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  • 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.

  • Van Wyck school inspection going well, not finished

    Inspectors eyeballed every inch of Van Wyck Elementary School on Thursday and liked what they saw, but will have to return Monday to complete the building inspection that would allow the school district to occupy the facility.
    Officials weren’t able to check the fire-alarm system in the school, which was still being installed. David Small, Lancaster County School District facilities director, was thankful to have the extra time. 

  • Big influx of female prisoners strains jail

    The number of female prisoners at the Lancaster County Detention Center is ballooning, in recent weeks topping six times as many as the jail was designed to accommodate.
    That’s making it much more difficult to manage the inmate population in the overcrowded, 39-year-old facility, said Sheriff Barry Faile.

  • Scoping out great ideas for libraries

    With a deadline looming for $8 million in upgrades at Lancaster County’s libraries, a local delegation hit the road this week, looking for best practices and architectural ideas at Richland County’s gleaming downtown showplace.
    They walked beneath an indoor tree canopy and gazed from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown. They saw giant murals of characters from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” not just on walls, but freestanding in the middle of rooms.

  • S.C. has its 1st case of West Nile in ’18

    From release

    COLUMBIA – An individual in the Pee Dee region has been identified as the first case of West Nile virus in South Carolina this year, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday.
    DHEC stressed the importance of paying attention to the most effective ways to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses:
    Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535, according to label instructions.

  • Busy night for county firefighters

    Fire destroyed a house on Lancaster’s Confederate Avenue and injured an occupant Wednesday evening after he tried to start his moped using lighter fluid and sparked the blaze.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, said the man burned his hand during the incident, but he was not transported by EMS. The American Red Cross was called to the scene.

  • Mackey says this will be his last city council race

    After 12 years on the Lancaster City Council, Gonzie Mackey filed for reelection Wednesday but said this will be his last run for public office.
    “If I can get one more term to help with the new mayor and the new elected city council members, I think that I can help things work out better for the citizens of Lancaster,” Mackey said.
    Mackey, who holds the District 2 seat, faces opposition from Jimmy Sweatt, a Rock Hill native who has been living in Lancaster for 18 years. This is his first run for public office.

  • A world beater from Heath Springs

    Sixteen-year-old Kallie Blackmon of Heath Springs has brought home a world title from the National Barrel Horse Association championships in Perry, Ga.
    It was a shock to Kallie and her parents, Cristy and Kevin Blackmon. She started riding only five years ago, when her parents bought her a pony for Christmas, and she has been competing for just over two years.
    “We all jumped and went crazy, hooting and hollering and crying,” Kevin Blackmon said after Saturday’s championship. “This was super big for her. It was awesome.”

  • Lightning-strike fire closes Glenwood Heights Baptist

    It’s unclear when the congregation of Glenwood Heights Baptist Church will be able to worship in their sanctuary after lighting struck the steeple in Tuesday’s storms and caught it on fire.
    As of Wednesday morning, power remained cut to the 70-year-old church and building, electrical and insurance inspectors assessed the damage, said Glenwood deacon Fred Rape.
    “I don’t know who called it in so quick, but we sure are grateful. If it had been longer and spread into the attic, there is no telling what would’ve happened,” Rape said.