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  • Another growth spurt for Van Wyck

    The little town of Van Wyck has grown a little bit bigger.
    In a unanimous vote, minus council member Xavier Kee who was absent, the Van Wyck Town Council on Monday agreed to voluntarily annex 38 more properties to the recently created town.
    With the vote, the rural municipality created late last year as an antidote to the possible incorporation of adjacent, urbanized Indian Land, is now nearly 9.5 square miles, according to Mayor Sean Corcoran and council member Richard Vaughan.

  • Gonze Twitty, 99, stood up for civil rights, poor farmers

    Gonze Lee Twitty Sr. – a Democratic Party and local NAACP stalwart, a champion of black voting rights, and a tireless advocate for poor and black farmers – died Saturday in Lancaster. He was 99.

  • Heather Steele, 43, shared bouts with ovarian cancer

    Through her 17-year battle with ovarian cancer, Heather Steele never let the disease cheat her out of a single minute.
    “She always said her goal was to thrive, not to survive,” said her husband, Bliss Steele.
    Heather Steele died early Tuesday. She was 43.

  • ‘Fall in’

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    You can image the pastor of the precursor to Union ARP Church in Richburg standing on the church steps, issuing a call to his neighbors.
    “All able-bodied souls who desire to defend these colonies and in especial the Colony of South Carolina, and who are enlisted in the militia are requested and required to report for Muster at the Meeting House,” he might have said.

  • Leap of faith: 22-year-old fills the pulpit at Crestview

    In some ways, Casey Swails is a typical 22-year-old. He just graduated from college and plans to get married in June.
    But few people his age step into the pulpit and preach to their very own congregation every Sunday, as he does at Lancaster’s Crestview Baptist Church.
    Born and raised in Lugoff, Swails grew up in church but never imagined as a child that he would end up in this position.

  • Fighting opioid scourge with information

    Lancaster County’s opioid crisis is not only bad – it’s getting worse.
    “It’s sad, and it’s frustrating, because it’s only gaining momentum,” Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said.
    “In 2016, we had five opioid deaths and none of them contained illicit fentanyl,” Deese said. “By the time we closed out 2017, we had 25 deaths, and 18 of those contained fentanyl. So we had a 400 percent increase in opioid deaths in just one year.”

  • Picking site for new animal shelter

    County officials are moving ahead to build a new animal shelter at a cost of $1.25 million to $1.75 million, and they will select the site this month.
    The list of possible locations has been trimmed to two. The preferred site is near the public works complex on Pageland Highway.  
    The other option is on the southern side of S.C. 9 Bypass West between West Meeting Street and Grace Avenue near the air rail park.

  • Tell me your best memory of our town

    Downtown Lancaster is teeming with memories for those in the 40-plus age bracket.
    There’s cruising Main Street after dark to look at the reflection of your shiny car in storefront glass.
    Dropping a penny in the sidewalk scales at City Drug to check your weight after scarfing down a double handful of fresh-baked raspberry-topped tea cookies that Mr. Courtney had just put in the display case at Lancaster Bakery.

  • L&C says Kershaw can’t mow along track

    KERSHAW – Amid a dispute over underground utility lines, the L&C Railway has discontinued the town of Kershaw’s longtime practice of mowing the six-block Cleveland Street greenway that runs beside the railroad’s tracks.
    Kershaw officials received a certified letter dated April 18 from Railway Auditing & Management Services (RAMS) of Jacksonville, Fla., telling them to “cease immediately” all landscaping services provided by the town on Lancaster & Chester Railroad property.

  • Misspelling on macro scale plagues Red Rose promoters

    Newspapers have to be self-aware when writing about other people’s typos.
    As embarrassing as ours are, they’re usually in tiny type, but readers still have no trouble picking them out.
    For Lancaster’s Red Rose Festival organizers this week, the typo was gigantic, towering above one of the city’s busiest intersections.
    “May 18 & 19,” screamed the billboard on S.C. 9 Bypass near McDonald’s. “Downton Lancaster.” Ugh!