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  • Patrol to be out in force for holiday

    Listen up, New Year partiers. This is your fair warning: Find yourself a designated driver or stay home. Because if you drink and drive this weekend, there’s a good chance you’re going to cross paths with law enforcement officers.
    The campaign taking place this weekend is called Sober or Slammer and involves a range of law enforcement organizations focused on one goal – keeping drunk drivers off the road.

  • A look at the top 10 stories of 2010

    The Lancaster News, like many other newspapers, looks back at the top stories at the end of a year.
    Here are the stories that we put on our Top 10 list for 2010:
    (1) Mulvaney goes to Congress

  • Fashion dream becomes a reality

    INDIAN LAND – Fashion is a dream job for many young women, but Annelise Manns is making it her reality.
    “You can’t hope for it, you have to force your foot in the door,” said Manns.
    That determination has paid off with two stints at New York City’s Fashion Week and a summer internship in New York City working for a fashion designer to help them launch a new line of women’s clothing.

  • Sheriff’s office probes Indian Land house fire

    INDIAN LAND – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fire at a vacant home in Indian Land on Tuesday night.
    Authorities said firefighters from Indian Land, Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Pleasant Valley and Waxhaw volunteer fire departments were dispatched about 9 p.m. to the home at 7156 Ander Vincent Road.
    The small wood-framed house, located about a mile down a dirt road off S.C. 75, was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

  • Councilman OK after wreck in Kershaw County

    County Councilman Jack Estridge spent Monday night in the hospital after being involved in a car accident in Kershaw County.
    County Administrator  Steve  Willis heard the news early Tuesday morning about the councilman, who represents District 6 on council. He didn’t have many details about the accident, but said Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell and Lancaster County Emergency Management Service Director Lanny Bernard have been following up on the crash.

  • Duck hunter escapes sinking truck on Catawba

    What began as an early morning duck hunt for Tony Pope quickly turned into a fight for his life.
    The Lancaster man left home early Tuesday morning to go duck hunting with a friend on the Catawba River on the Lancaster/Chester county line. At about 5:30 a.m., Pope eased his 2001 Toyota Tacoma down the S.C. 9 boat landing under the Catawba River bridge, aiming his trailer and boat toward the water.

  • Silver Haired Legislature seeks candidates for 2011

    Are you 60 or older and concerned about issues affecting the aging population?
    If so, the S.C. Silver Haired Legislature might be right for you.
    The statewide group, which identifies issues and vouches for legislation impacting seniors, is seeking candidates for membership for 2011.
    The group has 152 members, with representation from each of South Carolina’s 46 counties. Members serve two-year terms.

  • Fire damages business in Pleasant Hill community

    Below-freezing temperatures and a multi-layer roof made putting out a blaze a challenge for firefighters Monday night.
    Firefighters got a call shortly after 9 p.m. about a fire at the S&M Mini Mart on Kershaw-Camden Highway in the Pleasant Hill community.
    Crews arrived minutes later to find the left rear section of the building on fire, said Patrick Helms, chief of the Heath Springs Fire Department.

  • Fires claim two houses

    Fire departments battled two fires on Dec. 22, one of which involved the arrest of a man who allegedly tried to steal fire equipment from the scene.
    Gooches Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Hardin said firefighters responded about 6:30 p.m. to 1125 9th St., Lancaster.
    Hardin said flames were visible through the vacant mill house’s roof when firefighters arrived.
    He said the home was a total loss. A cause of fire has yet to be determined.

  • Only minor problems attributed to snowfall

    While Mother Nature played havoc with much of the East Coast, she kept her touch gentle in these parts with just enough snow to transform Lancaster County into a winter wonderland.
    According to the National Weather Service, Lancaster County received between 2 and 5 inches Sunday, with the heaviest amounts falling in the northern and eastern parts of the county.
    Residents across the region had been watching the weather projections for days, when forecasters began saying that the Charlotte area had its first good chance for a white Christmas since 1947.