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  • Arts camp has lasting impact on volunteer

    It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago I was attending the Arts & Sciences Summer Camp as a camper; now I’ve come back as a volunteer.
    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts camp I helped at was at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Indian Land. It was the last of the four camps this summer. Sixty-one excited campers ages kindergarten through sixth grade came to the July 30-Aug. 3 camp.

  • Pageland Chamber relinquishes Watermelon Festival

    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce will no longer produce the Pageland Watermelon Festival, the town’s largest annual event.
    The chamber’s board voted Thursday to give up its rights to the festival, citing the amount of time it took to plan and hold the event, as well as its finances.
    According to preliminary figures, this year’s two-day festival in July drew more than 1,000 attendees and cost about $62,000 to produce. Its revenue was $52,000.

  • Citadel House closes its doors

    The Citadel House emergency shelter program has closed, due to a lack of funding and an unexpected family medical crisis.
    Founder James Pringle’s mother was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and he has had to devote most of his time to taking care of her.

  • Donated Barnett building a bargain for county

    The county expects to spend up to $300,000 upgrading the donated Barnett Medical Center on West Meeting Street as a new home for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s local health services offices.
    “It’s an estimate, that’s all it is,” said County Attorney John Weaver, who has been working out the details of the property donation with DeWees Real Estate Group in Lexington.

  • Man hit by car, killed in yard Saturday

    A Lancaster man was killed Saturday morning when a vehicle left the roadway and hit him in front of his Airport Road home.
    The man has been identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as Charles “Chuck” Byrdic, 60. He died from his injuries at the scene. His wife, Donna, was inside their home when the incident happened.

  • Lancaster man hit, killed Saturday
    A Lancaster man was killed Saturday morning when a vehicle left the roadway and hit him in front of his Airport Road home.
    The man has been identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as Charles "Chuck" Byrdic, 60. He died from his injuries at the scene.
  • ‘It’s been really smooth’

    Bill Affonso and Vada Sharpe met at a Halloween party in 1947, sparking a relationship that has lasted more than 70 years.
    The Sun City Carolina Lakes couple celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary June 26, a milestone reached by a small fraction of marriages. Bill is now 93, and Vada is 89.
    In October 1947, Bill, a Navy veteran who served in the Pacific during the invasion of Guam, was working in operations at LaGuardia Airport for TWA. Vada, originally from Blue Earth, Minn., was working in reservations for the airline. 

  • Tax holiday packs back-to-school retailers

    Walmart’s stationery and school-supply aisles were hopping Friday as customers took advantage of the savings on the opening day of the state’s tax-free weekend.
    Kids showed some back-to-school excitement as they carefully selected new pens and pencils and tried on book bags for just the right fit before making final decisions.
    Rosa Waiters was there buying school supplies for her two granddaughters, lured by the tax savings.
    “I hope to save some money,” she said.

  • 3rd candidate files for school board District 5

    The District 5 school board race got a little bigger Friday, as Neil Couch, a 36-year-old former teacher, filed for the seat.
    The Heath Springs native joins substitute teacher Melissa Jones-Horton and incumbent Janice Dabney, who filed earlier.
    Couch said he would bring a fresh perspective to the board.

  • Free drive-thru meals to honor son’s memory

    Thursday would have been Tyler Carter’s 25th birthday, and his parents, Chris and Christy Carter, honored his memory by paying for customers’ drive-thru meals for two hours at Chick-fil-A in Lancaster.
    Tyler, a Lancaster native whom his parents described as passionate about golf and his faith in Christ, passed away in February. He died from medical complications stemming from a motorcycle accident a few months earlier.
    “We wanted to turn a day that was very sad and hard for us into a blessing for others,” said Christy Carter.