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  • 5 charged in Lancaster drug raid

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office raided a mobile home on Barnett Street in Lancaster early Friday and arrested five occupants on multiple drug charges.
    Members of the sheriff’s Drug Task Force and SWAT team arrived at the address just before dawn. Deputies found a little over 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine, suboxone tablets, marijuana and the prescription drugs carvedilol and furosemide inside the mobile home.  

  • Lancaster VFW may shut down

    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5936 in Lancaster is in danger of closing for good due to dwindling membership and activity after 50-plus years serving the community’s veterans.
    The VFW post has had no elected or appointed officers for the past couple of years, and hasn’t held a meeting in about three years, according to Lancaster American Legion Commander Mike Brazzell.

  • IL, Lancaster library plans move ahead

    Nearly four years after voters approved a bond referendum to pay for library renovations and expansions, the Lancaster County Library Board has decided where the $8 million will be spent.
    The board this week approved a 5,000-square-foot addition to the Lancaster County Library and a 1,000-square-foot addition to the Del Webb Library in Indian Land.
    Still evolving are the plans for Kershaw, which is trying to acquire the soon-to-be-vacant Wells Fargo building downtown and move its library branch there. That issue is unlikely to be settled for at least a month.

  • Ethics panel investigating Blackmon vote

    State ethics officials have found probable cause that Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon violated state ethics law a year ago by voting to pay herself $6,750 in back wages for the 11 months when her election victory was under legal challenge.
    The decision by the S.C. Ethics Commission, issued this week, makes public for the first time the fact that Blackmon is the subject of an ethics complaint and investigation. The matter now moves on to a public hearing, and the commission eventually will rule on the legality of Blackmon’s action.

  • Adopting a little girl from India

    It’s not an uncommon scene in Lancaster County – a team of volunteers gathering to paint, repair, clean and spruce up the home of someone who needs a helping hand.
    But last weekend’s blitz of activity at Susie Callahan’s house in Lancaster wasn’t a Promise Neighborhood workday or a church mission project. It was part of the effort to help Gretchen Wilhelm adopt a little girl from India.
    Wilhelm is working with Both Hands, a Tennessee-based nonprofit with a unique approach to raising money for adoptions. Both Hands helps families to

  • On the road again, along Gulf Coast of Florida

    Sherrill C. Mullis
    Special to The Lancaster News

    A few members of my family and I drove down to the Gulf Coast of Florida in July to see my son, Sam Mullis, in Fort Myers and my niece, Angie Mullis, in Tarpon Springs.
    Sam was in Fort Myers taking a refresher course in engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. He recently interviewed for a teaching position at Charleston, and they agreed to hire him provided that he retake his engineering training, since his previous certifications occurred some 10 years ago.

  • Anger aplenty as storm shuts garbage sites

    If you want to seriously irritate taxpayers, tell them there’s nowhere to dump their garbage.
    Complaints cascaded in from residents after the hurricane-related locking of the gates at Lancaster County’s 12 convenience sites from Sept. 14-17.
    “I probably got more phone calls and comments in the last week than I have in my six years on council because of the convenience sites being closed under an emergency situation,” county council Chairman Steve Harper said at Monday’s council meeting.

  • Parnell: Trump making U.S. laughingstock

    Democratic congressional hopeful Archie Parnell says he worries that the United States is becoming an object of ridicule on the global stage.
    “We should be a country that’s a beacon to the world, not the laughingstock,” Parnell said during a fish fry campaign stop Wednesday at Andrew Jackson State Park attended by 75 local supporters.

  • No 2018 Christmas parade in Van Wyck

    Tension between Van Wyck and Indian Land has flared again, with Van Wyck canceling its long-running Christmas parade after Indian Land scheduled its inaugural parade on the same afternoon.
    “There will be no Christmas Parade in Van Wyck this year,” said Pat Oglesby, the Van Wyck Christmas Parade chairman, in a post on the town’s Facebook page.

  • Local EMS workers in danger zone along coast

    SURFSIDE BEACH – Lancaster County EMS paramedic Charlie Garcia may have to go on a diet when he returns home after helping out with emergency services in Horry County after Hurricane Florence.
    “A lady just walked into the station with a pound cake. I’m afraid to come home, cause I’m gonna be about 50 pounds heavier,” Garcia said Tuesday. “It’s been a blessing. There is a true spirit of community down here, and everyone is pulling together.”