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Investigators still looking into circumstances of death

Coroner: Asphyxia killed 4th grader

By Hannah Strong

Ten-year-old Dylan Lemieux died from asphyxia, the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office reported Friday after conducting an autopsy.
“The manner of death is still under investigation by Lancaster County Coroner’s Office in conjunction with Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and SLED Child Fatality Division,” the coroner's release stated.
Investigators would release no further information Friday on the circumstances surrounding the death of the Harrisburg Elementary fourth grader.


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Rep. Norrell backs medical cannabis bill

By Hannah Strong

The bipartisan group of legislators cosponsoring a bill to legalize medical cannabis in the state wasted no time introducing it this week during the session’s opening day.
The S.C. Compassionate Care Act would allow state residents with “debilitating medical conditions and a recommendation from their physician” to use medical cannabis.
Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) said she supports the bill because she’s met people who “have conditions where it can help or have been helped.”


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2nd Indian Land child to die this school year

Probe under way in 4th grader's death

By Hannah Strong

A Harrisburg Elementary School fourth grader died Wednesday evening at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, and the cause of death is under investigation, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese.
The student, Dylan Lemieux, is the son of Daniel and Stacey Lemieux. The parents could not be reached before press time.
“We’re in shock more than anything,” said Harrisburg Principal Steven Puckett. “I think that’s the overall atmosphere in the building... losing one of our babies like that.


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Events mark MLK holiday weekend

By The Staff

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday observance is Monday, Jan. 16.
The following are some of the local events and activities planned to honor the Dr. King, the African American civil rights leader who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, and assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.
Saturday, Jan. 14
◆ 9 a.m. – Broadcast television and radio personality Beatrice Thompson is the keynote speaker for the United Citizens Club’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at the Heath Springs community center, 672 Hart St.


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2017 Forecast: What to expect this year

Kershaw has full plate of capital projects

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – These days, Town Administrator Mitch Lucas can rattle off a list of already in-progress and future capital projects and upgrades off the top of his head.
That list includes constructing a water tank and water lines to tie Haile Gold Mine to town utilities, fixing roof leaks at the memorial library building and making restrooms at the country club ADA compliant.
If it only ended there, Lucas said.


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2017 Forecast: What to expect this year

More room for industry in Heath Springs park

By Greg Summers

HEATH SPRINGS – Lancaster County’s smallest town has one tenant – Rico Industries – in its industrial park.
But there’s room for more, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
With so much attention being paid to Indian Land to the north and Kershaw to the south, Starnes wants to lay the groundwork to build a second spec building at Heath Springs Industrial Park on U.S. 521 South.


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Chester County loses Carlisle Roddey at 79

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The big snow was a no-show

By Hannah Strong and Mandy Catoe

Last weekend’s snowstorm moved mostly north of Lancaster County, leaving us with a dusting of snow and a bit of ice, followed by bitter cold.
Parts of the Upstate and most of North Carolina got heavy snow, but Lancaster got only flurries that began around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and continued until about 11 a.m. The clouds then cleared, and the sun was shining through ice on the trees by mid-afternoon.
Snow and freezing rain caused just 34 customers in the county to lose power Saturday, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president for community relations.


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Chesterfield men claim they were shot in Tradesville

By Reece Murphy

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a mysterious shooting incident involving three Chesterfield County men this weekend.
According to the incident report, one of the three men, Phillip Chambers of Mount Croghan, walked into the Pageland Police Department about 7 p.m. Saturday, saying there were two gunshot victims in a car outside.
Inside the car, police found Diante Hayden of Mount Croghan, who had been shot in the leg, and Michael Heath of Pageland, shot in the chest and arm.


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Incorporation takes next step

IL group: Petition drive is complete

By Reece Murphy

Voters for a Town of Indian Land announced Tuesday that the group has gathered enough petition signatures to move forward with its effort to incorporate much of the Panhandle.
Meanwhile, a group seeking incorporation for the community of Van Wyck is set to present its proposal to the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation in Columbia this Thursday.


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