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  • Battleground tribute

    America’s independence was conceived in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, David Reuwer of the S.C. Battlefield Trust told a crowd gathered in Buford on Saturday.
    “But the bloody labor and delivery room is right here in South Carolina,” Reuwer shouted during the 239th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre on what he called “sacred ground” in eastern Lancaster County.

  • Senior Health and Fitness Day this Wednesday

    The Lancaster Senior Network Coalition will host its third-annual Senior Health and Fitness Day next Wednesday, offering a wide variety of information on services for local seniors.
    Last year’s event attracted more than 300 people, and organizers are hoping to see an equally impressive turnout this year. The event is 7-10 a.m. at the Gregory Family YMCA at USC Lancaster.
    “It’s a good opportunity for people to come and learn about the services that are out there,” said Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging.

  • Flopeye Fish Fest this weekend

    GREAT FALLS – If you hurry, you can catch the tail end of Great Falls’ annual Flopeye Fish Festival on May 25.
    The festival, which kicked off Friday, runs through 5 p.m. Saturday at James States Lee Industrial Park, 2534 James Baker Blvd. in Great Falls.
    Vendors and the carnival midway open at 9 a.m., along with registration for the car show. The FFF car show, sponsored by Great Falls Auto Parts, will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

  • A kidney for Luke

    INDIAN LAND – After two years of surviving with 20 percent kidney function, Luke Brown might finally have the chance to live a normal life.
    During Erin Brown’s pregnancy, her doctors noticed a red flag – her baby’s bladder was larger than normal.

  • Tough fire to fight

    Flames of unknown origin engulfed more than two dozen hay bales in a Heath Springs field Tuesday evening, leaving piles of scorched hay and nearly setting a nearby tractor ablaze.

  • Kershaw man gets 6 years in fiancée’s death

    After a four-day trial, jurors convicted a Kershaw man of reckless homicide Thursday in the 2015 death of his fiancée, and he was sentenced to six years in prison.
    William Bryan Reese, 46, remained calm Thursday afternoon as the jury’s verdict was read at the Lancaster County Courthouse and Circuit Judge Thomas Russo delivered the sentence, less than the 10-year maximum.
    The victim, Rae Marie Brewer, 45, died on the way to the hospital Dec. 16, 2015, after Reese’s Ford F450 rolled over her on his family’s Kershaw farm.

  • Heat might break local records

    Today through Tuesday, abnormally high temperatures may break local records dating back to the early 1900s.
    Some meteorologists this week blamed a “heat ridge” for the forecast.
    “What people are referring to when they talk about a heat ridge is there’s a large ridge of high pressure that’s going to be across the Southeast over the next several days,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Leonard Vaughan.

  • Wylie Street Pool area gets $100K in upgrades

    Lancaster County and the city of Lancaster have joined forces to make more than $100,000 in improvements to Wylie Street Pool and the surrounding area, including a new playground and picnic shelter.
    City council member Kenny Hood was one of the proponents of the project.

  • Proposed city budget falling $2.9M for ’19-20

    The city of Lancaster’s preliminary budget for fiscal 2019-20 is nearly $3 million less than last year’s and $9 million less than the year before that.
    City Finance Director Dana Pinkert presented the recommended budget of approximately $25 million to city council during a special council meeting Tuesday evening.
    “We had to deal with losing the tax dollars from the hospital,” she said. “We’re anticipating lower tax dollars, so we had to make some reductions.”

  • Jeff Hammond switches to GOP

    After serving as Lancaster County’s Democratic clerk of court for 18 years, Jeff Hammond revealed Thursday that he was joining the GOP.
    “Today, I am announcing that I will seek re-election in 2020 as a member of the Republican Party,” the 60-year-old Lancaster native told an applauding, standing-room-only crowd in the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.
    County GOP Chair Sandy McGarry, who had publicly targeted Hammond for defeat in 2020, cheered his decision and pledged her party’s commitment to keeping him in office.