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  • SLED takes control of shelter probe

    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has been called in to investigate allegations of wrongdoing at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, County Administrator Steve Willis said Friday.
    The shelter will remain closed until SLED completes the investigation, Willis said.
    “If SLED finishes up by Monday, the shelter will reopen then. We have public works and animal-control officers from the sheriff’s office caring for the animals until it reopens,” he said.

  • IL man charged with crushing Chihuahua

    An Indian Land man has been arrested after his roommate’s Chihuahua was crushed and nearly killed.
    Wilson Warner Cropp III, 29, of 7431 Sun Dance Drive, is charged with one count of ill treatment of animals, torture.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said Cropp’s roommate, Kelley Horne, came home from work about 7:25 a.m. and heard one of her two Chihuahuas, which had been locked in her bedroom, barking inside Cropp’s room.

  • Festival turns away 82 vendors

    This week’s Red Rose Festival will have 90 vendors, but would have attracted nearly twice that many if the event had a big enough footprint to accommodate them.
    Lancaster’s largest annual festival, in its seventh year, will take place Friday and Saturday along five Main Street blocks from Williams Street to Meeting Street.

  • Postal carrier food drive is Saturday

    The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger! food drive on Saturday and they need your help.
    Now in its 24th year, the Stamp Out Hunger! effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
    Local contributions to the Lancaster Post Office will benefit HOPE in Lancaster. Contributions to the Kershaw/Heath Springs post offices will go to KARE in Kershaw. Both organizations assist county residents with food and other needs.

  • Kershaw Spring-A-Thon brings rides, food, dancing in streets

    KERSHAW – Kershaw’s annual Spring-A-Thon will celebrate its 37th anniversary this weekend.
    Organized by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, the annual weekend of downtown family fun kicks off tonight from 7-10 p.m. on Hampton and Cleveland streets.
    Tonight’s activities include a street dance and various stage performers headlined by The Fantastic Shakers.
    Known as the “South’s Finest Show Band,” The Fantastic Shakers have performed at more than 6,000 engagements since 1978 and are Grand Strand headliners each summer.

  • Animal shelter closed, director suspended

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been shut down and Director Shandy Miller has been suspended with pay as investigators examine the shelter’s operations.
    County Administrator Steve Willis would not identify the suspended employee, but said Miller was the only remaining county worker at the shelter, and that the only remaining county worker has been placed on leave pending the investigation.

  • Arts Scene: Summer smarts: Arts and sciences camps

    Our 2016 Arts and Sciences Camps are organized and ready to go for this summer. Here’s why you should consider registering your child(ren):
    Thanks in large part to foundation support, arts and sciences camps concentrate on current issues for children, as well as providing a popular, fun summer experience. Our intentional wellness component, including games, intentional activities, healthy snacks and prizes for healthy “homework” assignments, is going beautifully after our third year.
    Our goals for this program are:

  • Kershaw’s new garbage truck on the way

    KERSHAW – Before the end of summer, the town of Kershaw will have a new, much-needed 15-ton garbage truck.
    After looking a several options, Kershaw Town Council opted to buy a 2016 Freightliner chassis from Christopher Trucks in Greenville.
    The chassis was ordered May 1 and will be taken to Amick Equipment Co. in Lexington, to be outfitted a garbage platform, toolbox, water cooler and strobe lights required to work onsite at Haile Gold Mine.

  • Firefighters going door-to-door checking carbon monoxide alarms

    Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, members of the Lancaster Fire Department will go door-to-door to homes in the University Drive and East Gay Street areas to make sure carbon monoxide alarms have been installed and are working properly.
    Fire Marshal Tom Lever said the one-day blitz is funded through a joint grant from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.  
    The 11-year-old Williams died from noxious gas poisoning while staying in a Boone, N.C., hotel room in June 2013.

  • First Steps wins $6M grant for infants, toddlers

    A federal grant of more than $6 million will allow First Steps of Lancaster County to better prepare at-risk infants and toddlers for school by partnering with local child-care centers and setting up an Early Head Start program.