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73-year-old gets decade in prison

Surprise guilty plea as murder trial starts

By Reece Murphy

A 73-year-old Heath Springs man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of an acquaintance during a argument.
Jasper Lee Haggins was charged with murder in the death of  Ernest Lee Cunningham, 55, of Heath Springs, He was shot the night of Feb. 19, 2011, following what witnesses said was an argument over alcohol.
Haggins was scheduled to stand trial for murder Monday, but agreed at the last minute to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.


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Huge ovation as WWII veteran gets Bronze Star

‘Mr. Hungerford, on behalf of a grateful nation…’

By Mandy Catoe

Seventy-one years after earning the Bronze Star for his service in World War II, Buddy Hungerford was presented the medal Thursday by Rep. Mick Mulvaney in a brief ceremony at the Springs House.
“Mr. Hungerford,” Mulvaney said, formally addressing the 91-year-old veteran at the base of the grand staircase. A crowd of more than 50 Rotarians and guests looked on.
“Yes, sir,” Hungerford said.
When Mulvaney called his name, Hungerford, who walks with a slight stoop, straightened to his full height. His wife, Deanna, stood at his side.


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Christmas basket only halfway to goal

By Hannah Strong

The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received $4,565 in donations so far, still not quite halfway to its goal of $10,000.
“The community is still responding to our requests for donations,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster. “So many members of our community have been blessed by this program, and we would like to continue it in the future.”
The money raised will be used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.


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A Kershaw institution: After 58 years in business, Paul Connell packing it in

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Now that he’s 80 years old and closing up shop after nearly six decades, Quality Appliance owner Paul Connell says he’s not really much of a salesman.
That’s sort of like saying you’re not much of a runner when you just finished the Boston Marathon.
Connell has always gauged business success not by his bank account, but by the friends he made along the way. This week a lot of those friends are stopping in to say goodbye.


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If election needed, it will be Feb. 28

Stroble targets Brooks vacancy

By Hannah Strong

The Lancaster County school board met Tuesday night for the first time since James Brooks’ arrest and resignation, and it worked out the logistics for filling his District 1 seat.
Melvin Stroble, who lost to Brooks in the 2014 District 1 election, has announced plans to file for the seat, and so far he is the only person to do so.
“I’m really excited about an opportunity to continue to work with the school board, potentially as a member of the board of trustees,” said Stroble, who attended the meeting and spoke afterward.


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With Miracle Bikes in grateful hands, tearful Mackey thanks all who helped

Mission Accomplished

By Greg Summers

Gonzie Mackey’s shop, packed with 135 bicycles by a generous community after he was cleaned out by thieves a few months ago, is empty again.
He gave them all away to eager parents and grandparents this week. His “Miracle Bikes” will appear beside Christmas trees all across Lancaster County nine mornings from now, as they have for several years.
Mackey gets choked up talking about it.
“This don’t have nothing to do with bicycles,” he said this week. “God is using it to tell the story he wants told.”


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Chief leaves with great thanks, engraved Glock

City council pays tribute to Carter

By Greg Summers

A day after retiring as police chief, Harlean Carter was presented with her service sidearm Tuesday by Lancaster City Council in honor of her 26 years with the police department.
Mayor John Howard called it bittersweet occasion. “It’s a sad night and a happy night,” he said.
Capt. Scott Grant said many of the Lancaster Police Department’s existing operational policies were crafted by Carter when she was still a sergeant.
“The people who know appreciate that,” Grant said, before presenting the engraved Glock pistol to her.


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Vickie Gleason faces up to 30 years in prison

Mom takes plea in Soren’s death

By Reece Murphy

April Victoria Gleason could spend up to 30 years in prison after entering an Alford plea on Thursday in connection with the child-abuse death of her 5-year-old daughter, Soren Chilson.
Vickie Gleason, 31, is accused of helping cover up repeated abuse by then-boyfriend Phillip Bryan Gleason that ultimately led to Soren’s death on March  5, 2013.


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Collapsed buildings beside Jackie’s Place cleared away

By Hannah Strong

Jackie’s Place, the slender brick building in the last remaining commercial strip on Brooklyn Avenue, now stands alone.
At a cost of $40,000, the county has cleared away the rubble next door, the remnants of two buildings that collapsed during a storm in March, according to Lancaster County zoning official Kenneth Cauthen.
Those two buildings once connected Jackie’s Place, a nonprofit children’s charity owned by Jackie Brown that used to be a taxi stand, to the rest of the stores in the strip.


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Building the infrastructure to keep pace with IL boom

By Mandy Catoe

The relocation of CompuCom Systems’ Texas headquarters and 1,500 jobs to Indian Land is yet another sign of the Panhandle’s remarkable economic pull.
But for some residents, that growth comes with growing pains.


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