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  • Authorities search for police impostor

    Two men reported being robbed this weekend by someone impersonating a police officer.

    The two separate robberies happened sometime between 10:15 and 11:35 p.m. May 14, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release. 

  • Fort Mill sewage spill should not affect Lancaster County

    An overflow of sewage into a creek in Fort Mill poses no danger to Lancaster County residents, health officials say.
    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Monday that untreated wastewater was overflowing into Steele Creek. The leak was caused early that day by a damaged sewer line in Fort Mill's Melbourne subdivision.
    By 3:20 p.m. Monday, crews had made a temporary repair to the line, said DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick.

  • Monkey/fudge cartoon garners national award

    An Indian Land Middle School 8th-grader has won first prize in a national cartoon contest geared toward teaching youth about the Bill of Rights.

    Hayley Schmelzer, 13, was a first-prize winner in the second annual Nationwide Bill of Rights – First Amendment Cartoon Contest sponsored by the California Administrative Office of the Courts and The Constitutional Rights Foundation. 

    Hayley’s submission, one of 1,315 submitted this year, won first prize in the Middle School Comic Strip category.

  • New wastewater treatment system safer than before

    The community had a chance this week to learn firsthand how the city of Lancaster is disinfecting its wastewater these days. 

    On Tuesday afternoon, the city hosted a presentation at its Lockwood Lane treatment plant that highlighted its new disinfection system, which is being paid for through a federal principal-forgiveness loan. 

    City residents and businesses use about 3 million gallons of water per day. That water has to be treated and disinfected before being pumped back into the Catawba River. 

  • Family Promise’s church list grows

    Lisa Roddey said she and other members of Catawba Baptist Church have felt the need to serve in a major way, and now believe they’ve found their outlet. 

    Catawba Baptist, located on Riverside Road, is the most recent congregation to become part of Family Promise of Lancaster County, which provides shelter for the homeless. 

    Roddey said church members heard a presentation in March about Family Promise and shortly afterward opted to begin the process of becoming a participant. 

  • Two pedestrians attacked within hours of each other

    Local authorities are investigating whether two separate attacks on pedestrians within hours of each other on April 26 are related. 

    Deputies first responded at 1:26 a.m. to a Mosteller Drive resident in Lancaster who said he was assaulted as he walked. The 23-year-old man told a deputy he was walking at 1:10 a.m. in front of Mosteller Automotive & Wrecker Service, at 514 Mosteller Drive, when a white Honda Civic pulled up next to him. 

  • Buford educator Corbett Carnes was ‘big as life’

    American psychiatrist Karl Menninger once said, “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”

    No one knows that better than long-time residents of eastern Lancaster County whose lives were touched by the late Corbett Carnes.

    A former Buford High School teacher, Tradesville farmer and active community leader, Carnes died Thursday. He was 99 years old.

  • County officials bang gavel at new courthouse

    That was how S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal summed up the county’s new courthouse building Thursday afternoon. 

    Toal joined several local and state leaders, as well as architects, engineers and contractors, for the building’s unofficial grand opening. 

    “It is functional and fitting and right and not over the top,” Toal said from the back steps of the new building, as she looked out onto a crowd of more than 100 people, many of whom had a hand in creating the building. 

  • Fire claims Lancaster Home

    Local firefighters believe a fire at a home on Oakwood Avenue in Lancaster Friday morning began in the kitchen.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters from four area fire departments responded to the fire shortly after 10.

    “We believe they left something on the stove,” Blackwelder said. “When we got there it was well involved; the kitchen was all involved and it had burned a hole in the roof over the stove.

  • Car flips over, clips utility pole

    Police are searching for the driver of a car that flipped over May 7 and clipped a utility pole. 

    While on patrol about 8:45 p.m. May 7, two Lancaster Police Department officers heard what sounded like a transformer exploding, according to an incident report. The officers heard a second bang a few moments before lights on South Catawba and West Arch streets went out. 

    As they searched for the source, the officers found a green 1997 Buick LeSabre  overturned at the intersection of Elm and South Catawba streets.