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  • Changing temps result in vibrant display of colors

    Mother Nature is using all the colors in her palette to create a beautiful landscape in Lancaster County.

    Bright reds, yellows and oranges, along with darker purples and burgundy, have emerged this fall. It may seem like magic, but there's a scientific reason for the color change.

    Chemical changes in the leaves result in color changes. In the fall, nutrients drain into the tree's branches, trunk and roots for winter storage, causing the leaves to stop producing the green pigment chlorophyll.

  • Woman charged in bicyclists' deaths

    INDIAN LAND – The driver involved in a bicycle accident last month on U.S. 521 in Indian Land has been charged in the deaths of two cyclists.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol charged Sharon Snipes King, 35, of Greensboro, N.C., Thursday with two counts of reckless homicide.

    The patrol says she was driving the Chrysler Pacifica that struck Thomas Hoskins and Lee Anne Barry from behind on Oct. 20 as they were traveling on the northbound side of the road.

    The accident happened just south of the Niven Road intersection.

  • Janet Huckabee campaigns for husband in IL

    INDIAN LAND – Janet Huckabee told a crowd in Indian Land that if her husband is elected president, he will serve the country with the same loyalty and commitment that has made their marriage strong more than 30 years.

    Janet, wife of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, is touring South Carolina in support of her husband, who's seeking the Republican nomination for president.

    She kicked off the three-day First Ladies Bus Tour on Wednesday morning at the Sun City Carolina Lakes retirement community.

  • Sanford talks about issues during visit to local store

    Gov. Mark Sanford visited Lancaster to explain his agenda for the coming year and find out what's on the minds of some residents Tuesday afternoon.

    He met with those interested in his Harvest Tour, a tour of communities around the state, to discuss his plans for government restructuring and spending, quality of life issues and education reform.

    "This is just a chance to move around and hear what's on folks' minds," Sanford said.

    Earlier in the day, he visited Rock Hill, and on Monday, he visited Effingham.

  • White to stay on as police chief

    After announcing last month that he would retire as police chief in January and enter another line of work, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White has decided he will stay on indefinitely.

    It was a decision he reached last week after receiving encouragement from a host of people.

  • More can board Santa Express

    See Lancaster and its helpers are hoping to make good on promises of a bigger and better Santa Express train ride this year that is more open to the general public.

    With 300 extra tickets and three more train rides spread over two days when compared to last year's event, organizers hope people perceive the festive children's ride from Lancaster to Heath Springs on Dec. 1 and 2 as an event open to all.

    "If this is done right, this can really grow and help Lancaster quite a bit," said See Lancaster organizer Mary Brown.

    A fair shake

  • Police: Man had 15 grams of cocaine, $19,000 in cash

    A 38-year-old Lancaster man was arrested and jailed after police discovered 15 grams of cocaine and nearly $19,000 in the vehicle he was driving.

    Derrick Bernard Reid, of 102 New Burns Lane, was charged Monday with trafficking in cocaine.

    A Lancaster police officer stopped the 2007 Chrysler 300 that Reid was driving shortly after 5 p.m. because he failed to use a turn signal twice and was traveling about 45 mph in a 20-mph zone, according to an incident report.

  • Springs Memorial fifth hospital in S.C. to be designated a Chest Pain Center

    Springs Memorial Hospital was recently designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

    Springs Memorial Hospital is the fifth hospital in South Carolina to receive this accreditation and the only hospital in York, Lancaster, Chester, Chesterfield and Union counties to receive this designation.

  • Gas prices rise as holiday season gets closer

    Prices at the pump have surpassed $3 per gallon for unleaded regular again and some local buyers aren't surprised.

    Thomas Barr, who was pumping gas into his pickup truck at AM-PM gas station on Lynwood Drive on Friday, thinks the price will hit at least $3.25 by Christmas and go even higher after that.

    Although resigned to paying higher prices for gas than he'd like, Barr looks for the cheapest gas he can find.

    "I go here (AM-PM) all the time probably because it's one of the cheapest places around," he said.

  • Police: Man robs shoe store after shopping for boots

    A man shopping for boots Thursday night left the store with more than just footwear.

    Police responded to a call about an armed robbery at The Shoe Department at University Place on S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Two store workers told police that a man came inside the store about 7:30 p.m. and began looking at shoes. He picked up two pairs of Timberland boots, took them to the counter and bought them, the report said.

    When the workers opened the register, the man pulled out a pistol, cocked it and demanded money, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.