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  • An American in Florence

    We walk down a side street in Lastra a Signa, a small town outside of Florence, Italy, and my father asks me, “Why is everyone staring at us?”
    “It’s your New Balance tennis shoes,” I tease him. The Italians – especially Italian men – wear leather loafers.

  • SCLEAP: Providing on-call counseling for cops

    Joseph Crevier
    Carolina News

    When gunman Sueng-Hui Cho burst into a Virginia Tech classroom building and fatally shot 32 students and professors and wounded 17 others in April 2007, law enforcement officers from all over Southwest Virginia responded to the 911 alarm.

  • Crosson wins AJ Park volunteer award

    The Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park gathered at the park’s main shelter for its annual volunteer appreciation picnic June 2.
    After enjoying their fill of hamburgers, baked beans, cornbread salad, watermelon and homemade strawberry, banana and chocolate ice cream, they headed into the amphitheater for the main event – the presentation of the group’s annual Volunteer of the Year award.

  • Like father, like son

    Mac Horton is a loyal man. He holds onto things for life, especially things that matter. Like memories and the people who made them.
    Blessed with exceptional listening skills, a photographic memory and a knack for words, he wrote a book, “Tales From Shelter Rock and Beyond,” about growing up in Heath Springs in the 1960s.
    James McMeekin Horton was born in 1953, the last of three children to Ward Beecher Horton and Mary Evelyn Caldwell Horton. He's been called “Mac” for as long as he can remember.

  • And the winners are....

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    The audience has spoken and the winners are…
    On Saturday evening, the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County held its annual  Rosie awards at the Carole Ray Dowling Center. 
    Each year, audiences at each performance vote for their favorites in a number of categories. These votes are tallied, awards are created and kept secret until the night of the Rosies.

  • IL woman seeks NAACP Woman of the Year title

    An Indian Land woman is hoping to be named South Carolina’s 2017 NAACP Woman of the Year.
    Through her participation in the 39th annual contest, Robin Massey-Kirk is trying to raise money to support the NAACP’s legal, civic engagement and youth initiatives.
    The winner, who will be announced June 23 at the S.C. State Freedom Fund Celebration in Columbia, is based on whoever raises the most money for the state’s NAACP efforts.

  • Cops & Kids

    It was a regular day of patrolling for Lancaster Police Officer Josh Kelly until something caught his eye – a lemonade stand set up by 4-year-old Kenly Banks in the Forest Hills neighborhood.
    So Kelly decided to stop by.
    “I thought back to when I was little and wanted to do a lemonade stand,” Kelly said. “I didn’t get a chance to do it, so I thought I could stop by and buy one.”
    And he did – paying Kenly $20 for a 50-cent cup of lemonade.
    The job isn’t just about making arrests.

  • Local 4-H summer camps cover all ages, many topics

    Numerous activities are available for the youth of Lancaster and Chester counties this summer, thanks to a collaborative effort from the counties’ 4-H programs.
    Offered through the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, programs are available for every age group.

  • 4-H on the rise

    Scott Miller
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – More youth across South Carolina are turning to 4-H to stoke their interests in science, new data show.
    Participation increased 12 percent last year in the state’s 4-H program, the youth-development arm of the Clemson Cooperative Extension. That follows growth of nearly 10 percent the year before.
    4-H programs cover animal science, agriculture, science, engineering, natural resources, healthy living, leadership and more.

  • District offers free meals for low-income youth

    Free meals for youth ages 18 and younger will be available at four Lancaster County schools throughout June.
    The program is funded by the S.C. Department of Education’s Seamless Summer Option, a USDA meal program that provides meals for children in low-income areas during the summer.