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Afternoon smoke coming from Chesterfield County

By Greg Summers

The thick, sweet-smelling smoke that is visible in the eastern portion of the county Thursday afternoon has been attributed to two controlled burns by the S.C. Forestry Commission in neighboring Chesterfield County.
Several residents reported smoke in Buford and Flat Creek communities about lunchtime, but law enforcement and firefighters couldn’t find the source.
Russell Hubright, S.C. Forestry Commission forest management chief, said several planned burns are going on in Chesterfield County today.

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DNR arrests defilers at Forty Acre Rock

By Greg Summers

Two dozen people have been arrested in raids at Forty Acre Rock staged by state conservation officers combatting illegal fires, camping and driving cars in the protected environmental preserve. 


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Regulators: Poor drainage at 2 IL building sites may threaten heelsplitter

Silt-runoff violations

By Chris Sardelli

State and federal officials are investigating possible environmental violations at two large residential construction projects in Indian Land, incidents of uncontrolled sediment runoff into Six Mile Creek that could threaten the endangered Carolina heelsplitter.


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Stillwell’s Super Bowl bet benefits children’s home, Girl Scouts

One wager, three girls, 70 boxes of cookies

By Greg Summers

When Kevin Stillwell made a friendly football bet with the Johnson sisters on Super Bowl Sunday, he figured is was a sure thing.


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Man hit by car in Walmart parking lot

By Greg Summers

A Chesterfield County driver was arrested Monday night after running over someone in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot.

Devan Dorelle Melton, 26, of Chesterfield, was charged with reckless driving. While Melton was also wanted in Chesterfield County for driving under suspension, that charge could not be leveled here because the incident happened on private property.


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Assessment is part of process to get block grants to pay for needs

Heath Springs upgrades community needs list

By Greg Summers

HEATH SPRINGS – Now that Phase V of water line improvements is complete and the town water tank is upgraded, except for a couple of cosmetic issues, Heath Springs Town Council is moving forward on a new roadmap.

Last Tuesday, council unanimously reprioritized the town’s needs during a public hearing attended by a representative of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG).


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Andrew Moore and Andrew Martin
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S.C. strategy for Hillary focused on black voters

Hillary Clinton was garnering amens alongside applause in African-American churches across South Carolina leading up to this weekend’s Democratic primary, building on the legacy of husband and former President Bill Clinton.


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Clinton wins S.C. Democratic presidential primary

By Greg Summers

Hillary Clinton scored a lopsided victory in Lancaster County over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
Local results dovetailed much of the Palmetto State with Clinton, a former secretary of state and U.S. Senator, getting 73 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 26 percent.
Across the state, Clinton received 74 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 25 percent.
Clinton’s win is the third of her presidential bid. A week ago, she captured the Nevada caucuses and won the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses by a slight margin.

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Tornado watch, wind advisory issued for county until 7 p.m. Wednesday

By Greg Summers

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch and wind advisory for Lancaster County and surrounding areas until 7 p.m. today.
A tornado watch means that conditions may become favorable for a tornado to develop.   
A wind advisory means that winds greater than 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, so motorists should use extra caution.

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Jamie Ussery, Special to The Lancaster News

S.C. lawmaker again pushes to arm teachers

The sponsor of a bill that would arm specially trained teachers and school administrators as a means of protecting public schools said he has tightened the legislation to address concerns about the presence of weapons around students.

State Rep. Phillip Lowe, R-Florence, sponsored a similar measure in 2012, shortly after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., where a mentally ill man killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers. That measure never made it out of a House committee.


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