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  • Rock Hill man not injured in plane crash near Richburg

    Denyse Clark
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – A Rock Hill man flagged down a ride to Lancaster minutes after crash landing a small plane near Richburg on Thursday.
    About 3:25 p.m., a caller to 911 reported she witnessed a plane hit the ground near Mount Ararat Road, near the Circle S Ranch off S.C. 9. Moments later, officials confirmed the crash and initially reported the plane was unmanned.

  • Banks Simpson wins first race at half-mile dirt track

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.

  • Body found is Pennsylvania man

    A body found Monday night along Mount Carmel Road has been positively identified as a missing Pennsylvania man, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Lancaster County investigators, along with Charlotte and Pennsylvania authorities, say the body is that of Joseph Devivo, 87, from Stroud Township, Pa. The identification was made after an autopsy Wednesday morning.
    Check back for further information.

    Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416

  • Suspicious fire at building

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A smoky haze surrounded an old, brick Springs Industries building Sunday afternoon as several firefighters worked to extinguish a suspicious fire inside.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies, Lancaster police officers and members of the Lancaster, Gooches Crossroads, McDonald Green and Bell Town volunteer fire departments responded at 6:45 p.m. to 1101 Old Landsford Road. The fire was inside a former Springs general office building, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Woman attacked outside a store

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Deputies are searching for leads in an attack on a woman outside a Lancaster convenience store March 5.
    The attack happened at 1:15 p.m. near The Crossroads Grill, 1667 Memorial Park Road, as a 26-year-old Lancaster woman was leaving the store, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
    The victim told deputies she was about to get into her car when an unknown woman got out of a blue Ford Explorer and attacked her from behind, pulling her hair and punching her.

  • Hunting club reports damages

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A group of local hunters enlisted the help of authorities after a recent string of burglaries left them with thousands of dollars in damaged and missing property.
    The incidents, which span several months, were reported Feb. 24 after a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy was called to the 3400 block of Hoke Road in Heath Springs about a report of vandalism, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Girl Scouts will celebrate 100th anniversary at courthouse Sunday

    Staff Reports
    All Girl Scouts, former Girl Scouts, Girl Scout leaders and the community are invited to a 100th anniversary celebration of Girl Scouting from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse and Museum on Main Street in Lancaster.
    There will be displays on the history of Girl Scouting in Lancaster County and activities for Girl Scouts. Those who participate will earn a 100th anniversary patch.
    Participants are asked to bring Girl Scout photos, scrapbooks, memorabilia and memories to share. For details, call (803) 374-9994.

  • Getting track ready to race is no simple task

    By the time, the cars hit the track’s high banks each week at Lancaster Speedway, more hours than anyone can count have been spent getting the clay racing surface ready to go.

    “You can’t come up there and unlock the gate at 4 o’clock on Saturday afternoon and put on a good show,” said former track owner Herbert Murray. “It’s a full time job in every way.”

  • Saturday night showcase

    Up to 40 of the nation’s best dirt racing teams will be here on Friday and Saturday.

    The largest dirt racing event in South Carolina state history, Saturday night's Super Late Model feature race, has a $20,000-to-win payday. 

    Not only that, the caution flag will be thrown on lap 65 to set up a 10-lap, throw-caution-to-the-wind mad dash for the big-money checkers.

    “They will be racing for prize money and it all comes down to who wants it the most,” said Lancaster Speedway spokesman Duane Goins.

  • Body found on Mount Carmel Road could be missing PA. man

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Investigators are working to identify a body found along a rural road in the southern part of the county Monday night.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators found the body after a call from investigators with both the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the Stroud Area Regional Police in Pennsylvania, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Tuesday.