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Today's News

  • Camaraderie over coffee

    The room smelled like coffee and sausage biscuits, and nearly everyone there wore a cap with a military designation.
    About 20 men, most middle-aged and older, gathered at this week’s Veterans Coffee Club, which has started meeting at 521 BBQ on Main Street in Lancaster.
    An expansion of the Indian Land club, the coffee club meets at 8 a.m. every Tuesday.
    “We’ve all got something in common,” Marine veteran Jim Campbell said. “Now we get a chance to come in here and chew the fat and just talk about old times.”

  • Bridge assault leads to multiple charges

    An intoxicated motorist was arrested Feb. 3 for domestic violence after deputies said he wrecked a car on the Nitrolee bridge on S.C. 200, then assaulted and chased the victim with a tire iron and threatened passersby who stopped to help her.
    Paul Nelly Poag III, 33, of York, was charged with first-degree domestic violence, malicious injury to personal property, possession of a controlled substance (Xanax), first offense DUI, third offense DUI (less than .10), and first offense driving under suspension.

  • 2 charged in threats on Chesterfield schools

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    Two incidents of potential gun violence at Chesterfield Schools have followed the Feb. 14 fatal shootings at a Florida high school.
    In each case, threats were made but no guns were brought to Chesterfield schools, officials said.
    On Thursday, an administrator overheard a student threatening to bring a gun to Chesterfield-Rudy Middle School, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Debutantes study social-media safety

    From release

    Social-media safety was the topic as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Iota Theta Omega Chapter hosted the 2017-18 debutantes for their second educational workshop Jan. 21.
    Connie Wilson of Affinity Health Center discussed the dangers of social media, including cyber bullying, inappropriate contact with strangers, and the potential risks of posting online.

  • How bacteria affect your metabolism

    When you think about the billions of tiny organisms living inside your body, it’s pretty mind-blowing. 
    No, it isn’t a new version of the movie “Alien” – none of them are going to take over your body – but they can really affect your health. 
    Think of the terms bloated feeling, abdominal pressure, indigestion. These are all signs of something being off with your microbiome.

  • Security upgrades under way

    All Lancaster County school lobbies have been reconfigured to prevent unauthorized entry, school officials said Thursday, and one-button lockdowns are in place at all Indian Land and Buford campuses.
    Lancaster and Kershaw schools are still receiving the security upgrades that are part of the $199 million bond issue approved by voters in 2016. The improvements include new classroom doors that can be secured from the inside.

  • Van Wyck doubles size, still growing fast

    The town of Van Wyck has more than doubled in size since its creation in November through voluntary annexation of its neighbors.
    Monday night town council members gave final approval to a bundle of annexations totaling 882 acres.
    The council also made substantial moves to preserve the traditional activities of hunting and farming in the community.

  • Mayor Howard in good spirits, condition better, daughter reports

    Mayor John Howard is in good spirits and his medical condition is improving, according to a website his daughter created to update the community on his progress.
    Shelley Robinson wrote that Howard, surrounded by family, is using both a breathing tube and a feeding tube, and he has lost 50 pounds since entering the hospital Jan. 16. But he has been able to maneuver out of bed into a chair and begin physical therapy, she said.

  • Wreck victim tracks down the firefighter who kept him alive

    Steven Hubbard of Belmont, N.C., is glad to be alive after a motorcycle accident a year ago.
    On Feb. 3, he got the chance to thank the man he credits with saving his life – Pleasant Valley Fire Department firefighter Joe Martus.
    Hubbard, 26, was on his way to work March 17 when his motorcycle slammed into the side of a turning SUV, leaving him clinging to life in the middle of Carowinds Boulevard in Fort Mill.

  • Woman watches childhood home burn

    Marie Cunningham watched quietly through a cloud of smoke as her childhood home burned Wednesday afternoon, just 30 yards or so from the house where she now lives.
    The fire crept closer and closer across the yard, but firefighters extinguished it before it got to her home.
    Kershaw, Heath Springs and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments, along with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, responded to the fire at 7768 Molasses Rd., Kershaw, shortly before 2:30 p.m.