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  • Ethan Uslan, who packed CAC in ’17, back July 8

    Popular ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan returns to Lancaster next weekend to wrap up the July 4th week of celebrations with his second Vivian Major Robinson Summer Pops Concert.
    Uslan’s Lancaster concert last year drew a standing room only crowd, with enthusiastic feedback from the audience, both during and after the performance.
    The concert is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster. As with last year, thanks to air conditioning, the only thing hot at the concert will be the tunes coming from the piano.

  • Top farmer’s secret: Tend your pastures

    Fencing cattle out of streams and ponds ain’t easy, and it ain’t cheap.
    But it was an investment that local cattle producer Manny Sistare, the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farmer of the Year, was willing to make.
    And from the looks of his herds, it’s paying off. Heathier cows mean fatter paychecks for small farmers, he noted.
    “You like all ’em to be in good shape. I’ve always looked after and took care of them,” Sistare said of his 300-cow herd.    

  • On a mission to legalize medical cannabis

    As far as Indian Land mom and activist Michelle Simonetti is concerned, it’s high time that South Carolina legalize medical marijuana.
    Too many people are suffering without it needlessly, she said.
    It’s not about getting high, Simonetti noted. It’s all about getting well.
    “I want people to see it as a medical issue,” she said.
    And a lack of legal medical marijuana also is too often turning desperate patients or their caregivers into criminals, she lamented.

  • Norman talks immigration, civility and Supreme Court appointment

    The opioid crisis that’s killing 115 Americans each day is the top issue facing the 5th Congressional District, Rep. Ralph Norman told Lancaster County Republicans at a Thursday night campaign appearance.
    “We’ve got to get some kind of handle on it,” Norman said.
    Industry leaders in the 11-county district say the drug crisis has left the state without a qualified workforce sufficient to meet our needs, the Rock Hill Republican said.

  • Paramedics find toddler, unconscious father, drugs within reach

    This is a story about an EMS crew, an unconscious dad, an open bag of white powder and a precocious 3-year-old dialing 911.
    It’s midday Saturday, June 9. Sirens scream at passing cars as paramedics make their way to Barker Lane, off S.C. 200 just south of Airport Crossroads. Most of the cars ahead of the ambulance don’t pull over as it approaches, slowing the trip.
    It’s a routine call, a diabetic with low blood sugar. Two vehicles respond, one with three paramedics and the other with a supervisor and a reporter invited to ride along for a shift.

  • Strutting your patriotic stuff

    HEATH SPRINGS – You can’t be two places at once, not even on a holiday.
    Heath Springs officials have moved up the start of this year’s annual July 4th parade to 4 p.m. instead of 6 p.m., as in the past.
    The banners hung above Main Street in Heath Springs say the parade starts at 6, but “it’s definitely 4,” said Mayor Eddie Moore.
    “It’s already out there like this, so it’s going to stay,” Moore said, referring to the banners.

  • Lancaster man charged with sending child-porn

    A Lancaster man was arrested Tuesday and charged with for sending pornographic images of a minor over social media.
    Jeremy Adam Childers, 33, of 5033 Sedgefield Drive, Lancaster, was charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and unlawful dissemination of obscene material to a person younger than 18.
    The S.C. Attorney General’s Office was the lead investigating agency and will prosecute the case, said agency spokesman Robert Kittle.

  • Wreck kills Lancaster woman, hurts man from Heath Springs

    A Lancaster woman died and a Heath Springs man was injured in a head-on collision on S.C. 5 in York County early Sunday afternoon.
    The woman has been identified by the York County Coroner’s Office as 45-year-old Juanita Sumlin. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner’s office is awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.
    According to Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne with S.C. Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 1:40 p.m. about 6 miles south of Rock Hill.

  • McMaster, Wilson win state GOP runoffs

    The preliminaries are over. Now the main event looms.
    With the conclusion of Tuesday’s statewide runoff elections following the June 12 party primaries, Democratic and GOP nominees for a slew of local, state and federal offices are now set for a final general election showdown Nov. 6.
    Locally, Lancaster County Republicans stuck with the two incumbents in Tuesday’s GOP runoffs for governor and state attorney general, both of whom also won their respective races across the state.

  • 15% of county budget is sales-tax projects

    A closer look at Lancaster County’s $94 million budget for fiscal 2018-19, which county members approved Monday, shows that almost 15 percent of the total is earmarked for two capital-sales-tax projects.
    County Finance Director Veronica Thompson and budget analyst Kim Belk met with The Lancaster News on Wednesday to discuss the budget in depth.  
    Some $14.5 million is set aside for $6.5 million in road improvements and $8 million for the library system improvements that voters approved in 2014 through the local 1-percent sale-tax increase.