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  • Homeless no longer

    Chris Smith went to prison twice and was evicted from two homes. For a while, he lived in a tent at various state parks.
    Today the 52-year-old pays $400 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. He bought a bed and dresser for $80. His living room has a sofa someone gave him, and a TV sits on the floor. He keeps the place neat.
    Most important, he’s been sober for seven months.

  • At last, flu cases trending down

    Flu deaths and new cases finally are trending down across the state, raising hopes that flu season may have peaked,  state officials said Thursday.
    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported figures for the week ending Feb. 2 that broke a three-week trend of doubling the number of S.C. deaths from the illness each week.
    Sixteen flu victims died last week statewide, down from 30 the week before, bringing the state total for the season to 106.

  • Regina Belle has the flu, concert postponed

    R&B music lovers who wanted to hear award-winning vocalist Regina Belle at USC Lancaster this weekend will have to wait a little longer.
    See Lancaster SC announced Thursday that Belle has been diagnosed with the flu. Saturday’s scheduled concert at Bundy Auditorium has been postponed until May 31.
    “We hate it,” said April Joplin, performing arts manager. “We just found out this (Thursday) morning and are trying to get out the word to everyone.”

  • IL woman Ms. South Carolina

    An Indian Land woman will represent the Carolinas in the upcoming Ms. America Pageant.
    Cheryl McDermott, 46, was awarded the Ms. South Carolina 2018 title on Oct. 28, 2017, by the Ms. America Pageant.
    “Cheryl McDermott really left a positive impression on our judges and we are thrilled to have her representing the Carolinas as Ms. South Carolina at the 2018 Ms. America Pageant finals this March,” said Susan Jeske, pageant CEO.
    McDermott, who has lived in Walnut Creek for three years, is a registered nurse.

  • Rick Wade gets U.S. chamber job

    From release

    WASHINGTON – Lancaster native Rick Wade has been named vice president of strategic alliances and outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    “Rick’s wealth of knowledge enables him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and to share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system,” said Suzanne Clark, senior executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber. 

    “We’re excited to welcome him to our talented team.”

  • Honors for Food Lion manager

    Adam Threatt, manager of the Food Lion on North Main Street in Lancaster, is one of four finalists for the 1,100-store corporation’s manager of the year award. 

    Threatt, 35, has already been named regional manager of the year out of the 24 stores in his region and division manager of the year, representing nine regions.

    On Thursday, he will be at the company’s Salisbury, N.C., headquarters, competing against three others for the Ralph W. Ketner Store Manager Award, which honors a manager for commitment to customers, employees and the community.

  • County fire rating improves

    Commercial property owners in the county can look forward to an upcoming reduction in their property insurance premiums, thanks to improvements in the county’s firefighting systems.

    Officials learned Jan. 22 that the countywide ISO (Insurance Services Office) Public Protection Classification, commonly called the “ISO rating,” has been improved from Class 6 to Class 4. 

  • Hanging on until end of flu season

    Hugh Mobley, owner of Mobley Drugs, has been working a lot of long days this flu season.
    “In my 40 years of doing this, it ranks up there as one of the worst that I’ve seen,” Mobley said.
     “Being able to obtain medication for the demand has been an issue,” Mobley said. “We’ve overcome by seeking distributors that aren’t inundated from this area to supply us. For the most part, we’ve been able to keep up.”
    Mobley said elderly customers, especially, have needed his attention.

  • Target date for playground

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Community Park Council is aiming for a March 17-30 construction schedule to rebuild the playground equipment at Stevens Park.
    The KCPC is still raising the $375,000 that’s needed to build and install the playground’s components. The nonprofit told town leaders in December that about $112,000 had been raised. This week, they wouldn’t say how close to the total they are.

  • Howard suffers setback during cancer therapy

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard’s condition has worsened after three weeks in intensive care at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, where he is being treated for lung cancer.
    Howard has had two successful rounds of chemotherapy and has tolerated the treatments well, but he has suffered a rare, unforeseen complication, according to City Administrator Flip Hutfles.