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  • 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.

  • ‘Come with me to a world of pure imagination’

    Explore Willy Wonka’s world-famous chocolate factory when the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County (CPLC) opens its production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on July 14.
    Based on the 1964 children’s book by Roald Dahl and dramatized by Richard R. George, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tells the story of Charlie Bucket, a boy from a poor family who discovers one of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, granting him access to an exclusive tour of Wonka’s chocolate factory.

  • AJ’s coach Frye resigns abruptly, no explanation

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School football coach C.J. Frye resigned without explanation over the weekend, three weeks before the start of practice for the fall season.
    Frye, who was head coach for two seasons, submitted his resignation to school Principal Alex Dabney, and Dabney accepted it, according to AJHS Athletics Director Jimbo Barton.
    “It was not expected, and coach Frye did not give us any indication of his future plans,” Barton said Tuesday. “He contacted our principal over the weekend to inform us of his decision.

  • Weekend Recap: July 10, 2017

    Lancaster native Sindarius Thornwell led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-93 overtime win over the LA Lakers on Friday night, scoring a game-high 26 points. The Clippers had an 86-67 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night, with Thornwell scoring four points.

  • Rain or shine: The work goes on

    Rain, mud and humid weather could not stop these young people looking to do a good deed. The Catawba Salkehatchie Camp worked this year to repair five area homes – one in Indian Land, two in Van Wyck and two in Fort Mill.
    Salkehatchie is a “pioneering servant ministry” working primarily with youth and adults from South Carolina’s United Methodist Conference to repair homes for those in need. The camps are held around the state from May through August, each camp lasting a week.

  • Sheriff issues warning on fentanyl derivatives

    The growing opioid epidemic prompted Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile this week to issue a warning to residents about the dangers of new derivatives of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opiate.
    Faile alerted the public about two recent fentanyl offshoots, far more dangerous than the original synthetic. The two drugs are acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl.

  • Panhandle fire districts raise fees

    The 2017-18 Lancaster County budget includes fire district fee increases for Panhandle residents living in the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire districts.
    The new fee raises the existing $75 annual fee on homes to $90 a year.
    Overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2006 in the northern Panhandle Pleasant Valley district and in 2011 in the Indian Land district, the fees are intended as a way for the fire departments to keep pace with the growing needs of Lancaster County’s fastest-growing communities.

  • Heath Springs man charged in child-pornography case

    A Heath Springs man has been arrested on a child-pornography charge that will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
    James Thomas Lee Martin, 26, of 415 W. Caston St., was charged June 30 with one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.