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  • Small drops out of school board race

    Lorenzo Small, a candidate for the District 2 Lancaster County school board seat, withdrew from the race Thursday, citing personal reasons.
     “I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way for me to serve the Lancaster community is solely focused on the role as pastor for Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church,” Small said. “My wife and I are currently heavily involved here in Lancaster County schools, especially Clinton Elementary, and we will continue to offer our services to the Lancaster County School District.”

  • Main Street! 5:15 a.m.! Be there!

    Lancaster’s F3 Nation workout group for men has expanded its Saturday daybreak workouts to Wednesdays on Main Street, and a women's group might be coming soon.
    Wednesday morning's turnout was 18, including five new to F3. They met in the Lancaster County Administrative Building parking lot at 5:15 a.m. for an hour-long workout.
    Jamie Jones, from F3 Rock Hill, led the workouts up and down Main Street. Jones, known as Apache to his F3 brothers, said the turnout exceeded his expectations.

  • Pageland Highway wreck kills woman, injures two, closes road

    A three-vehicle accident on Pageland Highway claimed the life of a Pageland woman, injured another from Kershaw and closed part of the highway for several hours.
    Norma Plyler Moree, 69, of 134 Faulkenberry Road, Pageland, was killed in the accident. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said Moree was following a tractor-trailer west on Pageland Highway at 10:24 a.m. when Heather Marie Rollings, 23, of Kershaw crossed the center line in a pickup traveling east.

  • Pageland woman dies in S.C. 9 wreck

    Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) remained closed at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday as officials investigated a fatal automobile accident this morning near Earnhardt Road.
    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the accident happened shortly before 10:24 a.m.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said the accident killed 69-year-old Norma Plyler Moree of 134 Faulkenberry Road, Pageland. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.

  • Harley runs off road, killing driver

    A single-motorcycle accident killed a Lancaster man Saturday on Suttle Road, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 50-year-old Rodney David Cauthen Sr. of Lancaster. Cauthen was pronounced dead at the scene. Police began their investigation at 4:45 p.m.
    Cauthen was traveling east on Suttle Road, near Port Side Road, 2.5 miles south of Lancaster. He drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a manhole, Miller said.

  • Churches preach unity on 160th birthday

    Douglas Presbyterian Church celebrated its 160th year on Sunday and invited its sister church Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian to share in the observance of the special day.
    Douglas Presbyterian is predominantly white, and Pleasant Ridge is mostly black. About 20 Pleasant Ridge members showed up and brought their toe-tapping, hand-clapping and amen-giving to the usually reserved Presbyterians of Douglas. Altogether, about 100 people enjoyed worshipping together.

  • After 30 years of barbecues, VFD expands

    After saving for 30 years, the McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Department finally raised enough money to add on three new bays, and it moved into the space this month.
    The $150,000 construction project began in May, said Fire Chief Butch Ghent, who has been with the station for 36 years.
    “We are all so excited,” Ghent said Tuesday. “We have struggled for room and space the last 20 years…. Now that we’ve got it, we feel like we’ve opened up a new world.”

  • Biden stumps for ex-aide Fran Person

    Democratic congressional candidate Fran Person got heavyweight campaign help Monday as his former boss, Vice President Joe Biden, came to the 5th District for a fundraiser and a public event at a civil rights landmark.
    Person, 33, of Tega Cay, is running against three-term incumbent Rep. Mick Mulvaney, an Indian Land Republican.
    Speaking to reporters at Rock Hill’s downtown Five & Dine restaurant, Biden said Congress is gridlocked, and it will take people like Person to reach across the aisle and get it moving again.

  • Rush-hour agony on S.C. 160

    It’s 8 a.m. Friday, full-on rush hour in Indian Land as thousands of drivers head out to work or school.
    Cars stack up at stoplights in the usual hot spots on U.S. 521 around Indian Land’s schools and points north. But at least the mass of vehicles is moving.
    That is not the case along S.C. 160.
    Atop the hill near Lowe’s, where the highway turns to meet 521, it’s bumper-to-bumper vehicles for the better part of a mile. Nearly every brake light is shining. Cars move forward a few feet, then stop again.

  • DSS chief Chapman will retire Sept. 30

    Janice Chapman, director of the Lancaster County Department of Social Services, will retire at the end of this month after 30 years at the agency.
    "I have given it all I have had. I leave with peace," Chapman said Thursday in her small, tidy office in the DSS building on Pageland Highway.
    "I feel like I have done what I was supposed to do. It's like my purpose here has been fulfilled."