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DSS removes 14-year-old from parents amid squalor

‘Help me,’ girl whispers to deputy

By Reece Murphy

The 14-year-old girl and her parents shared a bedroom in the back of a Lancaster auto repair shop with several cats and dogs. 

The deputy noted two beds, mounds of clothes and trash, bottles of what appeared to be urine and the stench of animal feces. 

Outside the bedroom was a refrigerator and a table with some food, but no way to cook. The only water came from a plastic pipe running down from a hole in the bathroom ceiling and left hanging about waist high off the floor.


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Future teachers bring fresh ideas to the classroom

By Chris Sardelli

The sound of pencils furiously scribbling answers inside math workbooks filled the small Indian Land Elementary School classroom as Sherry Roof quietly strolled the aisles.


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Landowners get 1st detailed look at zoning plans

By Mandy Catoe

More than 50 citizens attended the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) community review meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, hosted by the Lancaster County Planning Department to get residents’ feedback on the county’s proposed overhaul of guidelines for handling growth and development. 


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Fire students fare well in state competition

By Greg Summers

The firefighting class at the Lancaster High School Career Center brought home two awards from team competition in the recent Southeastern Explorer Challenge in Columbia.


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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern portion of county

By Greg Summers

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern portion of Lancaster County until 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.

At 4:29 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph over Arcadia Lakes in Richland County and moving east/northeast toward Lancaster at an estimated 30 mph.

Residents are urged to report damaging winds or flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.


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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern portion of county

By Greg Summers

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern portion of Lancaster County until 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.

At 4:29 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph over Arcadia Lakes in Richland County and moving east/northeast toward Lancaster at an estimated 30 mph.

Residents are urged to report damaging winds or flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.


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From release

Fire hydrant testing begins April 1

The Lancaster Fire Department will begin its semi-annual fire hydrant testing throughout the city and parts of the county on Friday, April 1, 2016. This operation will continue throughout the months of April and May. All hydrants on a city water main will be tested to ensure they're operable and able to produce the required water pressure when needed.

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40-foot flames, firefighter hurt in hose mishap

Raging fire guts IL home

By Reece Murphy

Fire destroyed the home of an Indian Land family Thursday morning.
Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder said no one was injured in the fire at 7545 Haley Lane, though the home was a complete loss.
Blackwelder said firefighters were dispatched to the scene about 8:34 a.m. after a neighbor reported flames and smoke coming from the garage.
Though the family’s three children were at school, the couple was still at home.

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Church family puts shoe leather to Easter faith

Carrying the cross

By Greg Summers

Traveling up Main Street from Lancaster Square to the downtown business district is old hat for most of us.


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Deal involves recreation, conservation, droughts

Duke gets to control river, users benefit too

Page Leggett


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