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  • Walmart purse snatch turns violent

    A purse snatching in the Walmart parking lot late Feb.11 turned violent when the thief beat up the victim twice and slammed her to the pavement before fleeing.
    The victim, who sustained a cut lip, multiple bruises and a back injury while fighting back, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, treated and released.
    Police are looking for a clean-shaven, 5-foot-11, slender white male who was last seen wearing a dark jacket and a green toboggan.

  • Renaming Blackmon Street in Kershaw causes ruckus

    Want to kick up a storm in a small town? Try renaming a street.
    The trouble started at last month’s county planning commission meeting, where Lancaster County Emergency Communications proposed renaming Blackmon Street in Kershaw to avoid confusion with Blackmon Circle nearby and Blackmon Road in Lancaster County.
    Under the plan, Blackmon Circle would keep its name. Blackmon Road would become Blackmon Pond Road, and Blackmon Street would be renamed Dragonfly Way.
    Not so fast, fumed Blackmon Street defenders.

  • Remembering being smitten by young love

    If they are not the oldest couple in Lancaster County this Valentine’s Day, the Twittys of Heath Springs are definitely in the running.
    Gonze Lee Twitty, 97, and Margaret Stevenson Twitty, 94, met in 1950 when he was 31 and she was 28.
    He was “tall and handsome,” Margaret remembers.
    She had “feet that looked like they didn’t touch the ground,” Gonze says.
    They met outside her father’s store, Stevenson’s Grocery, in downtown Lancaster. Margaret and her family lived next door.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 4 of 4

    A slow September breeze blew past Wesley Dry as he stood at the mouth of an unfamiliar trail, his eyes struggling to adjust to the darkness.
    It was midnight, and the only sounds emanating from the nearby forest were the chirping of insects and the rustling of tree branches.
    Dry and his friends Homefry and Amish searched for signs of life, but the road they stood on was desolate. In the distance, the strange van that had dropped them off minutes ago in the wilderness was revving out of sight.

  • Man dies at CMC from wreck injuries

    A Lancaster man died from injuries received in a car wreck after he pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle on S.C. 903 Thursday afternoon.
    Richard Truesdale, 75, of Wisteria Way died Thursday evening at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
    Deese said Truesdale’s cause of death was blunt force injury.
    The driver who struck Truesdale’s car, Shirlon Covington of Lancaster, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.

  • Lancaster Children’s Home volunteer charged with giving alcohol to minor

    A volunteer with Lancaster Children’s Home has been charged with giving a teenage resident alcohol.
    Heather Myers, 46, of 2622 Knotty Pine Drive, Lancaster, was charged Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of giving beer or wine to a minor, transfer or gift.  
    Lancaster County sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said Myers was listed in investigative reports as a “direct care giver” with the organization.

  • Scammers: Grandson arrested, pay bail in iTunes cards

    Phone scammers posing as cops almost succeeded last month when they targeted an Indian Land woman and demanded an unusual payment method to get her grandson out of jail – iTunes gift cards.
    The 78-year-old Sun City Carolina Lakes resident told the reporting Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy she’d gotten a phone call from a man identifying himself as “Officer Jonathan Griffin” of the Monroe, N.C., Police Department saying her grandson had been arrested.

  • Gene Smith, founder of Mr. G’s, dies at 83

    Gene Smith never shied away from hard work.
    “If a nail needed driving or shelf needed stocking, Gene would jump right in there,” said longtime friend Francis Bell Jr. “He didn’t mind getting his hands dirty one bit.”
    Born Aug. 5, 1932, the former Lancaster homebuilder, who eventually went into business as the head of the family-owned Mr. G’s Food Stores, died early Friday at his home. He was 83.

  • Land trust to protect Lancaster battlefields

    Almost two and a half centuries after British and American forces clashed in Lancaster County during the Revolutionary War, a preservation group has secured more than $200,000 in grants, and plans to get more, to protect two local battlefields for future generations.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 1 of 4

    Hail pelted Wesley Dry’s car as he peered out at the wild expanse before him.
    Tall, spindly trees, their leaves just starting to grow, towered overhead. A red sign beckoned through the mist.
    “Appalachian Trail Approach.”
    Waiting impatiently for the surprise storm to end, the 25-year-old Buford native prepared himself for the grueling journey ahead – a solo 2,200-mile hike along the world’s longest marked trail.