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  • Quilting champ, 11, devoted to her art

    Isabella Bryant, 11, and Donna Sawyer, 68, spend three hours together every Friday.
    Despite being generations apart, the two have bonded over their shared love of quilting.
    “They have a great relationship. It’s just so precious,” said the 11-year-old’s mother, Joanna Bryant, who said it is fun to see how two people with such a large age gap were brought together by sewing.

  • The whistler upstairs at the Springs House

    Joe Timmons, See Lancaster’s events and promotions manager, is an aficionado of Lancaster County’s weird and spooky history.
    In his spare time, he explores old graveyards and researches their stories. And his antennae are always up in case something strange happens right in front of him.
    More than a few times, Timmons tells us, it has. Once several years ago, he was rehearsing for a play at the Historic Springs House in downtown Lancaster with a few actors from the Community Playhouse.

  • Faile wins Strom Thurmond award

    COLUMBIA – Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile was awarded the 2018 Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement on Friday during a luncheon at the Fort Jackson Officers’ Club.
    Presented by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the award annually recognizes four law enforcement officers – at the municipal, county, state and federal levels – who demonstrate the highest ideals of excellence. The Thurmond awards were established in 1983.

  • 2nd Florence officer dies from injuries in shootout

    A second Florence County officer has died from injuries sustained during the Oct. 3 shootout in which a man opened fire on officers serving a warrant against his son.
    Investigator Farrah “Maxine” Turner with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office died from her injuries Monday evening after nine surgeries attempting to repair the damage done by the gunshots.
    Detective Sgt. Jodi Sims of the Lancaster Police Department went through the police academy with Turner and says she was heartbroken to hear the news of her death.

  • County council candidates differ on handling growth

    Don Duve, who is running for Lancaster County Council District 4, has a surefire way to slow down growth in the Panhandle and address traffic along the congested U.S. 521 corridor.
    “If I was on council, I would request... we put a moratorium on commercial projects on 521,” Duve said Tuesday night during a campaign forum co-sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Duke Energy and The Lancaster News.

  • Garris, DeVenny: Success requires attracting business

    Budget issues and downtown development dominated Tuesday’s nuts-and-bolts debate between Lancaster Mayor Alston DeVenny and opponent Tamara Green Garris.
    Garris, the mayor pro tem and a 10-year city council veteran, said that as a Lancaster native, she witnessed the gradual decline of downtown and yearns to see it thriving again.

  • House 45 debate veers into slugfest

    Fireworks usually come at the end of an event, and so it was in Tuesday’s marathon five hours of Lancaster County politicking known as the Before You Vote Forum 2018.
    After a calm, often wonky, sometimes pedestrian evening, things got downright flinty when the candidates for S.C. House District 45 clashed on state pensions, Medicaid and teacher pay.
    In the final debate of the night, Republican incumbent Brandon Newton and Democratic challenger Corin Buskey sat alone on the stage at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, a few feet apart.

  • Lancaster's own Alexander Hamilton

    Wonza Johnson grew up in Lancaster, thrived in the arts-focus program at Andrew Jackson Middle School, and left to pursue his dreams at the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities.
    Now 24, he lives in New York City and performs in the national tour of “Hamilton: An American Musical,” the Broadway blockbuster that has sold out Charlotte’s Belk Theater since Oct. 10.

  • Lancaster County Council District 4: Larry F. Honeycutt

    ◆ Party: Democrat.
    ◆ Age: 80.
    ◆ Family: Jan and I celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 12. Four daughters, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grands.
    ◆ Education: Associate degree in commercial Science, USC Lancaster.
    ◆ Occupation: Retired.
    ◆ Political experience: Three terms as District 4 council member.
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  • Lancaster County Council District 4: Don Duve

    ◆ Party: Republican
    ◆ Age: 80.
    ◆ Family: Marilyn, wife of 48 years; four children, five  grandkids.
    ◆ Education: Bachelor’s degree in business from Kent State University, 1973; journeyman machinist.