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  • 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.

  • The arts are big business

    The nonprofit arts sector accounts for $360 million in annual economic activity in the 16 counties that make up the Charlotte region, including Lancaster, according to a detailed study released Friday.

    “It’s not just food for the soul, but putting food on the table,” said Randy Cohen, vice president of the national nonprofit Americans for the Arts. 

  • IL teacher’s aide charged in theft from 2nd employer

    A teacher’s aide at Indian Land Elementary School was charged Monday with stealing about $8,500 from her second job at a cupcake shop in Fort Mill.

    Melanie Marie Kikta, 35, 1004 Bailes Ridge Ave., Indian Land, was placed on paid administrative leave by the Lancaster County School District after district officials learned about the case over the weekend, said Bryan Vaughn, district safety director.

  • Hit-and-run driver kills man walking on highway

    A Lancaster County man died before dawn Saturday in a hit-and-run incident on Jefferson Highway near Taxahaw Road, and authorities are asking the public for help finding the driver of the car.

    The victim, 36-year old Chad Russell Hill of Ross Cauthen Road, suffered severe head injuries when hit by a vehicle, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.

    Cpl. Bill Rhyne of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Hill had been walking in the eastbound lane of Jefferson Highway at about 5:45 a.m. when a vehicle heading east struck and killed him.

  • CCA celebrates 15th-annual Grandparents Day at school

    From release

    Carolina Christian Academy in Lancaster held its 15th-annual Grandparents Day on Sept. 8, welcoming all the school’s grandparents for a breakfast of sausage, eggs, grits and biscuits.

    More than 220 plates were served, said CCA Principal Trina Coley.

    "Serving breakfast to our students and their grandparents is just a small way we can say thank you for all the many things grandparents do for their grandchildren and our school," said Coley. 

  • Man charged with indecent exposure

    A Lancaster man has been arrested after a rattled neighbor told sheriff’s deputies she saw him exposing himself and committing a lewd act in front of her home. 

    Nicholas Moses McCullough, 30, of 1481 Victoria St., is charged with one count of indecent exposure. 

    The sheriff’s office incident report said a deputy responded to a home in the 1400 block of Tripp Lane in Lancaster about 8 a.m. Sept. 7 after a report of a suspicious person.