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  • 4 candidates squaring off at Monday’s mayor forum

    Lancaster’s mayoral election is three weeks away, and so far the five candidates have been making little noise.
    That will change Monday evening, when at least four of the five will converge on USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium for the Lancaster Mayoral 2018 Candidate Forum.
    The forum will be the community’s chance to meet, speak to and hear from the candidates running in the July 10 special election to fill the remaining term of the late Mayor John Howard.

  • Triple Eagles

    Denise Johnston
    For The Lancaster News

    Walker, Jackson and Grey Reeves started their Scouting careers at age 6, signing up as Tiger Cubs in Troop 502 at Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville.
    Now the 16-year-old triplets, rising juniors at Indian Land High School, have reached Scouting’s pinnacle. They all became Eagle Scouts and won Good Citizenship Awards last month in ceremonies at the Anne Springs Close Greenway.

  • Borrowing life jackets on Duke Energy’s lakes

    Page Leggett
    Duke Energy Illumination

    Like a seatbelt, a life jacket has to be worn to be useful. Every summer, Scott Jolley goes on a mission to ensure that boaters and swimmers understand the importance of wearing a life jacket.
    Jolley runs Duke Energy’s free life jacket loan program in North Carolina and South Carolina. Life jacket loaner stations are at more than 20 locations at lakes, rivers and creeks, and Jolley’s team plans to add more each year.

  • Kershaw Town Hall getting new computers

    KERSHAW – A new computer system is coming to town hall, and property owners won’t face a tax increase to pay for it.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted to take the money – $70,000 – from town reserves.
    “Sometimes, you have to get a bite of the apple as you go, and this is one of those times,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “Overall, the town is in good shape, and we did not want to raise taxes when we had the money in reserve.”

  • Mom charged with murdering 11-month-old

    Breanna Lewis has been charged with the murder of her 11-month-old daughter, Harlee, whose body was found discarded in Chesterfield County woods May 29.
    Lewis was charged Monday with murder/homicide by child abuse, which carries a penalty of 20 years to life. According to her arrest warrant, Lewis inflicted “non-accidental injuries” on Harlee that resulted in the child’s death.

  • Auto dealer Buddy Porter dies after fall

    Lancaster lost a well-known second-generation business owner Wednesday.
    Buddy Porter, owner of Porter’s Used Cars on S.C. 9 Bypass West, died at Springs Memorial Hospital from complications after falling and hitting his head, said daughter Mary Margaret Riester. He was 67.
    “He was our rock,” Riester said. “He was fun and loved his family, children and grandchildren, sons-in-law and daughter-in-law and fiancée.”

  • Tunnell defamation suit dismissed

    A judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit brought by the former president of the now-defunct Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. against the county, two county council members and a former member.
    In the June 6 ruling, Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons said the case brought by Keith Tunnell did not “set forth a single, identifiable statement” that was defamatory.

  • Dancing his way to LA

    In an empty dance studio Wednesday night, 13-year old P.J. Duncan leaps and spins across the floor, inspecting his form at every turn in the wall of mirrors.
    When the music starts, his movements take on a different quality, as the young dancer uses his art form to express the emotions of the song. This is called lyrical dance, and it is his favorite style.

  • Mom charged with murdering infant daughter

    Breanna Lewis has been charged with the murder of her 11-month-old child, Harlee.
    The charge was filed Monday, according to S.C. Court records. Specifics of the charge have not been released. A bond hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors room. (The bond hearing is being heard in the supervisors’ room because of construction at the Chesterfield County Courthouse.)
    The murder/homicide by child abuse charge carries a penalty of 20 years to life.

  • Farming fun for everyone

    For the sixth year running, Lancaster County’s Ag+Art Tour brought big crowds out to experience the variety of produce and art that the county has to offer.
    Across nine different locations in the county, visitors enjoyed a weekend of sun and fun as they participated in the free, self-guided tour.
    “Every year what we’re seeing is a higher level of anticipation, interest and excitement,” said Cherry Doster of the Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour planning team.