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  • 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.

  • Battling blazes, lifting spirits

    Every firehouse needs someone who keeps the mood light, the jokester who helps everybody stay upbeat but gets serious fast when the alarm sounds.
    Richard Vawter has been that guy at the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department for seven years, and now he has been named Lancaster County’s Firefighter of the Year.
    Vawter said he thought Elgin Fire Chief Randy White – last year’s winner – was joking when he called to tell him he had won.

  • Region’s growth outpaces building capacity

    Economic growth across the Charlotte region is outpacing the local construction industry’s capacity to keep up, leaving some Lancaster County projects struggling with delays and cost increases.
    “Look at the Indian Land satellite center. It was a relatively small project, under $100,000. It was supposed to open February, but it opened in June,” said Steve Willis, Lancaster County administrator. “We had a hard time finding contractors. Anything under $1 million, you have to beg people to bid.”

  • What would Lucy and Elvis eat?

    A Lancaster County couple is set to memorialize their love for some iconic stars from a bygone era.
    They include Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Andy Griffith and Don Knotts – with a special emphasis on Lucille Ball and Elvis, and even a special funky-soul shout-out to legendary comedian and actor Redd Foxx (aka Fred Sanford).
    Their reverential testament to these people won’t come in marble. It won’t come in clay. It won’t come on canvas or even through the written word.

  • Repeat performance

    Twenty-eight years ago, teenagers Ryker Robinson and Leonard Tucker were two of the players on a talented Lancaster Dixie 14U all-stars team that fell two runs shy of winning a World Series title in Eufala, Ala.
    Coached by Truman Knight, Fred Robinson and Jeff Reynolds, the team lost to Georgia 4-2 in the championship game after winning a state Dixie baseball title.
    Could that 4-2 loss be a positive omen of what is to come when this year’s state champion Lancaster Dixie Boys’ team plays in for a World Series crown in Bossier City, La.?   

  • Celebrating Perry Clanton’s huge health kick

    After a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, Perry Clanton decided it was time to take his health seriously, and he managed to lose nearly 100 pounds in less than two years.
    Clanton was honored for his accomplishments at a surprise 54th birthday party Friday at Buford Volunteer Fire Department, where he is assistant fire chief. Since his  diagnosis in 2015, Clanton has lived a much healthier lifestyle that has even rubbed off on many of his friends, family members and fellow firefighters.

  • Breanna Lewis hearing closed to the public

    CHERAW – A preliminary hearing in the alleged murder of an 11-month-old Chesterfield child was closed to the public Wednesday.
    Prosecutors requested that the hearing for Breanna Lewis, who faces a murder charge in the death of her daughter, Harlee, be closed to the public, saying the case is still under investigation and that pre-trial publicity could harm the case.
    Magistrate Judge Dianne Dyches closed the hearing.