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Today's News

  • Saluting fallen Florence officer

    Thousands mourned fallen Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway at his funeral Monday in the Florence Civic Center, including more than a dozen law officers from Lancaster.
    Carraway, 52, was gunned down during a two-hour shootout Oct. 3. Six other officers were injured during the incident while trying to serve a warrant on the son of the accused shooter.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said his officers asked to attend as soon as funeral arrangements were made.

  • Chamber wins top award from Carolinas group

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce has been named Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
    The local chamber competed against 27 other accredited chambers with 700 or fewer members. The award was presented at the CACCE’s annual management conference in Blowing Rock, N.C.

  • Stray emu snacks in Heath Springs garden

    Mary Blackmon wouldn’t have been surprised to see a deer or even a bear in her Heath Springs garden, but she sure didn’t expect an emu.
    When they first saw it Monday afternoon, Blackmon and her husband wondered what type of bird it was – eating their plants and making itself right at home.
    Maybe it’s an ostrich. How about a roadrunner? They finally called animal control officials Tuesday, who postulated that the unexpected guest could be an emu.

  • Talf Wrenn named VFD’s 2018 Citizen of the Year

    Talf Wrenn has accomplished many things in his life, and one of his most amazing feats was getting a helicopter landing pad for the town of Kershaw.
    Wrenn, 23, has spent a lot of his years in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 3. Despite his disability, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout after completing the difficult community service project of building the Kershaw helicopter pad.
    The Kershaw Fire Department honored Wrenn Monday night by naming him 2018 Citizen of the Year. A plaque was presented to Wrenn for the accomplishment.

  • Hurricane Michael targeting S.C.

    Less than a month after Hurricane Florence brought historic flooding to the eastern parts of the state, South Carolina is under threat of substantial rain from Hurricane Michael.
    Late Tuesday, Michael was a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds at 120 mph. The storm was 420 miles south of Panama City, Fla., moving north in the Gulf of Mexico at 12 mph.

  • Desperate families still recovering from storm

    Brylynn Walters is only 7 months old, but she knows something is different, says her grandmother, Debra Walters.
    Brylynn has not slept in her crib for weeks.
    “She is not happy and she is not comfortable,” Walters said.
    It also has been difficult to find formula since Florence came through the region, Walters said.
    It is just one example of her search for hope, as she fights despair.
    She has made numerous calls seeking help. She has more questions than answers.

  • Donate now for wreaths to honor vets

    KERSHAW – Local resident Gary Sowell volunteers for the annual Wreath Across America effort to honor the 500-plus veterans buried in the Kershaw City Cemetery.
    “Anything we do is a drop in the bucket to what they did for us. We can’t even come close,” said Sowell.
    The annual holiday wreath-laying ceremony is part of a nationwide observance to salute and remember veterans, as well as prisoners of war and those still missing in action.

  • Coming Events

    Week Ahead

    KVLT nature and history walk

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust will host a nature and history walk from 1:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Landsford Canal State Park, 2051 Park Drive, Catawba. 

    Retired park naturalist Irvin Pitts will speak on identifying birds and naturalist Andrew Lazenby will speak about plants and animals. Local historian Mark Grier will lead a tour of the Lockkeeper’s House and the park museum. The event will also include a visit from a revolutionary war militia. 

  • Church News

    Week Ahead

    Crestview Baptist family nights

    Crestview Baptist Church, 2228 Douglas Road, Lancaster, will host family nights every Saturday in October, from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 20 and from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Family nights are free and include popcorn, snow cones, volleyball, corn hole, Frisbee, kids activities, music and a speaker.

    Men’s singing anniversary

  • News Briefs

    UW seeks tax volunteers

    United Way of Lancaster County is looking for volunteers to do taxes for Lancaster residents this tax season. Volunteers will be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials to help people whose incomes are $54,000 or less with their federal and state individual income tax returns. Accounting experience is not required. For details or to volunteer, call (803) 283-8923.

    Historical Commission seeks school photos