Strong

KERSHAW – There were no security problems Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School, but more than a third of the students did not show up for classes, one day after a note was found in a restroom threatening a shooting on campus.
AJHS reported 248 absentees Wednesday among its 630 students, but attendance was almost back to normal Thursday, with just 58 absent. The school usually has 45 to 50 students out each day.
The threat also influenced nearby Andrew Jackson Middle School’s attendance, with 120 of its 487 students absent Wednesday.


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Soul-food competition raises money for books in Thelathia Bailey's honor

Oh my goodness, that’s tasty!

By Hannah Strong

Slow-cookers brimming with chicken stew were turned on at 7 a.m. The first of 300 chicken legs went on the grill at 8. By that time, the barbecue had been smoking for 12 hours.
The Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship 2017 Soul Food Cook Off competition was off and running Tuesday before the food samplers’ taste buds had finished breakfast.
Seven teams served bite-sized portions of their masterpieces to an overflow lunchtime crowd of hundreds in USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room.


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Extensive damage throughout school

2 charged in ILHS break-in, vandalism

By Reece Murphy

Two teens were arrested Monday for breaking into Indian Land High School overnight and causing extensive damage throughout the facility, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.


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Firefighters revive dog pulled from burning building

K-9 Rescue

By Reece Murphy

A suspicious fire destroyed a home in southeast Lancaster Tuesday, but firefighters were able to resuscitate a pet dog that had been overcome by smoke inside.
Firefighters were dispatched to 2134 Barnett St. about 12:10 p.m. They found flames already burning through the back of a small mobile home.
Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters doused the flames within minutes, but extensive damage left the home uninhabitable.
Blackwelder said the fire was being investigated by the sheriff’s office as suspicious.


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Safety director: ‘We take this event very seriously’

Restroom note threatens Wednesday attack at AJHS

By Hannah Strong

KERSHAW – Students will face metal detectors and heightened police protection Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School after a note was found in a student restroom Tuesday afternoon threatening a shooting at the school.
“We don’t have enough information to say this threat is credible,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District's safety director. “But we take this event very seriously, and we’re going to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

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Only minor injury; police recover 17 shell casings

Man shot on East Meeting Street

By Greg Summers

UPDATE:
A man was wounded in a torrent of gunfire Monday afternoon on East Meeting Street in Lancaster, but was able to run to a convenience store on S.C. 9 Bypass and get help.
“It didn’t appear to be life threatening,” said Capt. Scott Grant, the Lancaster Police Department’s interim police chief. “It was just a graze to the ear.”
The victim was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.


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Weekend Recap: Feb. 20, 2017

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USCL professor spotlights short fiction of Elliott White Springs, ponders what might have been.

A textile icon's literary legacy

By Greg Summers

He might have become one of the early 20th Century’s great writers, along with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and William Faulkner, but Elliott White Springs gave up his New York literary life in 1931 when his father died and came home to Lancaster to run the family business.  
Springs was probably even a notch above those contemporaries, says Dr. Christopher Bundrick, a USC Lancaster associate professor of English who is researching Springs’ writings for a new book.


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Navy details sinking, recovery of Civil War sub H.L. Hunley

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Just ahead of the 153rd anniversary of the sinking of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley, the U.S. Navy has released online an archaeological report on the recovery of the Confederate boat off the Charleston coast.

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