• 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.

  • 5 easy, daily steps to make you healthier

    We all want to be healthy. We want to eat healthy, feel healthy and have healthy relationships.
    There is no lack of information on ways to achieve this. In fact, one could argue there are too many articles telling us the “secret” to feeling good.
    You can find generic articles about eating whole foods, getting eight hours of sleep each night and drinking plenty of water. This is all is good advice, but it’s so general.
    Today I want to share five very specific things that you can do to move the needle toward a healthier you.

  • BMS 12-year-old undergoes surgery for leg fracture

    Tucker Wallace, a 12-year-old Buford Middle School student, was airlifted from the school Wednesday afternoon after suffering a compound leg fracture.
    “He was outside playing and went and jumped on a little hill and landed on it wrong,” said Todd Wallace, Wallace’s father. “When he landed on it, he heard it pop, and felt the worst pain he’s ever felt.”
    Teachers and students came to his aid, and called 911. When EMS personnel couldn’t find a pulse in his foot, they airlifted him to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

  • For 40 years, Sue Heath snipped hair, made friends

    Sue Heath presided for 40 years over a gathering place for moms, daughters and friends – a beloved, over-the-top personality who creatively embellished everything she touched.
    Heath, owner of University Hair Center, died unexpectedly in her sleep Tuesday. She was 60.

  • Midair logs on Riverside

    The scene on Riverside Road early Thursday would have fit perfectly in a big-budget action movie.
    A fully-loaded log truck swerved to miss another vehicle, overturned and slammed into a stationary train car, trapping the truck driver and propelling the giant tree trunks into the air.
    At the moment of impact, Dawn Williams and her son Devin were passing from the opposite direction in Dawn’s Honda.

  • Mayor’s race draws pair of heavy hitters

    Two veteran city council members on Thursday said they are candidates in the July 10 special mayoral election.
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris, 44, and city council member Sara Eddins, 79, are running to fill the late Mayor John Howard’s term.
    “My goal is to keep Lancaster going forward,” Garris said in an interview. “I don’t have to say what I’m going to do. I’ve shown that I am a worker.”
    Eddins said she wants to continue the example of Howard’s work ethic.

  • Nurturing rare skills

    Becca Brennan, Abe Danaher and Reema Vaidya
    Columbia Voice

    It’s organized chaos as you walk into Palmetto Strings on Columbia’s Elmwood Avenue.
    The small violin-repair shop is bursting with instruments, tools and craftsmanship as owner Gregg Lange emerges from the back room, an instrument in one hand, a tool in the other.

  • Council denies church’s rezoning request

    Lancaster County Council voted 5-2 April 9 to deny a conditional-use application that would let bilingual Chinese-American congregation Truth In Grace Bible Church build a sanctuary on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    County Councilman Larry Honeycutt, who made the motion to deny, noted that neighboring residents and property owners submitted a 103-signature petition asking county leaders to reject the application. 

  • 401 Special Olympians ready to compete

    Mary Beth Mize is focused on Friday with a Christmas-like excitement.
    Her anticipation is centered on the first-ever Lancaster County Special Olympics, scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Springdale Park in Lancaster.
    “I’m excited,” said Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School, who is helping coordinate the event for special-needs students ages 4 to 21 from across the county. “The response to our event has been amazing.”

  • John Howard: Mayor, soldier, family man

    John Howard played many roles over his nearly seven decades – husband, father, mayor, city councilman, soldier, radio deejay, insurance salesman – but one was surely closest to his heart.
    “The title he was most proud of – and I think he’d tell anybody – was ‘Papa John’ to his five grandkids,” Matt Howard said during Sunday’s memorial service for his father at Second Baptist Church.