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State delays tax refunds until March 1 at earliest

By Greg Summers

State taxpayers who file early tax returns electronically in hopes of getting a direct deposit refund as soon as possible will wait a bit longer this year.
The S.C. Department of Revenue announced Jan. 19 that state taxpayers will not receive their state income tax refunds until after March 1, regardless of how early a return gets filed.
Filing started Tuesday.


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Postcards for Jaxon arriving from around the world

Kyle Camp
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Jaxon Ingram, an inquisitive 5-year-old who is fighting leukemia, loves maps and loves getting mail.
His parents, Jason and Amy Ingram of Buford, have combined those two things, asking friends and relatives to mail him postcards from far-away places. When he gets a postcard, Jaxon finds that place on a map.
“He’s just always wanted to know where things are,” Jason said. “He’ll see something on TV or a movie, and he’ll ask where that’s at.”


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School district cancels classes on Friday

The Lancaster County School District announced about 7:30 p.m. Thursday that Friday classes at all schools were cancelled.

Students' families were notified via the school district's automated telephone system that there would be no classes.

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Power outage sends Harrisburg Elementary students home early

By Greg Summers

INDIAN LAND – Harrisburg Elementary School dismissed students at 11 a.m. Jan. 19 because of a power outage, said David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District.  
“This is all third-hand information, but as I understand it, Duke Energy placed a new transformer sometime over the weekend, and that transformer has malfunctioned,” Knight said. “Nobody was aware of the issue until this morning because of the holiday.”


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Norrell to give Democratic response to Haley’s address

From release

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Voter sign-up deadlines

By Greg Summers

Voters who plan to cast ballots in the upcoming party primaries or special mayoral election for the city of Lancaster must register in the upcoming days.
To vote in the Republican presidential primary, you must be registered by today, Jan. 20. The statewide GOP presidential primary is Feb. 20.
To vote in the Democratic presidential primary, you must be registered by Jan. 27. That primary is Feb. 27.
To vote in the special mayor’s race, city voters must be registered by Jan. 23.


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Turned local racetrack into a household name

Buford leader Jim Mahaffey dies at 79

By Greg Summers

Community leader and business owner Jim Mahaffey, credited with turning Lancaster Superspeedway into a Carolinas racing hotbed in the ‘70s and ‘80s, died Jan. 18.
Mahaffey, 79, was an Army veteran and the owner of Mahaffey Used Parts on North Rocky River Road. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sarah Ruth Craig Mahaffey, five children, 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.


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Council: Give deputies more firepower

By Chris Sardelli

With mass shootings in San Bernardino and Paris still fresh in their minds, Lancaster County officials are moving forward with a plan to equip sheriff’s deputies with semi-automatic rifles for better protection when responding to emergencies.
Lancaster County Council on Jan. 11 unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to arm all 117 sworn deputies at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with a Bushmaster XM-15 semiautomatic rifle.
The force currently uses traditional shotguns, though not every deputy is equipped with one.


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MLK parade, ceremony challenge kids to dream

'Do something that makes a difference'

By Greg Summers

Lancaster honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Main Street parade and “I have a Dream” ceremony in the city hall parking lot Jan. 16.
“Today we celebrate equality, diversity and justice for all,” said Marsha Barnes, who served as mistress of ceremony. “We also celebrate the life of a man who taught us those qualities.”


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School is without electricty

Harrisburg Elementary School to dismiss students at 11 a.m.

By Greg Summers

INDIAN LAND – Harrisburg Elementary School is dismissing students at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 19, because of a power outage, said David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District.  
“This is all third-hand information, but as I understand it, Duke Energy placed a new transformer sometime over the weekend, and that transformer has malfunctioned,” he said. “Nobody was aware of the issue until this morning because of the holiday.”

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