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  • Officers investigate inmate hanging death

    The State Law Enforcement Division and Lancaster County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate at the Lancaster County Detention Center on Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release, Henry Clark Hearn Jr., 41, was found hanging in his private cell just after 6 p.m.

    Attempts to revive Hearn were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Van Wyck resident starts group to provide nursing, other services

    VAN WYCK – It’s taken several months and plenty of legwork, but Margaret Smith is looking forward to having a way to serve her community.

    And she owes it all to the nightly news.

    Earlier this year, while watching “NBC Nightly News,” Smith, a Van Wyck resident, was fascinated with a segment called “Making a Difference,” which focused on Jacob Massaquoi II, a Liberian who had escaped torture in his homeland by seeking political asylum in the United States.

  • Reward offered for info on stolen utility trailers

    Two utility trailers belonging to downtown businesses are missing, and rewards are being offered for their return.

    According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports, 6-foot-by-12-foot double-axle trailer was taken from Howell’s Antiques on South Main Street between 5 p.m. Aug. 14 and noon Aug. 15.

    The 1989 Jens trailer is valued at $2,000, the report said.

    On Aug. 27, a 16-foot-by- 8.5-foot double-axle, enclosed trailer was taken from behind the Edwards-Scott House on Elm Street.

  • WW II vets prepare for Honor Flight to D.C.

    KERSHAW – Lou Fowler of Columbia urged fellow World War II veterans Tuesday not to miss an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II memorial.

    Fowler served in the U.S. Army and was a prisoner of war near Auschwitz in Germany for 13 months during World War II. He said he can still smell the crematoriums, where 8 million people died.

    Fowler said he took an Honor Flight and went to the memorial with no preconceived notions about how he would feel when he saw it.

  • Pleasant Hill community rallies around to help Gordon family

    HEATH SPRINGS – About six weeks ago, doctors at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte found cancer in 2-year-old Chase Gordon’s head.

    His left eye was bulging because of a tumor behind it, and he had a visible lump on his right temple.

    Those were the first signs of trouble.

    After many tests, the cancer – stage IV neuroblastoma – was found in Chase’s adrenal gland, jaw, back of his skull, left shoulder, ribs, hips, vertebrae, stomach and other bones.

  • Two local men killed in wreck

    Two Lancaster men were killed early Thursday morning after the SUV they were riding in crashed into a tree on John Everall Road.

    Odirto Wade, 39, and Jamarcus Seegars, 19, were killed in the 3 a.m. crash, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight. The men died of blunt force trauma. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said the Kia SUV that Wade was driving ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree.

    Neither Wade nor Seegars was wearing a seat belt, Gaskin said. Both were trapped in the car.

  • Roads in need of repair, but can county help?

    INDIAN LAND – When Mo Pitzulo met with county officials last month, he hoped to learn what could be done for a neighborhood he’s dubbed “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

    Pitzulo, board president for Indian Land’s Brookchase neighborhood, has been speaking with both state and county representatives about fixing a multitude of problems in his neighborhood.

  • Veterans parade will likely be scaled back

    Is the Veterans Day parade in downtown Lancaster in danger of being canceled this year?

    Officials say no, though it will have to be scaled back because of a new statewide policy regarding parade and festival signage.

    Last month, the city of Lancaster was informed of new guidelines the S.C. Department of Transportation has enacted that affects all municipalities and other groups in the state wanting to host functions.

  • Disposal of old tires to get tougher

    Lancaster County residents will soon have to follow new procedures to dispose of old tires.

  • Literacy co-op organizes book shop

    Those unattended books around the house could help improve the literacy rate in the county.

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative, which partners with local nonprofit groups, is organizing the Second Chance, Second Glance book shop.

    The idea is to get people to donate gently used books or magazines, which the cooperative will sell at its location at 105 W. Dunlap St.

    Proceeds from the sales will be distributed among the 13 service agencies that the cooperative partners with.