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  • 15 Years Later

    Buford Middle School held its seventh-annual 9/11 commemoration Friday, remembering those lost in the terrorist attacks 15 years ago and honoring local emergency workers, firefighters, police and military veterans.
    The gym fell silent as the ceremony began. The middle schoolers were not yet born when the tragedy occurred, but their faces displayed seriousness and understanding of the events.
    BMS Principal Sheri Wells opened the ceremony, telling the audience about the plane crashes, the fatalities, the buildings that collapsed.

  • Marking 15th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

    Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and at least three local events are planned in the coming days to remember the 2,977 lives lost that day and to honor those who ran to help.
    At 8:45 a.m. Friday, Buford Middle School students will pause in the school gym to recall 9/11 with a Hometown Heroes service and parade.

  • Emaciated dog’s owner charged with mistreatment

    County officials have seized an emaciated pit bull from a Lancaster home and charged one of the dog’s owners with animal mistreatment.
    Kayasha Lasha Stevens of 311 N. Catawba St. was charged Tuesday with maltreatment of a dog. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a $1,092 fine or 30 days in jail.

  • Thieves target unlocked cars in Indian Land

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles at Indian Land neighborhoods during the early morning hours of Sept. 2.
    Most of the vehicle entries occurred in the Lake View Landing neighborhood off Dobys Bridge Road, where suspects targeted 10 vehicles at six homes, according to incident reports.
    Another spate of similar larcenies occurred that same morning at the Retreat at Rayfield subdivision about a mile and a half south on U.S. 521, where suspects entered vehicles at three homes.

  • Books for kids to be Garrett’s legacy

    Donations totaling $16,000 have poured in from across the country to set up reading programs at Indian Land Elementary and Middle schools in honor of 11-year-old Garrett Pope, who died last week from accidental asphyxiation.
    Garrett’s parents, Stacy and Garrett Sr., created the Garrett Pope Jr. Memorial Fund on Monday. The fund’s GoFundMe page asked for contributions that could immediately impact the community’s children.

  • Farming the best way

    Third-generation farmer Harold Gardner is used to long, hectic days, unpredictable weather, finicky cattle and an occasional beaver dam.
    Running a 600-acre family farm is no picnic.
    But then there are the quiet strolls through the pasture with his dog, Manny. Gardner finds peace of mind in those moments.
    Farming, he said, is a sunrise-to-sunset occupation that’s stressful and rewarding at the same time.  

  • Christmas shoebox seals her faith in God

    Each year, thousands of people in Lancaster and surrounding counties pack shoeboxes full of small gifts for overseas children during Operation Christmas Child.
    Though it’s obvious the boxes are intended for a little boy or girl, it’s often hard to imagine the child on the other end, or how “dollar store toys” can have such a huge impact on a child’s life.

  • ‘This is awesome. It’s an honor’

    Fourteen warm and unique Quilts of Valor were presented to military veterans Friday at Lancaster Convalescent Center. The room, full of family and friends, echoed with excitement.
    The veterans sat in front, with fearlessness and courage still in their eyes.
    “It’s the best day of my life,” said Army veteran Robert Ryan, who received one of the handmade quilts.
    Springs Creative Open Hearts quilting group presented the quilts. Each quilt is personalized and comes with a pillowcase and certificate.

  • Voter ID, new technology make this election different

    Prepared voters and new technology should make voting in this year’s General Election Nov. 8 a more efficient process despite the expected lines characteristic of presidential elections.
    “The biggest change since the last presidential election is the voter ID law, which was passed in 2014,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • Car flips but man unhurt