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  • Indian Land couple united, even in death

    INDIAN LAND – Nothing could separate Bert and Miriam Arthur from the love they had for God or each other, not even death.

    The devoted couple, married for more than six decades, died within hours of each other two weeks ago. They will be laid to rest at noon Saturday in Ferncliff Mausoleum and Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.

    “They were both people of great faith,” said their pastor, the Rev. Dr. John “Jan” Setzler. “We’re going to celebrate their lives.”  

  • Youth-service group starts up in Lancaster

    A couple with roots in Lancaster is looking to grow their recently started youth-service group.

    William and Shay Belk are the founders of Leading Youth Fuels Achievement (LYFA), which will provide positive alternatives for children and teenagers in Lancaster County.

    The aim is to deter violence through sports, education, community-awareness functions and other activities.

    The Belks, who live in Baltimore, had discussed the idea of starting a service organization more than three years ago and had begun putting the plans into action earlier this year.

  • Fundraiser to benefit group that helps horses

    VAN WYCK – Mandela, a blondish Belgian draft horse, gives a loud whinny when Katie Holme comes out of the shed with a bowl of grain for him.

    Even though Mandela is about 700 pounds underweight, he just started showing interest in nibbling hay over the last couple of days. His hips jut out from under his golden coat, and butterflies land on them as he eats.

    Good Samaritans rescued Mandela and brought him to Healing Horses, a nonprofit organization run by Holme.

    His rescuers found him tied to a tree. He was likely surviving, barely, by eating tree bark.

  • HOPE to move back to its home

    HOPE in Lancaster will move back into its old digs next week.

    The charity organization, which assists families with rent and utility payments and provides a food pantry, moved into a temporary location on Arch Street 18 months ago, having outgrown its space at 2008 Pageland Highway.

    Since then, renovations have been going on at its permanent home, which it also shares with Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services. With the assistance of YouthBuild, two new offices, a new food room and storage room have been added on to HOPE’s portion of the building.

  • $100K for USCL

    Springs Memorial Hospital is helping with the effort to fund a new classroom building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    On Monday, officials from the hospital presented USCL with a check for $100,000 that will go to the campus’ 50th anniversary fundraising campaign.

    USCL has raised $3.1 million during the campaign – $2.7 million of which will go toward the new classroom building. The structure will house faculty, staff and students in the general curriculum of the arts and sciences.

  • Fire guts abandoned house

    It took about 25 firefighters to put out a fire at an abandoned house on Saturday night.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters received a call at 11:53 p.m. Saturday about a fire at 1836 Grace Ave. The Gooches Crossroad, McDonald Green and Bell Town fire departments responded to the blaze.

    Blackwelder said the fire was well developed when firefighters arrived with flames soaring from the roof of the house.

    “They attacked the fire once they were there and the last trucks left about two and a half hours later,” he said.

  • Coroner to unveil new office space

    Local public officials, rescue workers and funeral home managers will have a chance to tour the new county coroner’s office on Thursday.

    Coroner Mike Morris will unveil his department’s new offices and morgue during a grand opening, drop-in and tour on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new offices are located at 717 S. Main St., the former Mike Blackmon Construction building, next door to Hartley’s Appliance. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

  • Mayor’s race taking shape

    Joe Shaw will seek another term as Lancaster’s mayor.

    Shaw, who’s been the city’s mayor for 28 years, said Tuesday that he will file for the post after the filing period begins Monday.

    He plans to make a formal announcement within the next week or so.

    “I will run,” he said. “I’m definitely running.”

    Shaw didn’t want to discuss specifics Tuesday, but said he’ll talk about issues and reasons for running fairly soon.

    Is Blackmon-Brace running?

  • Apache helicopter makes emergency landing

    KERSHAW – It’s not often that a sheriff’s office incident report lists “military gunship” as a vehicle type.

    But a military gunship, specifically an Apache helicopter, made an emergency landing on Estridge Road in Kershaw on Sunday and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office responded.

    According to the incident report, deputies were called to the area of Estridge Road and Jefferson Highway about 3 p.m.

  • A wish come true

    KERSHAW – Talf Wrenn may only be 15, but he has crammed more experiences into those years than many people do in a lifetime.

    Surrounded and supported by a close-knit family, church family and the Kershaw community, Talf has adapted and continues to overcome obstacles.

    Talf has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (MD), a hereditary, muscle-wasting disorder that primarily affects the voluntary muscles of males in early childhood. It’s the most severe of the 40 different types of MD. There is no cure.