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  • Super-sniffer service dog will check student’s glucose levels

    By Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Coleman Joyner’s family has three dogs already, but the next one will be his alone – a service dog trained to detect changes in his blood glucose levels and send out an alert when he needs attention.

  • Recreation, access improvements planned along Catawba-Wateree

    Page Leggett
    Duke Energy Illumination  

    Of all the new amenities and expanded access planned for the Catawba River and its lakes, trails and parks, an additional restroom is among the conveniences people are most excited about.

  • Pageland won’t decide on reinstating top cops until it receives SLED report

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    Pageland’s top two police officers will remain on paid administrative leave as the town council waits for a state investigative report about the allegation that they broke into an employee’s home.
    After deliberating for about an hour Tuesday in closed session, the council voted to keep Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short on paid leave until the town receives the report from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

  • Don't let that tick make you seriously sick

    In summer 2003, Missy and Michael Stogner of Lancaster’s Antioch community were desperate to know the cause of their 3-year-old daughter Kaytlin’s illness.
    Pediatricians said she had a viral infection that had to “run its course.”
    But the flu-like symptoms lingered and worsened, her nausea and lethargy so bad she couldn’t get off the couch, muscle pain so deep even a soothing touch hurt and a fever so intense it smoldered for a week between 103 to 104 degrees.

  • Dealing with deaths

    This is turning out to be an unusually deadly year for young people in Lancaster County, with six deaths in the 15-to-25 age group so far, most of them homicides.
    In all of 2016, just one person that age died in the county, a suicide.
    “It’s just tragedy upon tragedy,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant. “Nobody, including us, can make sense out of it.”
    Four of the six deaths have been homicides. There’s been one suicide, and another case is still under investigation.

  • Investigating cases, comforting families

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese will never forget June 29, the night Markevis Foster and Rakeem Patterson were murdered in a drive-by shooting at Palmetto Place apartments.
    When she got to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital, a large crowd had gathered outside to await news. Inside the ER, the atmosphere was frantic.
    “There was just a sense of almost desperation,” Deese recalls. “You knew when you walked in the door that the whole staff was banding together in a desperate effort to save lives.”

  • Pierre musters fading strength, dogs get their bash

    Pierre Cunningham was all smiles as he celebrated the birthdays of both of his “boys,” Malcolm and Scooter, perhaps for the last time.
    Malcolm turned 1 in January and Scooter will be 6 in October. The dogs live with Cunningham at the historic Edwards Scott House in Lancaster, which was decorated from floor to ceiling Saturday in a Paw Patrol theme. Puppies and children ran through the halls.
    “They had a grand time,” Cunningham said.

  • Walter Elisha, retired Springs CEO, dies at 84

    Walter Y. Elisha, former chairman and CEO of Springs Industries, died July 4 at age 84.
    Elisha was remembered this week for coming in from the outside to take over the Fort Mill-based textile giant, which had always been run by the family that founded it. During his tenure there during the 1980s and ’90s, he also served on the boards of some of the country’s largest corporations.  And he was a major patron of the arts.

  • Ex-pharmacy owner going to prison for tax violations

    A former Lancaster pharmacist is going to federal prison for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal income tax for himself and his employees over the course of 15 years.

    Gregory S. Boone, 47, former owner of Lancaster Pharmacy, was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to willful failure to pay taxes, according to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Columbia.

  • Beekeeper’s book teaches life’s lessons from the hive

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Local beekeeper Don Carrier has incorporated his passion for honeybees into 28 pages of fun- and fact-filled information that will educate young people about why honeybees are so important to our environment.
    Carrier’s new book, “How Stinky Sneaker and His Family Met the Honeybees,” is full of surprises as Granddaddy Stinky Sneaker shares his stories with the rest of the Sneaker clan.