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  • Local councils approve hazard-mitigation plan

    A winter storm ices all the roads. Flash flooding later washes out those same thoroughfares and a hurricane poses safety threads to everyone within a certain radius.

    When natural disasters occur in Lancaster County, how will local emergency officials respond? Is there even a plan in place to address such catastrophes?

    That answer is yes, and it’s called the Lancaster County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan.

  • Man attacked by group at Market Street club

    A Lancaster man was treated for several injuries to his head and hands after he was attacked by a group of people near a nightclub last weekend.

    Lancaster police officers first spoke with the 38-year-old victim about 1 a.m. Saturday, April 21, after they responded to an assault call at the Self Control Brothers nightclub, at 907 S. Market St., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Driver lands in embankment off US. 521 Bypass

    Emergency lights quickly grabbed your attention if you were driving along Pageland Highway shortly after 3 p.m. April 20.

    Law enforcement and medical personnel gathered at the U.S. 521 Bypass intersection to work what appeared to be an accident. But there was no vehicle in sight.

    However, a glance over the Pageland Highway bridge revealed a teal-colored car that had plunged into the grassy embankment below, just off the bypass.

  • Doster displays works in Georgia

    Another piece of local artist Bob Doster’s work has been installed at the North Georgia College & State University campus as the third annual North Georgia Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition begins its yearlong run.

    Doster’s “Modern Dancer,” an airy stainless steel sculpture, was one of seven new works by five artists  chosen in a juried competition. 

    Another of his works, “Rising Star,” a Corten steel sculpture, is also on display at the campus. It was a winner in the same competition last year.

  • National Day of Prayer service set

    The Lancaster community will take part in the National Day of Prayer service from noon to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, behind the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse on the corner of South Catawba and West Dunlap streets. 

    The service is being sponsored by Covenant Baptist Church and is open to the public for those wanting to join in prayer for our nation. 

    National Day of Prayer calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders. It is held on the first Thursday of May each year.

  • Council gives nod to 4-H funding

    After a report on the contributions of the local 4-H, and an outpouring of support from the community, Lancaster County Council decided to fund the county’s 4-H agent position on Monday night, April 23. 

    The unanimous vote to approve funding the position, which provides a 4-H agent through the Clemson University Extension Service, came three weeks after council members discussed whether to renew a $35,000 contract for the agent. 

  • Three men hold woman, ransack home

    A Lancaster woman was held against her will as three men ransacked her house last weekend looking for money. 

    The 49-year-old victim called 911 at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and reported that three men had forced their way into her home, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Lancaster police officers responded to a house in the 600 block of W. Meeting Street and found the woman sitting on her front steps. 

  • Lancaster seniors stay young with shag

    When “Ability to Swing” starts playing, you will find Bruce and Maxie Kirkley on the dance floor, strutting their best shag moves.

    It’s Bruce’s favorite song and a beloved request of the Lancaster couple that has been dancing with the Lancaster Shag Club for 23 years.

    “We started dancing and loved it,” said Bruce, 73. “I’m still kicking. My heart’s still beating. I don’t know if that’s what’s doing it or not.”

  • Week of the Young Child all about helping children learn

    A lot has changed since the years when kindergarten was little more than ramped-up day care.

    Bolstered by pre-school programs, kindergarten these days is seen as the obligatory first step in a child’s successful education, and by extension, the rest of their lives.

    Preparing a child for the transition to school takes more than socialization and learning classroom fundamentals, especially when poverty is a factor – it takes meeting the child’s fundamental needs both at school and at home.

  • Law enforcement investigating massive Medicaid records breach

    State law enforcement officials are investigating a massive of leak of personal information that could affect hundreds of thousands of Medicaid customers.

    The leak was discovered earlier this month within the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. Local authorities found out about the leak on Thursday, April 19, though information about the breach was released earlier in the Columbia area.