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  • Annual Red Rose Festival is May 17-18

    Plenty of live music and activities for all ages are on tap for next month’s fourth annual Red Rose Festival, set for May 17 and 18 in downtown Lancaster.

    With about a month left before the festival, organizers are now spreading the word about all of the happenings that will make up what’s become the city’s signature event.

    Nearly 20 local and nationally acclaimed musical acts will perform during the two-day function. Blues, country, rock and R&B are among the genres that will be represented.

  • Symphonic Winds to perform at American Musical Salute

    Members of Lancaster High School’s Symphonic Winds are gearing up for a trip to New York City next week, where they’re scheduled to take part in a national performance aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid.

    The ensemble’s 40 students will represent South Carolina on Friday, April 26, during The American Musical Salute, a national concert series featuring music programs from across the county.

    LHS band director John Rhodes said the students and chaperones will board buses and leave for the Big Apple late Wednesday.

  • Man ‘sucker punched,’ beaten outside Grace Aveune bar

    The search is still on for whoever assaulted a man inside a Lancaster bar late last month.

    Deputies responded to Springs Memorial Hospital at about 1:36 a.m. March 30 to speak with a man who reported he was assaulted inside The Pit Stop, 1782 Grace Ave., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The 44-year-old Lancaster man said he had been knocked out after being punched in the face by another man earlier that morning.

  • Hilton pleads guilty

    Prison time is coming for the Kershaw man who admittedly killed his wife in February.  

    Joseph Daniel Hilton, 62, 8992 Old Jefferson Highway, was sentenced to 25 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter during a General Session court hearing Wednesday, April 17. 

    Circuit Court Judge Ernest Kinard Jr. gave the sentence. 

    Hilton had been charged in the Feb. 11 shooting death of his wife, Deborah Faile Hilton, 59. 

  • Pilot unhurt in plane crash

    Editor’s note: The Lancaster News incorrectly reported in the Friday, April 19, 2013, edition that workers freed the airplane from the trees where it crashed on Thursday, April 18. It wasn’t the plane, but pilot Jerry Wiese, who was freed from his perch.

     

    Teddy Moore has seen his share of emergencies, but he’s never been involved in an emergency situation like the airplane crash he responded to Thursday, April 18. 

  • Council hits the brakes on proposed parking ordinance

    A contentious battle over “no parking” signs hit a speed bump earlier this month when county officials decided not to move forward with a proposed parking ticket ordinance. 

    After listening to a months-long debate about “no parking” signs and who has authority to ticket or tow on county roads, Lancaster County Council discussed and ultimately rejected a possible solution to the problem during its April 8 meeting. 

  • Paige Duke is Darlington Raceway’s first-ever ‘Lady in Black’

    Wearing a fire suit at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events is nothing new to Paige Duke.

    Now, the former Miss Sprint Cup has a dark one to wear, along with a new title when promoting a sport that’s close to her heart at the track that’s “Too Tough to Tame.”

    Duke is the “Lady in Black” for the “Lady in Black.”  

  • National Weather Service issues severe storm warning for county

    After issuing a tornado watch earlier today, April 19, the National Weather Service has now issued a severe storm warning for Lancaster County until 4:30 p.m.

  • Tornado watch issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Lancaster County until 9 p.m. today, Oct. 23. A tornado watch means that the conditions have created a significant risk of a tornado occurring. 

       

  • Panhandle gas stations: How many is too many?

    It doesn’t take an expert in microeconomics to realize that those long lines of cars with North Carolina license plates at northern Indian Land gas stations are there to fill up on cheap South Carolina gasoline. 

    With South Carolina’s gas taxes and fees totaling 35.2 cents a gallon, 21 cents less than North Carolina’s 56.2 cents a gallon, Indian Land has become a boomtown of sorts for gas stations looking to cash in on our northern neighbors’ thirst for cheap gas.