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  • Bledsoe’s book shares history of Swingin’ Medallions

    From release

    From 1961 to 1975 Carroll Bledsoe played trumpet and sang, most often about a “double shot” of his “baby’s love.”
    “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” topped out the Billboard charts at No. 17 in 1966. It became the biggest hit of the South Carolina-based Swingin’ Medallions.
    Bledsoe’s “An Insider's History of the Swingin' Medallions" was recently released.

  • Baha’is elect local council

    Lancaster County Baha’i community

    The Lancaster County (Indian Land) Baha’i community recently elected its nine-member governing council, known as the Local Spiritual Assembly, for 2018-19. The election in Indian Land was on the same day as Baha’i elections around the globe – April 21.

  • Some northern IL roads closed for intersection work

    Beware: Roadwork has commenced at the intersection of Calvin Hall and Harrisburg roads and Elmsbrook Lane in northern Indian Land.
    It’s all part of privately funded traffic improvements being undertaken by the developers of Avondale, a 189-acre mixed-use community currently under construction.
    Work crews are installing a roundabout at the intersection, explained David Gamble, District 4 permit engineer with the S.C. Department of Transportation.

  • Lancaster drug fugitive charged in York County

    A 79-year-old man, wanted on Lancaster drug charges, was arrested in York County Saturday after he was stopped for a tag violation in a vehicle that contained nine small bags of crack cocaine.
    J.C. Hall of Rock Hill was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, driving under suspension, operating an uninsured vehicle and using license plates other than vehicle-issued in York County and is wanted on outstanding warrants in Lancaster County for crack-cocaine distribution.

  • Ellen Dean sale completed at $90K

    Lancaster’s historic Ellen Dean Hotel formally changed hands Tuesday at a sale price of $90,000, but redevelopment plans for the building and its block of White Street are still secret.
    The sale was a burden lifted for Charlotte Shaw, whose family built the downtown Lancaster hotel in 1941, and who owned it with her late husband, Mayor Joe Shaw.
    “I feel light as a feather. I’m just floating up and away,” Shaw said.
    Her son, Joe Shaw Jr., was equally relieved.

  • Court denies Blackmon’s request for $35,000 to pay her legal fees

    The S.C. Supreme Court has denied Linda Blackmon’s request that Jackie Harris and the county election commission pay her $35,000 in attorney fees from her successful fight for the District 3 Lancaster City Council seat.
    The election commission, from which Blackmon wanted to collect $5,000, will pay nothing.
    Harris must pay $1,000 of the $30,000 in legal fees Blackmon requested from her, plus $139.75 to the court for printing costs, according to the March 7 court order.

  • McCorkle won’t run 4th time for school board seat

    Don McCorkle will not seek a fourth term on the Lancaster County school board.
    “I’ve been on long enough, and it’s just time,” said McCorkle, who represents Indian Land on the board along with Melvin Stroble.
    “I’m sure someone will come along who can represent the residents in District 7 well,” he said Monday. 

  • A century of inspiration

    Surrounded by her family at Lancaster Convalescent Center on Saturday, retired teacher Mary Harrison Belk looked as though her 100 years had treated her well.
    About 200 relatives, friends and former students appeared throughout the day, exchanging memories and sending birthday wishes to Belk, who sat smiling in the midst of all the commotion.

    Outbursts of surprise filled the room as old acquaintances reunited in celebration of a person who touched so many lives.

  • Foraging for food in your backyard

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Since spring, the smell of onions and the sight of white blossoms in the backyard has kept me intrigued as to what was growing wild out there that was actually edible.
    Knowing that some plants are poisonous but unsure which ones, I didn’t dare try any but sought advice from artist, gardener and foraging-family father Matthew Kip, who has been exploring wild edibles for 25 years and is more than enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge.

  • Chester superintendent sues school board chair

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    For the second time in three years, the Chester County School District may have a contentious and potentially costly parting of the ways with a school superintendent.