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  • Crowd shows up to talk about underage drinking

    Nearly 100 teens, parents and concerned community members came together Wednesday night to start a much-needed conversation about underage drinking at a town hall meeting sponsored by the Coalition for Healthy Youth.
    A youth panel and an expert panel discussed anonymous responses from the audience to questions about the use and abuse of alcohol, addiction and legal consequences. Coalition for Healthy Youth member Jordan Rogers moderated the discussion.

  • An eye-opening summer for newest kindergartners

    Nearly 100 kindergarten students have been prepped for this coming school year thanks to Lancaster County First Steps’ Countdown to Kindergarten (CTK) program.
    CTK celebrated the students’ completion of the program Thursday at Lancaster Bowling Center, and Executive Director Lora Bryson said the program has had a great outcome this year.
    Rising kindergartners, parents, teachers and First Steps staff bowled the afternoon away and enjoyed cupcakes.

  • Kershaw man’s drug sentence commuted

    A Lancaster County man who has served 12 years on a crack-cocaine conviction is among 214 federal inmates whose sentences were commuted by President Obama this week.
    Tyrell Anthony, 33, of Kershaw has been serving 20 years for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine and failure to appear in court. His incarceration, at the medium-security Bennettsville Federal Correctional Institution in Marlboro County, will now end Dec. 1.  
    Most of the affected inmates are low-level drug offenders, said White House legal counsel Neil Eggleston.

  • Buford landmark gone

    For decades, it was a rite of passage for teens in Buford – a courageous, after-dark covert ascent of the fabled water tank beside the elementary school.
    But the 7,500-gallon edifice, built in 1965, has seen its last climber.
    Workers from R.E. McLean Tank Co. should finish cutting apart and dismantling the tank today, said Stephen White, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District manager.

  • $100K lottery ticket sold locally

    If you bought a lottery ticket for Sunday’s Palmetto Cash 5 drawing from the AM PM Gas & Grill on Lynwood Drive in Lancaster, go check your ticket right now – you may have won $100,000.
    A South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman said in a release Tuesday that someone in Lancaster County bought a Cash 5 ticket with numbers 12, 17, 18, 20 and 22, and had still not claimed the prize.
    Had they “Powered-up” for an extra $1, the prize would have been double the amount. The odds of winning Sunday’s prize were 1 in 501,942.

  • Skewes walks the walk

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Politically speaking, Peter Skewes doesn’t just talk the talk.
    Skewes, a professor at Clemson University, is the American Party candidate for president and his name will appear on the November ballot in South Carolina. Figuratively, he’s running for president, but literally, he’s walking. To promote his candidacy and party, he has embarked on a walk across the state... one that began in Clemson and will soon end in Charleston.

  • Library considers move to Springs Block

    Lancaster County Library officials are taking a hard look at the Humana Building, one of the vacant structures in the historic Springs Block on Lancaster’s Main Street, as a possible site for relocating or expanding.
    Library board members braved extreme heat July 26 to tour the three-story white building, which runs along Arch Street from Main to White Street, before their regular board meeting July 26.

  • Cops, public struggle over distrust, how to manage it

    About 150 people attended a Lancaster forum to discuss race and policing Monday night, and the discussion kept returning to traffic stops – high-stress encounters that concern both citizens and officers.
    Nearly half of the face-to-face contacts that police officers have with citizens happen at traffic stops, and that’s part of the problem, said Quentin Harris, who voiced his worries at the Let’s Talk about It forum at Lancaster High School.

  • Property owners hold up road improvements

    Property owners’ refusals to grant right-of-way along the roadways fronting their properties have killed three road improvement projects on the county’s list of roads slated for improvement this year.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis and Public Works Director Jeff Catoe said Ralph Hood and Little River roads in Indian Land and a county-maintained portion of Mahaffee Line Road in Lancaster will not be improved during this round of funding.

  • Kershaw wants SCDOT to replace caution light with stoplight

    KERSHAW – The S.C. Department of Transportation may have rejected a 2014 request from town officials to replace the caution light at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets with a traffic signal, but that doesn’t mean the town is giving up on the matter. 

    Kershaw leaders talked with SCDOT officials Tuesday in hopes of getting a new traffic study there.