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  • Fire destroys Hunters Ridge home

    A fast-moving fire tore through a home Monday afternoon in the Hunters Ridge subdivision off McIlwain Road south of Lancaster, leaving a family of five homeless.
    The fire at 3245 Silver Fox Circle was reported at 2:20 p.m., said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.
    “As I understand it, one of the parents was outside waiting on a child to come in from school, and when they went inside, the house was filled with smoke,” Blackwelder said.
    Lancaster County Council member Steve Harper reported the fire.

  • Woman shot in ‘absolute senseless act of violence’

    A Lancaster man has been arrested after a woman was shot for no apparent reason Saturday while driving into a public housing complex.
    Zion Twitty, 18, is charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and providing false information to police. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center after bond was denied.
    Twitty was arrested Sunday. The 18-year-old victim, who was shot once in the right shoulder, was treated and released from Springs Memorial Hospital, according to arrest warrants.

  • Red Cross disaster training camp in Lancaster March 4

    From release
    When a disaster strikes in South Carolina,  local American Red Cross chapters respond, providing food and shelter to those who have lost everything. Now, the Red Cross is looking for members of the community who want to be trained now to quickly take action to help their neighbors when a disaster strikes.

  • Nunnery out of job at 911 center

    Chris Nunnery, who has run the county’s 911 communications center for five years, is no longer employed by the county, and no one will explain the surprise departure.
    “That’s a personnel matter,” County Administrator Steve Willis said Friday. “You’ll have to talk to Lisa Robinson in HR.”
    Thursday was Nunnery’s last day on the job, according to Robinson, the county’s director of human resources. Numerous calls to other county officials, who were shocked by the news, yielded no information about what had happened.

  • Mobile-shower ministry expands to food boxes

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    Kevin Lilly, founder of a local mobile-shower ministry for the homeless, has launched a new project based on the idea behind the Little Free Library boxes.
    Instead of free books, Lilly’s boxes will hold food, hygiene products and whatever else someone might need to live. The food boxes, which are new to Lancaster, have been a big success in other parts of the country.

  • Heath Springs manufacturing building draws some interest

    HEATH SPRINGS – The shuttered and gated old U.S. Textiles building has been on the market less than a month, but it’s already drawing interest.
    “We’ve shown the building twice to one company we’ve been working with for several months,” said Jamie Gilbert, director of the Lancaster County Economic Development Department.

  • All is huge at Haile Gold Mine

    The first impression you get touring the Haile Gold Mine site is how immense everything seems.
    It covers 5,700 acres, or 8.5 square miles. That’s 30 percent bigger than the city of Lancaster. It has 19-foot-tall dump trucks that cost $2.5 million apiece. One tire can cost $40,000.
    The main pit is 700 feet deep. Workers can extract, crush and process 65,000 tons of rock per day. For every 20 tons of rock, they will produce one precious ounce of gold.

  • Greenway launches $3M campaign

    The Lindsay Pettus Greenway on Friday announced an ambitious $3 million fundraising campaign to pay for the first 2 miles of the walking trial along Gills Creek through the city of Lancaster.
    Greenway President Sherri Gregory said the project has already received commitments totaling $750,000 toward that goal.
    “We’ve been out working in the community and gathering partnerships,” Gregory said during the campaign kickoff at USC Lancaster.

  • Road crew stands as honor guard

    White Street has often been a clattering, steaming, confusing mess in front of Lancaster Funeral Home during the past few weeks of road resurfacing.
    Wednesday was one of those days.
    Owner Hazel Cauthen alerted the road-builders that the funeral procession for Ricky McManus Sr. would be leaving about 2:30 p.m. on its way to Lancaster Memorial Park. He hoped the workers might stop for a minute or two so the line of cars could leave his parking lot easily.
    The crew from Lynches River Contracting did far more than that.

  • 248 AJHS kids stay home, but no trouble

    KERSHAW – There were no security problems Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School, but more than a third of the students did not show up for classes, one day after a note was found in a restroom threatening a shooting on campus.
    AJHS reported 248 absentees Wednesday among its 630 students, but attendance was almost back to normal Thursday, with just 58 absent. The school usually has 45 to 50 students out each day.
    The threat also influenced nearby Andrew Jackson Middle School’s attendance, with 120 of its 487 students absent Wednesday.