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  • 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.

  • Clemson artist’s work on melting glaciers draws national attention

    Clinton Colmenares
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Todd Anderson, an assistant professor of art at Clemson University, is a printmaker, skilled at transferring beauty and wonder from landscapes onto paper to share his experiences with the public.
    His latest project is gaining national attention.

  • Man charged in Kershaw robbery

    A Kershaw man was arrested Friday in the Jan. 31 robbery of Flat Creek Quick Stop on Gold Mine Highway, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Eric Dwight Napper, 24, of 5980 Foxhunter Road, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said investigators developed Napper as a suspect after receiving a tip from someone who saw surveillance photographs of the robber published by area news outlets.

  • Missing man found unhurt at Columbia bus station

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man missing for seven days was found safe and sound Sunday at a Columbia bus station.
    John Wallace Washington, 59, of 406 Nichols Road,  has been admitted to a Columbia-area hospital, said his relieved sister, Vennetta Boone.
    Washington was last seen in Lancaster early Jan. 30. He called relatives Sunday to let them know where he was and to ask that someone come pick him up.

  • White Street facelift

    The repaving of White Street in downtown Lancaster is in full swing, with multiple crews working at several locations. This week, workers are re-forming sidewalk curbs at the intersection of North White and East Barr Street to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Down the block, another crew mills up the old pavement one section at a time. Water leaks have caused short delays, said Ken Wilson, SCDOT resident engineer. “The equipment vibrates the road and breaks some of the pipes because of their age,” he said.
     

  • Judge rejects Harris’ election appeal

    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons on Monday upheld the results of November’s Lancaster City Council District 3 election, but Jackie Harris declined to concede the race to Linda Blackmon, saying she might appeal the decision to the S.C. Supreme Court.
    The appeal issue may not be settled until next month, and until it is, Blackmon will not be sworn into office.
    Blackmon beat Harris by 46 votes in the Nov. 8 election.

  • Midnight in Marrakech: Fun plus fundraising

    Yes, I know. It’s February. Not much to look forward to. Christmas is a distant memory and dry January, diet January, frugal January (however you chose to punish yourself) have left us all feeling joyless and flat.
    But do not despair. It’s time to throw off all those self-sacrifices and get ready for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ (LCCA) annual gala.

  • Kershaw improves new water line

    KERSHAW – The town has tweaked the design for the massive new water line serving Haile Gold Mine, and the change might benefit Kershaw’s existing water customers later.
    “Eventually the town can use the 12-inch line as a main trunk line to put new water lines down Main (Hampton) Street and some other places we need them,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    “We will be a better city for future development when we get ready to talk about those kinds of things.”    

  • You might be rich! Check state website

    The state government is trying to give away a big pot of money, and maybe some of it is yours.
    The Unclaimed Property Program, managed by S.C.  Treasurer Curtis Loftis, returned $27,924,549.95 in unclaimed assets in 2016, and there’s a lot more where that came from.
    That’s $27.9 million worth of windfalls from dormant bank accounts, stock certificates, insurance proceeds, utility deposits and uncashed checks, including – as hard as it is to imagine – forgotten and uncashed paychecks.

  • Time for nonprofits to sign up for Give Local Lancaster event

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has opened registration for local nonprofit groups that want to be part of the 2017 Give Local Lancaster campaign.
    The 24-hour online fundraising event will be held May 2. Nonprofit agencies in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn can sign up through Feb. 24.
    Last year, in its first-ever campaign, Give Local Lancaster raised more than $93,000 for 36 nonprofit organizations through donations by individuals and local businesses.