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  • Railroad museum offers steam train rides

    WINNSBORO – On Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, the sounds of a steam locomotive will once again echo over the hills and fields of Fairfield County.

    The steam train will be operating over a section of the S.C. Railroad Museum's rail line, the former Rockton & Rion Railway, a 12-mile short line built in the late 19th century to haul granite from the Anderson and Rion quarries to the Southern Railway interchange at Rockton.

    In the early 1970s, the railroad operations ceased and the track laid idle the next 10 years.

  • Lots of boogers to scare you at Haunted Forest

    A Lancaster Halloween tradition will kick off this weekend.

    The Lancaster County Rescue Squad's 24th annual Haunted Forest opens tonight for those who love the thrills and chills of Halloween behind its building at Great Falls Highway and 10th Street Extension.

    The forest will also be open Saturday, as well as Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

    Hours are from dark "until people quit coming," said squad member Mary Rouse.

  • Water meeting on tap for Wednesday

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council is holding a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday so officials can discuss water quality. The meeting is at the Indian Land Elementary School media center.

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District has worked to lower the level of a contaminant in the water it treats from the Catawba River in the past year.

  • Contest, auction to help with courthouse restoration effort

    What started as a simple fiber arts contest has blossomed into a full-fledged effort to help restore the burned Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Cynthia Robinson, owner of Fuzzy Mabel yarn store at 128 S. Main St., had originally planned a competition to celebrate her store's first anniversary downtown.

  • Winner of District 45 House contest will make history

    Both candidates for the District 45 House seat have education and jobs on their minds.

    Republican candidate and political newcomer Deborah Long and Lancaster County Council vice chairman and Democrat Fred Thomas are both running for the seat, now held by Mick Mulvaney, a Republican. Sen. Greg Gregory of Lancaster opted not to run for reelection this year, and Mulvaney decided to run for state Senate District 16 seat.

  • Man shot in back during robbery

    A Lancaster man was shot in the back during an armed robbery Saturday night.

    The victim, 32, had just pulled into the driveway of his Crenson Drive home when a man opened the passenger side door and demanded money from a passenger in the car, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

    The passenger told deputies that the assailant put a gun to his head. He gave him $20 and then ran behind the home, the report said. He heard two gunshots while he was running.

  • Deer make a run in BI-LO

    Live deer, aisle 3?

    Cliff West thinks maybe that was the message over the intercom at the BI-LO grocery store near Applebee's on Sunday.

    West said he was eating at nearby Zaxby's with his wife, Missy, when they noticed a deer running along the sidewalk in front of the stores in the shopping center. The deer would get to a door and then run into it, as if it was looking for a dark place to run.

    When the deer got to BI-LO, the automatic doors opened, and the deer ran right inside.

  • Van Wyck plans homecoming for Crawford

    VAN WYCK – The Van Wyck community is celebrating a favorite son – Shawn Crawford – with a homecoming celebration at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the community center.

    "He has accomplished something no one else in Lancaster County has," said Betty Broome.

    Crawford won a silver medal in the 200-meter race at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. He won a gold and silver medal at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games in track events.

    Crawford will be honored by local dignitaries and former coaches. Gov. Mark Sanford is sending a statement of congratulations.

  • Man, 88, robbed after giving man a ride

    A Lancaster man faces several charges after deputies say he robbed an 88-year-old man Friday afternoon.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Brian James Hinson, 31, of 1523 Virginia St., with kidnapping, strong-armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery, third-offense petty larceny, forgery, financial card theft and financial card fraud.

    Hinson is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center. Bond information was unavailable at press time Tuesday afternoon.

  • Candidates focus on education, jobs in Senate District 16 race

    The two candidates for the state Senate District 16 seat are each focused on improving education, reducing unemployment and creating new jobs.

    Republican candidate Mick Mulvaney, the first-term incumbent state District 45 House representative, and Democratic candidate Mandy Powers Norrell will square off in the Nov. 4 race. The winner will succeed Greg Gregory, the Lancaster Republican who has held the seat for 16 years. Gregory is not seeking re-election.