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  • IL man receives awards on July 4

    INDIAN LAND – Former U.S. Army Capt. John P. “Jack” Monahan was honored July 4 at Sun City Carolina Lakes for the heroism he displayed in combat in southeast Asia more than 40 years ago.  

    With family, friends and neighbors looking on, S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-16, presented Monahan with the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam War Wounded Medal. Three Purple Hearts are pending.

    Heroic actions rewarded

  • Heath Springs elects two council members

    HEATH SPRINGS – Voters in Heath Springs returned one veteran incumbent to Town Council but defeated another Tuesday.

    Eddie Moore, a member of council since the early 1990s, was re-elected, as he was the top vote-getter. Moore received 98 votes.

    Iva Lee Drakeford placed second with 69 votes, making her the other winner in Tuesday’s election.

    Six candidates were vying for the two seats on Town Council in the election.

    Elections in Heath Springs are non-partisan, which means candidates are not affiliated with any political party.

  • Sno Biz blaze called suspicious

    Business has been good at Sno Biz on S.C. 9 Bypass during the recent hot steamy days.

    That is, until a fire started inside the small snow cone stand on Wednesday.

    The Lancaster Police Department has classified the fire as suspicious, according to an incident report.

    The Lancaster Fire Department was called to the business at 3:11 p.m. Wednesday, and it didn’t take long for firefighters to put out the blaze.

    Owner J.B. Roof said he was standing in front of the business when the fire started.

  • Teen pleads in fatal crash

    Susan Hardin told a judge on Thursday that she and her husband, Chuck, still call their daughter’s cell phone every day just to hear her voice mail message.

    Their daughter, 15-year-old Elyse Hardin, died in a car crash on West Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009. She had gotten a new cell phone for Christmas, just four days before the crash.

    The teenager behind the wheel before the deadly crash, Devin Rodgers, 16, pleaded guilty in family court on Thursday to reckless homicide.

  • Downtown park gets a rosy name

    A park formerly known as the vacant lot where the former Belk building stood on Main Street finally has a name.

    Teresa Meeks, director of support services for the city of Lancaster, and Jimola Wade, marketing coordinator of See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing arm, addressed City Council on Tuesday night.

  • Libraries serving more with less funds

    It’s not something Michelle Hammond likes to think about.

    Hammond has been making good use of the Lancaster County Library this summer. Her children, Emma and Abby, both 11, and Alex, 2, enjoy checking out their favorite books. But when she hears about further cuts to the county’s library system, she shakes her head.

    “They love to read, so we’d hate to see anything else go,” she said.

  • Council closer to adopting capital improvement list

    Developing business parks, upgrading rail access and enhancing road options are all projects county officials want to include on its annual list of improvement projects.

    County Council recently reviewed its annual capital improvement list, a wishlist of county improvement projects requested by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. The list, which needs to be adopted by Aug. 15, is part of a planning process developed by the federal Economic Development Administration. It can help provide the county with funding for a variety of projects.

  • Fugitive turns himself in

    A Mississippi man wanted for vehicular manslaughter was tracked down in Heath Springs on Thursday.

    Zachary Aaron Goude, 19, was arrested Thursday near Heath Springs Town Hall after a search conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, deputies learned Thursday that Goude was wanted by police in Byhalia, Miss., on charges of vehicular manslaughter by negligent driving under the influence. He was believed to be somewhere in Lancaster County.

  • Morin settling in as Habitat’s new director

    Joyce Morin has enjoyed getting to know the community since beginning work at Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.

    Morin was hired in May as the group’s new executive director. She succeeded Tracy Carnes, who resigned in February.

    Habitat for Humanity pools community resources to build houses for local residents in need. Morin said this post gives her the chance to further her aim of serving others.

    “The opportunity to be of help to the community and of help to the people is what I like best,” she said.

  • Mosey on down to cowboy church

    Mention the words “cowboy church” to someone and the usual response is a puzzled look on their face and the question, “What is that?”

    Carolinas Cowboy Church was started by two men, Pastor Jack Nunn and Ben Snipes. Snipes describes it as a place where people can come and see that you can be a Christian and still have a good time.  

    “Look around and you can see the friendship and fellowship among the people,” Nunn said. “There’s such a sweet spirit here.”