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  • Student charged with taking loaded handgun to AJ High

    A 17-year-old Andrew Jackson High student was arrested Monday for possessing a loaded handgun and marijuana in the school.
    Devin D’Ante Wright of Heath Springs was charged with carrying a weapon on school property and simple possession of marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    AJHS Principal Alex Dabney told the school resource officer that he had heard Wright had been seen with a pistol inside the school.
    Wright was then escorted to the office, but did not have the pistol.

  • YMCA coming to Lancaster

    Lancaster County is getting its first YMCA.
    Officials announced Tuesday that the Upper Palmetto YMCA will be taking over the operations of USC Lancaster’s C.D. Gregory Health and Wellness Center.
    The Upper Palmetto YMCA will start managing the 36-year-old center Dec. 1 and plans to “increase programming and to enhance the fitness offerings of the center,” said Shana Dry, USCL’s spokeswoman.
    The name will change to the Gregory Family YMCA.

  • After saving a barred owl, Pegrams get to free one

    After nearly two months recovering at the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, N.C., barred owl Luna’s release back into the wild was expected to take place in front of the Pegram household where she was rescued.  
    But after some wires were crossed with her paperwork, she was released during a festival in Gaston County, N.C.
    Nine-year-old Madalyn Pegram was surprised when mom Stacy told her she wouldn’t get to see her owl released. “She was disappointed but ultimately happy Luna was able to be released,” Pegram said.

  • $7.2 million worth of fire trucks

    A $7.2 million photo was taken Sept. 30 in the county administration parking lot.
    It’s a group shot of the 18 new fire trucks now in station houses across Lancaster County.
    “It’s an awesome thing to stand there and see all that apparatus side by side like that,” said Darren Player, Lancaster County Fire Rescue director. “You realize a huge cooperative effort made the photo possible. From our elected leaders to volunteers who do the lion’s share of the work and a career staff…. That’s quite a coalition at work.”

  • NASC celebrates 5th anniversary

    USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center celebrated its fifth anniversary Thursday with Catawba pottery-making demonstrations and traditional music echoing throughout the exhibit halls.
    “It’s amazing to see what was started when people believed in the dream,” Mayor John Howard told the crowd. “It’s amazing to see what has happened to downtown Lancaster in just five years, and just imagine what will define it five years from now.”

  • Desperate evacuation from Puerto Rico

    Like millions of other Americans, David Garcia waited with dread Sept 19 as Hurricane Maria approached his beloved Puerto Rico, the second major hurricane to threaten the island in two weeks.
    Huddled around a phone at their home in Indian Land, Garcia and wife Jennifer checked in with his cousin, Ivette Escobar, back on the island with her family.

  • Making Austin mobile

    For most families, not having a suitable vehicle is an inconvenience, but for those who care for a child with long-term medical issues, the lack of adequate transportation can affect the family’s quality of life and the child’s health.
    Such is the situation for Shawn and Emily Cauthen of Lancaster and their 7-year-old son, Austin, who suffers from a rare muscle disorder that requires lifesaving equipment and around-the-clock care.

  • Hammond elected to lead clerks of court association

    Lancaster’s Jeff Hammond has been elected president of the S.C. Association of Clerks of Court and Registers of Deeds.
    Hammond is serving his fifth term as Lancaster County Clerk of Court.
    Julie Armstrong, Charleston County clerk of court, said Hammond is widely respected across the state for his leadership and integrity.
    “It is truly an honor to be elected by your peers to such an important role,” she said.
    Hammond called his election an honor and privilege.

  • Man indicted on federal weapons charge

    A Lancaster man arrested last month after dropping an overdosed acquaintance off at the hospital has been indicted on a federal gun charge.
    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia, a federal jury returned a one-count indictment Wednesday against Jimmy Allen Hunter for possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon.

  • Tropical Storm Nate might bring S.C. needed rainfall

    A tropical storm heading into the Gulf of Mexico may make its way to Lancaster County next week, bringing some needed rain.
    The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Nate is projected to hit Louisiana at 8 a.m. Sunday, possibly as a category 1 hurricane.
    On Thursday, Nate was upgraded to a tropical storm and was about 1,400 miles south of Columbia, along the coast of Nicaragua. It was moving northwest at five to 10 mph.