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  • Buds of Promise donates school supplies

    The Buds of Promise completed its second annual outreach program this week by donating school supplies to the Lancaster County First Steps program.
    Buds of Promise works in collaboration with the Lancaster District of the AME Zion Church.
    Superintendents from AME Zion churches across the Lancaster District donated supplies through Buds of Promise in a district-wide effort to ensure the county’s youngest children have the materials they need to be successful.

  • Little Free Library comes to town

    The Little Free Library initiative has made its way to Lancaster County with hopes to increase literacy. 

    In 2009, LFL was created by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisc., in honor of his mother, a teacher. The initiative expanded and is now a nonprofit organization. 

    The free libraries look like birdhouses with a front door and books inside. They function as a book exchange, requiring individuals to replace a book with another. 

  • IL swimmer Julia Menkhaus shines at U.S. Olympic trials

    Julia Menkhaus of Indian Land swam her fastest races ever this week at the U.S. Olympic trials, calling it the “best meet of my life.”

    Menkhaus, 16, finished 56th among 134 competitors in the 100-meter butterfly with a personal-best time of 1:00.83, and 53rd among 155 in the 100-meter backstroke at a personal best 1:02.67.

  • Kershaw honors hometown hero

    KERSHAW – An overflow crowd packed the chapel at First Baptist Church.

    Retired Army Col. Tom Fincher, standing at attention in his dress uniform, snapped a salute to 1st Lt. Jonathan Cook, sitting in his wheelchair as he has for 50 years.

  • Off-duty deputy lauded for pulling man from burning car

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Black has been awarded the S.C. Sheriff’s Association Lifesaving Award for pulling an entrapped man from a burning car after a May 22 wreck on S.C. 5 just over the county line in York County.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile made the award presentation at Monday night’s county council meeting. 

  • Sunday alcohol petition is ready

    A Lancaster County group pushing a ballot initiative to allow Sunday retail alcohol sales says it has gathered enough petition signatures to get the question on the November general election ballot.

    Chet Miller, who helped organize the effort for Citizens and Businesses for Lancaster County, said Friday that the group will present the petition to the county elections office Wednesday for certification.

  • Schools pass $97M budget for 2016-17

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously approved its 2016-17 budget Tuesday night, including 2 percent raises for teachers, whose pay has not increased since 2013.

    The general fund budget reflects projected total expenditures of $97,297,229, up $6.8 million from the year before. The budget exceeds projected total revenues of $93,611,090. The shortfall will be balanced with equity, or funds from the district's savings. 

  • Jury finds man guilty of murdering Chester councilman

    Brian Garner/Landmark News Services

    WINNSBORO – The jury in the Christopher Moore murder re-trial deliberated less than two hours Thursday afternoon at the Fairfield County Courthouse before finding him guilty of the Nov. 4, 2014, murder of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams.

  • Pageland man charged with kidnapping ex-wife

    A Heath Springs woman’s plea for help at a convenience store in Pageland led to her ex-boyfriend’s arrest June 26 for kidnapping. 

    Jeremy Lamar Lowery, 28, of Pageland was arrested by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on warrants for first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Lowery’s ex-girlfriend walked into a store in Pageland about 1:19 the night of the incident and asked for help.

  • Fires destroy homes in Indian Land, Elgin

    Fires destroyed two homes in two days this week, one a suspicious fire in Indian Land, the other a fire at a small home in the Elgin community with nobody home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the fire in Indian Land occurred Tuesday about 7:44 a.m. at a double-wide mobile home at 10829 Rise Lane.