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Former TLN Publisher David Ernest dies at 65

By Hannah Strong

David Ernest, who guided The Lancaster News as publisher for a decade, died Friday in Columbia after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was 65.
Ernest came to the paper as publisher in 1992 from Florida, where he was advertising manager at a sister newspaper, the daily Citrus County Chronicle.
Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News, said it was a pleasure to work with Ernest during his 10 years at the paper.


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BHS principal Miller moving to district job

By Hannah Strong

Buford High Principal Rodney Miller is moving to the district office to fill a new position – director of career and technology education.
As CATE director, Miller will work to expand internships with local businesses, coordinate programs, and find teachers for career and tech courses.
Miller, a Pageland native, said he has mixed feelings about leaving Buford High, where he has worked for four years, three of them as principal.


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1 rider dies at scene, another seriously hurt

2 motorcylcles collide in Elgin

By Hannah Strong

Two motorcycles collided Thursday evening in the Elgin community, killing one of the riders and seriously injuring the other.
Fred “Butch” Newton Jr., 48, of Lancaster, died at the scene on Providence Road at Knotty Pines Drive. Justin Ellis, 32, of Lancaster, was transported by EMS to Carolinas Medical Center. He was in serious condition at press time.


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Trying to check mailbox on Memorial Park Road

79-year-old dies after car hits her outside her home

By Kayla Vaughn

A Lancaster woman was fatally struck by a car while crossing Memorial Park Road to get to her mailbox Thursday afternoon.
Johnnie Mae Hinson, 79, was airlifted directly to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she later died from her injuries, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
Ke’von Drakeford, 17, of Heath Springs hit Hinson about 3 p.m. when she stepped in front of his 2000 Chevy Impala, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne.


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USPS notifies county a potential site already has been selected

Indian Land post office in the works

By Reece Murphy

Indian Land may finally be getting its own post office.
The U.S. Postal Service last week notified Lancaster County officials that plans are under way for a “new retail and delivery services facility project” in the fast-growing community of more than 20,000 residents.
County council Chairman Steve Harper received a letter from USPS real estate specialist Michael K. Bullard, saying a possible site has been selected and a public meeting about the plan will be held this month.


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Victim listed in critical conditon

17 year old shot Friday night on Arch Street

By Hannah Strong

A teenager is in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center after being shot Friday night on the 400 block of Arch Street.
Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant said the victim was 17 years old, but his name is not being released yet.
Police responded to Springs Memorial Hospital just before 10:30 p.m. Friday after nearly a dozen gunshots were reported along that block. The crime scene is almost across the street from the Municipal Justice Center.  
Emergency room staff treated the victim before he was flown to CMC.


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Bruins win over Warriors

Bruins build 21-0 halftime lead on the way to 21-7 win over Indian Land.


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Team blanks Texas, 11-0

Darlings stars win Series opener

By The Staff

The Lancaster County Dixie Softball Darlings all-stars launched play in the World Series, rolling to an 11-0 win over Texas in the team's opener on Saturday.

The Lancaster County Darlings stars, who are unbeaten in postseason play at 12-0, face the Georgia state champion today in Sumter.


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Lancaster 8U All-Stars face Texas in Saturday opener

Gloves, heads-up play fuel World Series run for Darlings

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The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Dixie Softball Darlings All-Stars have been perfect this postseason and hope to continue on that diamond path as they open Dixie Softball World Series play in Sumter this weekend.
The 11-0 Lancaster County Darlings stars will launch their series quest against Texas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“Defense has been the hallmark of this team,” said stars coach Gene Knight.


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Power outages impact 4,000

By Hannah Strong and Mandy Catoe

UPDATE:
About 4,000 homes and businesses in eastern Lancaster County woke up without electricity Tuesday morning.
The power was not expected to be back on until 10 p.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
“The damage to the lines was a direct feed out of the retail (sub) station, which ran through the woods,” said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

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