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  • 4 VFDs respond to Riverside Road house fire

    Four volunteer fire departments responded to a house fire early Saturday at 2037 Riverside Road in Lancaster County.
    Firefighters from Gooches, Shiloh Zion, Riverside and Charlotte Road/Van Wyck fire departments were called to the blaze at 3:27 a.m. and were on scene until 7:16 a.m.
    The fire is still under investigation, with no cause determined yet, said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • Don’t pull your back lifting today’s paper!

    This is not your everyday Lancaster News. It’s the Thanksgiving paper, which means enough advertising content to wallpaper your house three times.
    In our business, we joke that this one is “a real dog-killer,” harkening back to when kids on bikes threw newspapers onto front porches. This was the day for porch pooches to stand clear when the massive missive arrived.

  • Crunch time for retailers as shopping blitz nears

    Lancaster County retailers have their Black Friday inventory and are stocking shelves in preparation for the busiest shopping day of the year.
    Hot big-ticket items this year are expected to include televisions, Apple watches, gaming systems and appliances.
    More than 164 million consumers in the United States are expected to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend and cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
    In 2016, individual shoppers spent on average $289.19, the NRF reported.

  • The day I saw Joe Biden

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I decide to wear my scallop-bottom black dress on a Tuesday – a step up from my normal newsroom attire.
    I know I’ll be surrounded by all the big-time reporters shortly.
    But more important – I’ll be in the same room as Vice President Joe Biden in just a few hours.

  • Hepatitis A case at Clinton Elementary

    State health officials are investigating a hepatitis A infection at Clinton Elementary School, according to a letter the Lancaster County School District received Thursday.
    Parents have been notified by letter and through a ConnectEd phone call.
    “Right now this is the only case we are aware of anywhere in the district,” said Graceann Jones, LCSD lead school nurse.
    Jones said there are no cleaning procedures required.

  • Wastewater plant might upgrade to solar power

    The city of Lancaster’s Wastewater Treatment Plant might soon be getting a 21st century electrical upgrade.
    City council members this week unanimously approved studying the possibility of building a one-acre solar array at the plant to help offset its high electricity costs.
    The study will be conducted by W.K Dickson contractors and will cost the city $5,000. Council members Linda Blackmon and Tamara Green-Garris were not present at the Tuesday night meeting.

  • Old jail’s intricate stonework uncovered

    The “new” look of the almost 200-year-old historic Lancaster County Jail on West Gay Street is drawing a lot of attention.
    Renovators have exposed hand-hewn stone masonry hidden beneath layers of stucco, and those working on the multi-year restoration project are trying to determine if it’s feasible to keep it looking that way.
    Built in 1823, the jail was designed by Robert Mills. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • Lancaster man dies in Pageland crash

    A Lancaster man died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle collision near Pageland.
    Duane A. Russell III, 83, was killed in the accident, which happened about 10:50 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 601 and the S.C. 151 Bypass, the Highway Patrol reported.
    Russell was turning his Chevrolet minivan left onto U.S. 601 north when he was hit by a tractor-trailer heading south on S.C. 151. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Addi Ibrahim of Waterville, Ohio, was not injured.
    The accident closed the bypass for several hours.

  • Thousands of arrest warrants scrapped

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department are canceling thousands of arrest warrants after a state Supreme Court justice directed magistrates to stop jailing low-level offenders who skip court dates or don’t pay fines.
    Chief Justice Donald Beatty put court officials on notice in mid-September to end the practice.
    “We follow the direction we are given,” said Lancaster Municipal Judge Cammie Heath.

  • 3 badly hurt in IL head-on crash

    Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Calvin Hall Road in Indian Land.
    Two victims had to be cut out of one of the vehicles, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers. Members of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the call around 3 p.m., he said.