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Next step for unity ministry after June event downtown

Targeting youth at century-old camp meeting

By Mandy Catoe

The Lancaster City and Countywide Prayer Rally is dressing an age-old message in young hip clothes, and taking it to the historic annual Mount Carmel Camp Meeting next month.
The group, formed in June for a rally on the courthouse grounds that drew hundreds of participants, will have its “prayer warriors” at the camp meeting Sept. 9-10.


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25 felines get space to roam, play, breathe at animal shelter

Fancy digs for homeless cats

By Mandy Catoe

The much-talked-about cat facility at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter is open and filled with furry felines waiting to be chosen and given a home.
Seventeen cats and kittens removed from small, cramped cages last week were running free in their new spacious, clean, cool home Wednesday afternoon.  
"We wanted to get these cats out of those cages," said Animal Shelter Director Alan Williams. "It's a whole lot better for them, breathing fresh, clean air and enjoying some freedom."


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Angie’s Closet gives away free clothes this Saturday

By Kayland Hagwood

Angela Porter of Lancaster is hosting her sixth clothing giveaway this Saturday, an idea that started with a spiritual inspiration.
Angie’s Closet will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Upper Room of Jesus Outreach Tabernacle, 311 W. Gay St. in Lancaster.


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Heath Springs will replace old, worn-out garbage truck

By Mandy Catoe

The Heath Springs Town Council has decided it’s time to trash the old garbage truck and buy a new one.
They don’t come cheap. A new truck will cost between $120,000 and $140,000, but the town had been expecting this and the money is already budgeted.


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$200K ticket unclaimed so far

Lancaster gets 2nd big lottery win in 3 weeks

By Reece Murphy

Palmetto Cash 5 lottery tickets are hot in Lancaster, it seems, after a local player scored a six-figure win in Wednesday night’s drawing – the second big local win in less than three weeks.
S.C. Education Lottery spokeswoman Holli Armstrong said the as yet unknown winner won $100,000 with the numbers 2, 3,11, 29 and 34, but also “Powered-up” for an additional $1, which doubled the win to $200,000.
The odds of winning were 1 in 1,003,884.


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2-hour outage also affects cable TV for 7,000 customers

13K lose Comporium internet service

By Reece Murphy

An equipment malfunction caused a massive internet outage Wednesday for 13,000 Comporium Communications customers, many of them businesses that had to turn away customers of their own.
Matthew Dosch, Comporium’s executive vice president of customer operations,  said the outage started shortly before 3 p.m. and ended about 5:15 p.m. It also cut service to about 7,000 cable TV subscribers.
Dosch blamed the problems on a malfunctioning electronics card in a piece of equipment at a service node serving Lancaster County customers south of the Panhandle.


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District might adjust for some traffic issues

Schools back in full swing

By Hannah Strong ; Mandy Catoe and Reece Murphy

The hallways of Lancaster County’s schools came to life this week as nearly 13,000 students showed up to begin the 2016-17 academic year.
Superintendent Gene Moore made his annual rounds to all of the schools on Monday for the 11th year in a row and said the county had a great first day.
“The first day went very smoothly, and our year is off to a great start,” Moore said.


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Lancaster woman cited after dogs attack horse

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster woman was cited for violations of the county animal control ordinance after a neighbor reported that two of her dogs attacked his horse, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
Kristina Brook Bradley, 23, of 1914 Zion Road was charged with two animal restraint violations following the Aug. 10 incident involving what the report said were two of her three “pit bull-type” dogs.


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Kershaw council axes Matson Street oaks

By Reece Murphy

The fate of the giant oaks at the intersection of East Matson and North Marion streets in Kershaw was sealed Monday after town council finally accepted an S.C. Department of Transportation safety recommendation to remove them.
Monday night’s council action followed an update by interim Town Administrator Mitch Lucas, who’d been directed last month to approach the department to appeal a 2014 decision not to install a stoplight at the dangerous intersection.


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Sheriff praises quick action by Tammy Wolf

Deputy keeps woman alive using CPR – 'That's my job'

By Mandy Catoe

A  Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy likely saved a woman’s life with CPR on Aug. 4 while responding to a call about a possible heroin overdose.
Deputy Tammy Wolf arrived before EMS at the residence on Lancaster’s 13th Street and found the woman lying on the bathroom floor. She was not breathing, had no pulse, and her lips had turned blue, according to Wolf’s report.


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