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  • Hot fun in the sun

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    A heat index reaching near triple digits could not stop the smiles on 250 faces at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department Block Party at Buford Recreation Center on July 21.
    Jennie Reid headed a team of staff members that led groups of children through various stations at the fourth annual event.

  • Deadly mosquito-borne horse disease discovered in Dillon Co.

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    COLUMBIA — State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of the first South Carolina case of Eastern equine encephalitis in 2017.
    The case was identified July 21 in a horse from Dillon County, said Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.

  • 2,843 new jobs, $85M in investment

    In its first full year as a county department, Lancaster County’s Economic Development team delivered a banner year of growth. Under the leadership of Jamie Gilbert, the county created 2,843 new jobs, the most ever in a 12-month period.
    Since Gilbert was hired in July 2016, the LCED brought nearly 3,000 jobs to the county – one new job for every 13 eligible workers. New investment pumped $85 million into the economy – nearly $1,000 for each county resident.

  • Pinky & Tank

    It was all wagging tails and happy barks as Pinky the pit bull mix and Tank the boxer met for the first time on July 21. This wasn’t just any old play-date, though. The two dogs were brought together after Tank’s life was saved through a blood transfusion from Pinky on June 24.

    Tank had a low platelet count and was bleeding internally.
    “His immune system was going haywire,” said his owner, Heather Dickerson.

  • Holt’s return to planning commission short-lived

    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes said he hopes to announce a new nominee for the county planning commission’s District 7 seat next council meeting despite a successful maneuver earlier this month that allowed recently ousted commissioner Jerry Holt to return to his seat on an interim basis.
    A bloc of Lancaster County Council members representing the county’s four central districts voted June 26 against reappointment of the outspoken Holt to his third term on the planning commission representing Indian Land’s District 7.

  • Back-to-School drive helps students in need

    Kelly Morrissette
    kmorrissette@thelancasternews.com

    With just weeks until school starts, back-to-school shopping provides the perfect opportunity to pick up extra items for those in need.  
    The Lancaster County Outreach Project’s annual Back-to-School campaign is collecting school supplies for school-age children in foster care and DSS programs, as well as students preparing to enter college.

  • Park gets new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson

    Andrew Jackson State Park

    On Saturday, July 29, Andrew Jackson State Park will host the St. Andrews Society of Columbia for an unveiling of a new memorial to Elizabeth Jackson, mother of the seventh president, Andrew Jackson.  
    The St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Columbia, a charitable and social institution, is composed of Scotsmen, the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of Scotsmen and Scotswomen. Over the course of several years, they raised money to fund the creation and placement of the new memorial.

  • Taylor hopes to ‘Steal Your Heart’

    Lancaster native Pam Taylor will sing tonight at The Craft Stand. The award-winning, American roots rock singer/songwriter is performing free at 7:30 p.m. – her way of thanking her hometown.
    Taylor, 39, will be singing from her third CD, “Steal Your Heart,” ahead of its release next month. She and her bands have performed locally before, but this will be her first time alone on stage.

  • Not your average cop car

    The sight of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s newest vehicle is, simply put, awe-inspiring.
    Battleship gray with “Lancaster County Sheriff” and “SWAT RESCUE” spelled out in thick black letters along each side, as if somehow someone might need more of a reason to take it seriously, the behemoth towers over almost everything else on the road short of a semi at 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide and 21 feet long.

  • Gloves, heads-up play fuel World Series run for Darlings

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Dixie Softball Darlings All-Stars have been perfect this postseason and hope to continue on that diamond path as they open Dixie Softball World Series play in Sumter this weekend.
    The 11-0 Lancaster County Darlings stars will launch their series quest against Texas at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    “Defense has been the hallmark of this team,” said stars coach Gene Knight.