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  • Deputy collapses during training, dies

    Sheriff’s Deputy James Kirk Jr., a 28-year veteran of Lancaster County law enforcement, died Tuesday after he collapsed during firearms training. He was 57.
    Kirk was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he later died from an apparent medical condition, according to a statement from sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw issued at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday. The specific cause of death has not been released.

  • ‘Reach back, help somebody else’

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    On Sunday, the Delta Life Development Center was a blaze of red as sorority members gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
    The center was filled with emotion as familiar friends reunited in celebration.
    The Deltas could be described as women with a mission. For 50 years Lancaster’s chapter of Delta Sigma Theta has dedicated itself to public service and improvement.

  • Nothing could be cuter!

    Lancaster County Parks and Recreation workers on Tuesday rescued a tiny, female fawn that they found alone beside a Springdale Park creek swollen by heavy rains.
    “One of the maintenance guys was cutting the grass back behind the baseball fields, and it just came up on him,” said Hal Hiott, Lancaster County parks and recreation director. “It had to be only two or three days old, and it could barely walk.

  • City council agrees to pitch in for proposed greenway grant

    Perhaps by this time next year, area residents and visitors will have a better and safer opportunity to enjoy the Lindsay Pettus Greenway.
    Lancaster City Council has agreed to earmark $100,000 in hospitality tax funds as part of a grant request that would add a sidewalk and other amenities along Woodland Drive from White Street to Lancaster High School.
    The hospitality tax is a 2-percent sales tax on all prepared foods and beverages served within the city limits. It’s a stated city goal to leverage such tax proceeds to improve the Greenway.

  • Moving deluge down the river

    After significant rainfall across both Carolinas this past Sunday and Monday, the Catawba River Basin is struggling to move all of that water down to the flatlands.
    Duke Energy on Wednesday opened gates at the Fishing Creek and Cedar Creek dams, to alleviate the buildup of water runoff from across the Piedmont and the mountains. The power company is expecting Lake Wateree to rise and eventually spill, but the lake is not expected to go above 101 feet.

  • Lancaster’s Dr. Jairy Hunter retires as university president

    By 1989, at age 42, Dr. Jairy Hunter Jr. had accomplished what he had set out to do as president of what was then called Baptist College at Charleston.
    In five years, the Lancaster native had rescued the school from financial crisis, charted it on a steady path and was ready for his next career move – perhaps returning to a larger, secular university.
    But all that changed when Hunter heard a passage from his mother’s diary, read during her funeral.

  • IL school sidewalk plan hits roadblock

    The plan to build sidewalks near Indian Land Middle School on River Road is on hold for now after county officials learned this week that the estimated cost of construction has soared from $161,000 to $248,000.
    County council was told earlier this month that S.C. Department of Transportation cost estimates for the project were too low. DOT gave new higher estimates to the county April 19.  

  • Stay ‘prayed up,’ ready for change

    Jennifer Pinckney is a survivor.
    Three years ago, she and her 6-year-old daughter, Malana, crouched under a desk as bullets pierced the walls around them.

  • Nice day for a ride

    The American Legion Riders of South Carolina’s state Legacy Ride covers 600 miles in 3 days and supports a scholarship fund for children of fallen military and disabled veterans. The ride stopped at Lancaster's Post 31 on Saturday.

  • Former IL volleyball coach Seidel files suit

    The former coach of the Indian Land High girls’ volleyball team, whose brief tenure at the school ended last year before his team played its first regular season game, is now suing for back pay, according to a lawsuit.
    In his suit filed April 3, James P. Seidel has demanded the Lancaster County School District pay him $2,161 in coach’s supplemental pay that he argues the district promised him in writing upon his departure from the school.