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  • ‘Momma Carolyn,’ Dabo hit it off

    Few people can divert a college football coach, a national championship coach at that, away from a practice in preparation for the season opener in defense of the national title.
    Count Lancaster native and ardent Clemson fan Carolyn Starnes, 83, in that limited number.
    Starnes recently visited a Clemson Tigers football practice and drew the full attention of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
    Swinney, while at the workout, stopped by and spent time with Starnes, a former University of South Carolina Lancaster instructor and longtime Clemson fan.

  • IL Fall Festival moves to schools complex

    The Indian Land schools campus will serve as the new location of the Indian Land Fall Festival on Oct. 28.
    At The Reservation football stadium, there will be a kids’ play zone, sports zone and large music stage. The training field on the grounds will host the community, farm and faith zones with vendors and churches. The VFW Car Show will take over the student parking lot beside the high school.

  • 40 years for shooting girlfriend in the face

    WINNSBORO – A 32-year-old man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday after jurors convicted him of shooting his girlfriend in the face while her two young children watched.
    Larry Cornish was found guilty in the attempted murder of Ashley Mickle after a three-day trial prosecuted by Assistant Sixth Circuit Solicitor Croom Hunter.
    Cornish was also convicted of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a weapon by a person previously convicted of a violent crime.  

  • Chesterfield County school bus driver charged with DUI

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    A Chesterfield County school bus operator was charged with driving under the influence this week after her blood-alcohol level was measured at nearly four times the legal limit.
    Angela Caldwell of Jefferson was arrested Monday after witnesses called 911 saying they saw her driving her bus erratically near Airport Road and S.C. 265, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Gas prices skyrocket as Houston shuts down

    Prices at local gas pumps have jumped as much as 40 cents a gallon this week as Hurricane Harvey’s 50-plus inches of rain swamped South Texas and closed oil refineries in the Houston area, and shortages are possible.
    The worst rain event in U.S. history has jolted gas markets just before the busy Labor Day travel weekend, and local and national fuel-industry experts say it’s uncertain how long the disruption to supplies will last, or how high prices will go at the pumps.

  • Local Red Cross mobilizes, others sending supplies

    Volunteers from the Northern S.C. Chapter of the Red Cross are headed to the Gulf Coast to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey, while other local citizens are raising money and collecting relief items.
    Lancaster resident Alton Washington is flying to Baton Rouge today, and will be deployed from there.
    Washington, a new Red Cross volunteer, said he’s never been to a disaster zone.

  • Kershaw man gets 10 years for drug dealing

    Daniel Ali Thompson, who faced a slew of drug charges from a 2013 arrest and last year’s massive Operation Fall Harvest roundup, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a plea agreement that dismissed all but five of the most serious older charges against him.
    Arrested in April, Thompson, 31, formerly of 195 Pine Ridge Drive in Kershaw, was among the last suspects nabbed in last year’s major drug operation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office called Operation Fall Harvest.

  • Public meeting on IL post office Thursday night

    The U.S. Postal Service is holding a public meeting on a newly proposed – and long-awaited – Indian Land post office.
    The meeting to gather public input and answer residents’ questions about the project is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at York Technical College’s Indian Land Center, 1245 Rosemont Drive off S.C. 160 (Fort Mill Highway).
    USPS real estate specialist Kurtis Bullard said USPS is considering a property across from the college on Rosemont Drive as a potential location for the proposed 13,000-square-foot, full-service post office.

  • He saved her life, and she won’t stop saying thanks

    Thomas Burdette has saved quite a few lives in 22 years as a paramedic.
    Usually he never sees those people again. Occasionally someone will send a thank you note or stop by to shake his hand.
    Then there’s Daniela Pagan, who takes appreciation to a whole new level.
    Burdette was one of the first responders when Pagan suffered a massive heart attack 15 months ago, and Pagan won’t let him and the team at Lancaster County EMS forget her.

  • 9/11 stair-climb fundraiser coming up

    Sept. 11, 2001, is a day most Americans will never forget. For two groups of Lancaster firefighters, it is a memory they will use next month to strengthen their own bonds and to raise money for the families of first responders who died that day.
    For the past four years, both groups have participated in the Charlotte 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. This year’s event is Sept. 9.