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Sheriff’s office probes Indian Land house fire

By Reece Murphy

INDIAN LAND – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fire at a vacant home in Indian Land on Tuesday night.
Authorities said firefighters from Indian Land, Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Pleasant Valley and Waxhaw volunteer fire departments were dispatched about 9 p.m. to the home at 7156 Ander Vincent Road.
The small wood-framed house, located about a mile down a dirt road off S.C. 75, was fully involved when firefighters arrived.


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Estridge reportedly taken to hospital after accident

Councilman OK after wreck in Kershaw County

By Chris Sardelli

County Councilman Jack Estridge spent Monday night in the hospital after being involved in a car accident in Kershaw County.
County Administrator  Steve  Willis heard the news early Tuesday morning about the councilman, who represents District 6 on council. He didn’t have many details about the accident, but said Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell and Lancaster County Emergency Management Service Director Lanny Bernard have been following up on the crash.


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Duck hunter escapes sinking truck on Catawba

By Chris Sardelli

What began as an early morning duck hunt for Tony Pope quickly turned into a fight for his life.
The Lancaster man left home early Tuesday morning to go duck hunting with a friend on the Catawba River on the Lancaster/Chester county line. At about 5:30 a.m., Pope eased his 2001 Toyota Tacoma down the S.C. 9 boat landing under the Catawba River bridge, aiming his trailer and boat toward the water.


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Silver Haired Legislature seeks candidates for 2011

By Jesef Williams

Are you 60 or older and concerned about issues affecting the aging population?
If so, the S.C. Silver Haired Legislature might be right for you.
The statewide group, which identifies issues and vouches for legislation impacting seniors, is seeking candidates for membership for 2011.
The group has 152 members, with representation from each of South Carolina’s 46 counties. Members serve two-year terms.


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Fire damages business in Pleasant Hill community

By Jesef Williams

Below-freezing temperatures and a multi-layer roof made putting out a blaze a challenge for firefighters Monday night.
Firefighters got a call shortly after 9 p.m. about a fire at the S&M Mini Mart on Kershaw-Camden Highway in the Pleasant Hill community.
Crews arrived minutes later to find the left rear section of the building on fire, said Patrick Helms, chief of the Heath Springs Fire Department.


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Man accused of taking helmet at one scene

Fires claim two houses

By Reece Murphy

Fire departments battled two fires on Dec. 22, one of which involved the arrest of a man who allegedly tried to steal fire equipment from the scene.
Gooches Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Hardin said firefighters responded about 6:30 p.m. to 1125 9th St., Lancaster.
Hardin said flames were visible through the vacant mill house’s roof when firefighters arrived.
He said the home was a total loss. A cause of fire has yet to be determined.


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Much-watched storm arrives day after Christmas

Only minor problems attributed to snowfall

By Reece Murphy

While Mother Nature played havoc with much of the East Coast, she kept her touch gentle in these parts with just enough snow to transform Lancaster County into a winter wonderland.
According to the National Weather Service, Lancaster County received between 2 and 5 inches Sunday, with the heaviest amounts falling in the northern and eastern parts of the county.
Residents across the region had been watching the weather projections for days, when forecasters began saying that the Charlotte area had its first good chance for a white Christmas since 1947.


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They lean on each other during the difficult times

Sisters in adversity

By Nita Brown

Brenda Hilley and Sarah Funderburk of Lancaster believe sisters make the best friends.
Hilley, the oldest of five sisters and four brothers in the Deese family, was “second mama” to her other siblings. As children, they learned to support and encourage each other, and remained close as they grew up.
Both Hilley and her younger sister, Funderburk, are artistic and enjoy making many different kinds of hand-crafted gifts for friends and family.
Their Christmas trees are filled with ornaments – most of which are their own creations.


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Christmas Basket drive tops $11,000

In one week, the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund nearly doubled the amount of money generated to help area residents in need.
Slightly more than $5,200 was donated to the fund through Wednesday of last week, bringing the grand total to $11,602.
Other donations were coming in but aren’t included in this story because of The Lancaster News’ early deadline for the Christmas holiday.
Donations received after Wednesday will be reported in next week’s roundup.


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Or will it just be wet and cold?

Will Christmas be white?

Reece Murphy
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There’s an old saying that says “never bet on the weather.”
If you’re hoping for a white Christmas this year, it may be prudent to take the adage to heart.
Competing computer-generated forecasts are causing uncertainty as to how much snow will fall on Christmas.


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