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  • Woman grabs 2 sons, flees burning home in Brooklyn

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Artrise Stalk awoke to flames in her bedroom Monday afternoon at her house in Brooklyn. She grabbed her two young sons and ran out the door.
    “I was asleep, and I heard a big bang. I woke up and there were flames everywhere,” Stalk said, still shaking an hour later at her cousin’s house down the street.
    She and her sons made it out uninjured, but lost many of their belongings in the fire.

  • Firefighters join solemn 9/11 stair climb

    Eighteen Lancaster County firefighters and three guests climbed 110 flights of stairs at the Duke Energy Building in Uptown Charlotte on Saturday during the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
    They were among 714 climbers who raised $21,000 for the families of New York firefighters who died in the attack on the 110-story World Trade Center.

  • Irma's Impact

    Tropical Storm Irma left Lancaster County littered with debris and 1,400 power outages on Tuesday as it spun past the state and into the Tennessee Valley.
    Duke Energy line crews here were working around the clock to restore power to homes. There were still 532 power outages in the county at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
    “Irma didn’t pick on any part of Lancaster County more than another,” said Rick Jiran, Duke’s vice president of community relations.

  • Scattered damage, power outages in Lancaster County

    Gregory A. Summers and Hannah L. Strong

    The Lancaster News

    The remnants of Irma blew through Lancaster County overnight, leaving more than 1,200 homes without power and scattered debris and downed trees in many places.

    At daybreak, winds were light and rain was still falling. By mid-morning, the storm's last rain bands had moved to our north, and blue skies were beginning to peak through.

    Lancaster County schools were on a two-hour delay after being canceled Monday.

  • Post office meeting canceled

    A U.S. Postal Service meet and greet with postal officials scheduled for Sept. 11 in Fort Mill has been canceled due to anticipated inclement weather from Hurricane Irma.

    "Safety is a top priority for the U.S. Postal Service," USPS spokesman Philip Bogenberger said Friday. "We plan to reschedule the event soon and will notify the public when a new date is selected."

  • 78-year-old community caregiver inspires me

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I clear off a stool to sit in the narrowest building I’ve ever been inside.
    It used to be a taxi stand.
    It still has the old cigarette rack behind the counter that reads “Camel. Winston. Salem.”
    But it’s not full of cigarettes anymore.
    Instead of stacks of cigarettes, the cubbyholes hold vitamins and ibuprofen and old photos.

  • Rabies case reported in Lancaster County

    A Lancaster County dog tested positive for rabies on Thursday, causing one person to seek medical attention after potentially being exposed, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    The incident happened around Cedar Creek and Hoke roads, just west of Heath Springs.
    On Monday, the dog began to show “abnormal activity” like ramming into objects, obsessive digging, lethargy and extra salivation. The victim was possibly exposed to the dog’s saliva while trying to provide care for the animal, according to a DHEC release.

  • ‘I’m in shock’ – Local ‘dreamers’ worry about future if DACA dies

    Some local “dreamers” are worried about their jobs and futures after President Trump this week ordered an eventual end to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
    Trump has given Congress the chance to replace the program before he begins unwinding it in six months. DACA protects undocumented immigrants from deportation if they were brought into the United States as children by their parents.

  • USPS to hold public meeting

    The U.S. Postal Service will host a public meet and greet with local and district postal officials at the Spratt Building in Fort Mill, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

    The Spratt building is located in downtown Fort Mill at 215 Main St.

    The purpose of the event is to give local residents an opportunity to meet postal officials and receive updates about postal operations, ask questions, and sign up for a new USPS service called Informed Delivery, a free service that lets residents see what letters will soon arrive in their mailboxes.

  • Employee, friend charged in thefts from pawn shop

    A Lancaster teen and his friend were arrested last week after his boss at a pawnshop accused him of stealing thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry and selling the jewelry back to the store, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

    Gabrielle Alexander Aza-Santana Patrick, 19, of 1736 Stevens Hill Road, an employee at Lancaster Pawn and Jewelry, was arrested Aug. 28 on 10 counts of breach of trust. His friend, 20-year-old Andrew Langley, was arrested on six counts each of receiving stolen goods and breach of trust.