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  • Pedestrian hit by SUV, dies from her injuries

    A Lancaster woman has died after a vehicle struck her Tuesday night on Baker Street near Springdale Road in Lancaster.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 43-year-old Patricia Morgan Pate.
    According to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, the victim was trying to cross Baker Street when she was struck by an SUV driven by 56-year-old Kendra Joy Melton of Lancaster.
    Gooches Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County EMS responded to the scene shortly after 7 p.m.

  • Tombstone just appears out of nowhere

    Who are Elise and Norville Grant, and how did their tombstone end up dumped in the woods off Zion Road north of Lancaster?
    Dennis McAteer, who stumbled onto it at some property his girlfriend owns, would really like to know. Finding no answers himself, he called in the sheriff’s office, but they got no leads either.

  • Library board’s inaction draws fire

    Lancaster County Council members are turning up the heat on the library board for dragging its feet on plans to spend $8 million in voter-approved funds upgrading facilities in Lancaster, Kershaw and Indian Land.
    “We’ve been talking about the library and library board for a year now,” said frustrated council member Terry Graham.
    County Library Director Rita Vogel gave council members an update on the facilities plan during the Jan. 9 meeting of the council’s Infrastructure & Research Committee.

  • Firefighters save deer trapped in fence

    Toby Roberts and Paul Blas, both full-time employees of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, were riding around Buford on Wednesday checking the roads for ice when they found a deer trapped in a wire fence on Tabernacle Road.
    The deer had one of her hind legs caught up in the top strand of a type of wire fence usually used for goats. Roberts said they thought at first she was dead because she wasn’t moving.
    “I backed up because I wasn’t going to leave her hanging there, even if she was dead,” Roberts said.

  • 'Best snow day'

    Little traces of snow were still on the ground Thursday evening as Wednesday’s snowfall melted away.
    Lancaster County, as well as some upper state and midland counties, were under a winter storm warning and winter advisory Wednesday. Snow accumulation ranged from 3 inches in Indian Land to a half-inch in Lancaster to 2 inches in Elgin.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, said Wednesday was one of their easiest snow days.

  • Corbly to lead OLOG evangelization team

    Barbara Lengers
    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    Christine Corbly of Indian Land recently left her five-year job at Piedmont Medical Center as an ICU nurse to lead the evangelization team at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.
    Corbly, who graduated from Auburn University, worked at the University of Kentucky as a research analyst for 15 years. She became interested in medical mission work and attended school on nights and weekends to pursue a nursing career.

  • Socks for the homeless

    After running his mobile-shower ministry for two years, Kevin Lilly has teamed up with Cotton Pate, the preacher at Kershaw’s Frontline Biker Church, on a new way to help the homeless.
    “I told him we needed socks,” Lilly said. “The majority of people on the streets are in need of socks…year-round.”
    Pate posted on Facebook about the sock drive in mid-December, and 10 local churches immediately came together to gather socks. They set a goal of 1,000 pairs but surpassed that quickly.

  • Christmas Basket donations total $7K

    The 2017 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket wrapped up this year’s fundraising drive with a total of $7,372 raised to provide Christmas meal food boxes to families in need.
    The fundraiser for HOPE in Lancaster began collecting funds on Nov. 26 and ended on Jan. 5. The total was $2,600 short of the drive’s $10,000 goal.

  • Reward offered in fatal horse shooting

    A national animal-rights group is offering a reward in the case of a horse that was shot to death at a Van Wyck-area farm in November.
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Tuesday offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of the horse named Boss.

  • IL town vote clears its last state hurdle

    Indian Land residents should get the chance to vote on becoming a town no later than the third week of April.
    John Delfausse, vice president of Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), said Tuesday that the group submitted its election commission nominees to S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond’s office Friday.
    “It’s to the point now that when the secretary of state approves the commission, they’ve got 20 to 90 days to hold the election,” Delfausse said.