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  • Midair logs on Riverside

    The scene on Riverside Road early Thursday would have fit perfectly in a big-budget action movie.
    A fully-loaded log truck swerved to miss another vehicle, overturned and slammed into a stationary train car, trapping the truck driver and propelling the giant tree trunks into the air.
    At the moment of impact, Dawn Williams and her son Devin were passing from the opposite direction in Dawn’s Honda.

  • Mayor’s race draws pair of heavy hitters

    Two veteran city council members on Thursday said they are candidates in the July 10 special mayoral election.
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris, 44, and city council member Sara Eddins, 79, are running to fill the late Mayor John Howard’s term.
    “My goal is to keep Lancaster going forward,” Garris said in an interview. “I don’t have to say what I’m going to do. I’ve shown that I am a worker.”
    Eddins said she wants to continue the example of Howard’s work ethic.

  • Nurturing rare skills

    Becca Brennan, Abe Danaher and Reema Vaidya
    Columbia Voice

    It’s organized chaos as you walk into Palmetto Strings on Columbia’s Elmwood Avenue.
    The small violin-repair shop is bursting with instruments, tools and craftsmanship as owner Gregg Lange emerges from the back room, an instrument in one hand, a tool in the other.

  • Council denies church’s rezoning request

    Lancaster County Council voted 5-2 April 9 to deny a conditional-use application that would let bilingual Chinese-American congregation Truth In Grace Bible Church build a sanctuary on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    County Councilman Larry Honeycutt, who made the motion to deny, noted that neighboring residents and property owners submitted a 103-signature petition asking county leaders to reject the application. 

  • 401 Special Olympians ready to compete

    Mary Beth Mize is focused on Friday with a Christmas-like excitement.
    Her anticipation is centered on the first-ever Lancaster County Special Olympics, scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Springdale Park in Lancaster.
    “I’m excited,” said Mize, a special education teacher at Buford Middle School, who is helping coordinate the event for special-needs students ages 4 to 21 from across the county. “The response to our event has been amazing.”

  • John Howard: Mayor, soldier, family man

    John Howard played many roles over his nearly seven decades – husband, father, mayor, city councilman, soldier, radio deejay, insurance salesman – but one was surely closest to his heart.
    “The title he was most proud of – and I think he’d tell anybody – was ‘Papa John’ to his five grandkids,” Matt Howard said during Sunday’s memorial service for his father at Second Baptist Church.

  • Local attorney DeVenny plans run for mayor

    Lancaster lawyer Alston DeVenny on Tuesday announced his candidacy in the special election to fill the late Mayor John Howard’s term.
    “I’m running to continue John’s good work and keep Lancaster moving forward,” said DeVenny, 56, a former two-term county council member. “I will be a mayor for all people. It’s time we move beyond old grievances and tired thinking….
    “I believe we have a great opportunity to grow together and show folks that Lancaster is a wonderful place to live, work and play,” he said.

  • County takes a punch

    Sunday’s sudden, fierce windstorm walloped Lancaster County, shutting off power to more than 4,000 homes and businesses, several hundred of which were still out early Tuesday.
    The gusts toppled trees across the county, with some landing on houses, vehicles and power lines. No injuries were reported.

  • Power outages, damage follow severe thunderstorm

    Over 4,000 homes and businesses are without power following a severe thunderstorm that blew through Lancaster County around 3 p.m. Sunday.
    As of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, outages included 3,541 with Duke Energy, 552 with Lynches River and 65 with York Electric Co-op.
    According to Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, there seems to be no tornado damage although a tornado warning was issued for the county until 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

  • Bright Light Baptist offers messages of hope

    The women’s ministry of Bright Light Baptist Church of Heath Springs is hosting a free survivor-themed conference from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.
    “This conference is to let women know we are all survivors of something,” said Bright Light Baptist spokeswoman and deaconess Beverly Cunningham. “And through God, all things are possible if we just have faith.”