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  • Man charged with stealing neighbors’ $21K in cash, jewelry

    A Buford man who was supposed to be helping an ailing neighbor around the house has been charged with stealing more than $21,000 in cash, jewelry and other items over the past year and half.
    Jody Burnett Hartley, 48, of 4712 Tabernacle Road, is charged with grand larceny more than $10,000, forgery less than $10,000, theft of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, a 71-year-old man and his wife who live near Hartley reported thefts totaling $21,350 on Aug. 31.

  • Family caravan from Sarasota got warm embrace in Lancaster

    Catherine Mills and her Sarasota family found themselves lost in Great Falls at 5 a.m. Sept. 10 after a 17-hour drive from Florida to escape Hurricane Irma.
    Mills was in a caravan of four vehicles plus a camper, carrying eight children, five adults and the few supplies they packed in just 45 minutes. They headed for a cousin’s home in Lancaster when the hurricane made an unexpected turn to the west, lining them up for a direct hit.

  • Surviving direct hit by monstrous Irma

    Samantha Phillips knows how lucky she is to be alive.
    The 27-year-old Lancaster native made it to New York City on Friday after an 11-day nightmare in the Caribbean. She hoped to arrive back in South Carolina on Saturday.
    Phillips and a friend, Lee Thomas, both of Myrtle Beach, were stuck on St. Thomas when Hurricane Irma slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands last week. Irma’s 185-mph winds tore apart the tropical paradise right before their eyes.

  • ‘Self-care’ can stress you out, but don’t let it

    I am beginning to think self-care is a cliché.  
    I see people talk about it on TV. I see businesses try to sell it. I read magazine articles about it. John Tesh shares tips on his nightly radio show.
    Self-care gets so much coverage, but it never seems to translate into actual self-care.
    Know what I mean?
    Last week I talked with a lady who is 36 years old and has three kids, two dogs, a spouse and a full-time job. She barely has time to breathe.
    She knows she needs to take better care of herself, but she’s hesitant.

  • Bring your earplugs!

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    The Rich Hill Truck and Tractor Pull Fall Festival this Saturday will be the community’s “biggest show ever,” says Damon Mungo, president of the Rich Hill Community Center.
     “We’re offering more purse money. We’ve got a new sled, and we’ve already got some big-time pullers coming,” Mungo said. “It’s getting bigger and better each year, and this year, we’re expecting the biggest show ever at Rich Hill.”

  • Transformer malfunction cuts power to 7,800 customers across Lancaster

    A transformer problem cut electricity to 7,800 Duke Energy customers across much of Lancaster on Wednesday morning.
    The outages were fixed within three hours, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president of community affairs.
    The problem disrupted numerous businesses and government offices. City Hall went dark, and the Lancaster County Economic Development Department and Lancaster County Veteran Affairs offices, both in the 1000 block of West Meeting Street, were closed.

  • Belk denied bond in Daquan Blackmon shooting

    A suspect in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon was denied bond Wednesday during a hearing in General Session Court that revealed new details about the Aug. 18 case.
    Travis Belk, 25, of Lancaster, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime. Belk was arrested in Chester Aug. 24. A co-defendant, Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 23, of Lancaster was arrested Aug. 25 on one count of accessory after the fact.

  • Lancaster gets no-kill pet sanctuary

    Lancaster County will soon have its first no-kill pet sanctuary and will begin providing a safe haven to shelter pets by the end of September.
    In June, the Indian Land-based nonprofit rescue group Paws in the Panhandle bought Palmetto Kennels, located off U.S. 521 just past Shiloh Unity Road north of Lancaster.
    It’s a change in direction for Paws founder Gloria Davey, who had bought land in Fort Mill and planned to build a shelter from scratch there.

  • Cops using body cams on all stops

    The Lancaster Police Department has finished deploying $78,000 worth of body cameras, one for each of its sworn officers, so if you have a brush with the law, chances are it will be part of a video database, available for use as evidence.  
    The city got a $74,000 state grant to pay most of the system’s startup cost. But in return, the General Assembly attached requirements about what gets recorded and how the recordings are stored and used.

  • New connection between 2 street killings

    A Wednesday bond hearing in one of Lancaster’s recent street killings revealed a suspected connection between that case and another murder two weeks later.
    Prosecutors asserted that Allen Cooper, a 17-year-old Lancaster High basketball player killed April 26 outside Hope on the Hill, participated in the April 11 drive-by murder of Mar’Quise “Mini Me” Evans.