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  • Eyesore plagues Jackie’s Place

    Jackie Brown, whose nonprofit Jackie’s Place has been caring for children and the elderly in Lancaster’s old mill village for more than two decades, saw the buildings next door collapse during a storm in March. 

    And there they have sat for four months, a pile of asbestos-filled rubble, attracting rodents and vagrants and tempting children to explore. 

  • Bill Evans, storyteller and friend, dies at 83

    My friend Bill Evans, even at 83, saw the world through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy.               
    Though he was a proud husband for 65 years, a dad, grandfather and great-grandpa, he never grew up. And gosh, I’m so glad he didn’t.

  • Sister’s murder leads to ministry

    Tabernacle United Methodist Church will have special guest Dawn Smith Jordan leading worship at 11 a.m. this Sunday. 

    Jordan, who was Miss South Carolina in 1986, travels the country spreading her faith. She is a Christian singer, songwriter, author and speaker. 

    Jordan also shares what she learned from the tragedy of her sister’s murder.

  • North Corner Grocery suspect shopped for cars before holdup

    A man who robbed North Corner Grocery Tuesday afternoon spent several minutes before the robbery at a nearby car lot, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Wednesday.
    The item was among the new information about the 12:30 p.m. robbery at 3647 Charlotte Highway released Wednesday by sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield.
    According to Barfield, video surveillance from the store showed the suspect approach the store in a mid- to late-1990s Ford Expedition from West North Corner Road sometime around 12:20.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: My neighbor, ‘Little Ben,’ is in the wind

    My first car, well almost.               
    To tell the tale of my first car, I have to sorta beat around the bush.
    It’s more or less the one I almost got, but then didn’t. I shook it off as one of those summer things.
    My neighbor (I’ll call him Mr. Ben) was considered to be a bit eccentric.
    As they say, he really did march to a different drummer. He was a much older man who lived across from us on Chesterfield Avenue.

  • Scorching weekend

    Whew! It is hot.
    According to the National Weather Service, Lancaster County and the surrounding area are in the midst of an unseasonably warm heat wave.
    How much heat, you ask?
    Since June 20, Lancaster County has had 17 straight days of temperatures above 90 degrees, more than half above 95 degrees.
    This month alone, the area has seen five straight days between July 2 and Wednesday where temperatures topped 99 degrees or higher – including July 3 when temperatures in some parts of the area reached a mind-melting 104.

  • Bombarding county with requests for information

    Indian Land activist Gary Holland has become a burr under the saddle of Lancaster County officials, who have singled him out for special handling by the county attorney because of his “countless” requests for information on Panhandle development projects.
    The Lancaster county website, www.mylancastersc.org, informs citizens on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information procedure. “Please email the Clerk to Council at dhardin@lancastercountysc.net or mail your request to County of Lancaster: Attention: Clerk to Council.

  • Four in SUV go for wild ride

    Two adults and two children went for a wild ride in a Chevrolet Avalanche over the side of Cedar Creek Road  (S.C. 97) Tuesday about 10 a.m., coming to rest upside down at the bottom of 15-foot deep embankment.
    Despite the dramatic accident, the occupants suffered only “bumps and bruises,” emergency personnel on the scene said, but were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital to be checked out.

  • UDO public-input session Thursday

    The Lancaster County Planning Department will host a public-input session on the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at 6:30 Thursday in the council chambers at the county administration building, 101 North Main Street.     
    The proposed new UDO will be available for review between noon and 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers. Planning department staff will be there to answer questions.
    Kara Drane, senior planner for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) will also be on hand to answer questions.

  • City quickens process for big equipment repairs

    The city of Lancaster has streamlined its repair policy for larger trucks and heavy equipment to get them up and running and back on the road as soon as possible.
    The change allows the municipality’s director of maintenance and sanitation to sign off on repairs of up to $15,000 to be made on any vehicle that weighs more than 12,000 pounds.
    This includes over-the-road garbage and fire trucks, as well as the backhoe at the garbage transfer station.