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  • Gas authority buys old Porter-Belk site

    One of Lancaster’s economic pillars for nearly a century, Porter-Belk Lumber Co. couldn’t withstand the twin blows of the Great Recession and the departure of Springs Industries.
    Since closing in 2015, its buildings have stood silent off Kershaw Camden Highway just south of downtown. The roof on the old cabinet shop caved in as the property owner waited for whatever economic future the site might have.

  • Big job, bigger life

    Despite being known best for her leadership in Lancaster’s business sector and on community projects, Kristen Blanchard’s life very much revolves around her family.
    “I love being a mom and a wife,” she said. “I have an incredible husband who is a great stay-at-home dad.”
    She and her husband, Jim, and kids Ryan and Caitlin spend a lot of time together, mostly outdoors, exercising and playing sports.

  • County ranks low on image, appearance

    Seventy-three percent of the local residents who took part in a 2018 National Research Center survey said Lancaster County needs to clean up its image.
    County leaders were stunned by the revelation Thursday when they looked at the survey results in depth during a four-hour workshop held at the county building.
    “It’s kind of surprising. If our overall image is that low, then how come people keep moving here? It’s really surprising,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • Housefire on Tram Road
  • Mystery of landscaping contractor’s firing solved

    HEATH SPRINGS – In this small town of genteel politics and polite governance, the Great Landscaping Ruckus of the past five months has raised a few eyebrows.
    Last October, the town council fired Darren Sowell, whose landscaping company had a longstanding $47,000-a-year contract – a big-ticket expense for Heath Springs – to keep the town looking tidy.

  • Ethics panel: Blackmon broke law

    The S.C. Ethics Commission has ruled that Linda Blackmon violated state law by voting to give herself $6,750 in back pay for the 11 months when an election challenge kept her from taking office.
    The commission punished Blackmon, who represents District 3 on the Lancaster City Council, with a $2,000 civil fine and a $700 administrative fee, according to the panel’s order dated Feb. 28, which it released Friday. The penalties in the case could have totaled $4,700.

  • Spotlight on Kilburnie

    A local treasure recently received national recognition, as Birmingham Magazine named Kilburnie one of the best bed and breakfasts in the South.
    Just north of Lancaster on the historic Craig Farm, Kilburnie was described as a rural oasis with nature trails and an expansive backyard that’s also a certified wildlife habitat.
    Writer Anna Mazurek complimented innkeeper Johannes Tromp on his two-course gourmet breakfasts.

  • Gigantic pothole
  • Murder during your dinner: ‘Don’t Throw the Rice Yet’

    People are coming to Lancaster from Charlotte and across the Palmetto State on March 16 for the premiere of “Don’t Throw the Rice Yet,” a See Lancaster Live murder mystery dinner-theater production at USC Lancaster.
    Written and directed by Lancaster’s Joe Timmons, the play is full of twists, turns and ruses to throw the audience off course.

  • Turning clocks ahead takes a toll on body

    It’s time to spring forward. Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, and skipping that hour affects the body and mind more than most people think.
    Dr. Tooba Khan, a neurologist at Lancaster Neurology, said daylight saving time can affect the body’s health by disturbing its inner clock, called the circadian rhythm.