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  • State Supreme Court to hear Elledge case

    The S.C. Supreme Court is scheduled today to hear the case of a disabled Lancaster woman whose in-home personal-care funding was slashed in late 2009 due to state budget cuts.

    Katie Elledge, 32, was diagnosed with psychomotor retardation and spastic quadriplegia as an infant and requires 24-hour skilled care.

  • Sure sign of spring

    FORT LAWN – Rebecca Whisonant of Chester has been bringing her son, 12-year-old Ryon, to Jordan’s Farm for at least the last 10 springs to pick strawberries.

    However, the two don’t come alone. These days, Ryon’s siblings – Nicholas, 10, Nathaniel, 8, Alex, 6, Annette, 5, Isaac, 3, Amelia, 2, and 16-month-old Dominic – join in for a sticky, sweet time. The gooey juice from a just-picked strawberry was running down the chin of every Whisonant under the age of 13. 

  • Kershaw gets tract for helicopter pad

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw finally has a location for an emergency helicopter landing pad.

    Town Council voted 6-0 at its Monday meeting on first reading to accept property a resident is donating to the town.

    Councilman Eddie Coates wasn’t at the meeting.

  • Great-grandmother found stabbed to death in home

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man has been arrested for the murder of his 87-year-old great-grandmother.
    William Richard Greene, 28, 2093 Evans Drive, was arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office late Sunday night, April 15, and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
    The charges came hours after a family member checking on Verdie Mackey, 87, found her dead inside her home, the release said.

  • The unseen calling

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    The heart of the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Center on Pageland Highway isn’t behind the desk in Sheriff Barry Faile’s office.
    In county law enforcement, Faile’s desk is where the buck stops.
    Its heart and compassion is found in a room with four work stations, 20 computer displays and multiple telephone lines.

  • Search for new Kershaw administrator continues

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw’s soon-to-be open administrator’s position has drawn interest from all parts of the country.
    Tony Starnes, whose last day as administrator is April 30, said Friday morning that the town has received “15 or so” resumes from people looking to succeed him.
    About three or four of those people are in-county, while others are from states including Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio and Wyoming.

  • Bystanders pull attacker from car

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A woman was visibly distraught as she spoke to police about an attack that happened inside her car near an apartment complex last weekend.
    Lancaster police officers learned of the attack after being called to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital just after 1 a.m. April 8, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Just how big is Florida’s python problem?

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    Ninety percent of the raccoons, rabbits, opossums and bobcats that once freely roamed the Florida Everglades are gone.
    No, they haven’t fallen prey to housing developments, a loss of habitat and the overpopulation of human beings. The Everglades are still there and are still the largest tract of wilderness (1.5 million acres) east of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Passersby stop to help Indian Land woman

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    We all depend upon the kindness of strangers from time to time – small acts in a time of need that often go unrecognized for just how important they really are.
    Beula Powell of Indian Land wants to make sure that doesn’t happen in her and her sister’s case, though.
    On Friday, April 6, Powell, 88, called the newspaper to say she wanted to make sure a couple of passersby who helped her 90-year-old sister, Bertha Clark, get the recognition they deserve.

  • Chinese auction fundraiser set for Camp Joy is May 4

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The word is getting out regarding an event that will raise money for a popular and worthwhile camp in the Carolinas.
    A Chinese auction is scheduled for May 4 at Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road. Proceeds benefit Camp Joy at Bonclarken, a ministry in Flat Rock, N.C., that reaches out to teens and adults with mental disabilities.