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  • Jiran salutes his Air Force bomb dog Tork

    Ryan Mosier
    Duke Energy

    Rick Jiran was 18 and fresh out of high school when he joined the Air Force in search of an adventure. What he didn’t count on was that adventure would be alongside man’s best friend.
    Jiran, now Duke Energy vice president for community relations in South Carolina, was a military working-dog handler. And while stationed in Germany in 1981, Jiran and his German shepherd, Tork, helped protect the 52 Americans who had been held hostage in Iran.

  • 2 more Democrats file for House seat

    Two more Democrats have filed for the 5th District congressional race, so a May 2 primary will be necessary on the Democratic side.

    Alexis Frank of Rock Hill and Les Murphy of Fort Mill have filed to run in the special election to replace Mick Mulvaney, joining Archie Parnell of Sumter, who filed last week.
    Frank, 26, is a college student, mother of two and a U.S. military veteran. Her husband is an active-duty Marine.

  • ‘Insanity has got to be halted,’ mayor says

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard is fuming over an S.C. House proposal to cut business-license fees, saying the bill would cost the city $836,000 a year, one more gut-punch to a local government reeling from financial setbacks.
    “This insanity has got to be halted,” Howard said this week, noting that the plan would eliminate 7.6 percent of the city’s general fund budget. “If you take it off, there is no butter on the biscuit.”

  • 900 boxes, 200,000 artifacts

    Every winter for the past two decades, USC Lancaster archaeologist Chris Judge has spent two weeks in a Darlington County swamp, digging square holes 2 meters long, 2 meters wide and a meter deep.

    With flat shovels, he and his crew methodically skim thin layers from a sandy mound called the Johannes Kolb Site. Layer by layer, they sift each shovelful, separating dirt from clues about our history. They then sort, identify and piece together details about long-ago life along the Pee Dee River.

  • More 3rd-party candidates file in 5th District race

    As of 6 p.m. Friday, the list of candidates who have filed for the 5th District congressional seat had grown to 14, with three more independents filing.
    There will now be a third-party primary May 2, with two Libertarian candidates – Bill Bledsoe and Nathaniel Cooper – now seeking the seat.
    David Kulma filed as a Green Party candidate just before 1 p.m. Friday, and Josh Thornton filed as an American Party candidate last Monday.

  • IL trash and recycling center opens

    Good news for Panhandle residents who dump their own trash: Indian Land’s new convenience center is finally open for business.
    Located on Northfield Drive in Perimeter 521 Commerce Park off U.S. 521, the long-awaited household trash and recycling center opened Monday without fanfare.
    “We’re open right now,” Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said Monday afternoon. “We’ve still got some stuff, like the carport shed for used oil, to put in, but if you’ve got some trash to get rid of, swing by and see us.”

  • Lancaster native honored for his years of leadership in JROTC

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    A man who grew up in Lancaster and retired from the Army has been honored in Chicago for his work as a longtime educator.
    Lloyd N. Cunningham, a 1972 graduate of Lancaster High School, received the 2017 Most Influential African Americans of Lake County Educational Leadership Award. The award was presented to Cunningham by the Chicago People’s Voice newspaper on Feb. 19 during a celebratory dinner in Waukegan, Ill.

  • An oath to serve and protect

    Lancaster police officers were sworn in during a Wednesday night ceremony and reception at the 15th Street Training Center. Newly-named Police Chief Scott Grant said it was important for the officers’ families to participate in the ceremony. “We gave our officers a legal swearing in when they were hired, but this is a little more fitting and proper,” he said.

  • Lancaster native to lead VA in York

    Retired Army Col. Melinda Vaughn Woodhurst didn’t stay retired.
    In February, York County’s legislative delegation appointed the Lancaster native as that county’s Veterans Affairs director.
    Woodhurst calls it a tailor-made job.
    “I told the folks at the county (York) that I had been in training for this job since I was a 14-year-old freshman at Lancaster High School taking JROTC courses,” she said. “I guess we can say I already have 35 years of experience.”

  • Panel grills Van Wyck on plan for new town

    COLUMBIA – A legislative committee questioned Van Wyck’s incorporation proponents about their plan for 90 minutes Tuesday, but decided nothing and postponed the rest of the hearing until some unspecified future date.
    About 35 Van Wyck residents attended the hearing before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation, hoping the panel would recommend that the S.C. secretary of state allow the community’s effort to move forward.