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  • Honeycutt pulls out of Democratic Party, citing shift to left

    Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt is no longer a Democrat.
    Honeycutt, elected to his fourth term in 2018, informed the local party Thursday that he was leaving. In an interview, the 81-year-old said he doesn’t plan to run for office again or join another political party. 

  • Life sentence in McLemore murder

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to life without chance for parole late Thursday in the September 2017 murder of Joel McLemore on 16th Street.
    With chains wrapping his midsection and his wrists, 31-year-old Demarcus Obrien Foster turned to address McLemore’s family before Circuit Judge Roger Henderson passed sentence.

  • New federal funds at 2 senior centers means no closings

    The Heath Springs and Kershaw senior centers, threatened with closure after a $50,000 budget cut last year, have been saved by an infusion of $157,000 in additional funding.
    “We’re very thankful to the Catawba Area Agency on Aging to be able to come back with funding,” said Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging. “We just said hallelujah and thank you!”

  • Heeding his church’s call

    Nearly 20 years ago, Nathan McLemore served a six-month mission in Lancaster. Every morning he’d study and plan, then he’d head out to share the gospel door to door.
    “For the most part, people were very friendly,” he said. “Knocking on doors during the summer, people would invite us in and offer us water. They’d say they weren’t really interested in our message, but we looked thirsty.”

  • City awards $50,000 in hospitality-tax grants

    Lancaster City Council has awarded $50,000 in hospitality-tax grants to eight local organizations.
    The funds are collected through a 2-percent tax imposed by the city on the sale of all prepared food and beverages sold within the city.
    “A good example is the Craft Stand,” said City Administrator Flip Hutfles. “Every time they pour a tap, 2 percent goes onto that bill.”
    “That tells you there’s a lot of people eating good prepared foods right here in the city,” Mayor Alston DeVenny added.

  • Kershaw shifts unused playground equipment to W. Church St. area

    KERSHAW – The “little green playground” at Stevens Park is getting a new home.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Monday to move the playground equipment that’s behind the Stevens Park pavilion to the Marion Street Park complex.
    “That one doesn’t get much use anymore,” Town Administrator Mitch Lucas said.
    The small playground was installed in 2017 as a stopgap measure when the park’s main playground was deemed unsafe and there was a delay while the town decided how to replace the equipment.

  • Indian Land QT sells $2M lottery ticket

    INDIAN LAND – Three Powerball players in South Carolina woke up as millionaires this morning, and one of those tickets, worth $2 million, was sold at QuickTrip in Indian Land.
    The South Carolina Education Lottery reported two tickets worth $2 million and one ticket worth $1 million were sold for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing featuring a $550 million jackpot.
    Jonathan Gonia, store manager of the QuickTrip at 9565 Charlotte Highway – the one just south of S.C. 160 – said Powerball ticket sales recently increased.

  • Come on, people!

    KERSHAW – Scattered trash, discarded lumber, rusty barrels and abandoned furniture have become a perpetual eyesore along streets in the east mill village just north of town.
    The blighted area, full of debris-clogged ditches alongside overgrown vacant lots, will get a much-needed cleanup starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Church congregations and other volunteers – including some from the neighborhood, organizers hope – will be out putting litter in its place.
    Kershaw-area landscaper Darren Sowell calls it a good place to start.    

  • 10-year term in child-porn case

    A Lancaster man was sentenced Wednesday to a decade in state prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
    Ray Gene Cook Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and received a 10-year term from Circuit Judge Roger Henderson.
    According to a press release from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, an agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force downloaded a file from Cook’s computer containing child pornography in May 2016.

  • A.J. State Park heralds 7th president’s birthday

    Laura Ledford
    Andrew Jackson State Park

    Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 252nd Birthday Celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
    Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items were made by hand during Jackson’s time. If you are lucky, you might get to chat with Old Hickory.