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  • Welcome center has new temporary home

    The county’s welcome center has a new home – at least a temporary new home.
    It moved from the historic Springs House at Catawba and Gay streets to 128 S. Main St., a retail front location in downtown Lancaster.
    “This was a much-needed move,” said Sylvia Hudson, the welcome center specialist. “While I enjoyed the Springs House, this location and the additional space we have here are such blessings.”
    The center moved on Nov. 22 and opened at its new location on Nov. 30.
    Hudson said the move is already paying off.

  • 3 escape injury in mobile home fire

    Mary Miller is thankful her family is safe after a fire destroyed her home early Wednesday morning.
    Miller was working the late shift at Ipex Industrial, a Pineville plastics company, when she learned that her mobile home on Legacy Road was on fire.
    “I got the call about 4 a.m. and that’s when I left work to get home,” Miller said.
    She said her family was sleeping in the mobile home, near Shiloh Unity Road, when they woke to smoke pouring into their room.

  • Three teens involved in wreck

    As Keosha Gladden approached the accident scene, she hoped Shatoya Mobley would be OK.
    Mobley, her friend and classmate, was driving a teal Chevrolet Malibu that was involved in a two-car wreck Wednesday afternoon on Great Falls Highway.
    The accident happened shortly before 5:15 p.m. in front of the EnMark gas station.
    Mobley, 17, was traveling south on Great Falls Highway when a white Chevrolet Cavalier pulled out into the road, said Senior Trooper Ilean Granata of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Firefighter dies after training exercise

    Chief Craig Roof of the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department remembers Dillon Denton as a man who was always willing to help.
    Denton, a volunteer fire lieutenant with the department, died Tuesday morning after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 64.
    Roof knew Denton for more than three years, and served as his chief for the last year. He said Denton was someone he could count on when he needed a hand.

  • Report: Woman assaulted with a brick

    A Lancaster woman was hit in the head with a brick during an altercation with another woman late last week.
    The victim, a 32-year-old Pageland Highway resident, told police that she got into an argument with a woman Friday morning at a Pleasant Hill Street home.
    The accused attacked, Rachel Stewart, 47, told police that she punched the woman in the back of the head after the two argued, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    Stewart, of 1900 Springdale Road, Lancaster, was charged Friday with aggravated assault and battery.

  • Christmas drives face great needs in 2010

    American essayist Hamilton Wright Mabie once said of Christmas, “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
    With the Christmas season upon us, there are several such conspiracies afoot in Lancaster County, all of them aimed at bringing joy to struggling families.
    And this year, there’s a lot of people struggling, organizers say – more than any time in their recent memory.

  • Fire destroys body shop, cabinet shop

    Eric Montgomery spent most of Tuesday cleaning up the remnants of a building he owned on Great Falls Highway.
    Sifting through the rubble, Montgomery stopped to pick out shards of window glass and pieces of steel from the frame. He said the auto body shop building at 1981 Great Falls Highway was a complete loss after a fire burned it down on Monday. He had rented it to two tenants.
    “Shoot, it’s flat on the ground,” Montgomery said. “We’re just out here today (Tuesday) cleaning it all up.”

  • Five men sought in two robberies

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for five men in two armed robberies that occurred during the last week.
    The first robbery occurred Dec. 1 at the Stop-N-Shop at 2147 McIlwain Road.
    At about 9:40 p.m. that day, three men armed with handguns entered the store and demanded cash from employees, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Woman’s condition critical

    One woman involved in the two-vehicle accident on North Park Drive last week is back home while the other woman remains hospitalized.
    Lancaster residents Amber McManus and Jesse Reynolds were riding in a Nissan SUV that was struck by a tractor-trailer truck Dec. 1 at the Lancaster city limits, just off Monroe Highway (S.C. 200).
    The women, both 18, were flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for their injuries.
    A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon that McManus remains in critical condition. Reynolds was released Friday.

  • Love a parade? Then Saturday is the day for you

    By Reece Murphy
    The Christmas season will come marching into Lancaster County on Saturday, with parades scheduled for Van Wyck, Kershaw and Lancaster.
    Van Wyck kicks off its Christmas celebrations first with a parade at noon, with Santa and Mrs. Clause at the helm.
    This year’s parade begins at the post office at Old Hickory and Steele Hill roads. The parade will travel down Steele Hill Road to Van Wyck Road, to Rebound Road, to Old Hickory Road and end at the Van Wyck Community Center.