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  • Van Wyck plans candlelight vigil

    Members of the Van Wyck community are reeling since the nation’s drug crisis has invaded their small town.
    Since January, four young people from the rural town have died from drug and alcohol-related causes, said local resident Janice Witherspoon last week.
    Witherspoon and several other members of the community have organized a candlelight vigil for Thursday evening to address the tragic deaths and to raise awareness about the epidemic.

  • Thanking EMS crew that saved his life

    In a quarter century of EMS work, paramedic Thomas Burdette had experienced it only once before.
    Someone tracked him down to say thank you.
    The grateful man was Gary Ballard, a 58-year-old grandfather who suffered a massive heart attack May 22. Burdette and his daughter, basic EMT Caitlyn Burdette, were dispatched that night to save Ballard’s life.

  • Running around the world

    Dustin Johnson crossed the Lancaster County line on foot May 29, the 28th day running his race around the world to raise awareness about veteran suicide.
    Johnson, a 24-year-old Navy veteran, started his journey from his hometown in Cape Girardeau, Mo. With 780 miles behind him, he stopped to visit his aunt and uncle, Lancaster residents Tammy and Kurt Kramer, before continuing on toward Myrtle Beach the next day.

  • PTSO event: Food trucks galore in IL on June 8

    Indian Land High’s Parent Teacher Student Organization is hoping to start a new community event to bring Indian Land residents together, and what brings everyone together better than food?
    Food Truck Saturday is from 5-9 p.m. June 8 at the Indian Land High School football practice field, with food trucks, inflatables, a DJ, an obstacle course and craft vendors.
    “We wanted to do something to bring the community together and also highlight the Indian Land PTSO,” said Pam Houge, the group’s president.

  • There is no quit in Casey Carnes

    Casey Carnes is fiercely independent, self-reliant, smart and a bit stubborn. According to her dad, her first words as a toddler were “I do it myself.”
    Those traits have served the 21-year-old Buford native well. As a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol, she has endured the harsh winter of Alaska, where she trapped, skinned and cooked a rabbit to survive.
    Her indomitable spirit helped her overcome a traumatic brain injury from a car wreck four years ago.

  • Job fair in Rock Hill this Saturday

    From release

    ROCK HILL – Congressman Ralph Norman will host a job fair this Saturday featuring at least 28 companies from York, Chester and Lancaster counties who are trying to fill hundreds of positions.
    The event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cherry Park Elementary School of Language Immersion, 1835 Eden Terrace in Rock Hill. The job fair is free and open to the public.

  • Teen injured in 30-foot fall at Forty Acre Rock

    An N.C. teen was flown to Carolinas Medical Center late Thursday after falling 30 feet from the top of a waterfall at Forty Acre Rock and prompting a massive rescue response.
    The 17-year-old suffered a head injury, two broken ankles and multiple cuts and bruises, said Britt Blackmon of Lancaster County Fire Rescue.
    “He was going in and out of consciousness, but he was able to talk to us,” Blackmon said.

  • From 4 lanes to 2: Be careful on North Main

    Scott Grant has a two-word tip for motorists frustrated by the recent lane-pattern changes along the North Main Street corridor – be nice.
    “Change can be a hard thing to swallow until everybody gets used to it, so there are going to be some growing pains,” said the Lancaster police chief. “The best advice is to be a more courteous driver, especially at the intersections.”

  • No charges in dragging of pit bull

    No charges will be filed against the woman who dragged a 7-month-old pit bull behind her car last month, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    The dog was tied to the hitch of a Chevy Tahoe and dragged down South 200 leaving Lancaster on May 5, suffering terrible injuries. Calls from concerned witnesses poured in to 911 dispatch, and motorists were able to flag the driver down at Airport Crossroads before sheriff’s deputies got there.Sheriff Barry Faile said the case had been ruled an accident.

  • YMCA breaks ground in Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – On what Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert described as “a golden day in Lancaster County,” community leaders, businesspeople and government officials gathered Friday at INSP CrossRidge to break ground on the Indian Land YMCA.