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  • McKinney remembered at second annual walk

    The need to highlight an important cause overcame Saturday’s dreary weather to make the second annual Ryan McKinney Walk a success for those doing what they can to find a cause and cure of Kleine-Levin Syndrome.

    KLS is a neurological disorder that causes sufferers to sleep the upwards of 20 hours a day. Saturday was a time to raise awareness and also remember McKinney, a local KLS sufferer who died at 19 while suffering from the disorder.

  • Diabetics urged to follow a carbohydrate-conscious diet

    Lancaster High School senior Terrill Brown has been living with diabetes since he was 10. Brown, now 18, takes insulin shots daily and must watch what he eats.

    His mother, Wanda Evans, also a diabetic, says it’s tough making sure her son eats the right foods and keeps his prescriptions filled, especially when he’s away on a trip.

    She says a diabetes awareness event last week at Lancaster High School served as a reminder for what he has to do to remain healthy.

  • Stage now set for party primaries

    S.C. Senate District 16

    – Mick Mulvaney – R

    – Mandy Powers-Norell – D

    This seat, which covers the majority of Lancaster County and the Fort Mill area in York County, is being vacated by incumbent Republican Greg Gregory after 16 years. Gregory endorsed Mulvaney, the one-term incumbent House District 45 representative, months before filing began. Powers-Norell is making her first bid for public office, but as the city of Lancaster’s attorney, she’s no stranger to politics.

  • Inequality in education a focus at NAACP banquet

    KERSHAW – Black children still struggle for equal educational opportunity in South Carolina, said  Dr. Lonnie Randolph Jr., president of the NAACP’s State Conference, at the Kershaw NAACP’s annual banquet Saturday night.

    Randolph recalled his last visit to Kershaw for the NAACP’s banquet two years ago.

    “The same struggles we had in 2006, we still have today,” he said.

    Randolph discussed the education equality lawsuit that has been in the court system for 15 years. He said the General Assembly has spent millions to fight it.

  • Badcock to move to old Wal-Mart building soon

    Badcock Home Furnishing Center is preparing to move to a new building that will be more than triple the size of its existing location.

    The Badcock furniture store on South Main Street will relocate to the old Wal-Mart building on S.C. 9 Bypass. Owner Cliff Altman said the store may be open at the new location by May 1.

    Badcock’s new store will have 24,000 square feet of showroom space. The warehouse will be 10,000 square feet, and the clearance center will measure about 6,000 square feet, Altman said.

  • Council divided on new development on the Catawba

    A lack of growth in western Lancaster County versus a greater demand for services and a burden on schools – those issues divided County Council on a vote for a new residential development on the Catawba River.

    Council voted 4-3 in favor of final reading of a rezoning ordinance, giving Texas-based LGI Land the go-ahead to develop Riverchase Estates, a gated community on Riverside Road.

    Riverchase Estates will contain 1,250 to 1,939 homes on about 2,000 acres along the Catawba.

  • 60 students receive Principals' Choice honors

    The hugs were plentiful. Smiles were a mainstay and some people shed tears.

    The evening was all about the children in Lancaster County who’ve made strides toward excellence and the proud parents, teachers and others who support them along the way.

    On Thursday, the three Rotary clubs in Lancaster County held the third annual Principals’ Choice Awards – an honor that recognizes students for achievement in and outside the classroom. The ceremony was held in a packed Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • City modifies intern program to include maintenance work

    For local college students wanting get to work experience with local government, the city of Lancaster offers an internship program especially for them.

    Starting in June, three students will be able to work full time for 10 weeks in administrative and other capacities for the city. The pay is $7 per hour.

    City Council reviewed the program and agreed on a few changes in a unanimous vote Tuesday.

    Council voted to allow supervisors to ask the interns to do maintenance, like lawn work and plant watering, and other work, such as for the fire and police departments.

  • Council to discuss bond proposal

    County Council will discuss forming a committee Monday that will recommend capital projects that should be included in a November referendum.

    Council is considering a 1-cent sales tax to pay for projects, such as building a new courthouse, expanding the main library and public works facilities, improving utility lines in the county’s municipalities.

    A courthouse could cost at least $20 million. Because the county can’t borrow money for all the projects, the public would vote on a bond package during the general election in November.

  • Springs Memorial looking to honor a special nurse

    Springs Memorial Hospital’s Patient Choice Award will recognize the quality care, comfort and compassion offered by its nurses, honoring one nurse in particular.

    Continuing the tradition of the last few years, this program, which solicits input from the community, will culminate with one nurse at Springs Memorial receiving the Patient Choice Award during Nurses’ Week, May 6-12.

    Why would SMH be asking former patients to be so involved in spotlighting an exceptional nurse, rather than making the choice internally?