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White Street facelift

By Greg Summers

The repaving of White Street in downtown Lancaster is in full swing, with multiple crews working at several locations. This week, workers are re-forming sidewalk curbs at the intersection of North White and East Barr Street to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Down the block, another crew mills up the old pavement one section at a time. Water leaks have caused short delays, said Ken Wilson, SCDOT resident engineer. “The equipment vibrates the road and breaks some of the pipes because of their age,” he said.
 


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Defeated District 3 candidate weighs taking case to Supreme Court

Judge rejects Harris’ election appeal

By Greg Summers

Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons on Monday upheld the results of November’s Lancaster City Council District 3 election, but Jackie Harris declined to concede the race to Linda Blackmon, saying she might appeal the decision to the S.C. Supreme Court.
The appeal issue may not be settled until next month, and until it is, Blackmon will not be sworn into office.
Blackmon beat Harris by 46 votes in the Nov. 8 election.


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Time for nonprofits to sign up for Give Local Lancaster event

By Mandy Catoe

The J. Marion Sims Foundation has opened registration for local nonprofit groups that want to be part of the 2017 Give Local Lancaster campaign.
The 24-hour online fundraising event will be held May 2. Nonprofit agencies in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn can sign up through Feb. 24.
Last year, in its first-ever campaign, Give Local Lancaster raised more than $93,000 for 36 nonprofit organizations through donations by individuals and local businesses.  


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30% more shelter kennels

By Mandy Catoe

An Indian Land-based animal-rescue group has raised more than three-fourths of the money it needs to expand the county animal shelter’s capacity for dogs by 30 percent.
Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters are just $3,000 short of their goal of $17,500 for a portable, climate-controlled kennel that will be placed on a county-laid concrete pad at the shelter at 118 Kennel Lane.
“Since the building is self-contained, it can be moved when – not if – Lancaster County builds a new animal shelter,” said LASS member Diane Rashall.


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Man gets 15 years in brutal stabbing death

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster man charged in the 2014 stabbing death of an acquaintance has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
Carmen Martinez Mendez, 51, formerly of 1028 Sara Drive, was originally charged with murder in the brutal stabbing of Cesar Solis Vasquez, 32, during a fight on Sept. 27, 2014.
Vasquez bled to death from multiple slashes and stab wounds over his torso, head, hands and arms.


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Saving a daughter from mental illness

‘Love, support go a long way’

By Mandy Catoe

Sometimes a mother just knows something is wrong.
“It was like the world stood still in that moment,” Lena Wallace said, recalling two days in June 2015.
Her daughter, 33-year-old Amanda Wallace, was not answering her phone. She had a history of depression and was 1,200 miles away in Austin, Texas.
Lena finally called Amanda’s best friend in Austin, who ran to check on her. After several minutes of loud door-banging, Amanda answered. She was in a very dark place.


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Arts Scene, by Lisa Essex

Midnight in Marrakech: Fun plus fundraising

Yes, I know. It’s February. Not much to look forward to. Christmas is a distant memory and dry January, diet January, frugal January (however you chose to punish yourself) have left us all feeling joyless and flat.
But do not despair. It’s time to throw off all those self-sacrifices and get ready for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ (LCCA) annual gala.


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Kershaw improves new water line

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The town has tweaked the design for the massive new water line serving Haile Gold Mine, and the change might benefit Kershaw’s existing water customers later.
“Eventually the town can use the 12-inch line as a main trunk line to put new water lines down Main (Hampton) Street and some other places we need them,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
“We will be a better city for future development when we get ready to talk about those kinds of things.”    


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You might be rich! Check state website

By Reece Murphy

The state government is trying to give away a big pot of money, and maybe some of it is yours.
The Unclaimed Property Program, managed by S.C.  Treasurer Curtis Loftis, returned $27,924,549.95 in unclaimed assets in 2016, and there’s a lot more where that came from.
That’s $27.9 million worth of windfalls from dormant bank accounts, stock certificates, insurance proceeds, utility deposits and uncashed checks, including – as hard as it is to imagine – forgotten and uncashed paychecks.


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Lancaster police search for John Washington, 59

Man leaves hospital for home, then disappears

By Greg Summers

A 59-year-old man released from the hospital last Sunday walked away from his Nichols Road home early Monday and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
The Lancaster Police Department issued a missing-person advisory Friday for John Wallace Washington.
“Right now, we don’t really have anything to go on,” said Capt. Scott Grant, interim Lancaster police chief.
Washington lives with his older sister, Vannetta Boone, at 406 Nichols Road. He is 6-foot-1 and weighs about 170 pounds.


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