• Woman watches childhood home burn

    Marie Cunningham watched quietly through a cloud of smoke as her childhood home burned Wednesday afternoon, just 30 yards or so from the house where she now lives.
    The fire crept closer and closer across the yard, but firefighters extinguished it before it got to her home.
    Kershaw, Heath Springs and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments, along with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, responded to the fire at 7768 Molasses Rd., Kershaw, shortly before 2:30 p.m.

  • Wreck victim tracks down the firefighter who kept him alive

    Steven Hubbard of Belmont, N.C., is glad to be alive after a motorcycle accident a year ago.
    On Feb. 3, he got the chance to thank the man he credits with saving his life – Pleasant Valley Fire Department firefighter Joe Martus.
    Hubbard, 26, was on his way to work March 17 when his motorcycle slammed into the side of a turning SUV, leaving him clinging to life in the middle of Carowinds Boulevard in Fort Mill.

  • Mayor Howard in good spirits, condition better, daughter reports

    Mayor John Howard is in good spirits and his medical condition is improving, according to a website his daughter created to update the community on his progress.
    Shelley Robinson wrote that Howard, surrounded by family, is using both a breathing tube and a feeding tube, and he has lost 50 pounds since entering the hospital Jan. 16. But he has been able to maneuver out of bed into a chair and begin physical therapy, she said.

  • Van Wyck doubles size, still growing fast

    The town of Van Wyck has more than doubled in size since its creation in November through voluntary annexation of its neighbors.
    Monday night town council members gave final approval to a bundle of annexations totaling 882 acres.
    The council also made substantial moves to preserve the traditional activities of hunting and farming in the community.

  • Craft Stand expands its seating capacity

    Eighteen months after opening its doors, The Craft Stand, downtown Lancaster’s craft beer destination, has knocked down a wall and expanded its seating capacity.

    Owners Don and Brandy Geraghty took out the big red wall behind the bar to open up space in the back room. 

    “We don’t have an official number, but it will definitely increase our capacity,” Brandy said. 

    The cooler and sinks will be moved to the other end of the now L-shaped bar. The floor will be painted, and the lighting improved. 

  • Marcus Brown launches eatery using grandmom’s best recipes

    Miss Etta Brown’s famous fried chicken is back, along with a dose of her mouthwatering home cooking.

    Her grandson, Marcus Brown, has opened Daily Bread Family Restaurant at 1358 Flat Creek Road.

    “I got ’em, sure do,” Brown said of his late grandmother’s  secret family recipes. “That means some chicken and some good food in general.”

    Brown graduated from Newberry College in 2016 after playing football for the Wolves. He has a business degree and also owns a landscaping company.

  • Be on lookout for ‘card skimmers’

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to be on guard for possible card skimmers on local gas pumps.
    Skimmers are electronic devices that “skim” information from credit and debit card magnetic strips when the cards are swiped.
    The sheriff’s office issued the “skimmer alert” on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

  • VTIL reports missing signs

    Indian Land incorporation organizers have reported that about 100 roadside political signs are missing, and the group’s spokesman blamed a “coordinated effort” by the opposition.
    But the main anti-incorporation group rejected that assertion, saying they would never do such a thing.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land President Richard Dole told a sheriff’s deputy Feb. 2 that he’d received numerous complaints about his group’s “Vote Yes” signs being missing.

  • German investor buys Springs Block

    Four months after refusing to let Lancaster County run environmental tests on the historic Springs Block, Humana has sold the downtown landmark to a German investor.
    The property was purchased for $60,000 by a company called STB on Main LLC, according to the Lancaster County Register of Deeds office.
    The German investor behind that company is Ingo Kübler, according to City Administrator Flip Hutfles and County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • TV spotlight hits 8-year-old Railee Brown

    Eight-year-old Railee Brown of Lancaster had a whirlwind week in New York City with her mom and grandmother while taping several episodes of the new ABC game show “Child Support.”
    She got celebrity treatment, including limo rides and a fancy hotel with a view of the Empire State Building. When she wasn’t on set, she visited the Statue of Liberty, ice skated in Rockefeller Square and learned to hail a cab in the Big Apple – not bad for a little girl from a small town.