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  • 4-H on the rise

    Scott Miller
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – More youth across South Carolina are turning to 4-H to stoke their interests in science, new data show.
    Participation increased 12 percent last year in the state’s 4-H program, the youth-development arm of the Clemson Cooperative Extension. That follows growth of nearly 10 percent the year before.
    4-H programs cover animal science, agriculture, science, engineering, natural resources, healthy living, leadership and more.

  • District offers free meals for low-income youth

    Free meals for youth ages 18 and younger will be available at four Lancaster County schools throughout June.
    The program is funded by the S.C. Department of Education’s Seamless Summer Option, a USDA meal program that provides meals for children in low-income areas during the summer.

  • Breathless moments boarding cruise ship

    For a hairdresser, the most important skill is wielding scissors and a blow dryer. The second most important is storytelling.
    Cindy Rodgers, owner of Cutting Edge Beauty Salon in Lancaster, is good at both. And she brought a real tale back from her vacation in the Bahamas last month.
    If you run into her, get her to tell you all about it. But in case you don’t….
    “Here I am, this hairdresser from this small town…. Then I get into this major mess!”

  • Christian Services, HOPE sharing old bowling alley

    In a spirit of collaboration, two nonprofits have joined forces to expand their services at the former Lancaster Bowling Alley, which has been empty since last July.
    Christian Services and HOPE have begun sharing the building to broaden their reach to those in need.

  • Kershaw OKs $148K contract for fire service

    Kershaw Town Council renewed the town’s fire service contract with Lancaster County during Monday night’s special called meeting.
    The contract – projected to be $148,922 for the 2017-18 fiscal year – provides the town with two fulltime firefighters for eight hours a day, Monday through Friday.
    Mitch Lucas, Kershaw town administrator, said the town gets the “most bang for our buck” from this contract.

  • S.C. traffic deaths up slightly from last year

    South Carolina has seen a slight increase in the number of traffic fatalities statewide so far this year, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
    As of May 29, 2016, there have been 402 deaths reported on the state’s roadways, up from 396 a year earlier. This year seven have died in Lancaster County.

  • Beckee Garris turns 70, finishes college, finds a new mission

    Catawba native Beckee Garris has been the face of the Native American Studies Center since it opened five years ago on Lancaster’s Main Street.
    Her bright smile and warm eyes welcomed visitors from 30 countries, 47 states and 42 of the Palmetto State’s 46 counties. Keeping track of that was part of her job as visitor coordinator, working the front desk. Her pottery and baskets regularly adorn the museum. A large photo of her great-grandfather, Catawba Chief Samuel Taylor Blue, hangs on the wall.

  • Pageland’s top 2 cops suspended in odd case

    Reece Murphy & Vanessa Brewer-Tyson
    Landmark Newspapers

    The Pageland Police Department’s top two commanders, both former longtime Lancaster cops, have been suspended with pay after one of their officers accused them of breaking into his home after he did not show up for a work shift.

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  • Rabid fox attacks 2 people in Kershaw County

    From release

    COLUMBIA – Three people have started post-exposure treatment after being potentially exposed to rabies, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.
    The first exposure occurred in Newberry County in the area between Whitmire and Newberry. It involved a skunk that tested positive for the disease. The second exposure occurred in Kershaw County in an area east of Camden and south of the Antioch community, involving a fox that also tested positive for rabies.