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  • Judge rules against Richburg man in Doberman case

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Jordan James Johnson, the Richburg man whose 116 Dobermans were rescued from disgusting conditions on his property, will not be getting the dogs back, a judge ruled on Thursday.
    Johnson, 48, was arrested last September after animal control officers found the dogs living in “grossly unsanitary” conditions. He initially faced 198 changes ranging from ill treatment of animals to violating the state rabies control law.

  • Cops’ mission: Get to know regular folks, their concerns

    Don’t be surprised if a Lancaster police officer just walks right up to you this week and starts chatting.
    Sure, there’s a chance he suspects you of a crime or wants you to snitch on someone, but more likely he just wants to hear what’s on your mind.
    On Wednesday, the Lancaster Police Department rolled out Take Five, a systematic way for officers to connect with the people they protect and serve.

  • Beating back every 'no'

    It’s hard to say no to 9-year-old Alyssa Mangum.
    Last year, she amassed hundreds of yeses in three months.
    Alyssa was the No. 1 Girl Scout cookie seller in Lancaster County. The Heath Springs fourth grader sold 1,005 boxes of cookies, most in the sparsely populated southeastern end of the county.
    The 2017 cookie campaign has begun, and Alyssa is going strong. She has already sold 200 boxes and has about six weeks remaining.

  • ‘Amazing’ turnaround

    Charlee Rivers, the Lancaster 4-year-old who spent much of last year in and out of Levine Children’s Hospital fighting a congenital heart defect, has improved so much that she has been removed from the heart-transplant list.
    According to her parents, Chucky and Dustee Rivers, Charlee underwent a complication-plagued heart surgery in April, but then her condition improved dramatically, and she continued getting better throughout the year.

  • Agency helps seniors determine SNAP eligibility

    From release

    The Catawba Area Agency on Aging will use a recent grant to help seniors struggling to buy groceries apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to stretch their food budgets.
    The program, part of a National Council on Aging  nationwide effort, addresses the millions of Americans 65 and over who face a double whammy: fixed incomes and rising food costs.

  • Rural roads must be made safer, DOT secretary says

    From release

    S.C. Transportation Secretary Christy Hall has proposed spending at least $50 million a year to reduce the high death toll on South Carolina’s roads.
    Hall made her presentation last month at a meeting of the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission in Columbia. Hall told the commissioners that improving safety on roads in the rural areas of the state should be the top priority for any new funding.

  • Kershaw puts $99K more into industrial park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is investing another $99,000 to help develop an industrial park in the southern part of the county.
    Town council unanimously voted Jan. 23 to pay the engineering firm Carlisle Associates to design plans for the site, which is just north of the town limits along Railroad Avenue and the start of North Matson Street.
    The money is coming from the town’s dedicated economic development fund.

  • Woman extracted from SUV

    HEATH SPRINGS – Rescuers scrambled for 20 minutes early Wednesday to extract a Kershaw woman from her crushed SUV after it slammed into a tree on New Hope Road, and she was later charged with driving under the influence.
    Ashley Nicole Fort, 33, was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, then transferred to another medical facility for treatment, said a hospital spokeswoman. Fort’s condition was unknown at press time.

  • New details in high-profile murder cases

    New details emerged Thursday in some of the area’s highest-profile murder cases, as suspects appeared at  bond hearings in Lancaster County General Sessions Court.
    Appearing before Circuit Judge Casey Manning were Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden and Chris Jawan Glass, two of the four defendants in the April 2016 drug robbery and murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land.
    Also appearing in court was Arkevous Jimon Cauthen, charged in the May 2016 killings of Sandra Johnson and John Harden Duncan in Heath Springs.

  • Howland returns with Chopin for Valentine’s

    Those who attended last year’s Valentine’s concert know that Pamela Howland is a talented, versatile pianist who also excels at entertaining her audience.
    This year, Lancaster will once again get a musical Valentine’s treat with her performance “Remembering Frederic,” part of the Vivian Major Robinson concert series.
    Combining drama with the romantic music of Frederic Chopin, the program is a musical conversation between Chopin and George Sand.