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  • Group prays for city’s young men

    A small group gathered Sunday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse to pray for youth in the community in light of the recent shootings.
    Organizer Jose Gonzalez, a member of New Horizon Community Church, said a prayer and talked briefly to the eight people attending about making a positive impact on young people.
    “We are going to pray for our town, for people to unite,” Gonzalez said, noting there is “friction” in the community. “We’re going to especially pray for the youth of this town.”

  • Missing Heath Springs man found in Missouri

    A Heath Springs man reported missing Monday evening was located overnight nearly 750 miles away in Missouri.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office asked for the public’s help in locating 75-year-old Bobby Baker Monday night, saying he’d last been seen driving his red 2005 Chevrolet farm truck about 11:30 a.m. in the area of McIlwain Road.

  • Van Wyck town vote may derail IL efforts

    An S.C. Attorney General’s Office opinion suggests Indian Land’s incorporation effort might not be able to continue as proposed should Van Wyck residents decide to incorporate in next week’s special election.
    In the meantime, organizers of the Indian Land effort, Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), say they disagree with the opinion and will continue moving forward as they prepare for an appearance before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation on Aug. 18.

  • Warrants detail toddler’s killing

    The 9mm handgun that killed 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden on July 31 was left loaded and unattended on a table beside a living room sofa shortly before the child was shot, according to two arrest warrants filed in the case.
    The warrants charge Jacarion’s mother, Toni Lashay Gladden, 26, and her boyfriend, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes, 18, with unlawful conduct toward a child. A third warrant charges Toni Gladden with misprision of a felony, alleging that she lied to cover up what happened.

  • 48-state journey

    Tye Sturgeon has no idea where his little cross-country caravan will sleep tonight.
    “But I ain’t worried,” he said Monday. Someone will make space for him, wife Hannah, dog Pistol Annie and horses Rudy and Jazz. That’s just how it goes.
    “God’s gonna take care of us. Always has and always will,” he said, as he pulled off his cowboy hat and wiped the sweat off his forehead with a shirt sleeve. “I take the quickest route and don’t never worry.”

  • Weekend Recap: August 7, 2017

    A small group of eight people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse to pray for youth in the community in light of the recent shootings. Organizer Jose Gonzalez, a member of New Horizon Community Church, said a prayer and talked briefly about making a positive impact on young people. Gonzalez said he plans to be at the courthouse at 2 p.m. Sunday for another round of prayer. He invites anyone interested to attend.

  • Conference explores ways to prevent substance abuse

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth will celebrate its 10th annual Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities conference this week at USC Lancaster.

    The conference, Wednesday through Friday, will feature three keynote speakers who have been the most engaging keynoters from past conferences, organizers said.

  • Woman wanted in videotaped shoplifting

    A Fairfield County woman is wanted by the Lancaster Police Department after an alleged shoplifting at Walmart was filmed by a store customer last month.

    The July 23 video, which has gone viral on Facebook, shows a woman and a young boy loading merchandise from two packed shopping carts into a car. The woman then drives away with the trunk open, which made the license plate unreadable on the video.

  • S.C. launches 247 paving projects using gas tax

    One month after gasoline taxes increased 2 cents a gallon across the Palmetto State to pay for road improvements, the S.C. Department of Transportation has announced a new round of  projects, including one in Lancaster County. 

    The list includes 247 paving projects totaling 260 miles across 30 counties. One road in Lancaster County, Rowland Avenue in Heath Springs, will be resurfaced. It's about a mile long and connects South Main Street to Kershaw Camden Highway.

  • Norman: Protect electric ratepayers

    Rep. Ralph Norman says ratepayers of two S.C. utilities shouldn’t be forced to pay for a now-abandoned nuclear reactor project in Fairfield County that has cost $9 billion so far.

    “It’s not right to pass that cost on,” Norman said at this week’s Lancaster Rotary Club meeting.

    He said forcing utility customers to foot the bill would be like a grocery store buying bad food and then expecting its shoppers to pay for it.