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  • Honoring 5 who excel in business, community

    Hundreds of business people, civic leaders and elected officials hobnobbed into the evening at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s packed Bradley Building during the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and soiree.
    The festivities continued past press time Thursday night, but the chamber released an advance copy of the awards that were to be given out at the end of the evening. The honorees were Susan Rowell, Mike Dial, Stan Johnson, Lisa Hallman and Keith Harris.
    Rowell was named Business Person of the Year.

  • Wreck kills Lancaster woman

    Well-known Lancaster hairdresser Leslie Porter Saldana died Wednesday and four children were injured when the SUV she was driving ran off S.C. 903 and slammed head-on into a tree.
    The 4:15 p.m. single-vehicle accident happened about 3 miles east of Lancaster, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller.
    Keller said Saldana, 47, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated. She was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

  • IL rallies around Grace Trumpower

    Indian Land High students are now giving back to junior Grace Trumpower, who has been a “guiding light” in the school and community, despite her own disability.
    The ILHS National Honor Society and teenILead, an organization built on addressing issues in the Indian Land area, have partnered to host a fundraiser at Friday’s home basketball game to raise money for Trumpower’s stem-cell therapy, which will cost more than $40,000.
    A separate online fundraising effort has already raised more than $22,000 to help with the medical costs.

  • State hearing on Van Wyck incorporation is postponed

    A legislative committee scheduled to make a recommendation on Van Wyck’s incorporation proposal in Columbia last Thursday deferred hearing the matter after the day’s session ran long.
    A group of 33 Van Wyck residents attended the hearing by the seven-member Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation, a long-awaited meeting the community had been anticipating since submitting its incorporation proposal in March.

  • Kershaw man charged in girlfriend’s 2015 death

    A Kershaw man has been charged with reckless homicide in the December 2015 death of his girlfriend, who was run over by his pickup truck.
    William Bryan Reese, 45, of 636 Scout Cabin Road, was arrested in the death of Rae Marie Brewer. The charge is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
    Brewer, 45, died Dec. 16, 2015, while en route to Palmetto Health Richland due to blood loss from internal injuries received when Reese’s Ford F350 rolled over her.

  • MLK parade, tributes

    Bishop Herbert C. Crump Jr. told those attending the local “I Have A Dream” celebration on Saturday that getting to Dr. Martin Luther King’s oft-spoken  “promised land” of social equality takes everyone doing their part.

  • Paid firefighters add to capabilities of Fort Lawn Fire Department

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Like most small firefighting operations, the Fort Lawn Fire Department struggles with having firefighters at the station to cover fires during the daylight hours, when most volunteers are at their jobs.
    A new initiative started by the department is designed to meet that challenge. The Fort Lawn Fire Board has agreed to provide the funds for a firefighter to be on duty during the day, said Fort Lawn Fire Chief Allen Culp.

  • Christmas basket final total: $9,115

    The Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket has wrapped up this year’s seasonal fundraising effort, reaching a final total of $9,115.25.
    “HOPE is so grateful to the community for responding in such a big way,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director for HOPE in Lancaster.
    During December, 300 Christmas meal food boxes with gift certificates from The Meat Center were donated to families. The drive also provided 400 stockings filled with toys and other gifts.

  • Playhouse joins national event to stand up for inclusion, diversity

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is joining other theaters and acting troupes across the nation to launch The Ghostlight Project on Jan. 19.
    Playhouse members will gather on the front steps of the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., at 5:30 p.m. that day, and they invite the public to participate. Attendees should bring a light, such as a cell-phone flashlight, regular flashlight or glow stick.
    The Ghostlight Project’s national website says the movement was inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater.

  • Though destructive and deadly, wildfires also replenish nature

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    PICKENS – When people and property are endangered, wildfires are viewed as calamities, but they can also play an integral role in the health of a forest by thinning trees, burning dead or decaying matter and returning nutrients to the soil.