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  • Meet the ‘Flamingo Flockers’

    When he leaves for work each morning, Dr. Art Morris has grown accustomed to seeing squirrels beneath the majestic oaks in the front yard of his Forest Drive home.

    But last week, those squirrels had a little company.

    On June 6, Morris went outside to find more than a dozen pink plastic flamingos beside his driveway and a note on the back door.

    Morris knows who placed them there, well at least, sort of.

    He even knows how they got there. They came courtesy of Covenant Baptist Church’s Flamingo Flockers.

  • Man sentenced in death of Heath Springs woman

    CONWAY – A year after a Heath Springs woman was killed in a three-vehicle wreck in Horry County, a Hartsville man pleaded guilty last week to causing the crash. 

    Don Leget Marsh, 59, will serve a year in prison and three more years on probation after pleading guilty to reckless homicide on June 7, according to Horry County Solicitor’s Office representatives.

  • Fort Lawn man charged with break-ins

    A Chester County man remains behind bars following a string of car break-ins in Lancaster.

    Carlos Damon Smith, 37, of Fort Lawn, was charged  Thursday, June 7, with breaking and entering into a vehicle – two counts, pointing and presenting a firearm and armed robbery.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies went to a Powell Avenue home after a resident saw a man later identified as Smith inside his vehicle, rummaging through items inside, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Tuesday, June 12.

  • Bundy, Carnes win in Republican primary election

     Two victors emerged Tuesday night in Lancaster County’s primary election- Republicans Bob Bundy and Brian Carnes.

  • Arrests made in recent arson

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday, June 12, the arrests of a man and woman suspected of burning a house last month.

    Josh A. Price, 28, 1454 Winthrop Ave., Lancaster, and Bobbie Lee Keiningham, 26, 148 Catoe Road, Kershaw, have each been charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

    Investigators say they broke into a Heath Springs home May 25 and intentionally set it on fire.

  • Downed utility line cuts power to more than 2,500 homes

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    The 400 block of Arch Street between McCardell and Hughes streets is blocked off after a power line fell about 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
    The energized line started a small fire, but extinguished itself before firefighters could arrive. The downed power line is near the front driveway of Municipal Park and the Wayne Fields All Children’s Playground.
    At 3 p.m. Duke Energy reported more than 2,500 homes in the county – some as far east as the Antioch Community – were without power.

  • Smoking ban, budget top issues for council

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The annual budget process and a proposed countywide smoking ban will keep Lancaster County Council busy at its meeting Monday night, June 11.
    Council will hold a public hearing, followed by a vote on second reading, of the county’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    The fiscal year begins July 1 and ending June 30, 2013.
    Council is currently considering several additions to a budget which is at least $1.65 million out of kilter.

  • Primary Day information

    u Antioch – Antioch Baptist Church, 3052 Taxahaw Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    u Belair II – Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land (District 7)
    • Camp Creek – Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    • Dwight – Buford High School, 4290 Tabernacle Road, Lancaster (District 3)
    • Hyde Park – Hyde Park Baptist Church Recreation Building, 1898 Flat Creek Road, Lancaster (District 3)

  • Contractor exposed to sodium hydroxide at Catawba plant

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    CATAWBA – A third-party contractor for Resolute Forest Products was exposed Thursday, June 7, to the same chemical that left four plant workers hospitalized last month.
    Debbie Johnston, a spokeswoman for Resolute Forest Products, said an outside contractor came in direct contact with sodium hydroxide as he was transferring the chemical from a tanker truck to a holding tank.

  • Lancaster man pleads not guilty in deaths of former Belmont, N.C., mayor, girlfriend

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    BELMONT, N.C.- A Lancaster man will have his day in court early next year, after he pleaded not guilty this week for the February deaths of a former Belmont, N.C. mayor aand his girlfriend.
    Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell said Lester Saunders Norman Jr., 41, pleaded not guilty to several charges Monday, June 4 for the deaths of former Belmont Mayor Kevin Loftin, 56, and Donna Jean Deitz, 60.