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  • Report of smoke brings fire trucks to The Lancaster News building

    Some Lancaster Fire Department firefighters may have had "worst case scenario" on their minds after they were called to a possible fire at The Lancaster News office on North White Street on Thursday night.

    About 6:30 p.m., a passers-by called dispatchers to report that there was heavy smoke around the newspaper building.

    Some employees inside the building were oblivious to the flashing red lights of the fire trucks outside as firefighters entered the building.

  • York Co. group offers shelter organizers guidance

    The Interfaith Hospitality Network of shelters in York County has been helping the working poor with children for nine years.

    Now that some Lancaster County churches are trying to organize a network of homeless shelters, they're looking to the York County group for guidance.

    "We're proud to support Lancaster County," said Jennifer Coye, executive director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network in York County. "We've come down there to the community meetings to talk about how things work here."

  • Reliving the struggles, traditions of slavery

    Slavery frustrated and drained Kessie so much that she asked God to take her life away.

    She had been dragged from her homeland of Africa, brought to America on a ship and forced into life as a slave. Through the process, she was separated from her family and doubted if she would ever see them again.

    Kessie's frequent loud calls to God and emotional hymns represented the pain she had been feeling for a long time.

    She and other slaves were often whipped by their masters, leaving blood running from their backs and mouths. She wondered if life could get any worse.

  • Colonial banquet set for March 1

    GREAT FALLS - Come celebrate the Colonial period in upstate South Carolina at the sixth annual Colonial banquet, sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association.

    This sixth annual banquet and auction will be held March 1 at the Great Falls War Memorial Building to benefit the Battle of Beckhamville re-enactment and the work of the GFHTA. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

  • Students tune in to Radio

    INDIAN LAND – Chants of "Radio" poured from the bleachers as James Kennedy entered the Indian Land High School gymnasium.

    The atmosphere was that of a rock star making his way on stage.

    Kennedy, who's better known by the nickname Radio, became a national icon after his life story was depicted in a feature film.

    Indian Land High seniors were pumped to see him and hear his story when he visited the school Tuesday.

  • Red Cross lays off workers

    Three part-time Lancaster County American Red Cross workers no longer have jobs after the chapter announced a merger with the York and Chester County chapter last week.

    Sherry Archie, board chairwoman of the Lancaster chapter, confirmed Wednesday that the three positions were cut from the local chapter.

    "It's just part of working through this transition period," Archie said. "Their employment had to end as a cost-saving factor."

  • Convoy of Corvettes to drive through county on Saturday

    A staple of American automotive luster will be found in large quantity in downtown Lancaster on Saturday morning.

    At about 10 a.m., between 30 and 40 Chevrolet Corvettes, arguably America's preeminent sports car, will converge in the parking lot across from Charley's Cafe on Main Street to "jump off" for a drive through the Midlands.

  • FM squad mining IL for donations

    INDIAN LAND - Indian Land residents should be aware that their financial support of a nearby rescue squad will not benefit them at all.

    For years, the Fort Mill Rescue Squad in York County has sent letters and placed phone calls to Panhandle citizens, asking for money to improve protective services, said Lanny Bernard, Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services director.

  • Indian Land home running on sunshine

    INDIAN LAND - Peter Manfre's power meter sometimes runs backwards.

    Manfre is working with York Electric Cooperative in a net metering project. He collects solar power at his home on Henry Harris Road. What solar energy his home doesn't use goes back onto the power grid to be used by other customers of the utility.

    Manfre's system has 24 panels that collect solar power. They work best on cold, clear fall days, he said. On a recent overcast, chilly day, the system was likely generating almost nothing, maybe 300 watts, he said.

  • Strip mall gets a face lift

    A local real estate company is investing $200,000 to $250,000 in the renovations of a strip mall on South Wylie Street in Lancaster.

    Izco bought the building, which formerly held Perry's Pharmacy, from a private owner last fall. In December, renovations started on the interior and exterior of the building, said Izco managing partner Phillip Scott.

    When the renovations are complete, the results will be a contemporary commercial building, Scott said.

    "We will make it look real nice," he said.