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Dr. Laurens Fort of Great Falls dies at 77

Brian Garner

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Dr. Laurens Fort, a Great Falls dentist and longtime Chester County school board member, died Thursday. He was 77.

According to his wife, Brenda, Fort woke up Thursday morning complaining of shortness of breath. She called an ambulance, but he died before reaching the hospital.


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Fee hikes, possible $2M bond on the table

Lots more money needed for Panhandle firefighting

By Reece Murphy

The Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire protection district boards are considering asking Lancaster County Council for an increase in fire protection fees on homes and businesses as one way to help meet the increasing coverage needs of the growing Panhandle.
The discussions come as the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department looks to pay for two substations and a new aerial platform truck and eventually, like Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, add more on-duty personnel.


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Pacesetting growth in Panhandle

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster was the state’s fastest-growing county last year, propelled by the continuing influx of residents to the Panhandle, according to new census data.


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Got questions for extension experts? Join weekly chat

Scott Miller
Clemson University

CLEMSON – The first episode of Clemson Extension Live will air at noon April 5 on Facebook Live, offering viewers an opportunity to ask questions on everything from home gardening to birding.
The weekly, hour-long program will run each Wednesday on Clemson Cooperative Extension’s Facebook page and features experts in horticulture, entomology, wildlife and more.


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Kenny Hinson will show you the secrets of Forty Acre Rock

2,956 acres of solitude

By Greg Summers

“How many places can you go where the only thing you hear is the wind moving through the trees and songbirds singing?”


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Celebrate AJ’s 250th birthday Saturday

Andrew Jackson State Park

Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 250th Birthday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
Stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black-powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items that we can get in any retail store today were made by hand during Jackson’s time.


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Injured woman trapped after hitting tree off S.C. 9

By Greg Summers

An injured woman was trapped in her car early Tuesday after it veered off S.C. 9 in Buford and hit a tree.
S.C. Highway Patrol Gary Miller said Mariah TyShae Patrick’s  2004 Honda Civic was headed west toward Buford Crossroads when it ran off the road about 9:05 a.m. in the 4800 block of Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) near the intersection of Coot Sistare Road.


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Protects 9,300 acres in 5 counties, planning greenway

Katawba land trust celebrates 25-year anniversary this week

By Greg Summers

On March 22, 1992, local conservationist and historian Lindsay Pettus pitched an idea to safeguard local watersheds and keep the area’s most significant pristine natural areas and farms as undisturbed as possible.
He shared it with friends Paul Gettys, Mark Grier, Jimmy White IV and Ralph Garris, giving rise to the Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT).
Now 25 years later, that grassroots effort is protecting more that 9,300 acres in five S.C. counties. And no one is more pleased than Pettus as the land trust celebrates its silver anniversary this week.


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‘There was never a dull moment in Lancaster this year,’ judge says

TLN scoops up 31 S.C. press awards

By The Staff

The Lancaster News brought home 31 awards, and its three sister newspapers another 27, from Saturday’s S.C. Press Association annual meeting in Columbia.
Among the Lancaster News staff’s first-place honors were best election and political coverage, best special edition for its Honoring Veterans section, and best reporting-in-depth for coverage marking the death and legacy of Mayor Joe Shaw.


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Gamecocks shock Duke, going strong into Sweet 16

SINDARIUS SHINES

By Robert Howey

After a landmark comeback win over the Duke Blue Devils, the Gamecocks’ bandwagon is barreling toward Madison Square Garden this weekend for the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Led by Lancaster’s Sindarius Thornwell, the University of South Carolina men’s team is getting its first taste of March Madness in 13 years, and they’re into the Sweet 16 after beating Marquette and Duke last weekend in Greenville.


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