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Carjacked: A mother's worst nightmare

By Jenny Hartley

He has my children.

"All you can yell is, 'He has my children,'" said carjacking survivor April Deese, 29. She screamed that as a man stole her Honda Odyssey van with her sons still inside and headed down Main Street last week.

Deese took her sons bowling and out to eat while her husband, Ryan, attended a men's night at Second Baptist Church on May 29. After supper, she and the boys went to Kmart.


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Tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an attack in public

By Jenny Hartley

Self-defense manuals will tell you that a victim is never at fault in an attack – 100 percent of the blame lies with the perpetrator.

But what would you do if you were attacked in public? Have you thought about your safety in a store parking lot?

Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard suggests several tips that will help keep you safer at local stores and parking lots.


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County, schools a step closer to sharing funds

By Jesef Williams

County Council and the school board are a step closer to establishing an agreement to share money the county gets from residential developers.

Since last year, members from the two entities have been discussing ways to help deal with growth in the county. The idea is to require developers coming to provide money that can help build new schools or maintain and improve existing buildings.


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Child safety focus of event at Lancaster High

By Jesef Williams

Organizers want the fourth annual Child Safety Day to be fun and informative for youth and adults alike.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster High School.

There will be three workshops during the day – one on nutrition, another about Internet safety and the third about drugs and alcohol.

Various groups and agencies throughout the county will have booths set up to share information about their programs and services. The Amber Alert network, gang violence and self defense are some of the topics that will be covered.


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Brakes fail, causing woman to crash car into her own house

By Jesef Williams

Brake failure caused a Lancaster woman to ram her car into her own home Tuesday afternoon.

Kwame Harris was approaching the stop sign at Pine Street near Springs Memorial Hospital when she realized her 1990 four-door Cadillac wouldn't stop.

Her house was just a few yards away – on the other side of Meeting Street – so she turned right onto Meeting Street and immediately got into the median.


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Locals react to Obama's nomination

By Jesef Williams

There's plenty of local excitement about Barack Obama's historic victory this week in the Democratic contest for president.

The first-term Illinois senator will become the first ever black presidential nominee for a major political party in the United States. On Tuesday, he earned enough delegates to clinch the win over New York senator and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He will be formally named the Democratic nominee at the national party convention in August.

Perhaps nobody in Lancaster County is more thrilled about that than Linda Blackmon-Brace.


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Man dies in cycle crash in York County

By Jesef Williams

There were no balloons and cakes to celebrate Kandace Funderburk's birthday on Tuesday.

Instead, she and other family members were busy making arrangements for her husband's funeral. Funderburk's husband died Sunday while riding a motorcycle.

James "Mickey" Funderburk, 46, was riding his 1988 Harley Davidson on Interstate 77 in Rock Hill when the motorcycle drove off the road and overturned, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.


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Kersey, Sistare seek Democratic nod in District 7 race

By Jesef Williams

Incumbent Wayne Kersey, a Democrat, is seeking re-election for the District 7 County Council seat against Kathy Sistare in Tuesday's primary. Sistare is seeking political office for the first time.

That race will likely decide the winner, as nobody is running as a Republican. District 7 covers parts of Heath Springs, Elgin, Rich Hill and Lancaster near S.C. 9 Bypass. The district spans about 30 miles north to south.

Wayne Kersey


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Hot enough for you? Heat wave is on

By The Staff

You'll likely feel the warmest you have all year this week, as a heat wave continues in the area.

After a cooler than normal early spring, it will feel like mid-summer the rest of the week with steamy temperatures hitting the 90s.

Today's high will reach 93 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, and it will be even warmer on Thursday, with highs in the mid 90s.

Friday through Sunday, the highs each day are forecast to be in the low 90s.


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8 county races uncontested

By Johnathan Ryan

While this year's uncontested local races won't offer any surprises on who gets elected, they still matter.

This year's uncontested races include Lancaster County sheriff, County Council District 5, S.C. House District 44 and 65, and Lancaster County coroner, treasurer, auditor and clerk of court.

None of the unopposed candidates will appear on the June 10 primary ballots.

Faile unopposed for sheriff


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