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Motorcyclist dies in crash near Brooklyn Avenue

By Greg Summers

The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating an early morning motorcycle crash in the old mill village that killed a Lancaster man.  
The body of Jonathan William Johnson, 33, of 6177 Shiloh Unity Road, was found about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday at the edge of some woods near a Todd Street home by utility workers repairing a clipped power pole, according to Jennifer Collins of the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
“We believe the wreck happened sometime between 2 and 3 a.m.,” said Collins, who was at the scene with Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.


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Flood warning up, football teams scramble to play early

Drenching likely as Hermine blows past

By Greg Summers

Lancaster’s notorious flood-prone areas had county workers hopping Thursday in preparation for Hurricane Hermine, which is expected to roll across the state today, possibly dumping between 3.5 and 4 inches of rain in this area.


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Drilling in the skills to avert drownings

Rescuers take the plunge

By Reece Murphy

Four Lancaster County Fire Rescue members on a lifesaving drill had to rescue themselves Wednesday morning after capsizing their raft on Fishing Creek Reservoir.
The mock operation did not go smoothly as two of the men tied looped lines to one side of the raft, threw them over the hull and pulled from the other side, a technique that eventually righted the craft and flipped aboard a third teammate who was holding on to the side as it went.


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Honorary Pizza Inn employee Nicholas Knight

Business celebrates devoted customer

By Mandy Catoe

A reward for a loyal and enthusiastic Pizza Inn customer was delivered to Nicholas Knight’s home late last month.
Manager Todd Mills sent two waitresses, Alyssa Catoe and Katy Ghent, to  Nicholas’ house with a big pizza delivery box. Pizza Inn does not have a delivery service, but the employees weren’t there to deliver pizza.
Inside the box was a Pizza Inn employee T-shirt, chef’s hat and gift certificate. The wait staff encouraged management to reward Nicholas’ devotion and his dream of one day working at Pizza Inn.


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Lancaster gets Dollar General literacy grant

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a $4,000 grant to Lancaster’s Communities In Schools program.
This grant is part of $4.5 million in youth-literacy grants that the foundation gave to about 1,000 organizations across the 43 states where Dollar General does business.
The grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.


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This time, it’s happening in vicinity of Buckelew Park

Thieves again rummaging through unlocked cars

By Greg Summers

For the second time in a little more than four months, the Lancaster Police Department is investigating a string of incidents in which thieves rummage through unlocked cars at night and steal money, valuables and firearms.
In mid-April, six similar cases were reported in the University Drive area.
This time, they are happening in an area that centers around Buckelew Park on Chester Street.


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Kershaw eateries start charging hospitality tax

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – If your bill seems a bit higher these days at Kershaw eating and drinking establishments, that’s because it is.
Kershaw’s 2 percent hospitality tax took effect Aug. 15. Patrons who buy prepared meals, drinks and alcoholic beverages served by restaurants within the town limits are now paying more.
And so far, so good, said Mitch Lucas, Kershaw’s interim administrator.


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2 Kershaw water projects on tap

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KERSHAW – With all the regulatory hoops jumped through, construction will start soon on two utility projects linking Kershaw’s water system to Haile Gold Mine.
Those projects – running a 12-inch water line along Church Street to the mine property and building a 250,000-gallon water tank on the outskirts of town – should begin this fall. Once the work is complete, the town will have three water towers tied together.


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Kershaw agency fills ‘the void in so many areas’

KARE wins Fabric of the Community Award

By Mandy Catoe

The Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE) was honored as the 2016 Lancaster County recipient of the Springs Close Foundation Fabric of the Community Award on Aug. 24.
The awards luncheon was held in the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. The foundation honors one nonprofit agency and one individual in Chester, Lancaster and York counties for exemplary service to the community. The winners receive a $10,000 check and a special Fabric of the Community sculpture made by local artist Bob Doster.


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Senate candidate brings out the long-guns in Lancaster

By Reece Murphy

U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Bill Bledsoe visited Lancaster Saturday and held a “long-gun rally” on Main Street in front of the county courthouse.
The stop was one of several such rallies the Spartanburg veterinarian is holding at courthouses across the state as the U.S. Senate candidate of the Libertarian and Constitution parties.
Saturday’s noon rally drew only a handful of people, most of whom attended with their rifles strapped over their shoulders.


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