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  • Pothole woes

    Maddening, hazardous potholes have popped up all over Lancaster County – deep craters that evoke an asphalt moonscape – and highway crews are working overtime to repair the damage.
    “To be honest, it’s scary,” said Michael Jackson, who has been dodging the chasms along S.C. 522 in Rich Hill on his way to work in Camden. “There’s so many out there, you’ve got to slow down.”
    Last week, he couldn’t avoid hitting a big one, and now his Honda Civic has a badly bent rim.

  • City’s murder rate fell to zero in ’18

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant had a lot to celebrate when the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve – zero homicides in the city for 2018, a far cry from the previous year’s nine murder cases.
    “2017 was a tough year for this department,” Grant said Friday. “We were severely understaffed, and the senseless deaths of so many people took their toll on us, just like it did this entire community.”

  • CVS worker thanks boss: ‘I’m alive because of her’

    Basilio “B.C.” Calchera and his wife, Gini, recently took flowers, a cake and balloons to the CVS Pharmacy on Great Falls Highway.
    The surprise gifts were a thank you for Julie Covone, the store manager, whose quick action the couple credits with helping to save B.C.’s life.
    “I’m alive because of her!” Calchera exclaimed.
    The crisis happened Dec. 29. Covone had a gut feeling that things weren’t right when she got to work that Saturday.

  • Duracell completes plant’s closing

    Lancaster’s giant Duracell plant, which announced in 2016 that it would end production by the middle of this year, has already shut down, leaving the 20-acre industrial site a ghost town.
    “I can tell you on the record, they are officially gone,” said county Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.
    The 300,000-square-foot building on S.C. 9 Bypass West once bustled with nearly 1,200 workers, producing more than 5 million AA batteries each day. It now stands silent and has a “For Sale” sign out front.

  • Everly tribute, MLK parade, Mary Wilson among events

    From release

    A new year has arrived, bringing with it a selection of entertainment and cultural events hosted by the City of Lancaster to brighten the rest of the winter season.
    Concertgoers can catch “The Everly Brothers Experience,” featuring the Zmed Brothers, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at USC-Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Zachary and Dylan Zmed celebrate the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly.

  • Business spurs internet backlash over Facebook immigration post

    A Lancaster funeral home owner is facing some backlash after posting an anti-immigration message on his Facebook   business page that was circulated widely on social media.
    Jerry Hartley, owner of Hartley Funeral Home on Hubbard Drive, posted this on Monday: “IF YOU ARE NOT BORN, AND RAISED IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING HERE, THIS IS AMERICA.”

  • Sheriff warns about jury-duty scam

    Scammers are using jury duty as a ploy to get Lancaster County victims to send them money, the sheriff’s office warned the public Monday.
    According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, callers are posing as officers, telling victims a warrant has been issued for their arrest because they have failed to show up for jury duty. In order to avoid arrest, the release said, the caller tells the victim to send money in the form of a GreenDot card or some other type of payment to a specific address, sometimes even the Lancaster County Courthouse.

  • Education tops legislative agenda

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. General Assembly opened its 2019 session Tuesday, with many to-do lists topped by education reform throughout the state.
    Among the ideas discussed last week at a legislative preview event were teacher pay raises, shifting some lottery revenues to K-12 education, issuing state bonds for school construction and repair, and consolidating small school districts to save money.

  • Garbage backlog plagues Kershaw

    KERSHAW – One sure way to get citizenry fuming at local government is by not picking up their trash, especially during the holidays.
    “It couldn’t have occurred at a worse time of the year, when more garbage accumulates. I’ve lived here all my life, and I don’t ever recall this happening,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman.

  • Orange Crush!

    For the second time in three seasons, Clemson won the national championship of college football Monday night – this time in a runaway against rival Alabama.
    The underdog Tigers dominated the Crimson Tide, winning 44-16 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and handing coach Nick Saban his largest point loss ever at Alabama.
    “How about them Tigers!” Clemson’s exuberant coach Dabo Swinney said amid hugs and confetti after the game. “Man, I’m so proud of our guys….