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  • Free tax-prep help available as deadline nears

    There are only 11 days left until the official end of the tax season. All 2016 income tax returns must be filed by April 18.
    If you haven’t had time to file or maybe it just slipped your mind, there are still plenty of places in Lancaster that can help. On average, tax preparation done by a professional costs about $120. Two volunteer groups are offering free help completing tax forms in Lancaster and Indian Land – the AARP Foundation and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, sponsored by the United Way.
    AARP tax help

  • Santorum calls Tom Mullikin ‘Trumpian’ pick

    Tom Mullikin campaigned in Lancaster for the 5th District congressional seat Thursday, and he brought an ex-GOP presidential candidate to town with him.
    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran for president in 2012, said the passionate and no-nonsense Mullikin is clearly the right choice to represent District 5.
    “This is a guy who’s all-in,” Santorum said during a 7:30 a.m. meet-and-greet at the historic Edwards Scott House downtown. “That’s the type of commitment we need…. He’s a Trumpian kind of figure.”

  • SWAT team storms Heath Springs house, ending long, puzzling night

    It was not a typical quiet Tuesday night on R.B. Moses Road outside Heath Springs.
    Sheriff’s officers besieged a house there from before midnight until almost daybreak after a stubborn man – who was not the one suspected of a crime – refused their commands to come outside.
    The county SWAT team surrounded the place and eventually broke down the door to get at him.
    The trouble started about 11:20 p.m. when deputies arrived to investigate a reported robbery at the house. R.B. Moses Road is off Beecher Horton Road, just west of Heath Springs.

  • Narrow escape

    A Second Baptist Church bus burst into flames about 6 p.m. Tuesday, moments after a group of children stepped off it in the church parking lot.
    No one was hurt, though the blaze caused a lot of rubbernecking by passing motorists along Great Falls Highway.

  • Falling tree kills Buford woman

    At least one person was killed Thursday when a tree crushed a mobile home about 5 p.m. in the 4700 block of Pageland Highway, about a half-mile east of Buford Crossroads.
    “There is one confirmed fatality and the coroner’s office has been notified,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder.

    Officials did not identify the victim by press time, but Patrick Burgess, 17, identified her as his grandmother, Coleen Burgess.

  • Devotional book links hunting to spirituality

    Kayla Vaughn
    The Lancaster News

    Michael Anderson of Kershaw was sitting in a deer stand when he received a text message from a friend, asking had he ever thought of writing a devotional for deer-hunters.
    He began writing in December and finished his book, “Deeper Woods,” in about two months.

  • Preserving the culture of the S.C. mill village

    Mark Manicone
    Columbia Voice

    Sherry Jaco has lived, worked and breathed all things in Columbia’s Olympia mill village. And for the last four years, she has been trying to preserve the history that’s on almost every street ­– the regulars, the locals, the characters woven into a neighborhood that give it life.

  • Riversweep needs volunteers for this Saturday

    From release

    Because of inclement weather, the Great Falls Riversweep date has been changed to this Saturday.
    Volunteers are still needed for the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. The clean-up will primarily focus on the islands in Stumpy Pond and some of the bank area around the reservoir.
    The event’s sponsors include the Great Falls Home Town Association, Duke Energy, the Catawba Riverkeeper and Palmetto Pride.
    Volunteers will meet at Debutary Landing or Stumpy Pond Landing (Lancaster side).

  • Late-night wreck kills Great Falls man

    A Great Falls man died following a two-vehicle accident on S.C. 200 early Saturday morning, the S.C. Highway Patrol said.
    Killed in the 2:08 a.m. accident 2 miles south of Lancaster was Randolph Edward “Eddie” Lee, 56, the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said.
    Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the accident happened when Richard Lane Roberts, 44, of Lancaster, traveling north in a 1999 Chevrolet pickup, crossed the center line and struck Lee’s southbound 2005 Buick sedan head-on.

  • Gamecock fans hoist school flag downtown

    Nearly 30 people wearing garnet and black celebrated Tuesday morning downtown as the Carolina Gamecock flag was raised in honor of the national champion Lady Gamecocks and the Final Four men's team.
    Most were lifelong fans who said they were proud of the Gamecocks – all of them!
    As the flag went up outside the county administration building, so did the fans' arms in victory, and when it reached the top they all cheered. A couple of motorists honked as they drove past.