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  • Austin Steele ‘never met a stranger’

    Austin Steele was a loving, generous young man who worked part-time jobs and liked to take off on his moped for solo excursions to the beach, says Peggy Rape, his caretaker for several years.
    He was mildly autistic but was able to function independently most of the time, according to Rape. He was studying for his GED.
    She says she would always ask him, “How far do I love you?” And he would respond, “To the moon and back.”

  • Mat ministry reaches far

    “Love is not a spectator sport” is screen-printed on the back of Sherri Wilkes’ T-shirt.
    Last Tuesday night, she led about a dozen people into the back room of the Lancaster County Library carrying plastic bags stuffed with plastic bags. They ranged in age from just under 6 years old to just over 70. They didn’t come to study. They came to serve.

    For the next two hours, they transformed trash into treasure by cutting and crocheting the bags into sleeping mats for homeless people.

  • Sticky-note inspiration

    From release

    Sticky-notes were the medium for inspirational messages at Lancaster High School on Feb. 13.

    Students decorated 1,000 notes with messages of love and hope for the “Share the Love” project, arranging them to spell “Love” on a wall at the school. Other students could then take a note off the wall and pass it along to another person to inspire or comfort them. 

  • How could IL incorporation affect schools and traffic?

    Scattered throughout Indian Land, the signs are hard to miss since their messages – “Stop school overcrowding” and “Tired of Traffic?” – play on two of the community’s most pressing issues.
    Placed by incorporation organizers Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), the signs offer their own solution printed at the bottom in big bold letters – “Vote Yes.”
    Organizers of the No Town of Indian Land (No TOIL) camp disagree, and have their own “Vote No” signs to show it.

  • County joining opioid lawsuit

    Lancaster County will join a nationwide legal effort against pharmaceutical companies in hopes of recovering some of the money it has spent combatting the opioid epidemic, which killed 25 people here last year.
    “We’re at the place where we have to do something,” said Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes. “Unfortunately, this is one of those things that just isn’t going away.”

  • 2 charged in horrific killing

    Seasoned law officers and crime-scene technicians were mortified Thursday by what they discovered during a day-long search at a residence off S.C. 200 south of Lancaster.
    A teenager’s torso, with no head or limbs, was buried in the yard at 1838 High Point Circle. A head was found behind a building underneath several bags. A barrel contained burnt body parts. Human bones were strewn across the property and in a box stashed under a mobile home.

  • Fire shuts down AJ Middle

    Andrew Jackson Middle School may be closed for weeks as workers clean up extensive smoke damage from a Thursday night fire whose cost might total $1 million.
    The school’s students stayed home Friday and will be out again Monday, said school Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. Starting Tuesday, they will attend other nearby schools until AJMS is ready to reopen.
    Each grade will report to a different school in the area Tuesday. Sixth graders will go to Heath Springs Elementary, seventh graders to Kershaw Elementary and eighth graders to AJ High School.

  • Sunday auction to raise money for playground at Stevens Park

    KERSHAW – Those searching for bargains and trying to support good causes can do both this weekend.
    A benefit auction for the Stevens Park playground is 7 p.m. Sunday at Kershaw Auction House on North Hampton Street (the old Center Theatre).
    Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for the Kershaw Community Park Council, said its members are looking forward to hosting the fundraiser.
    “All proceeds go to help fund the new playground,” Timmons said.

  • New kids’ librarian feels right at home

    “How does a dinosaur eat all of his food?” asks Amanda Antonacci as she begins reading to 2- and 3-year-olds. “Does he burp? Does he belch or make noises quite rude?”
    Antonacci is the new Lancaster County children’s librarian, and she loves her job.
    “I love to read them stories…. They are fun to laugh with, so if I can find a funny story that they just think is hilarious, it’s even better,” she said. “It’s just fun to play.”

  • Billy Graham preached at LHS stadium in 1950

    It’s estimated that over six decades, Billy Graham shared the Gospel with 215 million people during crusades in 185 countries.
    And Graham, whose funeral is today in Charlotte, delivered one of his early sermons in Lancaster.
    At age 31, the evangelist spoke to more than 3,000 on March 18, 1950, at the old Lancaster High School football field on Wylie Street.
    Elizabeth Mahaffee Phillips, now 86, was there.