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  • Humane society off to strong start

    Two pit bull puppies were among the attendees of the Indian Land Action Council's meeting Monday night.

    The brindle and blond pups gave out happy kisses and helped drive home the message from the council's guests - members of the newly formed Humane Society of Lancaster County.

    The humane society has gone from "zero to 100 miles an hour in 90 days," said its vice president, B.J. Mishoe, who has been a volunteer at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter for the past several years.

  • Video Exclusive! Edwards says he won't ignore rural Americans

    John Edwards told a Lancaster audience Wednesday that if he's elected president, he won't forget where he came from.

    The Seneca native said rural America will be a true concern for him if he's elected.

    "You have been ignored for too long," he told a packed crowd at Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. "I will not ignore you as president."

  • Where Lancaster County residents vote in the presidential primary

    Some polling places consolidated

    You may be one of the Lancaster County residents who won't vote in your usual polling place for the Democratic presidential primary. The county combined several precincts because it did not get enough money from the state to open all precincts for the presidential primaries.

    The polling places that have been combined and where you'll vote are:

    - Antioch and Hyde Park - Hyde Park Baptist Church, 1898 Flat Creek Road

    - Belair and Belair II - Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land

  • Man shot in French Street parking lot

    "Call 911. I'm dying."

    Those are the words a man shouted across a parking lot on French Street on Wednesday afternoon.

    A Masonic lodge, the Lancaster County Clemson Extension office, the Lancaster County Economic Development office, Discovery School and houses surround the parking lot.

    A witness, who asked not to be named, said she thought she heard a car backfire.

    "Then it went boom, boom, boom, boom, boom and I said, 'That's not a car,' " the woman said.

  • Mulvaney to seek Senate seat

    S.C. House District 45 Rep. Mick Mulvaney announced today that he will run for the S.C. Senate District 16 seat being vacated by Greg Gregory of Lancaster.

    Mulvaney will make a formal announcement tour in early February, but he has already received the support of Gregory and several other key business leaders in the district.

  • Edwards to stump in Lancaster

    Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards will bring his presidential campaign to Lancaster today.

    Edwards, a South Carolina native and former senator from North Carolina, will appear at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster as part of his two-day Back Home, Back Roads Barnstorm tour.

    Edwards, who's vying for the Democratic nomination, is scheduled to be at USCL at 2:45 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

  • King's dream was for equality for everyone, not just blacks

    HEATH SPRINGS - Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream was that everyone could have an equal chance at the American dream, not just black people.

    That was the message delivered to those who filled the fellowship room at the United Citizens Club of Heath Springs Monday morning at the group's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast.

    "He not only blessed America, he touched the world," said the Rev. William Coleman, pastor of Bright Light Missionary Baptist Church, who was guest speaker at the event. "He was concerned with the welfare of humanity."

  • Local fundraiser exceeds goal

    Lancaster County came through in 2007 in raising money for the Charlotte Autism Speaks chapter.

    Local volunteers, headed by Evelyn Springs, whose grandson, Malik Springs, 5, has autism, raised $11,060. The drive culminated with an international food banquet at the Leroy Springs Fairway Room last October.

    The fundraising goal was $10,000 - more than four times the $2,400 raised in 2006.

    The money raised went to Autism Speaks, which will use the funds to help pay for research into the cause and care of the disorder.

  • Food Lion celebrates makeover

    Food Lion unveiled the completion of makeovers to three area stores last week.

    The Salisbury, N.C.-based chain had been making extensive renovations to its two stores in Lancaster and its one store in Chester for the last several months, and during special ceremonies Jan. 16, store managers joined local officials to have grand reopenings to signify the completion of the renovations.

    The Airport Road store now features expanded wine and produce sections and added grocery specialty items.

  • MLK Jr. breakfast speaker: Don't settle, 'get in the game'

    About 300 local residents braved cold weather Monday to attend the seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The event marks the celebration of the community "coming together as one" to honor the legacy of the late civil rights leader and provide financial assistance to college students, said the Rev. AnThony Pelham, pastor of Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church.