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  • Helping towns rediscover their spark

    More than 150 local leaders gathered Wednesday at USC Lancaster to explore a new idea for bringing pride and growth back to the towns in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    The J. Marion Sims Foundation announced a partnership with the Vermont-based Orton Family Foundation, which has created  Community Heart & Soul, a field-tested process for helping small, rural towns rediscover their spark.
    “I see heart and soul at every table,” said Susan DeVenny, president of the Sims Foundation, as she scanned the audience of movers and shakers.

  • 38 years of firefighting for ‘backbone of Elgin’

    At 67, Randy White has been jumping into his turnout gear in the middle of the night for almost four decades. Last year, he was at 78 percent of the fires the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department responded to.

    So it’s no surprise that White has been selected by his peers as Lancaster County’s first Firefighter of the Year.
    White appreciates the honor, but he’s not really fond of being singled out for attention. He would rather be a part of the Elgin crowd than stand out from it.

  • Big Thursday brings in $40K for scholarships

    The Big Thursday Scholarship of Lancaster Inc. said Wednesday it raised $40,000 in this year’s scholarship drive, bringing the total amount raised in 17 years to $544,600.
    The money goes to Lancaster County students who attend Clemson University or USC Lancaster. The scholarships are split between the universities, with $20,000 going to each school this year.

  • Jackie’s Place gets park next door

    Most days more than 100 kids stop by Jackie’s Place, a tiny storefront on Brooklyn Avenue where they can get a snack and hang out safely before or after school.
    In the space next door, where a collapsed building was cleared away last year, those kids will now have a park to play in, thanks to the leaders of Lancaster Pride Promise Neighborhood, the Clinton Elementary attendance zone revitalization project.
    Plans have been drawn to build a community park in the empty space between Jackie’s Place and the remaining strip building at 82 Brooklyn Ave.

  • Bidding farewell to another vintage Main St. building

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    Firefighters trudged up smoke-filled stairways and dodged debris for hours Wednesday morning in the original Robinson-Cloud Department Store building on Main Street.
    They stomped around office supplies, light fixtures, chunks of drywall and other things left behind when the building was vacated.

  • Man pleads guilty in 2015 burglary spree

    A Waxhaw, N.C., man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for his role in a string of break-ins across rural Lancaster County in late 2015.
    Johnny Ray Pyatt pleaded guilty Monday to nine counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of petty larceny and one count of larceny/breaking into motor vehicles.
    Pyatt and his two co-defendants, Joshua Lee Whitaker of Lancaster and Bobby Charles Wallace of Waxhaw, were accused of breaking into vehicles and outbuildings at homes in the areas of Heath Spring, Kershaw, Buford and along Flat Creek Road.

  • City unveils snazzier, more useful website

    The city of Lancaster launched an updated website last week to better suit the needs of its users.
    “Light years ahead of what we had,” said Teresa Meeks, the city’s director of support services. She said www.lancastercitysc.com allows for easy navigation compared to the city’s previous website.  
    “We had been in dire straights of a new website for some time. Ours was quite old and outdated,” she said. “It’s a whole lot more user-friendly than what we had.”

  • Kim Bucher gets probation for neglecting disabled wife

    Four months after the death of his incapacitated wife, Kim Bucher of Lancaster has pleaded guilty to neglecting her health, but he avoided jail time and will serve five years’ probation on the charge.
    Bucher, 74, was charged last May with neglect of a vulnerable adult – his wife, Mary Bucher, who had suffered several strokes. She was unresponsive at Springs Memorial Hospital for four months, then transported to Ohio to be near relatives. She died Nov. 2 at age 63.

  • McClancy protesters calmer, but lose again

    Indian Land residents, wearing their trademark red shirts and carrying protest signs, filled the county council’s chambers to its capacity of 110 Monday night, urging officials to reject McClancy Seasoning’s rezoning request.
    The meeting was much calmer than the one two weeks ago, when a crowd stormed out after losing the vote, but the outcome was the same. Council passed the second of three required readings on the rezoning ordinance, this time by a closer margin of 4-3.

  • Winter wonder

    A fast-moving storm blanketed Lancaster County with several inches of heavy, gorgeous snow Sunday morning, but it caused few problems and melted away in the afternoon.

    Duke Energy reported 1,149 customers lost power briefly, and many churches canceled morning worship as a precaution.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the county got off easy, calling it “a beautiful snow that we could actually enjoy.”