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  • Let’s just get married right after the eclipse

    Travis and Samantha Dry will have no trouble remembering the date of their wedding – Aug. 21, the Great American Eclipse Day.
    It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Buford couple got engaged last week, almost exactly one year after they became reacquainted at their 10-year high school reunion.
    On Saturday, they talked about when the wedding might be, and Travis threw out the idea of getting married on the 21st, the anniversary of their first date. When they realized the astronomical significance of Monday, it seemed like a celestial sign.

  • Motorcycle club raising money for HOPE

    The S.C. Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association will host its sixth-annual charity ride and auction fundraiser for HOPE in Lancaster this Saturday.
    The event, which plans to raise $10,000, is 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at HOPE in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway, with the charity motorcycle ride at 10 a.m.
    HOPE Executive Director Bekah Clawson said this will probably be the last year the event is held at the location on Pageland Highway, since HOPE and Christian Services have joined together to purchase the Lancaster Bowling Alley.

  • Graham touts his health-care plan

    Sen. Lindsey Graham is not ready to give up on repealing Obamacare just yet, and his name is on a new plan that may draw the spotlight when Congress reconvenes after its summer break.
    The S.C. Republican met with local leaders in Lancaster last week as he traveled around the state. He said the “fatally-flawed” Affordable Care Act is sending a disproportionate chunk of federal money to four states.

  • $394K plan for custom playground equipment

    KERSHAW – The effort to replace the centerpiece of Kershaw’s Stevens Park – a condemned mass of rotting playground equipment that has sat idle since April – took a couple of steps forward this week.
    The nonprofit Kershaw Community Park Council proposed a $394,000 replacement project, saying it has applied for grants to fund the design and construction. The town council voted Monday night to give the KCPC until Dec. 31 to line up the financing.

  • Toast of the town

    It only took one day – Aug. 25, 2016 – for Brandy and Don Geraghty to get past the new-business jitters.
    “I’m not gonna lie…. We were scared. No, more like terrified,” said Don Geraghty, who with his wife owns The Craft Stand at the corner of Gay and Main streets. “But after Day One and the reaction we got, we weren’t scared anymore.
    “You know, I can’t believe it’s been a year,” he said.

  • Panel issues no decision on IL incorporation

    COLUMBIA – A legislative committee questioned Indian Land incorporation proponents for nearly two hours Friday, but ended the hearing with no decision, saying it would meet again at some unspecified date.
    About 17 people representing both sides of the incorporation issue attended Voters for a Town of Indian Land’s (VTIL) hearing before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation in Columbia. If the committee approves, voters get to decide the issue.

  • 17-year-old shooting victim dies

    Daquan Blackmon, a 17-year-old shot Friday night on East Arch Street in downtown Lancaster, has died at Carolinas Medical Center.
    Blackmon suffered a single gunshot wound in the incident, which happened within sight of the Municipal Justice Center, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday it hasn’t received paperwork confirming what day Blackmon died.

  • Spectacular!

    Protected eyes turned skyward Monday afternoon across South Carolina as the moon slowly covered the sun in the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years.
    In Lancaster, where the eclipse wasn’t quite total, the slow dimming stopped at about 2:36 p.m. It was like dusk, with an odd yellowish tint. A crescendo of crickets and frogs rose and then fell off quickly as the light returned.
    Columbia, in the path of totality, drew huge crowds of astro-tourists.

  • 30 years in prison for Tran’s murderer

    David Kucinski was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday in the last year’s killing of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land.
    Just before his murder trial was to begin in Lancaster County General Sessions Court, with jurors already seated, Kucinski entered an Alford plea to one count each of murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime.
    Treated the same as a conviction, the plea allowed Kucinski to assert his innocence while admitting the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him.

  • Former TLN Publisher David Ernest dies at 65

    David Ernest, who guided The Lancaster News as publisher for a decade, died Friday in Columbia after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was 65.
    Ernest came to the paper as publisher in 1992 from Florida, where he was advertising manager at a sister newspaper, the daily Citrus County Chronicle.
    Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News, said it was a pleasure to work with Ernest during his 10 years at the paper.