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  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 2 of 4

    Wesley Dry sprinted around a blind curve on the trail, searching for the person yelling up ahead as dusk fell on the forest.
    What he saw froze him in place.
    Ten feet ahead stood an adult black bear, its eyes locked on Dry’s.
    Time slowed to a crawl. Dry stood there for several seconds, waiting to see what the animal would do next.
    It was quiet. The sounds of rustling trees and his own breathing filled Dry’s ears.
    His mind flashed to every lesson he’d ever learned about black bears.

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

    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.

  • Scammers: Grandson arrested, pay bail in iTunes cards

    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.

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

    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.

  • Land trust to protect Lancaster battlefields

    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.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 1 of 4

    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.

  • Press problems delay Friday edition of TLN

    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.

  • Great Falls man charged in dog-dragging incident

    A Great Falls man has been charged with animal mistreatment in the case of a dog apparently dragged behind a vehicle and severely injured in December.
    Billy Ray Huskey, 48, of Forest Lakes Circle, was arrested Saturday, Jan. 30, booked in the Fairfield County Detention Center and released on $5,000 bond.
    “We are pleased to announce this arrest,” said Sheriff Will Montgomery. “The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office treats any offenses against animals very seriously.”

  • Road Trip

    Panthers fans from Lancaster County are heading west in quest of coveted and historic silver – the Lombardi Trophy – on the NFL Championship’s golden anniversary.
    Local Carolina fans have high hopes for Super Bowl 50, to be played Sunday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where the NFC champion Panthers will battle the AFC champion Denver Broncos in the hunt for their first World Championship.
    The game, airing on CBS, kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
    Chris Gordon and his wife, Shantrell, will be there. They flew out Thursday.

  • Lancaster man gets 12-year prison term for domestic violence

    From release

    Steven LaMont Williams, 53, of Lancaster was sentenced to 12 years in state prison Monday, Feb. 1, on aggravated domestic violence charges.
    The case, in Lancaster County General Sessions Court, was prosecuted by Assistant Solicitor Cassity Brewer under new domestic violence laws enacted last June in South Carolina, according to a statement from the solicitor’s office. Williams was sentenced by Sixth Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons.