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  • Government phone listing actually sex-chat line

    Talk about a wrong number!
    In the Lancaster County phone book, the toll-free phone number listed for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA Flight Service office in Florence  actually connects you to a sex-chat line.

  • Man sloshed with gas, set on fire, leaps into creek

    Two men have been flown to Augusta Burn Center after one of them allegedly threw gasoline on the other and set him on fire after a fight.
    Officers responded to the 100 block of North Gregory Street in Lancaster about 11:30 p.m. Thursday after someone reported a person on fire, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. They found the trunk lid and rear bumper of a Chevrolet Impala burning on the shoulder of the road, but no victim.
    The officers grabbed fire extinguishers and put the fire out just as city firefighters arrived.

  • LHS teacher retires, heads to Midwest chasing twisters

    Most people retire hoping for quiet, sunny days filled with rest and relaxation.
    Retired Lancaster High School English teacher Robert Hinson, 66, has a completely different idea of retirement. And It has nothing to do with rocking chairs or clear skies.
    Hinson started tackling his bucket list immediately after retiring last month from the public school system after 35 years of teaching.
    Just two days after his last day in a classroom, Hinson was in Oklahoma City right in the middle of tornado alley, hoping to chase some twisters.

  • Homeowners may get tax cut

    The city of Lancaster’s proposed $32.8 million 2016-17 budget will result in a lower tax bill for homeowners but a slight increase for landlords and commercial businesses.

  • Being there for Charlee and the rest of his clan

    Chucky Rivers and his 3-year-old daughter, Charlee, are having a blast.

    He’s pulling her around in a wagon, cracking jokes, being silly.

    It’s one of her favorite things these days.

    Rivers, a Lancaster educator, is a father who appreciates little moments like these.

    He’s happy because she’s happy. Nothing else matters in the moment.

  • Mom remembers Nija as fun-loving, shy

    You may know her son, Nija Tinsley Jr., for his tragic death, but Lakesha Montgomery will never forget all the joyous moments he brought to her life.

    Like his dance moves. “He knew all the dances,” Montgomery said. Or the big smile he’d make when he took selfies.

    At school, he was well-mannered and a little shy, but always smiling, according to Montgomery. Nija would have been a second grader at McDonald Green Elementary this year.

  • Machine catches fire at AkzoNobel

    Quick action and a fire-suppression system stopped a machine fire at AkzoNobel Specialty Coatings in Lancaster from spreading Wednesday night, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said.
    Blackwelder said the Riverside and Gooches fire departments were dispatched to the company at 1872 S.C. 9 Bypass West about 10:11 p.m. in response to an automatic emergency call from the manufacturer’s fire-alarm system.

  • Animal rescuers volunteer to help during shelter crisis

    Animal advocates and rescue groups, who have complained for weeks about Lancaster County's handling of its animal-shelter crisis, have volunteered to help care for the animals at the shelter until the situation is resolved.

  • Sun City flexes muscles with high voter turnout

    Sun City Carolina Lakes homeowners are taking an active role in the Indian Land community not just by speaking out at public meetings, but also by letting their voices be heard loud and clear at the ballot box.  
    Sun City’s registered voters continue to vote at a much higher rate than the rest of the county, regardless of what may or may not be on the ballot.

  • Cops swarm shooting site

    The shooting of a woman in downtown Lancaster Thursday afternoon prompted a massive law-enforcement and rescue response, and officers took down the suspect at gunpoint.
    Thomas Baker, 64, of 300-A Chesterfield Ave., was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant.
    The victim, who was shot once in the chest, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital and then flown to another medical facility for treatment.