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  • Pitching Capitol statue to honor a heroic slave

    Amid turmoil around the country over the removal of Confederate-era monuments from public spaces, Sen. Greg Gregory wants to add one at the S.C. Capitol.
    It would honor Beaufort-native Robert Smalls, a slave and skilled boat pilot who secretly organized a crew, stole a Confederate ship and sailed it out of Charleston Harbor in 1862, surrendering to the Union blockade out in the Atlantic.

  • Column: Mysterious killer afflicts 5M in U.S.

    Dr. Patrick Goldsmith
    Guest columnist

    Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most devastating forms of dementia, afflicted 5.3 million Americans in 2015 – two-thirds of them women.
    Between 2000 and 2013, deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s increased by 71 percent. The number one cause of death, heart disease, decreased 14 percent during the same period. Of the top ten diseases in America, some believe that Alzheimer’s is the only one that cannot be prevented or cured.

  • Norrell picked for statewide education-leadership group

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) has been chosen as the only legislator among 16 state educators to participate in the S.C. Education Policy Fellowship Program for 2017-18.

    SC-EPFP is a 10-month intensive professional development program for educational leaders. Seventeen states have an EPFP.

    The S.C. program is the only one this year to have a sitting state legislator.

    Norrell said the program will give her the chance to learn what educators need and bring that information to the legislature.

  • Great Falls needs volunteers for next Riversweep on Nov. 4

    From release

    The next Great Falls Riversweep, sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association, and Catawba Riverkeeper, Duke Energy and Palmetto Pride, is planned for Nov. 4.
    Volunteers are needed for the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon that Saturday. The clean-up will primarily focus on the islands in Stumpy Pond and some of the bank area around the reservoir.

  • The Springs Co. moving headquarters to Fort Mill

    The Springs Co., which oversees all of the non-manufacturing interests of the former Springs Industries, is moving its headquarters from Lancaster’s Main Street to Fort Mill.
    The company plans to build a 17,100-square-foot building on Fort Mill’s North White Street, according to the Rock Hill Herald.
    Dehler Hart, president of Springland Inc., a division of The Springs Co. that deals with real estate development, told The Herald about the move.

  • County seeks $500K grant to renovate Humana site

    The Humana Building on White Street still belongs to Humana, but county officials have already applied for a $500,000 federal grant to renovate it to house the S.C. Department of Social Services.
     “It is a little of the cart before the horse,” said County Administrator Steve Willis, noting that the grant application was filed Sept. 12. He said the county still hasn’t acquired the building, but could in coming months.

  • Mayor suffered stroke – ‘I dodged a bullet’

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard suffered a hemorrhagic stroke last week and spent four days at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
    He was released Monday and says doctors expect a full recovery.
    “I dodged a bullet,” Howard, 67, said Wednesday, after springing the news on his fellow members at the Breakfast Rotary Club and then being swamped by their well-wishes.
    “I am fine,” he said in an interview. “I’m weak – I’ll be the first to tell you that – but I am cognizant and confident.”

  • 2 pounds of pot and an open beer

    A trip through a license checkpoint didn’t end well for a Lancaster man after a sheriff’s deputy spotted a bag of marijuana on the man’s floorboard while he was trying to hide an open can of beer. 

    Manly Maurice Thompson, 41, of 1639 Franandel Drive, Lancaster, was arrested on one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (marijuana) after deputies discovered more than 2 pounds of marijuana and associated paraphernalia.

  • Kershaw water-sewer deal should save the town $30K this year

    Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to change the way it pays for water and sewer services, a move expected to save the town about $30,000 a year.

    The council approved a contract with Oliver Environmental in Ruby that will cost $127,750 per year. Oliver will provide the town a wastewater treatment director at a cost of $73,000 a year and a public utility and water distribution director at $54,750.

  • Dr. Kimbrell retires, started Lancaster practice in 1983

    Dr. Mike Kimbrell is retiring after practicing internal medicine for 34 years in Lancaster and seven years in the Army.

    Kimbrell, 68, said he’d miss the patients and people he’s worked with over the years.

    “Unfortunately, there’s a time when you just have to step down,” he said. “I’ll miss coming to the office.”

    Kimbrell came to Lancaster in 1983, looking for a small town close to a big city.