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  • 27 eyesore houses targeted for demolition in Lancaster

    Twenty-seven derelict properties in the Lancaster city limits have been identified for inclusion in the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) $5.6 million program to get rid of uninhabitable homes.
    The city is working with COG to acquire, demolish and landscape blighted vacant residential properties through a Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP).
    In April 2015, COG was awarded $5.6 million from the S.C. Housing Finance and Development Authority. The funds must be used by July 2017.

  • 'The perfect career'

    Thirty-eight years ago, Chuck Small became a firefighter for the Lancaster Fire Department at age 19, though he had no idea he wanted to be one.
    Always a great storyteller, Small, who retired last week at 57, still recalls his initial March 8, 1978, interview with the late Donald Adams, the city’s fire chief at the time.

  • Man with shotgun robs Buford store

    A man with a double-barrel shotgun robbed a convenience store at Buford Crossroads early Friday morning.
    Using surveillance video, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Joshua Duane Smith, 35, of 1722 Cabarrus Crossing Drive in Huntersville, N.C. Warrants were obtained charging him with armed robbery in the 4:30 a.m. holdup at the Buford Express Mart, at the intersection of S.C. 9 and Rocky River Road.

  • City buying new electronic message board

    There is a reason why the city of Lancaster quit placing a portable electronic message board along Main Street to advertise upcoming downtown events.
    The old one is beyond repair and has been for about 18 months, said Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director.
    “It finally died. It had been repaired, repaired and repaired, and it can’t be repaired anymore. It was definitely a wonderful asset for us to have,” Meeks said.

  • Operation Clean-Sweep targets 2 Kershaw streets

    KERSHAW – There’s nothing clandestine about Kershaw’s “Operation Clean-Sweep.” Its goal is to literally clean up the town’s two main streets this summer, from the north end to the south end.
    The work will include weed removal and sidewalk edging, as well as dirt removal along roadside curbing along Matson and Hampton streets.
    Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman said the town plans to spend about $10,000 on the cleanup.

  • Born to write

    It's not unusual to spend the first day of summer vacation at Walmart with your family. It is unusual if you are holding a book-signing. It's even more unusual if you are 12.
    That is exactly how 12-year-old Christina Moses spent last Saturday. Surrounded by family and friends, she sat at a table selling and signing copies of her book, "Camp Sweet Tea – Adventures of Christina and Friends."
    She signed and sold over 30 books in the first hour of the four-hour event. By the end, the total was almost 60.

  • Charges in Palmetto Place murder

    A man accused of shooting another man to death at Palmetto Place Apartments  last month surrendered to authorities over the weekend.
    The suspect, 28-year-old Rashad Demon “Shorty Cake” Johnson, of 408 Pardue St., turned himself in at the Lancaster County Detention Center at 12:19 a.m. Saturday.
    Johnson was wanted for the May 21 murder of Deangelo Markeith Kirk, 25, of 549 Gingercake Road. He is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • IL to keep free use of Foxhole

    Lancaster County is finalizing a plan with Mecklenburg County to provide stickers to Indian Land residents that will allow them to continue using South Charlotte’s Foxhole Recycling Center at no charge until Indian Land’s new convenience center opens later this year.
    The agreement comes as the Mecklenburg Solid Waste Department prepares to implement a $50 annual “nonresident availability fee” July 1.

  • Missions Day event is Saturday

    The Citadel of Love Christian Fellowship in Lancaster is hosting an effort to raise awareness about poverty, homelessness and crime in Lancaster during its 2016 Missions Day event Saturday.
    Scheduled for 1-6:30 p.m. at 1789 Lynwood Ave., the event is intended to be an afternoon of cookouts, family-friendly activities, gospel music, preaching and presentations by various public safety departments and community organizations.

  • Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident

    A Heath Springs businessman was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on S.C. 9 Memorial Day afternoon.
    Tracy Clyde Baker, 49, was riding a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on S.C. 9 about 1.5 miles outside Fort Lawn at about 2:50 p.m., according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller.
    Miller said Baker ran off the right side of the roadway near Nectar Road just inside Lancaster County and overturned, throwing Baker from the motorcycle.
    Baker, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe head injuries.