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  • Grandmother charged in 3-year-old’s death

    The grandmother of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder was arrested Friday in connection with the toddler’s beating death last month.
    Tracy Helms Schroeder, 48, of Rock Hill, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.
    Schroeder signed an agreement Sept. 1 with the S.C. Department of Social Services to be Lilly’s primary caregiver, according to the arrest warrant.

  • Hard for me to believe there was a time when the races were educated separately

    I reach really high to a top shelf in the Lancaster High School library.

    I grab the light gray, 50-year-old 1967 Rambler yearbook.

    Then I pull down the ’66 and ’68 books, too.

    They’re heavy.

    I carry them to an empty table.

    Though I look like I’m still in high school, I feel the students staring at me like, “What is this crazy newspaper lady doing now?”

    I put the books down and start looking through pages in search of black students.

  • Time for public input on new school’s name

    An online survey to get community input on naming the new Panhandle elementary school and picking its mascot and colors will go live Monday.

    Survey participants have through Jan. 17 to fill out the 11-question survey. After that, the Lancaster County School District will select a committee to discuss the results.

  • Vietnam War flag stops at Lancaster vet’s home

    A traveling flag that marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War flew on the flagpole in Cecil and Phyllis Gardner’s yard last month.
    The flag is crisscrossing the nation as part of a special commemoration of the war, stopping once in each state to fly at the home of one Vietnam-era veteran.
    “They’re going to fly it in every state,” said Cecil Elliott, who is a retired Navy chief petty officer who served from 1948-71.

  • SCDOT maps out 2 options for sidewalks near IL schools

    S.C. Department of Transportation has completed a study on cost of adding sidewalks around Indian Land middle and high schools, and now it’s the Lancaster County School District’s job to come up with the money if it wants them.
    School district safety director Bryan Vaughn said if the district decides to go through with putting in sidewalks, construction probably wouldn’t start for at least a year.

  • Chief Grant eager to get more boots on the ground this year

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant has one goal in the upcoming months – getting rid of his department’s long-running manpower shortage.
    “It’s not easy to be a Lancaster police officer. These guys work,” Grant said. “It’s a hard job, and we ask a lot of our folks. We’ve been asking double that because we’ve been working short.” 
    At one time the department had 14 vacancies among its ranks of 39 sworn officers.

  • Protecting old cemetery from vandals to be costly

    Repairing the tombstones vandalized this week at Lancaster’s Olde Presbyterian Church won’t cost as much as initially feared, but needed security improvements at the historic landmark will carry a much heftier price tag.
    Vandals pushed over or broke 23 headstones at the cemetery on West Gay Street on New Year’s Eve. Thirteen grave markers were damaged there in a similar incident in August 2016.

  • ‘Kind of impossible’

    If you were lucky this week, your only exposure to the excruciating temperatures was a series of coat-hugging sprints between a car and a warm building.
    Tiffany Mingo was not so fortunate.
    She is one of the 33 mail carriers working out of the Lancaster Post Office on North Main Street. They’ve battled day after day of sub-freezing temperatures and whipping winds to complete their appointed rounds as swiftly as possible.

  • A bizarre, terrifying sequence of events ends well

    Shatoya Walker was headed to the grocery on Christmas Eve when a phone call from a stranger started the most terrifying 45 minutes of her life.
    Walker, 33, said the man called her by name and asked if she was married to Mark Roston. No, she said, that’s my father.
    “Is everything OK?” Walker asked, instantly alarmed.
    Your father was driving this morning, said the man on the phone. He hit a pedestrian – my 9-year-old cousin Hector. He’s in the hospital.

  • Women’s warming center opens as frigid air settles in

    A women and children’s warming center opened Tuesday at 1232 Trestle Ln. in Lancaster, just in time for this week’s big freeze, but no guests showed up the first two nights.
    “It takes a couple of days to catch on,” said Deborah Boulware, director of Lancaster County United Way, which is spearheading the initiative.
    The center will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily through mid-March, Boulware said. Meals are served and security guards, provided through the Salvation Army, stay through the night.