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  • Lancaster News staff wins 9 LCNI awards

    Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway staffers won nine awards this week in the 2015 news and editorial contest sponsored by the papers’ parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.
    LCNI, based in Shelbyville, Ky., owns 51 community newspapers and dozens of other publications in 12 states, including the two Lancaster County papers.
    Publisher Susan Rowell said it is an honor to be recognized by LCNI and she is proud of the editorial staff’s commitment.

  • Heath Springs backs Little Free Library

    HEATH SPRINGS – Members of Heath Springs Town Council will back the local nonprofit Little Free Library (LFL) initiative and will provide a spot to install one of the oversized “bird houses” for books.
    Educator Lisa Bridges, a former county school board member and wife of Heath Springs Mayor Pro Tem Mark Bridges, came before town council Tuesday night to discuss the initiative and left with its full support.

  • IL man arrested on child-porn charges

    A Sun City Carolina Lakes man has been arrested on multiple child-pornography charges following an investigation by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sheriff’s office investigators arrested Ray Gene Cook Jr., 63, of 12298 Gadwell Place, Indian Land, July 15 on 17 counts related to the distribution of child pornography via an internet file-sharing network.

  • Sims Foundation hosting youth forum Wednesday

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is hosting a “Sims Talk” this Wednesday to explore what changes youth want to see in Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn.
    The event, targeting 16- to 25-year-olds, is the second in a series of Sims Talks created to gather grassroots insights from local communities and use that information to create greater change in local government.

  • Big Kershaw water-line project awaits final OK

    KERSHAW – Town officials hope that another big utility project – running a 12-inch water line to Haile Gold Mine – can begin once the town gets the go-ahead from L&C Railway.
    “All the in-town construction easements have been obtained,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “They’ll be filed with the clerk of court’s office by the end of the month.”
    The town is still awaiting official confirmation from L&C Railway for a construction easement to cross under the railroad tracks along Church Street.

  • Goal: Ease fears on race, policing

    In the wake of violent incidents across the country involving police and young black men, Lancaster County leaders are joining together to hold a public forum Aug. 1 to discuss race relations and police practices.
    The leaders include Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff, Sheriff Barry Faile, Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter and other county officials, clergy and young people.
    The “Let’s Talk About It” forum will be 6-8 p.m. at Lancaster High School.

  • County receives $40K federal grant for emergency food, shelter programs

    Lancaster County has been awarded $40,181 in federal money to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board headed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and involving a number of nonprofit groups including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. The federal program is intended to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

  • Matson St. water line project hits weird snag

    KERSHAW – Last month town officials announced that the North Matson Street water line project had been completed in about half the anticipated construction time.
    Not quite, it turns out.
    Unforeseen problems have arisen in switching from the old water line to the new one, which means the new line still isn’t completely in service and might not be for another month.
    The switch-over opened a can of worms, or more like a can of pasta, said Mitch Lucas, Kershaw’s interim town administrator.

  • Donations flood in for deputies’ kids

    The hot-dog fundraiser held Wednesday at the historic courthouse for the sons of two county deputies raised more than $13,000 and sold 600-plus plates in three hours.  
    Lunch plates were sold for donations only, and raffles were held for a 50-inch TV, a Yeti cooler and a Walmart gift card.
    “That’s pretty cool,” said Maj. Matt Shaw of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, when told the final amount raised. “You hope for the best, but this was beyond anybody’s expectations.

  • Pricey marbles hidden around Lancaster part of global event

    Kevin Robbins is hiding 20 hand-made marbles, some of them worth as much as $100, all over Lancaster as part of a Saturday event called the World’s Biggest Marble Hunt.
    Robbins, a 47-year-old Lancaster resident, is part of a Facebook community with more than 12,000 members around the world. They’re collaborating in this first-of-its-kind event to raise people’s awareness about the hobby and business of collecting marbles.