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  • Schools, county offices close Thursday ahead of storm

    The Lancaster County School District and Lancaster County offices will be closed Thursday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Michael.
    “Because of the wind factor… it’s just not safe for our buses to be on the road. We just want to make sure our students are safe,” said school district Superintendent Jonathan Phipps on Wednesday.
    Phipps said the district will monitor conditions throughout the day Thursday before making a decision on Friday classes. The fast-moving storm is expected to be out of South Carolina before dawn Friday.

  • Donate now for wreaths to honor vets

    KERSHAW – Local resident Gary Sowell volunteers for the annual Wreath Across America effort to honor the 500-plus veterans buried in the Kershaw City Cemetery.
    “Anything we do is a drop in the bucket to what they did for us. We can’t even come close,” said Sowell.
    The annual holiday wreath-laying ceremony is part of a nationwide observance to salute and remember veterans, as well as prisoners of war and those still missing in action.

  • Desperate families still recovering from storm

    Brylynn Walters is only 7 months old, but she knows something is different, says her grandmother, Debra Walters.
    Brylynn has not slept in her crib for weeks.
    “She is not happy and she is not comfortable,” Walters said.
    It also has been difficult to find formula since Florence came through the region, Walters said.
    It is just one example of her search for hope, as she fights despair.
    She has made numerous calls seeking help. She has more questions than answers.

  • Hurricane Michael targeting S.C.

    Less than a month after Hurricane Florence brought historic flooding to the eastern parts of the state, South Carolina is under threat of substantial rain from Hurricane Michael.
    Late Tuesday, Michael was a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds at 120 mph. The storm was 420 miles south of Panama City, Fla., moving north in the Gulf of Mexico at 12 mph.

  • Talf Wrenn named VFD’s 2018 Citizen of the Year

    Talf Wrenn has accomplished many things in his life, and one of his most amazing feats was getting a helicopter landing pad for the town of Kershaw.
    Wrenn, 23, has spent a lot of his years in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 3. Despite his disability, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout after completing the difficult community service project of building the Kershaw helicopter pad.
    The Kershaw Fire Department honored Wrenn Monday night by naming him 2018 Citizen of the Year. A plaque was presented to Wrenn for the accomplishment.

  • Saluting fallen Florence officer

    Thousands mourned fallen Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway at his funeral Monday in the Florence Civic Center, including more than a dozen law officers from Lancaster.
    Carraway, 52, was gunned down during a two-hour shootout Oct. 3. Six other officers were injured during the incident while trying to serve a warrant on the son of the accused shooter.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said his officers asked to attend as soon as funeral arrangements were made.

  • Shocker: Haley giving up U.N. job

    U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who left South Carolina’s governorship to serve in the new Trump administration, will step down from her post at the end of the year.
    In a televised Oval Office meeting Tuesday morning, President Trump said he had accepted Haley’s resignation, and he praised her work.
    “She’s done an incredible job. She’s a fantastic person. Very importantly, she is somebody who gets it,” Trump said of the 46-year-old Haley, who served as S.C. governor from 2010-17.

  • Stray emu snacks in Heath Springs garden

    Mary Blackmon wouldn’t have been surprised to see a deer or even a bear in her Heath Springs garden, but she sure didn’t expect an emu.
    When they first saw it Monday afternoon, Blackmon and her husband wondered what type of bird it was – eating their plants and making itself right at home.
    Maybe it’s an ostrich. How about a roadrunner? They finally called animal control officials Tuesday, who postulated that the unexpected guest could be an emu.

  • Fans whip up controversy at Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – The golf fans at Carolina Lakes Golf Club are irritating some residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes whose homes abut the manicured 18-hole course.
    These aren’t the kinds of fans that follow golfers around and applaud their birdies. These are 4-foot-diameter, high-velocity wind machines that the course uses 24/7 to cool nine of the 18 greens during the hot-weather months.
    The fans’ constant drone in the summer has prompted complaints from some residents that the course must be violating the county’s noise ordinance.

  • Drug court gets $494K federal grant

    Solicitor Randy Newman has secured nearly a half million dollars in federal grants to help fund his Sixth Circuit Drug Court over the next four years.
    “This is a very big deal for our program,” Newman said Friday. “We have applied for funding several times over the past four years, and when even the local agencies turn you down, it’s easy to lose hope.”