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  • 116 Dobermans seized, man arrested

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    A Richburg man has been charged with more than 198 counts ranging from ill treatment of animals to violations of rabies-control law.
    Jordan James Johnson, 47, of Richburg, was arrested Friday by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office and charged with 116 counts of ill treatment of animals, 81 counts of violating the rabies control law and one bench warrant.
    According to the Chester County Detention Center records, his total bond has been set at $436,225.

  • Big voter-registration efforts under way

    The voter-registration deadline for the Nov. 8 general election is Oct. 8, and with absentee voting slated to start Oct. 3, several organizations have joined forces to boost voter registration in Lancaster County.
    Rally In The Park: Your Vote Matters is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lancaster’s Preston Blackmon Park, (formerly Southside Park), 500 Conner St.
    The rally is jointly sponsored by the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP, the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Theta Sorority and Iota Theta, and the Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

  • Lancaster civic leader Don Scott, Boy Scout ambassador, dies at 90

    Hazel Taylor found out June 14 just how civic-minded Don Scott was.
    Despite his frail health, Scott, who died Saturday at his home two days after turning 90 years old, showed up to cast a special city council election ballot for her at the voting precinct inside the Church of the Good Shepherd, a church he helped found.
    Scott’s actions moved Taylor to tears that afternoon, and still do. Every vote counts, she said in a voice choking back tears, but when someone goes to that much trouble, it’s never forgotten.

  • Mary Bucher will be taken back to Ohio

    Following months of research and trial and error, Andrea Williams has finally arranged medical transportation for her mother, Mary Bucher, from Springs Memorial Hospital to Ohio.
    On Thursday, Bucher will be moved via private medical transportation to a nursing home in Ohio. She will be in a comfortable driving distance from family instead of 10 hours away, Williams said.
    Williams called 911 in May after Bucher’s husband, Kimber Bucher, 73, said she had been sick for several days.

  • Tradesville on parade

    The Tradesville community gathered Saturday for its annual Fall Festival and parade. For nearly a quarter-century, the event has been organized as a fundraiser for the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Saluting Sims for 20 years of giving

    A crowd of more than 200 gathered Friday night to salute the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s 20 years of grant-making to agencies serving the residents of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls.
    Those grants have totaled more than $50 million to 108 nonprofit and government agencies over the two decades, and the charitable foundation’s $70 million in current assets make it the eighth largest in South Carolina.

  • Mulvaney, Lucas brief chamber members

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney told Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday that it’s time for meaningful, common-sense reforms to Social Security to keep the system solvent.
    “This is a hard thing to do politically, because it’s easy to run a political ad… that says Mick Mulvaney wants to take Social Security away from old people,” he said. “But it’s something we have to fix.”

  • Shoplifting suspects collared after K-9 search, foot-chase

    It started with a man running from Lancaster’s Home Depot with three stolen string trimmers and jumping into a getaway car parked between the mulch pallets.
    It ended two hours later after a K-9 search and a police foot-chase through the backyards of nearby Gregwood.
    A Concord, N.C., couple were jailed Sept. 16 after the incident at the Home Depot on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Steven Michael Vanderburg, 28, was arrested by Lancaster Police Department officers about two hours after the theft, running through the Gregwood subdivision.

  • Final call: Kershaw oaks coming down

    KERSHAW – There won’t be a last-minute reprieve for the four majestic oak trees at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets.
    The trees will be cut down within the next two weeks, said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    The decision to move forward with cutting down the trees came on the tails of a Sept. 8 public hearing on the matter.

  • Prison walls don’t stop phone threats

    A Lancaster man serving prison time on drug charges has been accused of  texting threats to another man using an illegal cell phone, a sheriff’s office incident report said.
    Derrick Antonio McIlwain, 30, made headlines in March 2011 after Lancaster police officers pulled him over for loud music and later found crack cocaine in his car.
    McIlwain was convicted of trafficking cocaine in early 2013 and sentenced to eight years. He is incarcerated at the Turbeville Correctional Institute (TCI) in Turbeville.