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LPD arrests 4 teens in Evans murder case

By Reece Murphy

Four Lancaster teens have been arrested in connection with the gang-related murder of 19-year-old Mar’Quise Evans, who was gunned down April 11 at Caroline Court in Lancaster.
A Lancaster Police Department incident report said two of the teens were arrested as detectives staked out the funeral of Allen Cooper, a 17-year-old killed in another gang-related shooting outside a community basketball game April 26.


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Snake bites up across S.C. this spring

By Kayla Vaughn

It has been an unusually active spring for snakes across South Carolina, so look before you step.
The Palmetto Poison Center has 22 reported snakebites in 2017 through the end of April, up more than 30 percent from this point last year.


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Local firefighters training in confined-space rescue

By Kayla Vaughn

Twenty S.C. firefighters, along with four instructors from the Alabama Fire College, participated in confined-space rescue training Wednesday at USC Lancaster’s Gregory Health and Wellness Center.
The group used the center’s gym and overhead track to practice raising and lowering “victims” from risky accident situations.


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‘Kershaw Rocks’ draws hundreds of participants

Paint stones, hide them, put clues on Facebook

By Kayla Vaughn

Pokemon Go is no longer the only search-and-find game out there. Kershaw Rocks is a new local alternative, straddling the virtual and physical worlds.


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Outlaw resigns after 8 successful years leading United Way

By Kayla Vaughn

After eight years leading the organization, Melanie Outlaw is stepping down as executive director for the United Way of Lancaster County to return to real estate sales.
“I did submit my resignation this week.” she said in a statement Wednesday. “I can’t express to you all how much I’ve truly enjoyed doing what I do.”
Outlaw leaves big shoes to fill, said Rhonda Fortune, who leads the United Way's board of directors.


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Kershaw's colossal water-leak mystery is solved

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Talk about flushing money down the toilet.
A mysterious $8,400-a-month water leak that has plagued the town of Kershaw for at least three years has been isolated to a stretch of water lines on the west side of the mill village between 1st and 2nd streets, and repairs are being assessed.
This is no dripping pipe. It’s a torrent. In fiscal 2015, the town couldn’t account for about 7 million gallons of water each month. For the year, it amounted to a $100,000-plus loss.


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Gary Robinson salvaged his life, is determined to help others

From street criminal to inspiring adult

By Reece Murphy

It’s Oct. 17, 1998, late night in Orangeburg, and 20-year-old Gary Robinson – aspiring musician, drug addict, homeless stickup kid – is sick of it all and wants to get out of South Carolina.
Money first. A chance encounter with his boys at the One Stop.
“We’re about to rob those guys up there,” his partner says, pointing out at a car across the parking lot.


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‘He died in the streets. All the bullets were around my son.’

A mother’s heart breaks

By Hannah Strong

One of La’Tisha Pearson’s last memories of her son Allen Cooper is from the night before his murder.
The scary movie “Get Out” was playing in the living room at their home on Witherspoon Street east of downtown Lancaster. Pearson is no fan of scary things.
Allen, a frequent prankster, saw his mom coming down the hall, and he hid just around the corner. As she passed, he jumped out to startle her.
“You’re going to give me a heart attack,” Pearson told him, laughing.


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Lancaster woman publishing poetry to inspire others

By Hannah Strong

Denesha Degraffenreid decided at the end of a four-day trip to Texas that she would drive on to  California and pitch an idea at a book publisher.


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GOP candidates’ signs removed on primary day

By Greg Summers

INDIAN LAND – Evidently, someone in the Panhandle detests Republican candidates’ lawn signs.
Between 11 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday when the polls opened for the in the 5th District congressional primaries, 80-plus lawn signs outside seven  polling places – Black Horse Run, Harrisburg, Osceola, Pleasant Valley, Possum Hollow and River Road, as well as a few at Kershaw South –  had been moved. Six of the precincts are in Indian Land.


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