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  • 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.

  • $500,000 grant for Westwood project

    Low water pressure and poor fire protection will soon be things of the past for residents of the Westwood community in Lancaster.

    The neighborhood, whose residents have suffered from poor drinking water and leaky water lines for years, will soon receive an upgrade.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce has awarded $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant money to fund the water line project.

    The county applied in April for the grant from the federal CDBG program, which provides annual grants to areas with people who have low-to-moderate income.

  • Input sought as county prepares to update hazard-mitigation plan

    Lancaster County Emergency Management officials are hoping an updated hazard-mitigation plan will better prepare the county for potential disasters.

    The plan, which is updated every five years, details past disasters in the county and then identifies areas, buildings and utilities that are vulnerable to future disasters. The idea is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from some form of hazard.   

  • 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