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Weekend Recap: July 17, 2017

Sewage spill pollutes Catawba River

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S.C. DHEC and environmental officials are warning the public to avoid recreational use along parts of the Catawba River after a broken pipe in south Charlotte dumped as much as 200,000 gallons of raw sewage into a Sugar Creek tributary Friday.

DHEC spokeswoman Andrianna Bradley said the department posted signs at the Landsford Canal State Park and the Catawba Indian Nation launch, warning of the potential for bacterial infections due to the spills.

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Super-sniffer service dog will check student’s glucose levels

By Kelly Morrissette
For The Lancaster News

Coleman Joyner’s family has three dogs already, but the next one will be his alone – a service dog trained to detect changes in his blood glucose levels and send out an alert when he needs attention.


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Recreation, access improvements planned along Catawba-Wateree

Page Leggett
Duke Energy Illumination  

Of all the new amenities and expanded access planned for the Catawba River and its lakes, trails and parks, an additional restroom is among the conveniences people are most excited about.

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Pageland won’t decide on reinstating top cops until it receives SLED report

Don Worthington
Landmark News Service

Pageland’s top two police officers will remain on paid administrative leave as the town council waits for a state investigative report about the allegation that they broke into an employee’s home.
After deliberating for about an hour Tuesday in closed session, the council voted to keep Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short on paid leave until the town receives the report from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.


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Don't let that tick make you seriously sick

By Reece Murphy

In summer 2003, Missy and Michael Stogner of Lancaster’s Antioch community were desperate to know the cause of their 3-year-old daughter Kaytlin’s illness.
Pediatricians said she had a viral infection that had to “run its course.”
But the flu-like symptoms lingered and worsened, her nausea and lethargy so bad she couldn’t get off the couch, muscle pain so deep even a soothing touch hurt and a fever so intense it smoldered for a week between 103 to 104 degrees.


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‘Nobody can make sense’ out of recent killing surge

Dealing with deaths

By Hannah Strong

This is turning out to be an unusually deadly year for young people in Lancaster County, with six deaths in the 15-to-25 age group so far, most of them homicides.
In all of 2016, just one person that age died in the county, a suicide.
“It’s just tragedy upon tragedy,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant. “Nobody, including us, can make sense out of it.”
Four of the six deaths have been homicides. There’s been one suicide, and another case is still under investigation.


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Coroner Deese juggles twin roles

Investigating cases, comforting families

By Kayla Vaughn

Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese will never forget June 29, the night Markevis Foster and Rakeem Patterson were murdered in a drive-by shooting at Palmetto Place apartments.
When she got to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital, a large crowd had gathered outside to await news. Inside the ER, the atmosphere was frantic.
“There was just a sense of almost desperation,” Deese recalls. “You knew when you walked in the door that the whole staff was banding together in a desperate effort to save lives.”


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Pierre musters fading strength, dogs get their bash

By Kayla Vaughn

Pierre Cunningham was all smiles as he celebrated the birthdays of both of his “boys,” Malcolm and Scooter, perhaps for the last time.
Malcolm turned 1 in January and Scooter will be 6 in October. The dogs live with Cunningham at the historic Edwards Scott House in Lancaster, which was decorated from floor to ceiling Saturday in a Paw Patrol theme. Puppies and children ran through the halls.
“They had a grand time,” Cunningham said.


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Walter Elisha, retired Springs CEO, dies at 84

By Hannah Strong

Walter Y. Elisha, former chairman and CEO of Springs Industries, died July 4 at age 84.
Elisha was remembered this week for coming in from the outside to take over the Fort Mill-based textile giant, which had always been run by the family that founded it. During his tenure there during the 1980s and ’90s, he also served on the boards of some of the country’s largest corporations.  And he was a major patron of the arts.


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Ex-pharmacy owner going to prison for tax violations

By Reece Murphy

A former Lancaster pharmacist is going to federal prison for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal income tax for himself and his employees over the course of 15 years.


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