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  • ‘You will not be forgotten’

    Hundreds honored fallen Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy James Kirk Jr. on Monday during an upbeat celebration of his life at Second Baptist Church.
    In many ways, it was like other law-enforcement memorial services, with a mass of uniformed men and women solemnly marching in and saluting his casket, then filling a third of the large sanctuary. Politicians by the dozen, shaking hands. Repeated thanks for a lifetime of service.

  • Conductor for royal wedding holding Q&A in Lancaster

    People in the Lancaster area, like most Americans, are captivated by the British royal family, especially with a royal wedding coming soon.
    But think about all the details. Who handles the planning? Are royal family members directly involved, or do they leave the planning to someone else? What is it like to direct the music for a royal ceremony?

  • Police release photos in hit-and-run

    Ten days after an Indian Land father and son were struck by a car in a south Mecklenburg parking lot, police have released surveillance photos from the hit-and-run incident.
    On April 17, local businessman Nathan Green, 41, and son Wilkie, 4, were run over by a late-model, cobalt-gray Volkswagen Passat sedan at the Harris Teeter in Blakeney Village shopping center on Rea Road. Witnesses and surveillance footage did not get a license plate number.

  • Give Local effort includes 50 nonprofits

    The third-annual Give Local Lancaster 24-hour fundraising campaign is Tuesday, with a goal to top the $155,000 raised last year.
    It’s a one-stop philanthropy event, at which online donors can choose among dozens of local nonprofits selected and screened by the organizers. This year’s list is 50 nonprofits, up from 42 last year.
    To give, go to www.GiveLocalLancaster.org. A minimum of $20 is required for an online donation. Donations can be given anonymously or in honor or in memory of someone.

  • What’s the solution to trashy roadsides?

    All manner of cast-off trash adorns the roadsides of Lancaster County – beer cans, Gatorade bottles, fast-food wrappers, tires, TV sets, even used diapers.
    And the piles are getting deeper.
    Lancaster County used state prison inmates for litter pickup and grounds maintenance for more than a decade, but the recent closing of a Rock Hill facility has shut off that supply of cheap labor.

  • Top state honors go to 3 local businesses

    COLUMBIA – Three Lancaster County businesses made a clean sweep of the state’s annual Impact Industries awards Thursday, winning the top honors for small, medium-sized and large companies in the 11-county grouping Lancaster in part of.
    On Thursday, Gov. Henry McMaster named Movement Mortgage (large), PCI Group (medium) and Fab Fours (small) as the winners for the Tier II counties. Coordinated by the S.C. Commerce Department, the awards recognize Palmetto State companies for business success, economic impact and community involvement.

  • Deputy collapses during training, dies

    Sheriff’s Deputy James Kirk Jr., a 28-year veteran of Lancaster County law enforcement, died Tuesday after he collapsed during firearms training. He was 57.
    Kirk was rushed to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he later died from an apparent medical condition, according to a statement from sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw issued at 11:24 p.m. Tuesday. The specific cause of death has not been released.

  • ‘Reach back, help somebody else’

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    On Sunday, the Delta Life Development Center was a blaze of red as sorority members gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
    The center was filled with emotion as familiar friends reunited in celebration.
    The Deltas could be described as women with a mission. For 50 years Lancaster’s chapter of Delta Sigma Theta has dedicated itself to public service and improvement.

  • Nothing could be cuter!

    Lancaster County Parks and Recreation workers on Tuesday rescued a tiny, female fawn that they found alone beside a Springdale Park creek swollen by heavy rains.
    “One of the maintenance guys was cutting the grass back behind the baseball fields, and it just came up on him,” said Hal Hiott, Lancaster County parks and recreation director. “It had to be only two or three days old, and it could barely walk.

  • City council agrees to pitch in for proposed greenway grant

    Perhaps by this time next year, area residents and visitors will have a better and safer opportunity to enjoy the Lindsay Pettus Greenway.
    Lancaster City Council has agreed to earmark $100,000 in hospitality tax funds as part of a grant request that would add a sidewalk and other amenities along Woodland Drive from White Street to Lancaster High School.
    The hospitality tax is a 2-percent sales tax on all prepared foods and beverages served within the city limits. It’s a stated city goal to leverage such tax proceeds to improve the Greenway.