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  • President orders flags at half-staff

    President Donald Trump ordered flags to be flown at half-staff early Tuesday to honor the five shooting victims at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., after its mayor, Gavin Buckley, requested it.

    The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, in connection to the shooting.

    Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith were killed Thursday when Ramos came into the Capital Gazette’s newsroom and shot them with a shotgun.

  • Dumpster full of toxic debris is hauled away from Main St.

    HEATH SPRINGS – Just in time for the July 4th parade on Wednesday, a smelly dumpster piled high with garbage and asbestos-laced construction materials has been removed from Main Street.

    A crew from Charlotte-based Environmental Holdings Group [EHG] picked up the dumpster about noon Friday after resealing it in plastic sheeting. The company specializes in the removal of asbestos and construction debris.

    Not only does the site look better, it smells better, said Elizabeth Harden, owner of a nearby daycare center impacted by the mess. 

  • Assisted-living resident, 85, was exposed to drug ecstasy

    An 85-year-old assisted-living resident tested positive for the illegal drug Ecstasy during a hospital stay last month, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.

    The woman lives at Heath Springs Residential Care Center, where her daughter said she must’ve been exposed. Her daughter told authorities there is no other explanation and that her mother doesn't even know what the drug is.

  • Cancer victim’s pot took circuitous route from Alaska

    Steven Michall never planned on becoming an outlaw, but his undying love for his dying wife turned him into one.

    Battling non-small cell lung cancer, Michall’s wife had the misfortune of being diagnosed in South Carolina, he said, where medical marijuana remains illegal – despite ongoing but failed bipartisan attempts by state lawmakers to change that amid objections from the state’s law enforcement establishment.

  • 1st episode of Lancaster documentary debuts

    The first episode of Travis Bell’s documentary film series about Lancaster has been released online.

    Titled “In a Little Town Like Lancaster,” the 27-minute episode features a compilation of nostalgic interviews with Lancaster natives recounting the Lancaster of their youth and their happy memories of the town. 

    “People love going back in time and recalling what Lancaster used to be like,” said Bell, Columbia photographer and Lancaster native who took on the project.

  • 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.