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  • Power outages impact 4,000

    UPDATE:
    About 4,000 homes and businesses in eastern Lancaster County woke up without electricity Tuesday morning.
    The power was not expected to be back on until 10 p.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
    “The damage to the lines was a direct feed out of the retail (sub) station, which ran through the woods,” said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

  • Weekend Recap: July 24, 2017

    Dan Edwards and Larry Honeycutt teamed to win the annual member-member golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Saturday afternoon. The senior twosome combined for a 59 to notch a close win in the 18-hole tournament played under sweltering weather conditions. The annual club championship is Aug. 12-13. Golfers can register by calling (803) 416-4500.

    Scott Hunter topped the ultra-competitive 16-car field in USCS Sprint car action. For the latest dirt racing results, see sports in Wednesday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Everything about Haile mine is just ginormous

    Sherrill C. Mullis
    Special to The Lancaster News

    On the road again, just 20 miles from home this time, to Haile Gold Mine.
    The OceanaGold Corp. project is a sight to see, and it’s right here in Lancaster County, just east of Kershaw.
    My grandson Thomas Bailey has been working there for going on two years now. Thomas knew that I’ve been wanting to take a tour of the place. I heard some politicians had been going there from time to time, but I’m surely not one of those!

  • Plentiful rains produce eye-popping vegetables

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    For local farmers gathered Thursday at two Lancaster County Farmers Markets, it’s been a fantastic growing season, thanks to plentiful rainfall at regular intervals.
    Their tables looked like food-magazine covers, packed with gorgeous green beans, yellow squash, red and green peppers, green onions, pink peaches, plump watermelons and purple eggplant.

  • Ja’Von Crockett back in Lancaster for annual festival celebrating youth

    When Ja’Von Crockett sees children laughing and playing with their parents, he can’t help but wonder how his life would’ve turned out had his dad been there.
    “When he came back around, we were getting ready to graduate,” Crockett said. “We didn’t hardly know him. And to tell you the truth, I couldn’t even tell you what his favorite flavor of ice cream was.”

  • Bacteria count high north of S.C. 5

    Water samples from two of three tested locations on the Catawba River registered high for bacterial contamination days after a massive sewage spill in Charlotte, state environmental regulators reported Thursday.
    High bacteria counts showed up in water samples taken from the Catawba River at Sugar Creek, where the sewage runoff entered the river, and the Catawba Indian Nation landing about 4 miles downriver, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  • Top trooper retires

    Mike Oliver knew he wanted to be a Highway Patrol trooper at age 6.
    He was standing up in the backseat of his parent’s car on Doc Garris Road south of Lancaster when a drunk driver sideswiped them and sent them into a ditch. The driver didn’t stop.
    “Daddy was able to turn around and follow him home,” Oliver recalls. “I can remember the trooper coming to the scene, and me and Daddy got in the car to show him where the man lived.”
    The trooper went inside the man’s house and hauled him out to face charges.

  • Dance U competition team sets sail

    During a four-day Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas, 24 members of an Indian Land dance team got to the chance to dance on the high seas.
    “The Bahamas were gorgeous, and I had a ton of fun hanging out with my dance friends,” said team member Brynn Duernberger.
    Brynn, 14, danced with other members of the Dance U competition team on the June 14-19 cruise.
    Dana Generette, the artistic director for the competition team, arranged the trip for the team.

  • IL 4th grader wins top title in Little Miss S.C. Pageant

    David Kellen
    For The Lancaster News

    Lily Grace Patterson, a 9-year-old rising 4th-grader at Harrisburg Elementary in Indian Land, won the Little Miss South Carolina Overall Queen title last Saturday at the annual pageant in Hartsville.
     “I was in shock,” Lily said after the contest. “I did not know that was going to happen. They then called me back to the stage, and they said it was me. Oh, my goodness! It felt so amazing.”

  • Damage closes bridge

    A structural support beneath a bridge that carries 5,800 cars a day has shattered, closing Woodland Drive adjacent to Lancaster High School until the entire bridge can be replaced.

    The indefinite shutdown will limit access to LHS and eliminate a major cut-through route across the northwest quadrant of the city. Woodland Drive connects West Meeting Street with North Main and S.C. 9 Bypass East.