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Today's News

  • Bee-ware of summer pests

    Charlie Bundy would rather be safe than sorry.

    If Bundy is out working at his farm in the Tabernacle community or anywhere he might encounter a bee, hornet, wasp or yellow jacket, he will have an emergency epinephrine autoinject (EpiPen) nearby.

    Epinephrine is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions to insect bites, foods, medications, latex and other allergens.

    “I’m going to be cautious,” Bundy said. “Sometimes, you can spend all day out in the country and not see a soul. You do what you have to do, I guess.”

  • 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.

  • Grandmother mad about comments

    This letter is to address the online commenter “blond but not dumb.” You know who you are, you went online June 9 and made some very stupid comments about my daughter on our letter, “Jaylen’s family grateful for support.”

    Your comments were:  “I very much got the impression that the mother was taking up for her boyfriend. How could a mother live with herself knowing that she allowed the child to be around that kind of environment. The little girl was so beautiful and she shouldn’t gone through that situation.”

  • 'Previous letter writers ignorant of history'

    I find two recent letters to the editor to be stunning examples of ignorance of history and just plain myth.

    Rudy Schmidt consistently distorts history and wears the distortion like a badge of honor – to quote someone who I’m sure is one of his heroes – “There you go again.”

    Franklin Whittlesey Sr. is full of historic inaccuracy that I hardly know where to begin.

    1. Where does one find the “fact” to prove Obama has “contempt” for the U.S. or its Constitution?

  • 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.