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  • ‘Amazing’ turnaround

    Charlee Rivers, the Lancaster 4-year-old who spent much of last year in and out of Levine Children’s Hospital fighting a congenital heart defect, has improved so much that she has been removed from the heart-transplant list.
    According to her parents, Chucky and Dustee Rivers, Charlee underwent a complication-plagued heart surgery in April, but then her condition improved dramatically, and she continued getting better throughout the year.

  • Agency helps seniors determine SNAP eligibility

    From release

    The Catawba Area Agency on Aging will use a recent grant to help seniors struggling to buy groceries apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to stretch their food budgets.
    The program, part of a National Council on Aging  nationwide effort, addresses the millions of Americans 65 and over who face a double whammy: fixed incomes and rising food costs.

  • Rural roads must be made safer, DOT secretary says

    From release

    S.C. Transportation Secretary Christy Hall has proposed spending at least $50 million a year to reduce the high death toll on South Carolina’s roads.
    Hall made her presentation last month at a meeting of the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission in Columbia. Hall told the commissioners that improving safety on roads in the rural areas of the state should be the top priority for any new funding.

  • Kershaw puts $99K more into industrial park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is investing another $99,000 to help develop an industrial park in the southern part of the county.
    Town council unanimously voted Jan. 23 to pay the engineering firm Carlisle Associates to design plans for the site, which is just north of the town limits along Railroad Avenue and the start of North Matson Street.
    The money is coming from the town’s dedicated economic development fund.

  • Woman extracted from SUV

    HEATH SPRINGS – Rescuers scrambled for 20 minutes early Wednesday to extract a Kershaw woman from her crushed SUV after it slammed into a tree on New Hope Road, and she was later charged with driving under the influence.
    Ashley Nicole Fort, 33, was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, then transferred to another medical facility for treatment, said a hospital spokeswoman. Fort’s condition was unknown at press time.

  • New details in high-profile murder cases

    New details emerged Thursday in some of the area’s highest-profile murder cases, as suspects appeared at  bond hearings in Lancaster County General Sessions Court.
    Appearing before Circuit Judge Casey Manning were Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden and Chris Jawan Glass, two of the four defendants in the April 2016 drug robbery and murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land.
    Also appearing in court was Arkevous Jimon Cauthen, charged in the May 2016 killings of Sandra Johnson and John Harden Duncan in Heath Springs.

  • 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.