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  • Man gets 15 years in brutal stabbing death

    A Lancaster man charged in the 2014 stabbing death of an acquaintance has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
    Carmen Martinez Mendez, 51, formerly of 1028 Sara Drive, was originally charged with murder in the brutal stabbing of Cesar Solis Vasquez, 32, during a fight on Sept. 27, 2014.
    Vasquez bled to death from multiple slashes and stab wounds over his torso, head, hands and arms.

  • ‘Love, support go a long way’

    Sometimes a mother just knows something is wrong.
    “It was like the world stood still in that moment,” Lena Wallace said, recalling two days in June 2015.
    Her daughter, 33-year-old Amanda Wallace, was not answering her phone. She had a history of depression and was 1,200 miles away in Austin, Texas.
    Lena finally called Amanda’s best friend in Austin, who ran to check on her. After several minutes of loud door-banging, Amanda answered. She was in a very dark place.

  • Man leaves hospital for home, then disappears

    A 59-year-old man released from the hospital last Sunday walked away from his Nichols Road home early Monday and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
    The Lancaster Police Department issued a missing-person advisory Friday for John Wallace Washington.
    “Right now, we don’t really have anything to go on,” said Capt. Scott Grant, interim Lancaster police chief.
    Washington lives with his older sister, Vannetta Boone, at 406 Nichols Road. He is 6-foot-1 and weighs about 170 pounds.

  • New mentoring group: Ladies of High Standards

    Monica Hall of Lancaster has started a new mentoring group, Ladies of High Standards (LHS), dedicated to helping teenage girls enter adulthood “strong, smart, independent and empowered.”
    Hall and the other volunteers with LHS plan to introduce themselves and the program to the community this Saturday from 2-4 p.m during a meet-and-greet at the Lancaster County Main Library, 313 S. White St., Lancaster.
    The program is open to girls ages 14 to 18, and parents are encouraged to attend the introductory event.

  • Craft-beer, music fest on St. Patrick’s

    Downtown Lancaster is getting its own St. Patrick’s Day festival.
    Called Red Rose Brew Fest, the live music festival is set for 5-9 p.m. March 17 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 18 in the city’s cultural arts district.
    The Craft Stand and its owners, Don and Brandy Geraghty, are sponsoring the festival, which is anticipated to draw at least 500 patrons a day.
    “We plan on hitting anyone from within a 50-mile radius to come,” said Brandy Geraghty.

  • Working to resurrect the American chestnut

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    SENECA – Clemson University graduate instructor Adam Coates and a class of forestry students recently visited a sprawling Upstate farm to learn about the latest scientific findings on the restoration of the American chestnut in Southern climes.

  • Springs Memorial limits visitation, citing flu cases

    From release

    Springs Memorial Hospital on Monday announced immediate temporary restrictions on visitation at the hospital, citing the current high incidence of flu in the area.
    Children younger than 12 should not visit patient rooms or visit parents who are being treated in the emergency department, the hospital said. Children also should not come to the waiting room of the emergency department unless they are being seen as a patient.

  • Police making recruits useful earlier

    The Lancaster Police Department has modified its training procedures to help the city get more valuable work out of new recruits before they attend the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
    Under the changes approved by city council, the police department will now use its own certified instructors to train and test recruits in-house the same way as it trains and tests volunteer reserve officers.
    After that initial training phase, the recruits will eventually attend the criminal justice academy.

  • Kershaw Golf Course’s putting greens get protection during winter

    KERSHAW – The refurbished Kershaw Golf Course has added $9,000 worth of breathable covers for 11 putting greens to protect sensitive grass from damage during frigid winter weather.
    It’s a move to safeguard the town’s recent investment of $40,000 in improvements at the municipal course, said Kershaw Town Councilman Jody Connell, chairman of the town’s golf course advisory committee.
    “When the temperature gets below 25 degrees, you need to protect the grass,” Connell said.  

  • Proposed IL rec center’s $14.7M cost stuns council

    The Lancaster County Council has gotten its first look at a proposed new Indian Land recreation center occupying 10 acres donated by Avondale’s developers, but the jaw-dropping $14.7 million price tag sent the plan back to the drawing board.
    For comparison, the 100-acre mega sports complex that the county hopes to build at a central location just north of Lancaster using hospitality-tax revenues is expected to cost $17 million.