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Storms expected through Memorial Day

By Mark Manicone

Memorial Day weekend is looking like a washout, as a tropical weather system moves in from the Gulf of Mexico and up the East Coast.
As of press time Thursday, the system had a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Heavy rains and  flooding are expected across the Southeast this weekend into early next week as the system moves through.


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Kershaw budget dips, but tax rate will inch up

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The proposed 2018-19 budget for the town of Kershaw is about $120,000 less than this year’s, but residents are likely to see a slight tax increase anyway.
Town council voted unanimously Monday night to raise the property tax millage rate to 85 mills from 82 mills in the current budget. The proposed budget is $3.9 million, compared to $4 million this year.


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Man gets 40 years in child-sex case

By Kayla Vaughn

A Lancaster man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday after jurors convicted him of sexually assaulting a single child multiple times over a five-year period.
David Matthew Carter, 33, was found guilty on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He was arrested on Oct. 4, 2016.
Circuit Judge Steven John sentenced Carter. Jurors returned the verdict after five hours of deliberation over two days. Sixth Circuit Assistant Solicitors Ashley McMahan and Henry McMaster Jr.
prosecuted the case.


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Sen. Graham backs suspending tariffs on Canadian newsprint

By Don Worthington

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has co-sponsored legislation to suspend the new tariffs on imported newsprint from Canada.

Newspaper and printing executives have told Congress that the new import tariffs – as high as 32 percent – jeopardize the viability of the industry.

Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King introduced the Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018, more commonly called the Print Act.

The bill has 10 co-sponsors. 


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Duracell employee airlifted to hospital

By Kayla Vaughn

A Duracell employee was injured on the job Monday when he became trapped between a large moving container and a piece of machinery.

The man was quickly freed by the company’s in-house safety team, said Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan, whose crew responded to the emergency.

“He was conscious and alert,” McLellan said. “The safety team had him out and packaged on a backboard and ready for transport when we got there.”


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Post 31 stalwart Gene Wallace dies at 86

By Greg Summers

Gene Wallace, a quiet fixture at Lancaster’s American Legion Post 31 for four decades, died Saturday. He was 86. 


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That makes 6 arrests in Kershaw shootings

Mom, uncle of 1 suspect charged in murder case

The mother and uncle of one of the defendants in the May 10 Kershaw murder have been arrested, accused of transporting the three suspects away from the area shortly after the double shooting.


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Democrats desert 5th District candidate over 1973 wife-abuse issue

Parnell admits ‘inexcusable’ acts

By Greg Summers

Archie Parnell’s congressional campaign imploded Tuesday as his staff, major supporters and Democratic Party leaders deserted his run after reports that he physically abused his then-wife 40 years ago.


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AJ's Mr. Dependable: Semaj Digby never missed a school day

By Mark Manicone

Let’s invent the senior superlative Most Likely To Show Up When He’s Supposed To. The winner is Semaj Digby.


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Beefed-up security at Buford schools

By Mark Manicone

All three Buford schools will have an increased law-enforcement presence starting Wednesday because of a rumor circulating that someone has threatened a violent attack.

School officials do not believe that the rumor is credible, but are taking necessary precautions by adding more deputies at the schools.

“What we had is someone allegedly threatened to shoot up the school,” said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety director. “The school resource officer [at Buford High School] spent the entire day tracking it down.

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