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  • Local civil rights pioneer Larry Dixon dies

    Lancaster civil rights leader Larry Darnell Dixon Jr., past president of the county NAACP, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 75.
    “Larry was one of my dearest friends,” said county council member Charlene McGriff, who partnered with Dixon on civil rights efforts for more than 30 years. “He loved his family, his church and the NAACP…. He was a pioneer in civil rights in Lancaster.”

  • Solicitor takes over collecting bad checks for businesses

    Collecting on bad checks has always been one of the unavoidable hassles of business ownership, and writing a bad check can result in a damaging criminal record.
    A program launched this week by the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office aims to eliminate both of those problems.
    Solicitor Randy Newman’s new Worthless Check Unit will now handle all communication with the check writer, collect the money, pay the business and collect a fee for all that work. Check writers who pay up will have no criminal record. Those who don’t will be prosecuted.

  • $1,500 reward in tombstone vandalism

    A $1,500 reward is being offered to anyone who can help authorities arrest and convict the vandals who damaged gravestones last month in the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Arch Street.
    The award is being jointly offered by the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation and Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward and the historical society is offering $500.

  • Hermine jolts storm-trackers
  • City police, sheriff’s office win dash-cams

    The Lancaster Police Department and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office each received a dash-cam as a reward for participating in the DUI Challenge sponsored by the S.C. Law Enforcement Network.
    Other agencies in the 6th Judicial Circuit to receive equipment included the police departments in Fort Lawn, Chester and Ridgeway, which received radar systems.
    The total value of the incentive prizes awarded to 6th Circuit agencies was more than $18,000.

  • The Harley hearse

    Like a grand carriage that might take a dignitary to the grave, this one gleams – shiny black paint, somber curtains and wall-to-wall glass to give onlookers one last glimpse of the casket.
    But unlike most hearses, this one comes with the deep rumble of a Harley.
    Lifetime biker and ordained minister Marty Starnes of Lancaster has launched a business offering his fellow cyclists a classy final ride in his motorcycle-towed funeral coach.

  • Stewart Marshall, 97, receives Bronze Star for WWII service

    Indian Land resident Stewart Marshall received the Bronze Star and eight other military service awards Tuesday at a ceremony attended by a large crowd including Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who presented the awards.
    Marshall, 97, was a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II and survived many months of combat in North Africa and Italy.
    A crowd of about 100 people attended the event Tuesday afternoon at The Lodge in Sun City Carolina Lakes. Among the guests were Marshall’s daughter and son-in-law Jan and Mark Nadeau.

  • Dad: 'Choking Game' killed IL boy

    INDIAN LAND – The father of an 11-year-old middle school student who died last week has taken to social media in a precautionary campaign to warn other parents about something called the Choking Game.
    “We miss him,” said Garrett Pope, in a Facebook post about his oldest son, Garrett Pope Jr., who died Wednesday afternoon at his home in the Legacy Park subdivision.

  • Flocks of pink flamingos roosting in yards, raising cash for SCPA

    For the second year in a row, the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting a Pink Flamingo Flock Fundraiser throughout September.
    That was delightfully apparent to Lancaster News employees Friday morning as they maneuvered past 16 birds standing guard at the newspaper’s front entrance. As the remnants of Hurricane Hermine started drenching the poor creatures at mid-morning, the flamingos remained steadfast at their posts.

  • Hermine sloshes past

    Thankfully, tropical storm Hermine left mere puddles and standing water throughout Lancaster County after passing through Friday.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation issued a report early Saturday stating there were no road closures in the county.
    “We were very, very fortunate,” said Jeff Catoe, Lancaster County’s public works director. “We had trees down throughout the county.”
    Catoe said the majority of this week will be spent cleaning up debris.