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  • Gregory YMCA gets its official launch

    Big smiles, back pats and tributes filled the Gregory Family YMCA on Thursday as scores of Lancaster’s business and civic leaders came to christen the county’s first Y and honor the renovated building’s namesake, C.D. “Bubber” Gregory Jr.
    The crowd celebrated the new partnership between the Upper Palmetto YMCA and USC Lancaster.
    “This facility is a community facility. It has meant so much to so many people over the years,” said Don Gardner, the Gregory Family YMCA’s development associate.

  • Faile named S.C. Sheriff of the Year

    Barry Faile has been named the state’s 2018 Sheriff of the Year by the S.C. Sheriffs’ Association.
    Faile has been Lancaster County sheriff for nine years and has worked for the sheriff’s office since 1989, when he began his career as a patrol deputy. He worked his way up through the ranks, serving in every part of the department’s operation.
    The award drew praise from other leaders in Lancaster’s law enforcement community.

  • 3 now jailed in Kershaw murder

    Two more teens have been arrested in last Thursday’s fatal Kershaw shooting, bringing to three the total number charged in the case.
    Ka’Darius Aintwayn Kirkland, 19, and Brennan Jamil Patterson Jr., 17, have been charged with murder in the death of Vincent Barry Lambert Jr. and two counts of attempted murder, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Upgrades at Walmart

    The front of Lancaster’s Walmart has become a construction zone, as the company gears up to test the idea of far more self-checkout lanes and far fewer that use cashiers.
    Red tape occupies the area where multiple checkout lines used to be at the front of the store, and new banks of self-checkout stations are being installed at both of the front exits.
    “It’s a select group of stores that are testing out what works best for the customer,” said Walmart corporate spokesman Ragan Dickens. “It’s part of our front-end renovation process.

  • 3rd teen arrested in Kershaw murder

     

    The third suspect in last Thursday’s fatal Kershaw shooting was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

  • Second teen charged in Kershaw murder, shooting

    A second teen has been arrested in last Thursday’s Kershaw murder, and another is being sought by authorities.
    Ka’Darius Aintwayn Kirkland, 19, of Kershaw turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon after Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators and SLED agents searched parts of Kershaw and Heath Springs for him.
    Kirkland was charged with murder in the shooting of Vincent Barry Lambert Jr. and two counts of attempted murder, according to a sheriff’s statement. He was denied bond.

  • South Middle School on lockdown

    Lancaster County School District officials placed South Middle School on lockdown at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was looking for a suspect in the area of Springdale Road, school officials said, and because of the proximity to South Middle, officials locked down the school.

  • Packed LASS gala raises $15K

    In its third-annual fundraiser, the Sun City rescue group Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters raised $15,000 in its continued effort to better the lives of the county’s homeless pets.
    Nearly 300 people braved 92-degree heat at The Ivy Place, including county council members Larry Honeycutt, Terry Graham and Billy Mosteller.
    For the second year in a row, venue owners Terry and Genie Graham hosted the LASS luncheon as a gift to the Sun City-based rescue group.

  • County gets food/shelter grant money

    From release

    Lancaster County will receive $33,613 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.
    Deborah Boulware, United Way of Lancaster County’s executive director, said the county has been receiving an annual FEMA allotment for many years. Recipients have included HOPE, the Lancaster County Council on Aging, The Citadel House, KARE and Christian Services.

  • Foundation to study how county’s health relates to its poverty

    Lancaster is one of nine counties nationwide selected by one of the country’s most prominent nonprofits for a grant that will be used to study the link between poverty and health.
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation picked Lancaster for one of its Roadmap to Health Community Grants.
    “I’m still pinching myself, because this puts us in the big pool,” said Dr. Paul McKenzie, research director for the Lancaster County School District.