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  • Cops, jailers reaching out to understand mentally ill

    Once, when Melanie Odom was at Clemson University, she thought she had discovered a mathematical way to predict the future, and that the government was coming to steal it.
    As a professor was trying to get her some help, she was in an auto accident. She ran across four lanes of traffic, still clutching the sandwich she had been eating.
    “Why are you fleeing the scene of an accident!” yelled a police officer at the scene. As he approached her, she began tearing the sandwich into little pieces and throwing them at him.

  • Those moved by her death place stone at Soren’s grave

    When they learned that Soren Chilson’s grave had no marker, Lancaster County’s law enforcement community passed the hat and bought a pink granite memorial to honor her short life.
    It was installed Tuesday in the cemetery at Antioch Baptist Church.
    “I think the thing that moved a lot of people with Soren was the fact that she’s a child, and the manner in which she was killed, what she went through,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Campbell, who spearheaded the effort.

  • Somber duties end in prayer

    Coleen Burgess will be remembered for the simple pleasures she enjoyed and bestowed.
    She liked to drink coffee with her daughter-in-law every morning, sitting in her recliner, a Chihuahua balanced on each leg – Splash and Dixie.
    Saturday mornings were for “yard-sale-in’.” And any day was for family and friends around the table. She was a fabulous cook, and every meal seemed to have at least three courses.

  • Suspicious fire at local child-care center

    Local authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at a child-care center on Airport Road early Monday morning.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters responded to Freshly Anointed Child Care at 2376 Airport Road about 4:16 a.m. They found a fire on the outside of the building that had nearly burned itself out.
    He said no one was inside the center and no one was injured, and the building suffered virtually no structural damage.

  • Free tax-prep help available as deadline nears

    There are only 11 days left until the official end of the tax season. All 2016 income tax returns must be filed by April 18.
    If you haven’t had time to file or maybe it just slipped your mind, there are still plenty of places in Lancaster that can help. On average, tax preparation done by a professional costs about $120. Two volunteer groups are offering free help completing tax forms in Lancaster and Indian Land – the AARP Foundation and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, sponsored by the United Way.
    AARP tax help

  • Santorum calls Tom Mullikin ‘Trumpian’ pick

    Tom Mullikin campaigned in Lancaster for the 5th District congressional seat Thursday, and he brought an ex-GOP presidential candidate to town with him.
    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran for president in 2012, said the passionate and no-nonsense Mullikin is clearly the right choice to represent District 5.
    “This is a guy who’s all-in,” Santorum said during a 7:30 a.m. meet-and-greet at the historic Edwards Scott House downtown. “That’s the type of commitment we need…. He’s a Trumpian kind of figure.”

  • SWAT team storms Heath Springs house, ending long, puzzling night

    It was not a typical quiet Tuesday night on R.B. Moses Road outside Heath Springs.
    Sheriff’s officers besieged a house there from before midnight until almost daybreak after a stubborn man – who was not the one suspected of a crime – refused their commands to come outside.
    The county SWAT team surrounded the place and eventually broke down the door to get at him.
    The trouble started about 11:20 p.m. when deputies arrived to investigate a reported robbery at the house. R.B. Moses Road is off Beecher Horton Road, just west of Heath Springs.

  • Narrow escape

    A Second Baptist Church bus burst into flames about 6 p.m. Tuesday, moments after a group of children stepped off it in the church parking lot.
    No one was hurt, though the blaze caused a lot of rubbernecking by passing motorists along Great Falls Highway.

  • Falling tree kills Buford woman

    At least one person was killed Thursday when a tree crushed a mobile home about 5 p.m. in the 4700 block of Pageland Highway, about a half-mile east of Buford Crossroads.
    “There is one confirmed fatality and the coroner’s office has been notified,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder.

    Officials did not identify the victim by press time, but Patrick Burgess, 17, identified her as his grandmother, Coleen Burgess.

  • Devotional book links hunting to spirituality

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    Michael Anderson of Kershaw was sitting in a deer stand when he received a text message from a friend, asking had he ever thought of writing a devotional for deer-hunters.
    He began writing in December and finished his book, “Deeper Woods,” in about two months.