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  • County takes a punch

    Sunday’s sudden, fierce windstorm walloped Lancaster County, shutting off power to more than 4,000 homes and businesses, several hundred of which were still out early Tuesday.
    The gusts toppled trees across the county, with some landing on houses, vehicles and power lines. No injuries were reported.

  • Power outages, damage follow severe thunderstorm

    Over 4,000 homes and businesses are without power following a severe thunderstorm that blew through Lancaster County around 3 p.m. Sunday.
    As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, outages included 3,541 with Duke Energy, 552 with Lynches River and 65 with York Electric Co-op.
    According to Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, there seems to be no tornado damage although a tornado warning was issued for the county until 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

  • Bright Light Baptist offers messages of hope

    The women’s ministry of Bright Light Baptist Church of Heath Springs is hosting a free survivor-themed conference from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.
    “This conference is to let women know we are all survivors of something,” said Bright Light Baptist spokeswoman and deaconess Beverly Cunningham. “And through God, all things are possible if we just have faith.”

  • ‘Death Ahoy’ – Murder mystery on the high seas

    Folks in Lancaster will have a chance to try their hand at being detectives Thursday as part of an evening of entertainment with “Death Ahoy,” an audience-interactive investigation into the mysterious death of Sunny Sails, cruise director on the good ship “Legendary Carnival.”
    Each audience member will become part of an investigative team and work with the chief detective to question suspects and help figure out “whodunit.” Cast members of the Charlotte Murder Mystery Company portray the chief detective and suspects.

  • ‘Success Starts Today’ says author

    Altheresa Goode Howard, a local pastor and inspirational speaker, has co-written a book on personal empowerment and success, titled “Success Starts Today.”
    Celebrity Press published the book March 22, which also features content from Jack Canfield – a world-renowned entrepreneur, professional speaker and best-selling author – and other contributors.
    Howard was chosen as a co-writer because of her own commitment to professional success and her expertise in the motivational speaking industry.

  • Looks like we’re in for nasty weather

    Power outages are possible today, April 15, as severe weather moves across the Carolinas.
    According to the National Weather Service, a cold front is expected to bring severe thunderstorms into the Western Carolinas and across the Eastern Carolinas during the day.
    Strong winds are expected, with gusts up to 35-40 mph and sustained winds of 15-20 mph. Rainfall totals could reach between 1 and 2 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.

  • Wylie Street pool opens on May 26

    From release

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation’s Wylie Street Swimming Pool, 106 South Wylie St., will open May 26 for the 2018 season.

    Pool hours are 3-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

    The swimming fees are a single-day fee of $3 per person (all ages), single-month pass, $20 per person (all ages), single-season pass, $50 per person (all ages), family month pass, $50 (no more than a family of five) and a family season pass, $100, (no more than a family of five).

  • Tax deadline coming soon

    If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, now is the time to do so.
    They must be filed by midnight April 17. This is the absolute, drop-dead deadline when the IRS will quit accepting filings electronically. If you file by mail, as long as your return is postmarked before the deadline, it will be accepted.
    The date is traditionally April 15, but when it falls on a weekend it is pushed to the following Monday. This year it was pushed to Tuesday, April 17, because Washington, D.C., is celebrating its emancipation holiday on Monday.

  • Mayor Howard’s funeral today

    A service celebrating the late Lancaster Mayor John Howard’s life is 2 p.m. today, April 15, at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway.
    The family will receive visitors after the service and at other times at his daughter’s home in Fort Mill.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to the Lancaster Promise Neighborhood through the Lancaster County Partners for Youth or the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.
    An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com.

  • IL looks to move on, unify after vote

    It’s been 20 days since Indian Land voters chose overwhelmingly not to incorporate.
    So, now what?
    For one thing, do not expect another incorporation organizing effort any time soon, said John A. Delfausse, vice president and treasurer of pro-incorporation Voters for a Town of Indian Land.
    Years down the line perhaps those who opposed incorporation will eventually seek it, he said.
    “But I don’t think you’re going see that effort from the group that just completed this exercise.”