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  • When her father collapsed, Hunter acted as his nurse

    Carol Hunter usually works weekends in her job as an emergency room nurse at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    But at the last minute, she decided to take the weekend of Father's Day off, so she could take her father, Darwin Steele, out to dinner.

    They went to JB's Barbecue in Heath Springs for Father's Day dinner. Steele fixed a plate for himself, and his wife, Frances, while Hunter fixed their teas.

    That's when Steele, 82, started to feel "right swimmy-headed," he said.

  • SLED investigates charge of misconduct in office

    The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating a Lancaster County employee.

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said he could say very little about the case. The employee no longer works for the county as of mid-June. The SLED investigation was initiated about that time.

    Willis would not say what department the employee worked for, only that the employee worked in the County Administration Building.

    Willis said he expected SLED to issue warrants in the case.

  • City cuts proposed tax increase in half

    Lancaster City Council gave final reading of its 2008-09 budget Tuesday night, and it includes half the tax increase that was initially proposed.

    Council voted unanimously to approve the $20.7 million budget, which represents a 3.5-mill tax increase instead of 7 mills. The budget, which takes effect July 1, reflects a 19 percent decrease over last year's budget.

    "You have a budget," announced Councilman John Howard, who serves as finance committee chairman, after Tuesday's vote.

  • LHS group receives state award for advocating sun safety

    Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? And that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime?

    A club at Lancaster High School was recognized last month for working to increase local awareness on skin cancer and on measures people can take to prevent it.

  • Communities ready for July 4 parades

    Two Lancaster County communities are gearing up for their annual Fourth of July parades.

    Charlesboro parade

    The 29th annual Charlesboro parade often attracts a couple thousand guests from throughout the region.

    "Instead of going to the beach, they come out here," said Frank Faulkenberry. "This is really like a reunion."

    The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. in front of New Haven Baptist Church on Taxahaw Road and runs one mile to the Charlesboro Fire Station.

    The only requirement to participate in the parade is to display an American flag for entry.

  • 20 receive Award of Education Achievement

    Nearly 20 graduates at two Lancaster County high schools were recognized this past school year with the Award of Educational Achievement.

    The award is given to high school seniors who score high enough on an exam affiliated with the Southern Regional Education Board, an interstate entity that helps governments and school leaders advance education.

  • City hopes sidewalks, bridge will improve pedestrian safety

    A project to improve the safety of people walking along two busy streets in the city of Lancaster is under way.

    Sidewalks are being installed along parts of Roddey Drive and Woodland Drive, which are main corridors into Lancaster High School and its surrounding athletic facilities.

    The sidewalks should be complete by the start of the school year, said Teresa Meeks, city support services director for the city of Lancaster.

    A bridgeway, the project's primary component, will also be built over Gill's Creek on Roddey Drive for pedestrian use.

  • Final approval of county budget on council agenda

    County Council is slated to vote on third and final reading of its proposed $30.9 million budget on Monday night.

    The budget includes a tax increase, equal to $14 added to the tax bill for a $100,000 home.

    The tax increase includes funds for county agencies such as Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, Lancaster County Council on Aging, Learning Institute for Tomorrow, Lancaster County Council of the Arts and Southside Literacy.

  • Retired officer shot in eye while trying to lend a hand

    A retired Lancaster police officer was shot in the head Friday night while trying to help two people who had just wrecked a car.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a vehicle accident and two shootings – all in the Lynwood Circle area.

    Former Lancaster police officer Ray Knight was trying to help the occupants of a car that had overturned into a ditch when he was shot, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said.

  • Mackey believes divine intervention saved him

    Gonza Mackey believes it was divine intervention that has allowed him to live to tell his story.

    It was shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 16.

    Mackey, 24, had just left the Grown Folks Club on U.S. 521 and gotten in his four-door Chevrolet Caprice. He planned to drive home and meet with some friends afterward.

    But he didn't get far. His car collided with a car that made a U-turn. The impact overturned Mackey's car and ejected him.