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  • Historic coin no longer missing

    SPARTANBURG – The silver coin that President George Washington used in 1791 to buy his breakfast at a Lancaster County tavern – missing for the past eight years – has been found.
    The Spanish real, or “piece of eight,” sliced in half by Washington using his sword, had fallen out of the envelope where it was kept inside a fireproof safe at Wofford College.

  • Dr. Douglas Rucker dies at 79

    Lancaster County was shocked Friday by the death of Dr. Douglas Rucker, one of its most respected business and civic leaders, an inspiring ambassador for the community.
    Rucker, founder of Rucker Dentistry on Chesterfield Avenue, died early Friday after suffering an apparent heart attack. Known for his infectious smile and giving nature, Rucker was 79.

  • Cardinal Health cutting 150 IL jobs

    INDIAN LAND – Cardinal Health announced Tuesday that it was cutting its workforce by 25 percent and eliminating 150 jobs.
    The plant, which makes surgical kits, is getting rid of its second shift, said Cardinal Health Communications Manager Erica Lewis. The company is based in Ohio.

  • 2 new local online radio outlets

    Local radio has made a comeback across the county with a pair of new “stations,” but this time it’s on computer-based platforms instead of the time-honored airways.
    Willip Gaither has launched SkyGRadio (www.skygradio.com) in Heath Springs and Danny Phillips is getting former WAGL-AM back on the air at www.waglradio.net.
    “You can’t survive unless you have internet radio,” said Gaither, whose family-run station plays gospel music. SkyGRadio programming also includes syndicated ministers and inspirational speakers.

  • Midway Baptist marks 100 years as a community united by faith

    Chlöe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    KERSHAW – Family and fellowship were two words on many lips Aug. 18 as Kershaw’s Midway Baptist Church celebrated its first 100 years.
    “This church body is a big family that I can depend on,” said lifelong member Janice Jewett, 77. “When I’m down, I know I can get help.”

  • Rescuers cut driver out of dump truck

    A dump-truck driver was injured Saturday afternoon when his vehicle overturned on Riverside Road, trapping him inside.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with the S.C. Highway Patrol, the wreck happened about 2:30 p.m. on Riverside near Springdell Lane, a little over 6 miles north of Lancaster.

  • TLN, sister newspapers win 16 S.C. ad awards

    The advertising staff of The Lancaster News and its three sister papers won 16 awards in the 2019 S.C. Press Association PALMY Advertising Contest.
    The ad team of seven, which sells and creates ads for TLN, Carolina Gateway, Pageland Progressive and Chester News and Reporter, won three first-place, five second-place and eight third-place awards.

  • What’s all the hoopla about hoopla?

    The Lancaster County Public Library will soon launch hoopla, a digital media service that allows library members to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows.
    With hoopla, library patrons will have free access to more than 750,000 titles.
    Lancaster Library Director Rita Vogel said the launch is timely because the Lancaster branch recently moved into a temporary location at the Barnett Building while the permanent building undergoes renovations.

  • Why do dogs keep turning up shot dead in IL creek?

    Over the past six months, an Indian Land man has stumbled upon three carcasses that he believes were bait dogs discarded near his home – pit bulls, battered, shot and left in a creek.
    Mike Metcalf, a firefighter with the Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, said the dogs were in a creek off Anders Vincent Road. The rural dirt road serves as a cut-through from Lancaster County into Waxhaw and has minimal traffic.

  • 189 county employees get raises on Sept. 1

    An estimated one-third of the county’s workforce will get up to a 3 percent raise beginning Sept. 1 after county council unanimously adopted a new pay plan Monday night.
    The raises follow a 2018 study from MGT Consulting Group that recommended new pay grades and salary ranges based on market conditions. The council accepted the recommendations and will raise 189 employees’ pay to at least the minimum salary for their job. The county has 503 full-time employees.