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  • Post office meeting canceled

    A U.S. Postal Service meet and greet with postal officials scheduled for Sept. 11 in Fort Mill has been canceled due to anticipated inclement weather from Hurricane Irma.

    "Safety is a top priority for the U.S. Postal Service," USPS spokesman Philip Bogenberger said Friday. "We plan to reschedule the event soon and will notify the public when a new date is selected."

  • 78-year-old community caregiver inspires me

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I clear off a stool to sit in the narrowest building I’ve ever been inside.
    It used to be a taxi stand.
    It still has the old cigarette rack behind the counter that reads “Camel. Winston. Salem.”
    But it’s not full of cigarettes anymore.
    Instead of stacks of cigarettes, the cubbyholes hold vitamins and ibuprofen and old photos.

  • Rabies case reported in Lancaster County

    A Lancaster County dog tested positive for rabies on Thursday, causing one person to seek medical attention after potentially being exposed, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    The incident happened around Cedar Creek and Hoke roads, just west of Heath Springs.
    On Monday, the dog began to show “abnormal activity” like ramming into objects, obsessive digging, lethargy and extra salivation. The victim was possibly exposed to the dog’s saliva while trying to provide care for the animal, according to a DHEC release.

  • ‘I’m in shock’ – Local ‘dreamers’ worry about future if DACA dies

    Some local “dreamers” are worried about their jobs and futures after President Trump this week ordered an eventual end to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
    Trump has given Congress the chance to replace the program before he begins unwinding it in six months. DACA protects undocumented immigrants from deportation if they were brought into the United States as children by their parents.

  • USPS to hold public meeting

    The U.S. Postal Service will host a public meet and greet with local and district postal officials at the Spratt Building in Fort Mill, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

    The Spratt building is located in downtown Fort Mill at 215 Main St.

    The purpose of the event is to give local residents an opportunity to meet postal officials and receive updates about postal operations, ask questions, and sign up for a new USPS service called Informed Delivery, a free service that lets residents see what letters will soon arrive in their mailboxes.

  • Employee, friend charged in thefts from pawn shop

    A Lancaster teen and his friend were arrested last week after his boss at a pawnshop accused him of stealing thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry and selling the jewelry back to the store, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

    Gabrielle Alexander Aza-Santana Patrick, 19, of 1736 Stevens Hill Road, an employee at Lancaster Pawn and Jewelry, was arrested Aug. 28 on 10 counts of breach of trust. His friend, 20-year-old Andrew Langley, was arrested on six counts each of receiving stolen goods and breach of trust.

  • 2 charged after man dies from overdose

    A Lancaster man and woman have been charged with drug trafficking and weapons violations arising from the fatal drug overdose of an acquaintance last week, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday. 

    Jimmy Allen Hunter, 48, and Tabitha Hinson Cudd, 28, were arrested at Hunter’s home at 845 Confederate Ave. Sept. 1. Investigators say the pair dropped off a man at Springs Memorial Hospital about 6 p.m. Aug. 31. He died from an apparent drug overdose.

  • Found on roadside, burned puppy survives trauma, gets new home

    A month after she was found abandoned on the roadside, with severe burns covering half of her body, a puppy named Sophie has been nursed back to health and has a new home.

    The boxer-hound mix was 8 to 10 weeks old and in terrible pain when an anonymous motorist picked her up Aug. 4 on Mining Road north of Kershaw and took her to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter. The shelter immediately contacted the Lancaster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals because of her condition. 

  • Irma evacuee, 77, found safe after disappearance

    A Hurricane Irma evacuee from Florida, waiting out the storm with family at Sun City Carolina Lakes, disappeared Thursday afternoon, prompting the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to ask for the public's help in finding him.

    The man, John D. DePasquale, 77, was located Thursday night and is safe and uninjured, sheriff's spokesman Doug Barfield said in a Friday morning release.

  • Price-gouging law in effect

    From release

    COLUMBIA – State Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Wednesday that South Carolina’s law that prevents price gouging is now in effect, since Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency.

     “With the possibility that Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Carolina, our people have already started making preparations,” Wilson said. “We can expect normal price increases, but we may see businesses and individuals looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation.”