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  • 6 school buses spray-painted with profanities

    Six school buses were vandalized early Tuesday morning in the bus parking lot beside Lancaster High School's football stadium.
    Vandals spray-painted profanities on buses and bus license plates, said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District.
    Vaughn said the damage was done between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday to three state and three county buses.
    The vandalism caused problems for some Southside Early Childhood Center students.

  • Plea deals end 2 murder cases from 2003, ’12

    Two men facing trial for murder have accepted plea agreements in Lancaster County General Session Court, resulting in a sentence of a little more than 11 years for one and a suspended sentence and probation for the other.
    William Demond Pate, 37, of Kershaw was charged with murder 13 years ago in the death of a friend, James Smith, also of Kershaw.

  • ILHS promotes Blades to head coach

    INDIAN LAND – Horatio Blades, a former NFL linebacker who has been the Indian Land High School defensive coordinator for three years, is the Warriors’ new head football coach.
    “Coach Blades is a young man of very high character,” said ILHS Principal David Shamble. “His leadership and character are outstanding.

    “He is going to step in and do some things different,” Shamble said. “He has a true understanding of Indian Land. Coach Blades understands our students and football players. He is a worker.”

  • Correction Buford girls basketball game tip-off is 6 p.m.

    The tip-off time for the Buford High School Lady Yellow Jackets game with Cuthbertson High School is 6 p.m. Monday, not 7 p.m. as published in the Sunday, Dec. 18, edition of The Lancaster News. We apologize for the error.

  • ‘Mr. Hungerford, on behalf of a grateful nation…’

    Seventy-one years after earning the Bronze Star for his service in World War II, Buddy Hungerford was presented the medal Thursday by Rep. Mick Mulvaney in a brief ceremony at the Springs House.
    “Mr. Hungerford,” Mulvaney said, formally addressing the 91-year-old veteran at the base of the grand staircase. A crowd of more than 50 Rotarians and guests looked on.
    “Yes, sir,” Hungerford said.
    When Mulvaney called his name, Hungerford, who walks with a slight stoop, straightened to his full height. His wife, Deanna, stood at his side.

  • Christmas basket only halfway to goal

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received $4,565 in donations so far, still not quite halfway to its goal of $10,000.
    “The community is still responding to our requests for donations,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster. “So many members of our community have been blessed by this program, and we would like to continue it in the future.”
    The money raised will be used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Surprise guilty plea as murder trial starts

    A 73-year-old Heath Springs man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of an acquaintance during a argument.
    Jasper Lee Haggins was charged with murder in the death of  Ernest Lee Cunningham, 55, of Heath Springs, He was shot the night of Feb. 19, 2011, following what witnesses said was an argument over alcohol.
    Haggins was scheduled to stand trial for murder Monday, but agreed at the last minute to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.

  • A Kershaw institution: After 58 years in business, Paul Connell packing it in

    KERSHAW – Now that he’s 80 years old and closing up shop after nearly six decades, Quality Appliance owner Paul Connell says he’s not really much of a salesman.
    That’s sort of like saying you’re not much of a runner when you just finished the Boston Marathon.
    Connell has always gauged business success not by his bank account, but by the friends he made along the way. This week a lot of those friends are stopping in to say goodbye.

  • Stroble targets Brooks vacancy

    The Lancaster County school board met Tuesday night for the first time since James Brooks’ arrest and resignation, and it worked out the logistics for filling his District 1 seat.
    Melvin Stroble, who lost to Brooks in the 2014 District 1 election, has announced plans to file for the seat, and so far he is the only person to do so.
    “I’m really excited about an opportunity to continue to work with the school board, potentially as a member of the board of trustees,” said Stroble, who attended the meeting and spoke afterward.

  • Mission Accomplished

    Gonzie Mackey’s shop, packed with 135 bicycles by a generous community after he was cleaned out by thieves a few months ago, is empty again.
    He gave them all away to eager parents and grandparents this week. His “Miracle Bikes” will appear beside Christmas trees all across Lancaster County nine mornings from now, as they have for several years.
    Mackey gets choked up talking about it.
    “This don’t have nothing to do with bicycles,” he said this week. “God is using it to tell the story he wants told.”