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  • ‘A giant in the community’

    Dr. Pierce Horton Jr., a beloved physician, longtime civic leader and one of Lancaster’s most recognizable smiling faces, died Friday. He was 92.
    The Lancaster native – “Stompy” to his friends and Dr. Horton to everyone else – delivered more than 5,000 babies during 33 years of medical practice here. I was one of them.
    I interviewed Horton last August for an article celebrating his life, and he recalled in detail the day I was born.

  • Rock the House!

    The 2019-20 Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert Series opens this week with a different kind of classical performance.
    Flip Side, a local rock band, will perform “Distinctive Harmony: Soft Rock of the ’70s to ’90s,” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cultural Arts Center on West Gay Street.

  • Paws on Parade

    Two more colorful Paws on Parade pups were installed last week, bringing the total to nine of the lively sculptures scattered throughout the county.
    The public art exhibit, sponsored by Lancaster County Council of the Arts, features 10 fiberglass dog sculptures by local artists, with the last dogs to be installed soon.

  • Campers repair 7 area homes

    John Dixon’s Van Wyck home has been in his family for years, but the home he grew up in had fallen into disrepair.
    Without help, Dixon wouldn’t have been able to fix the place up, he said, but thanks to the Catawba Salkehatchie Camp, his home was transformed last week.
    A group of 10 volunteers showed up at Dixon’s house June 17 to start the repairs, which included painting, installing insulation and replacing all the windows of the house.

  • Meet the Kershaw Mayor July 3

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is hosting Meet the Mayor at 9 a.m. July 3 at the mayor’s office in Kershaw Town Hall. The public session offers residents the opportunity to ask questions, present ideas and voice their concerns in a casual setting.
    “I am looking forward to speaking with the residents and hearing some great ideas that we can hopefully utilize in the town of Kershaw,” Mayor Mark Dorman said.

  • Pageland Murder suspect turns himself in

    A suspect in the fatal shooting of a Pageland woman turned himself in Friday morning at Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, accompanied by his attorney.

  • Kershaw to raise water deposit

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is raising the deposit needed for water and sewer service from $100 to $150 effective July 1.
    In an increasing trend, some renters are skipping out and sticking the town with outstanding water bills higher than the initial $100 deposit.
    “What happens is, nobody is paying. I don’t think that’s fair on people who do pay the right amount,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman, before town council unanimously passed the increase at its June 17 meeting.

  • EMS station bids $500K higher than expected

    Lancaster County is getting sticker shock once again for the proposed EMS Station 4/9 on Bailes Road in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said when sealed bids on the EMS station were opened June 19, all of them were about $500,000 higher than the anticipated $1.2 million cost.
    Seven contractors submitted bids to build the new EMS station and all the bids are within about $137,000.
    While it’s too early in the process to choose a contractor, the high bid is $1,888,500. The low bid is $1,751, 693.

  • Crash landing

    A small, single-engine plane had a rough landing early Saturday morning at the Lancaster County Airport, injuring a father and his son.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the plane crashed while landing at the McWhirter Field airport shortly after 8 a.m.

  • Plyler wins Heath Springs seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – A scant 43 total votes were cast in Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant at-large seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
    And Joey Plyler – the lone candidate whose name was on the ballot – got all of them.
    For Plyler, his election to council is a dream come true.
    “I love this town and I love being able to help people.
    “Moving in with my grandparents and joining Heath Springs Fire Department sure set me on the right path. I sure am grateful to be here,” he said.