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  • Rabies vaccination clinics begin April 3

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Listen up, pet owners.
    The time has arrived to schedule rabies vaccinations for your cats and dogs.
    Faulkner Animal Hospital in Lancaster is once again holding vaccination clinics throughout the county. Residents are urged to bring their cats and dogs to get a rabies shot, which is $5.
    The vaccinations are required by state law.  
    “We just encourage all pet owners to come out and get the shots,” clinic facilitator Randie Horton said. “They are important.”

  • Schools rack up Palmetto Awards

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Nearly all of Lancaster County’s schools won Palmetto Gold or Silver Awards this year a dramatic change that come as the result of changes in judging criteria.
    Now in its 11th year, the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver awards recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
    The awards are granted in two categories, general performance and closing the achievement gap based on data from the state’s annual school report cards.

  • Deputies investigate double murder

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A shooting at a night club resulted in the deaths of two Lancaster men Friday night, one of whom was a suspect in a 2010 murder recently released on bond.
    The shooting came just hours after an unrelated incident in Heath Springs in which a woman reportedly shot her boyfriend.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the “The Café” night club on Old Landsford Road in Lancaster at 10:57 p.m. Old Landsford Road.

  • Kershaw NAACP focuses on promoting goodwill

    KERSHAW – On Saturday, residents, community leaders and representatives of local businesses participated in the annual Kershaw Freedom Fund Banquet held at the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center.

    The banquet, sponsored by the Kershaw branch of the NAACP, was a time to promote goodwill, organizers say.

  • Local Habitat for Humanity warns of possible scam

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is urging people to be aware of possible scam artists posing as Habitat fundraisers.

    There have been reports of people selling T-shirts and magazine subscriptions saying the money goes to Habitat for Humanity.

    Habitat has not authorized national or  local fundraisers of this kind, said Nita Brown, director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.

  • Woman robbed in Pageland Highway driveway

    A stop at her mailbox ended in the armed robbery of a Lancaster woman early Monday morning.

    The 39-year-old victim called 911 at 2:25 a.m. to report she had just been robbed at gunpoint outside her home in the 3400 block of Pageland Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The woman told deputies at the scene she got home about 2:20 a.m. after a trip to Walmart to buy items for her children’s school lunches.

  • Weekend checkpoints net charges

    Driving under the influence and possession of marijuana were just some of the 43 charges filed against motorists at several license checkpoints staged in Lancaster County last weekend.

    The checkpoints, a joint operation between the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol, were held Friday night throughout the county.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said the operation was a success, with citations given for several alcohol and drug-related offenses, as well as serveral traffic violations. 

  • Herbert back in county

    A week after a missing Pennsylvania man’s body was identified by Lancaster County authorities, a suspect connected to the case was transferred to a local jail to answer a separate charge.

    Rico Mandrell Herbert, 31, was moved this week from the Mecklenburg County Jail in Charlotte to the Lancaster County Detention Center to face a probation violation charge from the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. 

  • Looking back – Sept. 11, 1954

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.

  • Love for others motivated life of the Rev. Dr. John Platt

     

    Some people are motivated by their love of others, and no one loved people more than the Rev. Dr. John Platt, a former Lancaster resident and missions director of the Moriah Baptist Association who made his mark on Lancaster and the world, friends and associates said.

    Platt, born in 1938, died Saturday in Columbia after about a four-year battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Gaskins Platt.