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  • One wager, three girls, 70 boxes of cookies

    When Kevin Stillwell made a friendly football bet with the Johnson sisters on Super Bowl Sunday, he figured is was a sure thing.

    If the Carolina Panthers won, Stillwell would have the pleasure of drawing mustaches on Emmie Grace, Torie and Ashbie at Second Baptist Church the next week.

    However, should the Broncos come out on top, Stillwell agreed to buy 20 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies from 8-year-old Emmie Grace, who is in Troop 69. 

  • Man hit by car in Walmart parking lot

    A Chesterfield County driver was arrested Monday night after running over someone in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot.

    Devan Dorelle Melton, 26, of Chesterfield, was charged with reckless driving. While Melton was also wanted in Chesterfield County for driving under suspension, that charge could not be leveled here because the incident happened on private property.

  • Heath Springs upgrades community needs list

    HEATH SPRINGS – Now that Phase V of water line improvements is complete and the town water tank is upgraded, except for a couple of cosmetic issues, Heath Springs Town Council is moving forward on a new roadmap.

    Last Tuesday, council unanimously reprioritized the town’s needs during a public hearing attended by a representative of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG).

  • S.C. strategy for Hillary focused on black voters

    Hillary Clinton was garnering amens alongside applause in African-American churches across South Carolina leading up to this weekend’s Democratic primary, building on the legacy of husband and former President Bill Clinton.

    The former secretary of state held a commanding lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in advance of Saturday’s vote, capitalizing on a well-crafted reputation among black voters, who make up a majority of the state’s Democratic Party.

  • Clinton wins S.C. Democratic presidential primary

    Hillary Clinton scored a lopsided victory in Lancaster County over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
    Local results dovetailed much of the Palmetto State with Clinton, a former secretary of state and U.S. Senator, getting 73 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 26 percent.
    Across the state, Clinton received 74 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 25 percent.
    Clinton’s win is the third of her presidential bid. A week ago, she captured the Nevada caucuses and won the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses by a slight margin.

  • Tornado watch, wind advisory issued for county until 7 p.m. Wednesday

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch and wind advisory for Lancaster County and surrounding areas until 7 p.m. today.
    A tornado watch means that conditions may become favorable for a tornado to develop.   
    A wind advisory means that winds greater than 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, so motorists should use extra caution.

  • Sheriff beefs up traffic enforcement

    Speeding, seat belts and impaired drivers will all be the focus of a new traffic enforcement unit at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to a recently awarded $220,000 grant. 

    Sheriff Barry Faile said the federal grant will fund two deputies for the unit, as well as two marked patrol cars equipped with radios, blue lights, sirens, in-car cameras, radars, modems and laptop computers. Also funded are mobile radios and cell phones with service contracts.

  • State report: Lancaster’s crime rates fell in 2013

    Lancaster County’s murder rate declined 39 percent, robberies were down 28 percent and sexual assaults dropped by 37 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

    That data is the latest available and comes from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Uniform Crime Report released Feb. 12. 

    SLED Chief Mark Keel said the report provides a “snapshot in time” of overall criminal activity in the Palmetto State. 

  • Relics of the Old South get a new home

    The lights are set low, except for the glow of a replica fire that illuminates a pair of mannequins dressed in 19th century clothing.

    “The best thing about burning down the city with one button is you can rebuild it with another,” says Curator of Education Joe Long as he leans over a computer screen showing a map of the burning of Columbia.

  • S.C. lawmaker again pushes to arm teachers

    The sponsor of a bill that would arm specially trained teachers and school administrators as a means of protecting public schools said he has tightened the legislation to address concerns about the presence of weapons around students.

    State Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, sponsored a similar measure in 2012, shortly after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., where a mentally ill man killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers. That measure never made it out of a House committee.