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DHEC: Save certain dead birds for West Nile testing

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COLUMBIA – State health officials are seeking help in tracking West Nile virus by asking the public to collect certain species of dead birds for testing.


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Give Local Lancaster set for May 2

By Mandy Catoe

Give Local Lancaster is gearing up for its second-annual 24-hour fundraiser set for May 2, from midnight to 11:59 p.m.
Last year, in its inaugural effort, the online fundraiser brought in $93,810, almost double its goal of $50,000. More than 800 donors from 18 states and three countries gave financial gifts to 36 local nonprofits in Lancaster’s first community online fundraiser.
Individual donors gave $61,000 and 16 local businesses added another $32,000 as incentives and matching funds.


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Ray Dunsmore remembered for bringing veterans together

Retired Capt. Ray Dunsmore, a Marine who built camaraderie with scores of local veterans  over a morning cup of coffee, was remembered this week during a memorial service at the Inspiration Ministries’ Chapel in Indian Land.
Dunsmore, 71, died April 13 after a long battle with respiratory disease.


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Kirby receives alumni honor

Katie DeMoss
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Earth Day events include Seth’s 5K plus ‘sneak peek’ at greenway path

By Hannah Strong

Lindsay Pettus Greenway volunteers will celebrate Earth Day this Saturday with outdoor activities and a “sneak peek walk” along the future greenway’s path.
Events begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Seth’s Hope 5K run/walk at Lancaster High School, and other activities will continue into the afternoon.


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Jabberwock Gala spotlights 10 contestants Saturday night

By Greg Summers

The Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host its biennial Jabberwock Gala at 6 p.m. this Saturday in the Lancaster High School Auditorium.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.  
Miss Jabberwock 2017 will be crowned and scholarships will be awarded to the participants on Saturday. This year’s gala theme is “Motown: Dancing with Heart & Soul” and there are 10 contestants.
They include Nia Blakeney, Ashton Gilliam, Nakaila King, Khloe Perry and Samaria Truesdale in the Wee Miss Division.


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Energetic, uplifting musical ‘Hairspray’ opens at Barr Street

Yes you can!

By Kayla Vaughn

Tonight is opening night for the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s production of “Hairspray,” the story of a persevering, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad, played by Winthrop University junior Kristi Swinger.
The year is 1962, and Tracy dreams of dancing on a local TV program, “The Corny Collins Show.” With some new ideas, innovative dance moves and her positive attitude, Tracy wins a role on the program, sparking a campaign to integrate the show.


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Buford benefit starts at sunrise Saturday

30 businesses on board for Burgess event

By Mandy Catoe

More than 30 businesses and scads of volunteers have signed on for the Burgess Family Benefit, scheduled for this Saturday at the Buford Flea and Farmer’s Market, located beside the Dollar General.
R.L Parham, owner of the flea market, spearheaded the effort shortly after Coleen Burgess was killed when a falling tree crushed her home on April 6.


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Still lags in doctors, dentists per resident

County moves up a bit in state health rankings

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County is becoming a healthier place to live.
New state health rankings show the county improved from 21st to 18th among the 46 counties in the past year, but still lags behind in several areas.
The data come from the eighth-annual County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which compared counties across the country.


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Heath Springs tips its hat to retiring clerk Thee Baker

By Mandy Catoe

More than 50 Heath Springs residents and town officials took time Tuesday to thank retiring town clerk Thee Baker for 15 years of service and friendship.
Baker, 62, a self-described introvert and Ohio native, did not think the position was a good fit for her when she started out in 1998, but it was a job she grew to love.
“I got the job through Phillips Staffing and didn’t think I wanted to do this for long,” Baker said Tuesday afternoon just before the retirement party. “I’m shy and I hated answering the phone.


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