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  • 3-vehicle wreck injures 2 outside Buford High

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    A three-car accident injured two drivers Monday during the  morning traffic rush outside Buford High School.
    The wreck happened at 8:10 at the stoplight at North Rocky River and Tabernacle roads, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Kershaw Cemetery flower spat sparks new town rules

    KERSHAW – A graveyard is supposed to be a quiet place of reflection, but Kershaw town leaders have been struggling to keep it that way for the past few months.
    Facing emotional complaints and even one police report, town officials have revamped the rules at the Kershaw City Cemetery to end confusion about flower removal.
    “It normally happens around every holiday season,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman, noting that flowers and arrangements placed on graves can be a sensitive, close-to the-heart subject for grieving families.

  • McClancy rezoning gets final OK

    BridgeMill residents filed out of Lancaster County Council chambers in grim silence Monday night following council’s final 5-2 vote to grant McClancy Seasoning’s rezoning request.
    In contrast to a Feb. 27 meeting when their anger boiled over enough to stop the meeting after a similar vote, residents of the Indian neighborhood Monday night instead huddled and simmered in the lobby and discussed taking the county to court.
    “We have to follow through with a lawsuit to make them listen,” said BridgeMill resident Dan Shoemaker.

  • ‘Why not go win it all?’

    Sindarius Thornwell beamed for the cameras and got rowdy with his teammates Sunday afternoon, the net around his neck and a big trophy in his arms.
    The Lancaster native had just led his  Gamecocks to a 77-70 win over Florida to take the NCAA Tournament East Regional title, earning USC’s first-ever bid to the Final Four.
    Thornwell, the regional’s Most Outstanding Player, scored 50 points in the weekend’s two wins at New York’s Madison Square Garden, including 26 points and seven rebounds in the victory over Florida.

  • Got questions for extension experts? Join weekly chat

    Scott Miller
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – The first episode of Clemson Extension Live will air at noon April 5 on Facebook Live, offering viewers an opportunity to ask questions on everything from home gardening to birding.
    The weekly, hour-long program will run each Wednesday on Clemson Cooperative Extension’s Facebook page and features experts in horticulture, entomology, wildlife and more.

  • S.C. survivors, liberators of the Holocaust

    Taylor Halle and Joseph Crevier
    Carolina Reporter

    In the spring of 1942, German Nazis raided Ben Sterns’ home in Kielce, Poland, selecting who would be sent to work camps and who would not. He was separated from his sister, who witnessed the gruesome murder of her child.

  • Dr. Laurens Fort of Great Falls dies at 77

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    Dr. Laurens Fort, a Great Falls dentist and longtime Chester County school board member, died Thursday. He was 77.

    According to his wife, Brenda, Fort woke up Thursday morning complaining of shortness of breath. She called an ambulance, but he died before reaching the hospital.

  • Lots more money needed for Panhandle firefighting

    The Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire protection district boards are considering asking Lancaster County Council for an increase in fire protection fees on homes and businesses as one way to help meet the increasing coverage needs of the growing Panhandle.
    The discussions come as the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department looks to pay for two substations and a new aerial platform truck and eventually, like Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, add more on-duty personnel.

  • Pacesetting growth in Panhandle

    Lancaster was the state’s fastest-growing county last year, propelled by the continuing influx of residents to the Panhandle, according to new census data.

    The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the county had a population of 89,594 last July – a 4.15 percent increase from a year earlier and a 17 percent percent jump from the 76,652 residents counted in the 2010 census.
    Lancaster is now the 16th most populous among the state’s 46 counties.

  • 2,956 acres of solitude

    “How many places can you go where the only thing you hear is the wind moving through the trees and songbirds singing?”

    Hinson, 65, is the unofficial ambassador and hiker extraordinaire at Forty Acre Rock, the fragile geological treasure that sprawls across southeastern Lancaster County.