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  • Hit-and-run driver slams into 4 cars

    A hit-and-run left two cars totaled and two badly damaged at Young Motor Co. in Twin Pines on Sunday morning.
    Owner Bobby Young said his father-in-law, Thomas Fox, saw the damage as he drove by the car lot early Sunday morning on his way to Bojangles. He immediately called Young.
    When Young arrived at the lot, located at 1445 Charlotte Highway, at 7:30 Sunday morning, the S.C. Highway Patrol was already on the scene. Young’s wife, Lissa Fox, had reported it after talking with Fox.

  • Lightning suspected in house fire

    Lancaster County fire officials believe lightening may have caused a house fire east of Lancaster Saturday evening that displaced a family of four.
    The fire was one of two local house fires that day,  including one on Country Club Drive that slightly injured a resident.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said the most damaging of the two fires happened at 330 Holiday Road, where firefighters were dispatched during a thunderstorm about 9:57 p.m.

  • Mapping the monarch’s migration

    Colette Degarady found a glimpse of heaven on Earth last Christmas in the Sierra Madre Mountains of rural Mexico.
    A senior ecologist with the S.C. Nature Conservancy, Degarady ventured to the central Mexican highlands to observe a monarch butterfly cluster in winter.
    “It was incredible and almost like it was snowing butterflies,” she said. “Some people would lie on the ground and just take it all in. It was almost a spiritual experience.”

  • Fred Sheheen’s legacy of public service

    Nobody loved South Carolina more than Fred Sheheen, state Sen. Greg Gregory said Tuesday.
    Fred Sheheen, 79, died in a two-car wreck Monday near Lake Wateree in Kershaw County, said Kershaw County Coroner Phil McLeod.
    Fred Sheheen is the father of S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27). Vincent Sheheen and Gregory (R-16) represent Lancaster County in the state General Assembly.

  • 3-car crash closes 521 in Lancaster

    A section of U.S. 521 North (Charlotte Highway) in front of  Family Dollar in Lancaster was shut down late Tuesday afternoon for a three-car crash with injuries.
    At least one person was entrapped in the 5:27 p.m. accident, and had to be freed from the car. Her injuries were unknown.
    At press time, traffic along U.S. 521 was being diverted down University Drive to Hubbard Drive. For more, see the Friday edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Man wanted for domestic violence leads cops on chase

    A Lancaster County man wanted for beating a woman with whom he lived led officers from three jurisdictions on a chase Tuesday morning before he was finally arrested in Chesterfield County.

    Clint Dewayne Kiker, 27, of 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested in Chesterfield County following a car chase involving Monroe Police Department officers and Chesterfield and Lancaster county deputies.

  • 51 Lancaster homes get free carbon-monoxide detectors

    Lancaster Fire Department members installed 51 carbon-monoxide alarms in the 60 homes with gas appliances they visited during the one-day alarm blitz May 14.
    The city recently received 250 carbon-monoxide detectors from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation through a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
    It’s the largest number of detectors awarded by the Williams foundation at one time to one municipality.

  • 27 eyesore houses targeted for demolition in Lancaster

    Twenty-seven derelict properties in the Lancaster city limits have been identified for inclusion in the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) $5.6 million program to get rid of uninhabitable homes.
    The city is working with COG to acquire, demolish and landscape blighted vacant residential properties through a Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP).
    In April 2015, COG was awarded $5.6 million from the S.C. Housing Finance and Development Authority. The funds must be used by July 2017.

  • 'The perfect career'

    Thirty-eight years ago, Chuck Small became a firefighter for the Lancaster Fire Department at age 19, though he had no idea he wanted to be one.
    Always a great storyteller, Small, who retired last week at 57, still recalls his initial March 8, 1978, interview with the late Donald Adams, the city’s fire chief at the time.

  • Man with shotgun robs Buford store

    A man with a double-barrel shotgun robbed a convenience store at Buford Crossroads early Friday morning.
    Using surveillance video, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Joshua Duane Smith, 35, of 1722 Cabarrus Crossing Drive in Huntersville, N.C. Warrants were obtained charging him with armed robbery in the 4:30 a.m. holdup at the Buford Express Mart, at the intersection of S.C. 9 and Rocky River Road.