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  • Ban on car washing lifted

    The restrictions on Lancaster County water customers' use of the precious resource have been further loosened.

    While the Catawba-Wateree Basin remains in Stage 3 restrictions due to the ongoing drought, the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Group has informed its members, which include water suppliers in Lancaster County, that residential vehicle washing with a control nozzle, lawn watering and swimming pool filling is permitted one day a week.

    The change goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

  • Lancaster to host conference on youth substance abuse

    Lancaster will host the annual Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities Conference for the second time.

    It will be held May 14 to 16 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. It is funded by a federal grant.

    The focus will be on how to address substance abuse from each individual user's habitat, recognizing cultural differences and how they should be factored into prevention.

  • Riverchase to offer 'acreage lifestyle'

    A Texas developer building in Lancaster County said one of the first things he learned about Lancaster is that he'd have to pronounce the county's name correctly.

    LGI Land President Eric Lipar's comment brought some laughs before officials got down to business for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.'s annual meeting on April 14.

    Lipar talked about his company's development, Riverchase Estates, which will be built on 2,000 acres on Riverside Road.

  • Kershaw preps for its annual Spring-a-thon

    KERSHAW – New activities are planned for this year's Kershaw Spring-a-thon, including one inspired by the popular game show "Deal or No Deal."

    This year's event will take place across two days, with the Miss Spring-a-thon pageant occurring May 16 at Kershaw Elementary School with the rest of the festivities happening May 17.

    Walkers in the Fun Walk, slated to start at 8 a.m. May 17, will pass by the planned children's park beside the Kershaw Recreation Center.

  • Prom season begins tonight

    The itinerary is set. The dresses and tuxedos are picked out and ready to go.

    But before Lancaster High School juniors and seniors head to their prom Saturday, officials wanted to remind them about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    On Thursday afternoon, those two classes gathered in the school's auditorium to hear a presentation about drunk driving and then sign a prom promise to not consume alcohol on Saturday.

  • 'I should have been smarter,' says woman fighting AIDS

    Yvonne "Bay Bay" Miller wants people to know a few things about AIDS.

    There's no such thing as safe sex, only safer sex, and it doesn't take long for the disease to develop from HIV to full-blown AIDS.

    People don't die from AIDS; they die from AIDS-related complications due to a ravaged immune system.

    Miller, 48, should know.

    She has AIDS, and she wants people to know her story before she dies, so maybe she can help someone before it's too late for them. She has a drive to look out for others, especially young people, who often think, "It can't happen to me."

  • A.R. Rucker students rally for Relay

    When A.R. Rucker Middle School student Brandon Newton picked sixth-grade teacher Anita Watts for a pie in the face, his fellow students went wild.

    One should never underestimate the joy middle school students will take in embarrassing their teachers. Thursday's embarrassment for teachers was for a good cause.

    The students and teachers at A.R. Rucker poured their hearts into their Relay for Life fundraiser this year, raising more than $9,000 – more than doubling their goal of $4,000.

  • NAACP honors Twitty with Pioneer Award

    HEATH SPRINGS – Staunch Democrat, voting rights and land cooperative leader.

    These are words that describe Gonze L ee Twitty, a local farmer who was recently recognized by the Lancaster branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the Pioneer Award. Educational leaders T.T. Barnes and Fred Thomas Jr. and voting rights leader Juanita Walker also received the award.

  • Report: shoplifting suspect bit police officer on hand

    While one officer worked to take a bite out of crime, the man he had just arrested took a bite out of him.

    Terry Andre Stradford, 42, of 1216 Memorial Park Road, led a Lancaster police officer on a pursuit about 2 p.m. Saturday after it was reported that Stradford shoplifted from the Rite Aide on Main Street, according to an incident report.

    The officer had to drag Stradford from the crawl space of a house to arrest him, a report said.

  • McDougal: SMH future is bright

    Tom McDougal listens intently as cardiologist Mark Ciminelli discusses some of the new equipment in the cath lab at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    This is the first time that McDougal, the hospital's chief executive officer, has gotten a walk-through of the room, which includes an X-ray station, information screens and about 50 different type of catheters. All of the equipment is just a few weeks old.