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  • Help for honeybees

    Once warm weather gets here, local honeybees will have 10 acres of new bee-friendly food plots in the county to forage for pollen.
    The Lancaster County Beekeepers Association planted the plots through a $2,500 grant from the national Bayer Feed a Bee initiative.
    “Our honeybees are having a challenge finding adequate food forage due to seasonal droughts, as well as land being developed,” said local beekeeper Dale Starnes.
    The local beekeepers’ plot project was one of 71 projects in 34 states selected for the grants by Bayer.

  • Giving up on private practice

    Dr. Kenneth Baker is giving up his OB-GYN practice in Lancaster and moving to Arkansas.
    The 59-year-old physician didn’t want to relocate, but the medical industry’s changing economics have left him little choice.
    A decade ago, Baker’s practice was earning him about $150,000 a year. Now, he says, that’s down to barely $60,000. To make ends meet, he has taken on work as a substitute physician, traveling across the Carolinas to do fill-in shifts.

  • Parnell rallies county Dems for rematch

    Local Democrats held their county convention Thursday night, electing officers, plotting election-year strategy and hearing from candidates for Congress and governor.
    Archie Parnell, running for the 5th District congressional seat for a second time, spoke briefly to the packed crowd at USC Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center. So did Florence attorney Marguerite Willis and Kirkland Smith, the wife of state Rep. James Smith of Columbia.
    Willis, James Smith and Charleston businessman Phil Noble are seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.

  • A tradition of giving

    From release

    COLUMBIA – After a nationwide tour, a multimedia exhibit chronicling the tradition of African-American philanthropy will make its S.C. debut starting Saturday at the Richland Main Library.

  • DHEC: Measles report just a rumor so far

    There is no confirmed case of measles at a Lancaster County preschool, though a Wednesday social-media rumor alluding to one has jangled the nerves of its staff.
    “It’s just a rumor, nothing more at this time,” said S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Tim Kelly. “It popped up on Facebook last night.”
    The rumor flamed higher Thursday morning with WCNC in Charlotte reporting that a case of measles was confirmed at Shiloh Sonshine Preschool. The TV station removed the story from its website Thursday afternoon.

  • 2 women escape from blazing home

    A Kershaw woman and her grandmother escaped uninjured Thursday after blaring smoke detectors awoke them at 3:30 a.m. to find their burning house filled with smoke.
    Lancaster County firefighters responded to the blaze at 624 E. Church St. after the two women raced out of the brick house and called 911.
    Kershaw, Heath Springs and Flat Creek volunteer fire departments responded immediately, but called for back-up from Rich Hill volunteer fire department once on-scene.

  • Disregard that campaign sign, Blackmon says

    Notwithstanding the 6-foot-tall campaign sign outside her Arch Street house Thursday, Linda Blackmon says she is not running for Lancaster mayor.
    She says she put up the sign – a leftover from an earlier run – to block people from entering the fire-damaged building. She’s surprised that the question would even be asked.

  • 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.”