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  • VTIL reports missing signs

    Indian Land incorporation organizers have reported that about 100 roadside political signs are missing, and the group’s spokesman blamed a “coordinated effort” by the opposition.
    But the main anti-incorporation group rejected that assertion, saying they would never do such a thing.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land President Richard Dole told a sheriff’s deputy Feb. 2 that he’d received numerous complaints about his group’s “Vote Yes” signs being missing.

  • German investor buys Springs Block

    Four months after refusing to let Lancaster County run environmental tests on the historic Springs Block, Humana has sold the downtown landmark to a German investor.
    The property was purchased for $60,000 by a company called STB on Main LLC, according to the Lancaster County Register of Deeds office.
    The German investor behind that company is Ingo Kübler, according to City Administrator Flip Hutfles and County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • TV spotlight hits 8-year-old Railee Brown

    Eight-year-old Railee Brown of Lancaster had a whirlwind week in New York City with her mom and grandmother while taping several episodes of the new ABC game show “Child Support.”
    She got celebrity treatment, including limo rides and a fancy hotel with a view of the Empire State Building. When she wasn’t on set, she visited the Statue of Liberty, ice skated in Rockefeller Square and learned to hail a cab in the Big Apple – not bad for a little girl from a small town. 

  • Put on hold for 26 years, love returns with flourish

    On this Valentine’s Day, we bring you a love story with a 26-year hiatus in the middle.
    Crystal Bradley and James “Mac” McInvaille have a wedding scheduled for July 14 – the second time they’ve made such plans.
    Crystal – then Crystal Doster – was a senior at Andrew Jackson High School when she met Mac in 1985. He was an AJ grad, four years older, and her parents were skeptical at first. She called him every day at lunch from the pay phone in the AJ hallway.

  • 15 years of cheering comes to an end

    After 15 years as a cheerleader, Lancaster High senior Essence Frazier wore her uniform for the last time Friday night.

    Frazier said she’ll miss the crowd screaming and the adrenalin rush when hitting the mat for cheer competitions. She’ll miss bonding with the squad on bus rides to away games.

    “I’ll miss cheering for my school and showing my spirit,” said the four-year varsity cheerleader. “It’s something I love to do, and I can’t do it anymore.”

  • Help for honeybees

    Once warm weather gets here, local honeybees will have 10 acres of new bee-friendly food plots in the county to forage for pollen.
    The Lancaster County Beekeepers Association planted the plots through a $2,500 grant from the national Bayer Feed a Bee initiative.
    “Our honeybees are having a challenge finding adequate food forage due to seasonal droughts, as well as land being developed,” said local beekeeper Dale Starnes.
    The local beekeepers’ plot project was one of 71 projects in 34 states selected for the grants by Bayer.

  • Giving up on private practice

    Dr. Kenneth Baker is giving up his OB-GYN practice in Lancaster and moving to Arkansas.
    The 59-year-old physician didn’t want to relocate, but the medical industry’s changing economics have left him little choice.
    A decade ago, Baker’s practice was earning him about $150,000 a year. Now, he says, that’s down to barely $60,000. To make ends meet, he has taken on work as a substitute physician, traveling across the Carolinas to do fill-in shifts.

  • Parnell rallies county Dems for rematch

    Local Democrats held their county convention Thursday night, electing officers, plotting election-year strategy and hearing from candidates for Congress and governor.
    Archie Parnell, running for the 5th District congressional seat for a second time, spoke briefly to the packed crowd at USC Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center. So did Florence attorney Marguerite Willis and Kirkland Smith, the wife of state Rep. James Smith of Columbia.
    Willis, James Smith and Charleston businessman Phil Noble are seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

  • A tradition of giving

    From release

    COLUMBIA – After a nationwide tour, a multimedia exhibit chronicling the tradition of African-American philanthropy will make its S.C. debut starting Saturday at the Richland Main Library.

  • DHEC: Measles report just a rumor so far

    There is no confirmed case of measles at a Lancaster County preschool, though a Wednesday social-media rumor alluding to one has jangled the nerves of its staff.
    “It’s just a rumor, nothing more at this time,” said S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Tim Kelly. “It popped up on Facebook last night.”
    The rumor flamed higher Thursday morning with WCNC in Charlotte reporting that a case of measles was confirmed at Shiloh Sonshine Preschool. The TV station removed the story from its website Thursday afternoon.