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Firefighter takes 'Free Hugs' message to protesters, cops

'Standing peacefully for justice'

By Reece Murphy

Watching the Charlotte riots on TV Tuesday and Wednesday nights after the police killing of Keith Scott, Alfrick Seegars felt pulled in two directions.
As a 28-year-old black man, Seegars knew the passion and anger fueled by seeing yet another man of color on the news bleeding to death on the ground surrounded by cops.
As a firefighter with the city of Lancaster and County Fire Rescue, he also could appreciate the mix of fear and commitment to duty that the police and other first-responders on scene felt facing the angry crowd.


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I cleaned off the blood...it was time to leave

Editor’s note: Jessica Britton, 29, is a Waxhaw photographer who has shot assignments for The Lancaster News since 2012. She was at ground zero Wednesday night during the worst of Uptown Charlotte’s racial unrest. Seldom has the nation’s attention focused on a place so close to us.


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Hurricane preparedness includes animals, too

When a hurricane is headed your way, you can decide your best course of action. Your animals can’t. They depend on you to make the decisions for them.
Planning for an emergency can be tough enough just for family members. It’s even more complex when you consider the safety and well-being of pets and farm animals.


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BMS pauses to honor 9/11 victims, local heroes

15 Years Later

By Hannah Strong

Buford Middle School held its seventh-annual 9/11 commemoration Friday, remembering those lost in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago and honoring local emergency workers, firefighters, police and military veterans.
The gym fell silent as the ceremony began. The middle schoolers were not yet born when the tragedy occurred, but their faces displayed seriousness and understanding of the events.
BMS Principal Sheri Wells opened the ceremony, telling the audience about the plane crashes, the fatalities, the buildings that collapsed.


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Clemson invites public on virtual ag tour

Clemson University is organizing a physical or online tour of South Carolina agriculture for Sept. 26-29.
You can take a virtual tour by following Clemson Public Service and Agriculture’s social network sites during the four days. Images, videos and text will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram. To follow the tour, use #ClemsonAgTour. Information also will be available online.


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Gas prices rise for holiday weekend

After dropping for two months, gasoline prices rose again just before the holiday weekend. Despite that, Labor Day pump prices are still the lowest since 2005.
S.C. travelers will enjoy some of the lowest gas prices in the nation, with the state average at $1.96, according to AAA Carolinas. North Carolina’s average is $2.10.


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Cops capture suspect after shootout, chase

Local man's body dumped in rural Ga.

By Greg Summers

Authorities have identified a body dumped last weekend on a rural dirt road in Oconee County, Ga., as 32-year-old Rendell Jomon Cunningham of Lancaster.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Cunningham had been shot four times and the Oconee sheriff’s office had been trying to figure out his identity since his body was found Aug. 27.
Oconee County is south of Athens. Cunningham’s body was found on Fambrough Cemetery Road in the Rose Hill Community near the Greene County line.


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State website helps recover unclaimed cash

COLUMBIA – State Treasurer Curtis Loftis announced this week that citizens can now search for unclaimed property on the his office's website, treasurer.sc.gov, and on the national database MissingMoney.com.
Each year, companies turn over billions of dollars to states’ unclaimed property programs when they cannot locate the owners of the funds. South Carolina’s Unclaimed Property Program, administered by the State Treasurer’s Office, is currently seeking the rightful owners of more than $500 million.


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Motorcyclist dies in crash near Brooklyn Avenue

By Greg Summers

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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.


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Founders Federal Credit Union buying Rock Hill Schools office building

Founders Federal Credit Union is buying  the Rock Hill Schools district office building to expand its back-office operations into Rock Hill.
Founders will purchase the property at 660 Anderson Road and an outparcel for $2.7 million. The new location will house some existing employees from the credit union’s corporate headquarters in Lancaster, which is filled to capacity and needs to expand, according to the company.


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