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Scammers: Grandson arrested, pay bail in iTunes cards

By Reece Murphy

Phone scammers posing as cops almost succeeded last month when they targeted an Indian Land woman and demanded an unusual payment method to get her grandson out of jail – iTunes gift cards.
The 78-year-old Sun City Carolina Lakes resident told the reporting Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy she’d gotten a phone call from a man identifying himself as “Officer Jonathan Griffin” of the Monroe, N.C., Police Department saying her grandson had been arrested.


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Gene Smith, founder of Mr. G’s, dies at 83

By Greg Summers

Gene Smith never shied away from hard work.
“If a nail needed driving or shelf needed stocking, Gene would jump right in there,” said longtime friend Francis Bell Jr. “He didn’t mind getting his hands dirty one bit.”
Born Aug. 5, 1932, the former Lancaster homebuilder, who eventually went into business as the head of the family-owned Mr. G’s Food Stores, died early Friday at his home. He was 83.


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Deal includes Buford, Hanging Rock sites

Land trust to protect Lancaster battlefields

By Chris Sardelli

Almost two and a half centuries after British and American forces clashed in Lancaster County during the Revolutionary War, a preservation group has secured more than $200,000 in grants, and plans to get more, to protect two local battlefields for future generations.


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Wesley Dry tackles one of America’s great endurance tests, hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 1 of 4

By Chris Sardelli

Hail pelted Wesley Dry’s car as he peered out at the wild expanse before him.
Tall, spindly trees, their leaves just starting to grow, towered overhead. A red sign beckoned through the mist.
“Appalachian Trail Approach.”
Waiting impatiently for the surprise storm to end, the 25-year-old Buford native prepared himself for the grueling journey ahead – a solo 2,200-mile hike along the world’s longest marked trail.


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Lancaster Children’s Home volunteer charged with giving alcohol to minor

By Reece Murphy

A volunteer with Lancaster Children’s Home has been charged with giving a teenage resident alcohol.
Heather Myers, 46, of 2622 Knotty Pine Drive, Lancaster, was charged Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of giving beer or wine to a minor, transfer or gift.  
Lancaster County sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said Myers was listed in investigative reports as a “direct care giver” with the organization.


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Press problems delay Friday edition of TLN

By Greg Summers

There is a good reason your copy of The Lancaster News was late Friday morning.
The press broke down Thursday night, so the Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, edition was printed in Greensboro, N.C.
Some paper routes were run as scheduled, but some carrier deliveries were delayed by some four hours. The TLN circulation staff will be delivering papers throughout Friday afternoon.
If a subscriber doesn’t get a copy of today’s edition, call the circulation department at (803) 416-8405 on Monday, Feb. 8, and your account will be credited.

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School is without electricty

Harrisburg Elementary School to dismiss students at 11 a.m.

By Greg Summers

INDIAN LAND – Harrisburg Elementary School is dismissing students at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 19, because of a power outage, said David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District.  
“This is all third-hand information, but as I understand it, Duke Energy placed a new transformer sometime over the weekend, and that transformer has malfunctioned,” he said. “Nobody was aware of the issue until this morning because of the holiday.”

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Man found shot to death off John Everall Road

By Reece Murphy

A man found dead in his a pickup truck parked off John Everall Road northeast of Lancaster Tuesday was shot to death, and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe he was murdered.

Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese identified the victim as 22-year-old Brandon Wheeler Reese of the 2100 block of Upson Drive in the Elgin community.

Knight said Reese was shot in the head, and his death did not appear to be a suicide.

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Thelathia Barnes Bailey dies

By Greg Summers

Thelathia “Thee” Barnes Bailey, director of the University of South Carolina Lancaster TRiO Program, died Sunday, Jan. 10.
With what he called “a heavy heart and much sadness,” campus dean Dr. Walt Collins III made the announcement to the USCL family and community leaders via email early Jan. 11.
“Mrs. Bailey passed away yesterday after a relatively short struggle with a difficult and debilitating illness,” Collins wrote.

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Event is at former fire station in Pleasant Hill

Yard sale/plate sale correction

The Jan. 9 yard and plate sale is at the former Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department building, 4535 Kershaw Camden Highway, which is beside Small’s Food Center. The sale is not at Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department and is not affiliated with Station 9 or its membership.  

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