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  • Celebrate love stories of Carolina presidents

    N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

    The relationships of presidents and their wives have been the subject of public fascination for generations. The staffs of President James Polk State Historic Site in Pineville and Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster will team up this weekend to look at the relationships of Andrew and Rachel Jackson and James and Sarah Polk.
    The free program will be presented at Andrew Jackson State Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

  • Ex-GOP chief joins candidates for 5th District

    A sixth Republican has jumped into the race for Mick Mulvaney’s 5th District congressional seat, presuming that he will be confirmed as President Trump’s budget director.
    Chad Connelly, state GOP chairman from 2011-13, announced his candidacy Monday.
    “Washington is broken, and I want to do my part to try and fix it,” Connelly said in a statement.

  • Mulvaney vote likely Thursday in Senate

    The full U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday on whether 5th District Rep. Mick Mulvaney will serve as White House budget director.
    According to a schedule released Monday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the nomination of the Indian Land Republican is one of several likely to be voted on that day.

  • 29 derelict homes targeted for demolition

    Sections of 11 Lancaster streets are looking a little better these days after 14 derelict homes were bought and demolished through a state program aimed at eliminating community blight.
    “This program is definitely doing what it’s supposed to do,” said Louis Streater, director of building and zoning for the city of Lancaster. “These homes were in bad shape.”

  • Judge rules against Richburg man in Doberman case

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Jordan James Johnson, the Richburg man whose 116 Dobermans were rescued from disgusting conditions on his property, will not be getting the dogs back, a judge ruled on Thursday.
    Johnson, 48, was arrested last September after animal control officers found the dogs living in “grossly unsanitary” conditions. He initially faced 198 changes ranging from ill treatment of animals to violating the state rabies control law.

  • Cops’ mission: Get to know regular folks, their concerns

    Don’t be surprised if a Lancaster police officer just walks right up to you this week and starts chatting.
    Sure, there’s a chance he suspects you of a crime or wants you to snitch on someone, but more likely he just wants to hear what’s on your mind.
    On Wednesday, the Lancaster Police Department rolled out Take Five, a systematic way for officers to connect with the people they protect and serve.

  • Beating back every 'no'

    It’s hard to say no to 9-year-old Alyssa Mangum.
    Last year, she amassed hundreds of yeses in three months.
    Alyssa was the No. 1 Girl Scout cookie seller in Lancaster County. The Heath Springs fourth grader sold 1,005 boxes of cookies, most in the sparsely populated southeastern end of the county.
    The 2017 cookie campaign has begun, and Alyssa is going strong. She has already sold 200 boxes and has about six weeks remaining.

  • ‘Amazing’ turnaround

    Charlee Rivers, the Lancaster 4-year-old who spent much of last year in and out of Levine Children’s Hospital fighting a congenital heart defect, has improved so much that she has been removed from the heart-transplant list.
    According to her parents, Chucky and Dustee Rivers, Charlee underwent a complication-plagued heart surgery in April, but then her condition improved dramatically, and she continued getting better throughout the year.

  • Agency helps seniors determine SNAP eligibility

    From release

    The Catawba Area Agency on Aging will use a recent grant to help seniors struggling to buy groceries apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to stretch their food budgets.
    The program, part of a National Council on Aging  nationwide effort, addresses the millions of Americans 65 and over who face a double whammy: fixed incomes and rising food costs.

  • Rural roads must be made safer, DOT secretary says

    From release

    S.C. Transportation Secretary Christy Hall has proposed spending at least $50 million a year to reduce the high death toll on South Carolina’s roads.
    Hall made her presentation last month at a meeting of the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission in Columbia. Hall told the commissioners that improving safety on roads in the rural areas of the state should be the top priority for any new funding.