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  • Fire hydrant testing begins April 1

    The Lancaster Fire Department will begin its semi-annual fire hydrant testing throughout the city and parts of the county on Friday, April 1, 2016. This operation will continue throughout the months of April and May. All hydrants on a city water main will be tested to ensure they're operable and able to produce the required water pressure when needed.

  • Raging fire guts IL home

    Fire destroyed the home of an Indian Land family Thursday morning.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder said no one was injured in the fire at 7545 Haley Lane, though the home was a complete loss.
    Blackwelder said firefighters were dispatched to the scene about 8:34 a.m. after a neighbor reported flames and smoke coming from the garage.
    Though the family’s three children were at school, the couple was still at home.

  • Carrying the cross

    Traveling up Main Street from Lancaster Square to the downtown business district is old hat for most of us.

    But if you went that way Saturday morning, you may have crossed paths with two crosses as 90 members of Christian Assembly Worship Center carried the symbol of Christianity through downtown during Easter weekend.

  • Duke gets to control river, users benefit too

    Page Leggett

    Duke Energy's Illumination website

    In some ways, this is a fish story, though not one of exaggeration. It’s also about swimming and boating, economic development, flowers and electricity and drinking water for millions of people.

  • Bullet hole in girl’s bike tire sets off councilman Mackey

    Something has to change on the 300 block of Connor Street, an exasperated Gonzie Mackey told fellow Lancaster City Council members this week.

    Mackey held up his granddaughter’s bicycle tire with a bullet hole in it, and said the girl was on the bike when the bullet hit.

  • Victim reports crime, arrested as culprit

    A Heath Springs man who called 911 to report someone in a pickup intentionally ramming his SUV ended up behind bars when the investigation revealed he was the aggressor, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said.

    Douglas Wayne Donahue, 46, 631 Fairhill Road, was arrested on two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count of second-degree assault and battery.

  • Public invited to 2-day UDO review sessions

    The public is invited to two days of sessions to review and comment on Lancaster County’s proposed new Unified Development Ordinance and zoning map.

    The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is mandated by the South Carolina Planning Act. The UDO includes zoning district standards, infrastructure standards, general development standards, natural resources protection and the official zoning map.

  • Lesson: Don’t do the crime if you need to go potty-time

    Never take a bathroom break in the middle of a crime.

    Two Lancaster women were charged this week with kidnapping and attempted armed robbery after an Indian Land woman said they tried to force her to cash a $3,615 check and give them the money. 

    Ashley Jeanette Sanders, 21, of 3660 Heyward Hough Road and Lauren Rena Knight, 17, of 684 Taylor Drive, were arrested Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Charges dropped in girl’s death

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman has dismissed the Valentines Day 2002 case of a former Kershaw man who was speeding on Catoe Road in Lancaster when he struck and killed a 9-year-old girl crossing the road.

    Garth Braxton Beard was charged in June 2002 with one count of reckless homicide in the death of Brandi Profitt of Lancaster.

  • Candidate filing starts Wednesday

    The filing period for Democratic and Republican candidates begins this week for nine local offices in the June primary election, as well as the county’s and state’s legislative delegations.

    Filing opens noon Wednesday, March 16, and closes at noon March 30, said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson.

    U.S. Senate and House candidates must file at the S.C. Election Commission, 1122 Lady St., Suite 500, in Columbia.