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Cops investigate toddler's shooting death

By Hannah Strong

Grieving family and friends gathered outside Springs Memorial Hospital Monday night after a 2-year-old was fatally shot at a Lancaster home in the 500 block of East Dunlap Street.

Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese responded to SMH about 8 p.m. Just before midnight, her office issued a statement confirming the shooting death.

At midday Tuesday, the coroner’s office identified the victim as Jacarion Antonio Gladden of Lancaster and said he died from a single gunshot wound. The coroner's investigation is continuing.


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Coming soon: More arts events

See Lancaster

Lancaster Performing Arts’ secondary series, “See Lancaster Live,” is bringing everyone’s favorite comedian, James Gregory, back to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium. 
At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, “the funniest man in America” will bring his rib-tickling reflections of “life from the front porch” to the stage. By refusing the vulgar and profane, Gregory focuses on a simpler time, before the “loss of common sense.”


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250 kids enjoy annual block party

Hot fun in the sun

David Kellin
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A heat index reaching near triple digits could not stop the smiles on 250 faces at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department Block Party at Buford Recreation Center on July 21.
Jennie Reid headed a team of staff members that led groups of children through various stations at the fourth annual event.


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Deadly mosquito-borne horse disease discovered in Dillon Co.

Tom Hallman
Clemson University

COLUMBIA — State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of the first South Carolina case of Eastern equine encephalitis in 2017.
The case was identified July 21 in a horse from Dillon County, said Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.


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ED Director Gilbert wraps up successful first year with county

2,843 new jobs, $85M in investment

By Mandy Catoe

In its first full year as a county department, Lancaster County’s Economic Development team delivered a banner year of growth. Under the leadership of Jamie Gilbert, the county created 2,843 new jobs, the most ever in a 12-month period.
Since Gilbert was hired in July 2016, the LCED brought nearly 3,000 jobs to the county – one new job for every 13 eligible workers. New investment pumped $85 million into the economy – nearly $1,000 for each county resident.


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Blood bond makes dogs fast friends

Pinky & Tank

By Kayla Vaughn

It was all wagging tails and happy barks as Pinky the pit bull mix and Tank the boxer met for the first time on July 21. This wasn’t just any old play-date, though. The two dogs were brought together after Tank’s life was saved through a blood transfusion from Pinky on June 24.


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Carnes prepared to nominate replacement

Holt’s return to planning commission short-lived

By Reece Murphy

Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes said he hopes to announce a new nominee for the county planning commission’s District 7 seat next council meeting despite a successful maneuver earlier this month that allowed recently ousted commissioner Jerry Holt to return to his seat on an interim basis.
A bloc of Lancaster County Council members representing the county’s four central districts voted June 26 against reappointment of the outspoken Holt to his third term on the planning commission representing Indian Land’s District 7.


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Back-to-School drive helps students in need

Kelly Morrissette
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With just weeks until school starts, back-to-school shopping provides the perfect opportunity to pick up extra items for those in need.  
The Lancaster County Outreach Project’s annual Back-to-School campaign is collecting school supplies for school-age children in foster care and DSS programs, as well as students preparing to enter college.


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Park gets new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson

Andrew Jackson State Park

On Saturday, July 29, Andrew Jackson State Park will host the St. Andrews Society of Columbia for an unveiling of a new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson, mother of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson.  
The St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Columbia, a charitable and social institution, is composed of Scotsmen, the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of Scotsmen and Scotswomen. Over the course of several years, they raised money to fund the creation and placement of the new memorial.


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Taylor hopes to ‘Steal Your Heart’

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster native Pam Taylor will sing tonight at The Craft Stand. The award-winning, American roots rock singer/songwriter is performing free at 7:30 p.m. – her way of thanking her hometown.
Taylor, 39, will be singing from her third CD, “Steal Your Heart,” ahead of its release next month. She and her bands have performed locally before, but this will be her first time alone on stage.


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