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Gardner’s 600 acres a model of innovative resource conservation

Farming the best way

By Greg Summers

Third-generation farmer Harold Gardner is used to long, hectic days, unpredictable weather, finicky cattle and an occasional beaver dam.
Running a 600-acre family farm is no picnic.
But then there are the quiet strolls through the pasture with his dog, Manny. Gardner finds peace of mind in those moments.
Farming, he said, is a sunrise-to-sunset occupation that’s stressful and rewarding at the same time.  


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Local civil rights pioneer Larry Dixon dies

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster civil rights leader Larry Darnell Dixon Jr., past president of the county NAACP, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 75.
“Larry was one of my dearest friends,” said county council member Charlene McGriff, who partnered with Dixon on civil rights efforts for more than 30 years. “He loved his family, his church and the NAACP…. He was a pioneer in civil rights in Lancaster.”


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Violators must pay fees, but avoid criminal record

Solicitor takes over collecting bad checks for businesses

By Greg Summers

Collecting on bad checks has always been one of the unavoidable hassles of business ownership, and writing a bad check can result in a damaging criminal record.
A program launched this week by the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office aims to eliminate both of those problems.
Solicitor Randy Newman’s new Worthless Check Unit will now handle all communication with the check writer, collect the money, pay the business and collect a fee for all that work. Check writers who pay up will have no criminal record. Those who don’t will be prosecuted.


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$1,500 reward in tombstone vandalism

By Greg Summers

A $1,500 reward is being offered to anyone who can help authorities arrest and convict the vandals who damaged gravestones last month in the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Arch Street.
The award is being jointly offered by the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation and Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward and the historical society is offering $500.


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Hickory tree bashes house, startling couple, chihuahuas

Hermine jolts storm-trackers

By Mandy Catoe


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Shoebox recipient tells her story

Christmas shoebox seals her faith in God

By Reece Murphy

Each year, thousands of people in Lancaster and surrounding counties pack shoeboxes full of small gifts for overseas children during Operation Christmas Child.
Though it’s obvious the boxes are intended for a little boy or girl, it’s often hard to imagine the child on the other end, or how “dollar store toys” can have such a huge impact on a child’s life.


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14 U.S. military veterans receive Quilts of Valor

‘This is awesome. It’s an honor’

By Hannah Strong

Fourteen warm and unique Quilts of Valor were presented to military veterans Friday at Lancaster Convalescent Center. The room, full of family and friends, echoed with excitement.
The veterans sat in front, with fearlessness and courage still in their eyes.
“It’s the best day of my life,” said Army veteran Robert Ryan, who received one of the handmade quilts.
Springs Creative Open Hearts quilting group presented the quilts. Each quilt is personalized and comes with a pillowcase and certificate.


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Voter ID, new technology make this election different

By Mandy Catoe

Prepared voters and new technology should make voting in this year’s General Election Nov. 8 a more efficient process despite the expected lines characteristic of presidential elections.
“The biggest change since the last presidential election is the voter ID law, which was passed in 2014,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.


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Car flips but man unhurt

By Greg Summers


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From release

City police, sheriff’s office win dash-cams

The Lancaster Police Department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office each received a dash-cam as a reward for participating in the DUI Challenge sponsored by the S.C. Law Enforcement Network.
Other agencies in the 6th Judicial Circuit to receive equipment included the police departments in Fort Lawn, Chester and Ridgeway, which received radar systems.
The total value of the incentive prizes awarded to 6th Circuit agencies was more than $18,000.


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