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  • Outdoor burning banned in S.C.

    South Carolina declared a statewide burning ban Saturday, citing the drought and an approaching cold front with gusting winds and low humidity, perfect conditions for fires to get out of control.

    State Forester Gene Kodama announced the ban at 6 a.m. and said it would last until further notice. This expanded a ban already in effect in 19 of the Palmetto State’s 46 counties. Lancaster had not been part of that earlier order.

  • Coastal test crops survive hurricane with little damage

    Jim Melvin

    Clemson University

    CHARLESTON – Thanks to a blissful stretch of blue skies and dry weather, at least 80 percent of the valuable crops at Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center have weathered Hurricane Matthew’s wrath and rebounded with voracity.

  • Chester man suspected in North Corner robbery

    Lancaster County sheriff’s investigators believe a Chester man arrested for armed robbery in York County is responsible for the July 5 robbery of North Corner Grocery.
    Investigators obtained warrant against Christopher Clevon Feaster, 40, for armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said Friday.
    Feaster is also wanted in connection with several armed robberies in Charlotte and Gastonia, N.C.

  • Catawba man arrested for child porn

    A Catawba man was arrested Wednesday for distributing child pornography, the S.C. Attorney General’s Office said.

    David Corey Clark, 28, is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and 10 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, all felony offenses punishable by up to 10 years in prison each.

  • Blaze destroys Chester’s Cove Seafood Restaurant

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    Fire destroyed the popular Chester’s Cove Seafood Restaurant on Cochran Bypass in Chester late Wednesday night.

    The Chester Fire Department responded to the call about 11:30 p.m., with the fire already well under way. Fire Chief Paul Caldwell said the building was a total loss. The fire’s cause is still under investigation.

  • Clemson installing monitors to help farms conserve water

    Scott Miller
    Clemson University

  • Electric bills will tick down because of low fuel prices

    From release

  • 30 countries and counting

    Ten years later, Cara Walker can still close her eyes and stroll the dirt streets of Moshi, a Tanzanian city within sight of Mount Kilimanjaro.
    She remembers wandering through shops and open-air markets with no agenda, browsing to learn. Bougainvillea bloomed. Kiswahili music played. Chickens clucked, and babies cried and laughed.
    “Your senses are constantly engaged, if not borderline overwhelmed,” Walker recalls. It was "a surreal and beautiful experience.”

  • 'Standing peacefully for justice'

    Watching the Charlotte riots on TV Tuesday and Wednesday nights after the police killing of Keith Scott, Alfrick Seegars felt pulled in two directions.
    As a 28-year-old black man, Seegars knew the passion and anger fueled by seeing yet another man of color on the news bleeding to death on the ground surrounded by cops.
    As a firefighter with the city of Lancaster and County Fire Rescue, he also could appreciate the mix of fear and commitment to duty that the police and other first-responders on scene felt facing the angry crowd.

  • I cleaned off the blood...it was time to leave

    Editor’s note: Jessica Britton, 29, is a Waxhaw photographer who has shot assignments for The Lancaster News since 2012. She was at ground zero Wednesday night during the worst of Uptown Charlotte’s racial unrest. Seldom has the nation’s attention focused on a place so close to us.

    Jessica Britton
    For The Lancaster News