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  • Youngest NASC volunteer best friends with the oldest

    Jake Catoe has lived only 10 years, but he has an old soul.
    He appreciates old things and what they’ve been through. He treasures Native American history, museums, real books and older people. He is particularly fond of retired schoolteacher Henry Shute, 75, who seems to love all the same things.

  • Helping foster kids flourish as adults

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Surrounded by well-wishers gathered for prayer and food, one former foster child made a life-changing donation to another last Friday at J&J Autosports in Lancaster.
    J&J co-owner Jonathon Mobley presented a free 2004 Chevy Impala to recipient Alexis Buckley through On the Road Again, a program run by the S.C. Foster Parent Association.

  • S.C. trade group tips its hat to Crenco

    Lancaster’s homegrown and family-owned Crenco Food Stores has been named 2017 Retailer of the Year by the S.C. Association of Convenience Stores.
    The award was announced Tuesday at the association’s annual convention in Columbia.
    “In our 38 years of operation, we’ve strived to be the best in all that we do,” said second-generation owner Hal Crenshaw. His father, the late Harold Crenshaw, started the stores in 1979 as a branch of Crenshaw Oil Co.

  • City police almost back to full staff

    On paper, the Lancaster Police Department is almost back up to full strength after a year of struggling with a manpower shortage.
    But there is still an urgent need for more certified “street ready” officers.  
    Three recent police hires are now attending the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy but won’t graduate until late October. After that, the graduates have a minimum eight weeks of training with a police department field-training officer before being out on their own.

  • Group prays for city’s young men

    A small group gathered Sunday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse to pray for youth in the community in light of the recent shootings.
    Organizer Jose Gonzalez, a member of New Horizon Community Church, said a prayer and talked briefly to the eight people attending about making a positive impact on young people.
    “We are going to pray for our town, for people to unite,” Gonzalez said, noting there is “friction” in the community. “We’re going to especially pray for the youth of this town.”

  • Missing Heath Springs man found in Missouri

    A Heath Springs man reported missing Monday evening was located overnight nearly 750 miles away in Missouri.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help in locating 75-year-old Bobby Baker Monday night, saying he’d last been seen driving his red 2005 Chevrolet farm truck about 11:30 a.m. in the area of McIlwain Road.

  • Van Wyck town vote may derail IL efforts

    An S.C. Attorney General’s Office opinion suggests Indian Land’s incorporation effort might not be able to continue as proposed should Van Wyck residents decide to incorporate in next week’s special election.
    In the meantime, organizers of the Indian Land effort, Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), say they disagree with the opinion and will continue moving forward as they prepare for an appearance before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation on Aug. 18.

  • Warrants detail toddler’s killing

    The 9mm handgun that killed 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden on July 31 was left loaded and unattended on a table beside a living room sofa shortly before the child was shot, according to two arrest warrants filed in the case.
    The warrants charge Jacarion’s mother, Toni Lashay Gladden, 26, and her boyfriend, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes, 18, with unlawful conduct toward a child. A third warrant charges Toni Gladden with misprision of a felony, alleging that she lied to cover up what happened.

  • 48-state journey

    Tye Sturgeon has no idea where his little cross-country caravan will sleep tonight.
    “But I ain’t worried,” he said Monday. Someone will make space for him, wife Hannah, dog Pistol Annie and horses Rudy and Jazz. That’s just how it goes.
    “God’s gonna take care of us. Always has and always will,” he said, as he pulled off his cowboy hat and wiped the sweat off his forehead with a shirt sleeve. “I take the quickest route and don’t never worry.”

  • Weekend Recap: August 7, 2017

    A small group of eight people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse to pray for youth in the community in light of the recent shootings. Organizer Jose Gonzalez, a member of New Horizon Community Church, said a prayer and talked briefly about making a positive impact on young people. Gonzalez said he plans to be at the courthouse at 2 p.m. Sunday for another round of prayer. He invites anyone interested to attend.