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  • Craft Stand owner running for mayor

    The mayoral race expanded yet again Monday and now includes a fifth candidate.
    Don Geraghty, co-owner of The Craft Stand on Main Street, has filed in the special mayoral election to fill the term of the late Mayor John Howard. It’s his first run for public office.
    “I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” said Geraghty, 44. “I’m not a Lancaster native, but I’ve met the best people in my life here, and I want to see the city prosper.”

  • Lancaster County joining I-77 Alliance

    RICHBURG – Almost four years after giving Lancaster the economic brushoff for membership, the I-77 Alliance has warmed up to include the county in the regional partnership that lures businesses to the area.
    The county will join the alliance, which includes Chester, Fairfield, Richland and York counties, on July 1.
    “As far as I’m concerned, this ranks at the very top of the good-news scale,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper. “This is really a great day in Lancaster….

  • Our own Special Olympics

    Lancaster County held its first Special Olympics Friday at Springdale Recreation Center. Here are a few moments from the games.

  • It's pickin' time!

    Lancaster County residents don’t have to travel far to pick fresh strawberries, and it’s finally time to hit the fields.
    The Ivy Place, at 8603 Van Wyck Road in Indian Land, and Rich Hill Farms, 3061 Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, both offer fresh-picked and pick-your-own baskets of strawberries.
    Kirk Hovis said this is the first year his family-owned Rich Hill Farms has grown strawberries, and it has been a challenge.
    “The weather has been horrendous,” Hovis said. “The storm last week really tore up some of the crops.”

  • Norman trumpets Trump’s record

    INDIAN LAND – Rep. Ralph Norman told Sun City residents Thursday that he expects to see legislation passed this year on immigration reform, the building of a border wall and making last year’s tax cuts permanent.
    He defended President Trump’s record and said he stands firmly at his side.
    “I will tell you this president is doing a good job,” Norman said. “You may not like his personality, but look what has he done.”

  • Kershaw moves to eliminate the town’s municipal court

    KERSHAW – While some small towns use municipal courts to raise cash through traffic fines, Kershaw isn’t one of them.
    “It’s not a revenue cow, and we don’t want it to be,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We just want the laws enforced.”
    Town council members unanimously voted Monday to start the process of eliminating the town’s municipal court by the end of the fiscal year.
    Dorman said presiding Judge Barbara Lisenby has notified Kershaw officials that June 30 will be her last day.

  • IL father, son injured in hit-and-run

    An Indian Land family is still reeling days after father and son were run over by a car, injuring both and leaving the father in serious condition.
    The incident happened Tuesday in the Ballantyne area of south Charlotte, when 41-year-old Nathan Green and his 4-year-old son were entering a grocery store, according to news and police reports.
    The pair were hit after an unidentified teen stole a case of Bud Light from the Harris Teeter at Blakeney Village shopping center and jumped into a waiting getaway car.

  • NYC officials relocate statue honoring Dr. J. Marion Sims

    The Central Park statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims has been relocated because of the controversy over his medical experiments on enslaved women in the mid-1800s.
    According to The New York Times, New York City’s Public Design Commission voted unanimously to move the statue to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where Sims is buried.
    Protesters last August demanded the removal of the statue, which honors one of Lancaster’s most famous native sons. Sims is often referred to as “the father of gynecology.”

  • Mayoral election gets 4th candidate

    A fourth candidate entered the Lancaster mayor’s race Friday as the 10-day filing period opened in the special election to fill the term of the late Mayor John Howard.

  • Boyfriend sentenced in Jacarion’s death

    Eight months after he left a loaded pistol near 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden and left the room, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes was sentenced Friday to 8½ years in prison in the toddler’s accidental shooting death.
    Hayes, 19, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun by a person convicted of a violent crime and unlawful conduct toward a child.
    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons sentenced Hayes to the maximum five-year term on the gun charge and an additional 3½ years on the unlawful-conduct charge. The maximum sentence on that count was 10 years.