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LHS teacher retires, heads to Midwest chasing twisters

By Mandy Catoe

Most people retire hoping for quiet, sunny days filled with rest and relaxation.
Retired Lancaster High School English teacher Robert Hinson, 66, has a completely different idea of retirement. And It has nothing to do with rocking chairs or clear skies.
Hinson started tackling his bucket list immediately after retiring last month from the public school system after 35 years of teaching.
Just two days after his last day in a classroom, Hinson was in Oklahoma City right in the middle of tornado alley, hoping to chase some twisters.


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City budget would raise bills for landlords, businesses

Homeowners may get tax cut

By Greg Summers

The city of Lancaster’s proposed $32.8 million 2016-17 budget will result in a lower tax bill for homeowners but a slight increase for landlords and commercial businesses.


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Chucky Rivers finds joy in a dad’s toughest test

Being there for Charlee and the rest of his clan

By Reece Murphy

Chucky Rivers and his 3-year-old daughter, Charlee, are having a blast.


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Mom remembers Nija as fun-loving, shy

By Kayland Hagwood

You may know her son, Nija Tinsley Jr., for his tragic death, but Lakesha Montgomery will never forget all the joyous moments he brought to her life.

Like his dance moves. “He knew all the dances,” Montgomery said. Or the big smile he’d make when he took selfies.

At school, he was well-mannered and a little shy, but always smiling, according to Montgomery. Nija would have been a second grader at McDonald Green Elementary this year.


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Machine catches fire at AkzoNobel

By Reece Murphy

Quick action and a fire-suppression system stopped a machine fire at AkzoNobel Specialty Coatings in Lancaster from spreading Wednesday night, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said.
Blackwelder said the Riverside and Gooches fire departments were dispatched to the company at 1872 S.C. 9 Bypass West about 10:11 p.m. in response to an automatic emergency call from the manufacturer’s fire-alarm system.


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Animal rescuers volunteer to help during shelter crisis

By Mandy Catoe

Animal advocates and rescue groups, who have complained for weeks about Lancaster County's handling of its animal-shelter crisis, have volunteered to help care for the animals at the shelter until the situation is resolved.


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Sun City flexes muscles with high voter turnout

By Greg Summers

Sun City Carolina Lakes homeowners are taking an active role in the Indian Land community not just by speaking out at public meetings, but also by letting their voices be heard loud and clear at the ballot box.  
Sun City’s registered voters continue to vote at a much higher rate than the rest of the county, regardless of what may or may not be on the ballot.


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Gunfire injures woman, prompts huge response

Cops swarm shooting site

By Greg Summers

The shooting of a woman in downtown Lancaster Thursday afternoon prompted a massive law-enforcement and rescue response, and officers took down the suspect at gunpoint.
Thomas Baker, 64, of 300-A Chesterfield Ave., was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant.
The victim, who was shot once in the chest, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital and then flown to another medical facility for treatment.


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33 congregations to take part in Saturday’s Unity Prayer Rally

By Kayland Hagwood

This Saturday morning, members of at least 33 congregations across the county are gathering at Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse in what is expected to be a prayer demonstration that’s the first of its kind in Lancaster.
It’s called Lancaster’s Citywide Unity Prayer Rally and is sponsored by the Lancaster Division of My Hope with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
The goal is to unite the county in spiritual purpose.


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Small named top S.C. fire chief

By Greg Summers

Retiring Lancaster Fire Chief Chuck Small was named the state’s top fire chief this past weekend during the 2016 S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference in Myrtle Beach.
Small, who announced his retirement in late May after 38 years on the job due to health concerns, received the 2016 Fritz Turner Award on Saturday.


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