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  • City scrambles to stop leaks in old Springs building’s roof

    Roof leaks that sprang up this past winter in the city of Lancaster’s 15th Street Center have buckled flooring on the top level, but have not damaged any equipment yet.  
    Now the city is trying to get the leaks repaired before any more damage is done.
    “Water always follows the path of least resistance,” said City Administrator Flip Hutfles. “What’s happened is that a couple of days after a rain, it comes through the insulation and then shows up in places.”

  • Kershaw: Dental office will replace 1940s gym

    KERSHAW – The old Kershaw High School gymnasium on Matson Street likely will be demolished to make way for a dental office under an ordinance approved by town council last week.
    The council rezoned the 1.14-acre tract at 501 N. Matson St. by a 6-1 vote, with  councilwoman Sonya Poole voting no.
    “I was appalled when I found out it was going to be razed,” Poole said. “I could not and will not vote for that.”

  • Survivors’ stories inspire Relay supporters

    Relay for Life – to most of us it is just one night, but to those with cancer it is one big fight that goes on every single minute of every day.
    Lancaster’s 21st Relay for Life begins Friday with a celebration as 200 cancer survivors walk the first lap around the track at Lancaster High School’s Memorial Stadium. Loved ones and supporters will then take over and walk laps nonstop the rest of the night to honor loved ones battling cancer or remember someone who lost the fight.

  • Police pull children from burning house

    Four city police officers are being credited with pulling two sleeping children from a burning house late Friday.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter identified the officers as Sgts. Dustynn Burlingame, Dale Johnson and Kenneth Warlick and Lt. Dean Short.
    “What they did makes me proud, but moreover, I hope our citizens appreciate the hearts of our officers and their willingness to answer a call to action whenever it’s needed,” Carter said.
    The fire happened about 10:15 p.m. Friday at 527 Central Ave.

  • McCoy campaign ‘terrible nightmare’

    Calling Billy McCoy’s run for sheriff a “terrible nightmare,” a volunteer is breaking away from McCoy and campaign manager Malcolm Little, recounting a strange three weeks of being pulled into a plagiarism scandal.
    “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever been through in my life,” says Lee Burkett, a veteran Democratic volunteer from Rock Hill. Reached at press time Tuesday evening, McCoy would not comment directly on Burkett’s account.

  • Relay for Life’s community of caring

    More than 200 cancer survivors were honored April 16 at the annual Relay for Life Survivor’s Luncheon at Covenant Baptist Church.  

    Debra Steen shared with an audience of cancer fighters and their supporters her story of struggle and survival in her husband’s fight against cancer. 

  • Evidence of forgery found floating in creek

    A Charlotte man is facing 28 felony counts of forgery in Lancaster County after local investigators found evidence of his crimes in a bottle floating in a creek.

    Lancaster County investigators have also prepared warrants against a Lancaster resident who they say helped the Charlotte man cash other forged checks.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested William Randolph Umstead, 50, of Charlotte on April 13 at the Anson County, N.C., jail on 28 warrants for forgery.

  • Earth Day on the Greenway

    April showers didn’t dampen the spirits of those gathered Friday to celebrate Earth Day on the greenway at Constitution Park. 

    More than 50 people stood in the rain under colorful umbrellas and listened as speakers shared a common message to be better stewards of the Earth. Children ran and played in the green open space, and lunch was served on flying discs.

    Everyday people, politicians and children mingled and played in the green open space.

  • Art with class

    From Release

    Lancaster-based sculptor Bob Doster recently installed a student-made metal sculpture at Duncan Elementary School in Spartanburg. The circular design utilized student self-portraits standing beside each other. 

    Doster was the artist in residence at the school as part of Chapman Cultural Center’s Arts Advantage program.

  • New charges for suspect in IL murder

    A suspect arrested for the April 5 murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land has been served with additional warrants for firearm and drug violations.
    Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, formerly of Van Wyck, was charged April 15 with possession of a stolen pistol, possession/distribution of prescription drugs and possession of other Schedule I to Schedule V drugs.
    Hayden was the last of four suspects arrested in the shooting death of Tran and was previously charged with murder and failure to report a crime.