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  • Data breach might affect 374K Duke customers

    As many as 374,000 Duke Energy customers may be affected by a personal-data breach at a company that the utility used for nine years to process some payments.
    On Dec. 1, PayPal announced that TIO Networks, a company recently acquired by PayPal, had an information breach possibly involving 1.6 million of its customers. Of those 1.6 million, 374,000 are Duke Energy customers.

  • Log truck slams SUV

    A Heath Springs man was severely injured Tuesday when a log truck swerved into his lane on S.C. 903 and slammed into his SUV about 5 miles east of Lancaster.
    Stephen Faile, 46, was trapped in his 1991 Chevrolet Blazer for about 40 minutes. First responders extracted Faile by cutting apart the crushed vehicle surrounding him, then airlifted him to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
    The extraction took longer than normal, said county Fire Marshall Russell Rogers.

  • Man robs Dollar General in Buford

    A man robbed the Dollar General store in Buford Sunday night, and authorities are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect from surveillance video.

    The crime happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. at the store on Pageland Highway, said Lancaster County sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. The suspect was recorded by a camera at the nearby Buford Express store minutes before the robbery occurred. He was seen leaving the scene in a dark four-door sedan, believed to be a Honda.

  • Kershaw’s Christmas on Main is Monday night

    KERSHAW – If a horse-drawn carriage ride, a chat with Santa and a dose of yuletide entertainment will get you in the holiday mood, you’ll find all three in Kershaw on Monday evening.
    The town of Kershaw will host its second-annual Christmas on Main celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on Hampton Street.
    “Christmas is getting close… only four weeks away,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We hope the weather cooperates so everyone can come out and enjoy themselves. We’re really looking forward to it.”

  • Woman gets 5-year term for killing son in refrigerator

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Angela Renee Blackwell, the Chester woman who confessed to killing her newborn last year by putting him in a refrigerator, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.
    Blackwell, 28, appeared before Circuit Judge Dan Hall at the Chester County Courthouse. She pleaded guilty to infliction of great bodily harm in the death of her 4-day-old son William David Paul Lewis.

  • A new destination for Gonzie’s bikes

    It’s the start of Christmas season, so you know what Gonzie Mackey is doing – packing his little shop on Great Falls Highway with bicycles destined to be presents.
    That’s what Mackey has been doing for the past eight years with his charity – Gonzie’s Miracle Bikes for Kids. Bikes line the floors, walls and ceiling of his workshop, with lots of shiny chrome and glistening new paint jobs.
    But this year is different, because all the bikes he has collected so far are going to Texas hurricane victims.

  • Choo-choo Christmas

    Joe Silien
    For The Lancaster News

    The annual holiday railroad display at Sun City Carolina Lakes is getting a huge makeover this year – a new layout more than twice as big as the one visitors have enjoyed for the past eight years.
    The track gangs have been busy setting up the new railroad in the lobby of The Lake House. Gone is the 8- by 10-foot train board and the tightly packed O-27 gauge track layout. In its place is phase one of a much larger display.

  • Giving Tuesday benefits local Outreach Project

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project participated in the Giving Tuesday campaign for the first time this year, with a goal to raise $5,000 for protective services and children in foster care.
    “This is an opportunity for Lancaster to come together to donate to a cause that’s dear to many people’s hearts,” said Lauren Kornegay, LCOP coordinator. “I am very excited because this is our very first Giving Tuesday campaign, but it won’t be the last.”

  • County: 9 IL subdivisions may have to repair their own streets

    County officials have given the developers of nine Indian Land subdivisions a Dec. 31 deadline to file required letters of credit that would allow the county to take their streets into the county system.
    If they don’t, the subdivisions’ homeowners associations will take on permanent responsibility for all road maintenance.
    “The HOAs are gonna get ’em, which will irritate a lot of homeowners,” said County Attorney John Weaver. “They bought into these subdivisions believing the roads would be taken in the county.”  

  • Clippers go silent after half century on Grace Avenue

    Francis Faile opened his one-chair barbershop on Lancaster’s Grace Avenue in 1967, and he was still cutting hair there up until nine weeks ago.
    A small-business institution in the Erwin Farm community, Faile died Tuesday, two months after what he thought were kidney stones turned out to be inoperable cancer. He was 92.
    “He was content and never lost his great smile,” said his son, Frankie Faile. “Daddy would greet you with a smile and leave you with a smile.”
    Faile said his father never once grumbled about his diagnosis.