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  • Homecoming with a purpose

    Don Dixon is coming home again. This time, in addition to providing an evening of music, he and his wife, Marti Jones, will be helping fund repairs and security improvements at the Old Presbyterian Church cemetery.
    The concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cultural Arts Center, 307 West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster.

  • TLN wins 31 awards from SCPA

    SPARTANBURG – The Lancaster News won 31 awards at the S.C. Press Association’s annual meeting Saturday, including first place for general excellence.
    TLN’s three sister papers combined for another 47 awards, with The (Chester) News & Reporter taking home its first President’s Cup and Editor Travis Jenkins named Journalist of the Year.

  • Kershaw moves to cut swim team cost

    KERSHAW – And the two swim teams shall become one.
    The Kershaw Stingrays will merge with the Lancaster Piranhas on a one-summer trial basis for the upcoming competitive youth swim team season.
    “We’re trying it and in talking with parents, if they don’t like it, we can always go back to being a Kershaw team,” said town council member Jody Connell.

  • ‘Be respectful, polite’ then slap on the cuffs

    At 8 a.m. sharp, about 20 deputies, investigators and drug task force agents pack the conference room at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Some ring the table. Others lean against the wall. Some wear uniforms, others street clothes. They’re serious but not tense.
    Lt. Eric Jaillette, the drug task force supervisor, issues marching orders. He wears a camouflage hoodie, jeans and cowboy boots.

  • NASC raises curtain on 2 new art exhibits

    From release
    Two art exhibits debut this week at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, and there will be opening receptions for both Wednesday in conjunction with Native American Studies Week.
    Beginning at 11:15 a.m., a reception will be held for the exhibit “Kahes’vkus Tvm Vehidi: Return of the Pee Dee.” Curated by members of the Pee Dee Indian Tribe, this is the third exhibit created for the NASC by an S.C. tribe or tribal group.  

  • Strike Eagle surprise!

    Rochelle Moore
    Goldsboro News-Argus

    GOLDSBORO, N.C. – Dylan Bolles-Prasse of Lancaster has spent a lifetime battling sickness while trying to maintain a normal life.
    But Monday was not a normal day. Dylan, 12, had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, suiting up in flight gear and sitting in the cockpit of a F-15E Strike Eagle.
    The Indian Land Middle School sixth grader became Pilot for a Day at an annual program hosted by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

  • What would it cost to become a town?

    Of all the issues in the Indian Land incorporation debate, none sits closer to the heart of the matter for most Panhandle residents than taxation.
    With a little more than two weeks left until the March 27 referendum, many voters simply want to know the answer to two basic questions before they decide: How much will it cost and what will it buy me?
    The answer is, there’s no way to know until after the decision is made.
    If residents decide to incorporate, the new town of Indian Land’s first town council will decide the answers to both questions.

  • Abuse case against local dad dismissed

    Staff Reports
    Child-abuse charges against a Lancaster father have been dismissed and expunged, and court documents say state investigators found the allegations “unfounded.”
    Randy Lorenzo McIlwain of 1446 Winthrop Ave. was charged on April 27, 2017, with three misdemeanor counts of cruelty/depravation to children. His children, who were 7, 12 and 15 at the time of the allegation, were taken into emergency protective custody.

  • Block party to address youth violence

    More than once, LaVern Shropshire reminded her sons that poor choices might one day lead to unintended consequences.
    And that day was Dec. 4, 2015, when her sons – Naquavis Aqueece Benson, 29, and Jarvis Mandrell Benson, 38, along with a friend, 30-year-old Jarvarius Deshawn McGee, were shot to death in a triple homicide at a home near Pineville.
    The Bensons, police say, were there for McGee’s birthday.

  • Old county potter’s field finally getting historical marker

    A long-neglected piece of Lancaster’s past near the intersection of S.C. 9 and Old Dixie Road is getting its due.
    A historical marker that shows the location of the “County Home/Poor House” cemetery will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Sunday.
    And this is one marker that’s a long time coming, said Jessica Blackmon.