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  • Dr. Richard Wescoat, former Lancaster physician passes away at age of 89

    Dr. Richard Wescoat, a general practitioner whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the age of 89.

    Wescoat was born in Summerville and opened a medical practice in Lancaster in 1950 after attending Clemson University and the Medical College of South Carolina, from which he graduated in 1947. 

    Shortly after, he served as an U.S. Army captain in the Medical Corps and did a tour of duty in Korea, working in a MASH unit. His service earned him a Bronze Star with a V for Valor designation. 

  • Sherrin updates County Council on LARS

    Two weeks after the kick-off of the Lancaster Area Ride Service‘s  (LARS) new county-wide public transportation system, Lancaster County Council heard an update on the new operation.

    Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging, which operates LARS, presented facts and figures about the service to council, including its previous success as a medical transportation system.

  • Firefighters contain yard debris blaze on Cauthen Street in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS –Firefighters from two volunteer fire departments and the state forestry commission contained a grass fire on Cauthen Street on Sunday, Dec. 23 that burned through two yards and threatened the woods near a home.

    Though damage was relatively minimal, Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Patrick Helms said the fire illustrates the importance of local fire ordinances and is a reminder to stay vigilant when burning trash.

  • Police investigate armed robbery

    Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. 

    Grant said investigators interviewed at least eight people on Thursday about the case. 

  • Miss North Greenville visits Brooklyn Springs Elementary

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary School welcomed a special guest to celebrate International Reading Day.

    Meredith Lewellen, niece of Brooklyn Springs Elementary principal Tonya Hunter, was crowned Miss North Greenville 2013. 

    The 21-year-old Lancaster native is a resident of Landrum and attends North Greenville University. 

    Lewellen’s platform as Miss North Greenville focuses on children with special educational needs, and her goal is to raise awareness of that cause.

  • Community reacts to Newtown shooting

    On Friday, Dec. 14, the nation reeled in horror at news of the tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when a mentally ill man forced his way inside and murdered 20 children and six adults trying to protect them.

    A week later, the loss is still incomprehensible; the sense that if it could happen in Newtown it could happen anywhere.

  • Outgoing County Council members look back

    The memories of meetings long since past swirled about the historic courthouse earlier this month as three Lancaster County Council members said their goodbyes.

    Sharing food, laughs, hugs and remembrances with a large group of family and friends, outgoing council members Kathy Sistare, Rudy Carter and Cotton Cole were all recognized during a drop-in event Dec. 10.

    After saying a few words about each member, Councilman Larry Honeycutt presented each with a plaque, some adorned with ceremonial gavels, to thank them for their service.

  • Friends recall Reecie Pate as a people person

    A former Lancaster County probate judge died Tuesday after he collapsed while moving a bookshelf at his home.

    M.O. “Reecie” Pate, 84, held the office of probate judge in Lancaster County for two terms before retiring in 1994. 

    He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as well. Current Probate Judge Sandra Estridge, who was hired by Pate as a legal clerk in 1989, ran for office after his retirement.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas basket total now at $6,030

    For many in Lancaster County, supporting the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has become a custom each holiday season.

    “What’s so special is those who, year after year, step up to help and honor and remember their loved ones for a great cause,” said Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively), which oversees the effort.

    Adkins cited a recent donation to the fund that provides food for hurting families each Christmas season as an example. The drive is in its 53rd year.

  • Two kids safe after police chase

    A suspect wanted in connection to two missing children in Chesterfield County early Thursday, Dec. 20, was arrested here about 11:45 a.m. near the North Carolina state line after a police chase. 

    Authorities had issued an statewide Amber Alert for two children – Dennis Matthew Penny III, 5, and Grace Elizabeth Penny, 2.

    The two were taken from their home in the Mount Croghan community about 7:30 a.m., Thursday and were believed to be with 37-year old Dennis Matthew Penny II.