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  • Flowers, pizza, cake and trophy!

    Sandra Rollings, who turned 71 this week,  finished her last shift at Applebee’s as the guest of honor this week, receiving flowers, pizza, cake and a trophy.
    For 15 years, she has worked a few hours each week at the Lancaster restaurant, prepping food for the cook.
    Her manager, Darann Weingand, told her she could take the day off Wednesday and just enjoy the party and the celebration of her retirement.

  • 25 frisky dogs face life-or-death decision soon

    Alan Williams, director of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, squatted beside one of the temporary pens holding the 25 quarantined animals under his care.
    He shook his head as he talked about the dog inside, one of two that came to the shelter three months ago after a drug bust left them homeless. They were emaciated, dehydrated and full of parasites. Williams and his assistant nursed them back to health.
    The dog wagged his tail wildly at the sight of his caretaker.

  • Confederate flag-placers complain after their removal

    Leland Summers complained to county council Monday night that his First Amendment rights were denied when the county removed Confederate battle flags from a wreath placed at the Confederate memorial in front of the historic courthouse.
    “It has become obvious at this point that if you are a descendant of a Confederate veteran, you have no First Amendment rights,” Summers said. “We beg to differ.”

  • City buys ramshackle house so it can fix sewer-line issue

    Lancaster City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to pay $35,000 for an uninhabitable house it condemned almost two years ago, saying it needs the property to resolve a major sewer-line problem.
    The city set aside $12,000 for the purchase two years ago, which means another $23,000 was needed.
    The 1,945-square-foot house is at 212 W. Meeting St. and has been empty for some time. Built in 1944, it has several huge cracks in the foundation.

  • TV’s ‘Pickers’ come to S.C.

    From release

    SUMTER – A Palmetto State antiques landmark is getting some national exposure with an appearance on the TV series “American Pickers.”
    Rob Dinkins, son of T.J. and Nancy Player of Sumter, will appear on the show, which will air at 9 p.m. this Monday on the History Channel. Crews visited Sumter Ice and Fuel Co. on Commerce Street in Sumter and spent hours there interviewing Dinkins and negotiating purchases while filming the show.

  • Cookbook author Moore-Pastides coming to town

    From release

    Patricia Moore-Pastides, cookbook author and the wife of University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides, is coming to Lancaster next month for a cooking demonstration and discussion of the Mediterranean diet.
    The June 6 event will be at Springs Memorial Hospital and is jointly sponsored by the hospital and USC Lancaster. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required. Call (803) 286-1685 by May 31 to make reservations.

  • Festival weekend in Kershaw

    The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual two-day Spring-A-Thon in downtown Kershaw today, with oodles of family fun on tap.
    There will be plenty to do with carnival and horse rides, inflatables, face painting, food and good music.
    The affected streets in town will be blocked off at 5 p.m. today, and carnival rides will be set up on Cleveland Street.

  • Revenues pour in to Kershaw from busy town bowling alley

    KERSHAW – Spurred on by the closing of its competitor in Lancaster, Kershaw’s town-owned bowling alley is raking in the revenue – exceeding its budget by 48 percent so far this fiscal year.
    “It’s a wonderful thing to see people enjoying themselves over there,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman.
    The town has operated the six-lane Kershaw Bowling Alley at Stevens Park since 2005, but this is the first time in many years that it has been in the black.

  • Tug-of-war over IL incorporation

    More than 600 people met Tuesday night in Indian Land to hear supporters and opponents of the Panhandle’s two incorporation efforts explain their differences on the region’s most contentious issue.
    Taking the stage for the event at Transformation Church were members of the pro-Panhandle incorporation group Voters for a Town of Indian Land, the Incorporate Van Wyck Committee, and anti-incorporation group No Town of Indian Land.

  • Senior Farmers’ Market nutrition program returns

    From release

    The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is coming back to Lancaster County.
    The goals of the program are to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and to support South Carolina’s small farmers.