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  • Damaged Woodland Drive bridge won’t be replaced until March ’18

    The barricaded section of cross-town artery Woodland Drive near Lancaster High School won’t be reopening anytime soon.
    The road was shut down in July after one of the support pilings under the structure shattered, probably because of an overweight vehicle. Repairs were impossible, and the bridge must be replaced.

  • Others seeking local solutions to opioid crisis

    Delois Carpenter
    While most everyone is familiar with recovery groups like Narcotics Anonymous and Al Anon, several local churches have also begun ministries to help addicts. Among them is Eastside Baptist Church’s Chain Breakers Outreach, run by Delois Carpenter.
    The group meets in the church fellowship hall every Tuesday night at 6:30. The group has about 30 regulars and as many as 150 attending when there’s a special speaker.

  • Ex-addict leading others to recovery

    Last of four parts
    Le Tanya Williams’ 50 years of life splits into three discrete segments.  
    She was 20 years old the first time she shot heroin. She was addicted to it for 20 years. Now she’s been clean for 10.
    She quit only because she went to prison, and there was no heroin there. She grew tired of hearing other inmates plotting how they would return to the crimes that cost them their freedom – only not getting caught next time.
    Once she got truly sober, Williams never wanted to shoot heroin again.

  • 'Mama, I'm not going to live very much longer'

    Third of four parts
    In the weeks before he died, Ron Hinson Jr.’s habit got so bad he was shooting up pain pills in his hospital room, his mother recalls.
    She said he picked the lock on the sharps container, stole used needles and had a friend smuggle in Opana pills, which he melted down and injected.
    “He went through pure hell,” said Beth Morrison.

  • Come one, come all to Saturday’s IL festival

    Packed with music, food and fun, the Panhandle’s biggest annual event is taking over the Indian Land schools’ campus on Saturday, Oct. 28, with something for everyone.
    The Indian Land Fall Festival, running from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., will have live music and performances on two stages, two dozen food trucks, kids and sports zones, a car show, corn hole tournament and chili contest. Country music singer and Lancaster native Julie Roberts will headline the festival with a performance from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  • Lancaster woman dies in Sunday night S.C. 200 crash

    A Lancaster woman died in a single-car accident late Sunday night when her car ran off S.C. 200 at Hardee Lane, about 4 miles north of Great Falls.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 24-year-old Kasey Pepper. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.
    The accident happened around 11:45 p.m. Sunday. According to Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis, Pepper was traveling south on S.C. 200 when her 1993 Honda ran off the road, overturned and hit a tree. Pepper was wearing a seat belt.

  • IL getting another HQ, with 21 jobs

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County snagged another corporate headquarters Tuesday, as The Blythe Co. announced it is expanding into South Carolina, bringing $4 million in capital investment, creating 21 new jobs and tripling its workforce.
    Blythe, which distributes and services industrial parts to natural gas, oil and chemical companies, will build in the 300-acre Bailes Ridge Corporate Park near the intersection of S.C. 160 and Old Bailes Road.

  • Humana balks over tests, kills library plan

    The Lancaster County Library and the county DSS office will not be moving to the vacant Springs Block downtown, after property owner Humana refused to allow environmental tests on the site that would be made public.
    County council had been exploring the option to relocate the library to a larger facility, and part of the process was what’s called a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment.
    But Humana wouldn’t agree to the assessment, which would check historical records of the property and include a site inspection.

  • Overdoses spike, often in public

    Second of four parts
    The men’s room at Twin Pines Convenience Store & Grill had been silent for 15 minutes by the time a deputy started beating on the locked door.
    The clerk shoved a screwdriver into the lock and turned the doorknob. The deputy’s hand hovered over his holstered weapon as the door eased open.
    On the floor sat an unconscious man in his 20s, slouched against the doorframe. Nearby lay a syringe with the remains of some brown liquid in it. On the sink above, the bottle cap that he cooked the heroin in.

  • Even without shoes, Railey wows judges

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    What do you do when you’re competing at the S.C. State Fair Pageant and you forgot your pageant shoes?
    If you’re 8-year-old Railey Hegler of Lancaster, you put on your jellies and carry on.
    The McDonald Green third grader won one of four age categories in the fair pageant during the Oct. 14 competition in Columbia. Her title is a mouthful – Division 2 Grand Supreme South Carolina State Fair Princess.