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  • Election Day thunderstorms predicted

     

    Bring an umbrella or put on poncho if you’re going out to vote, because severe thunderstorms could be rolling in Tuesday afternoon, bringing wind and rain to Lancaster County.

  • Punky’s On Main: New décor, varied menu, lots of business

    Punky’s On Main, which opened last month in the old Charley’s Café space on Lancaster’s South Main Street, is off to a bustling start.
    The restaurant’s “soft opening” began at 11 a.m. Nov. 26, and soon every table at the newly renovated eatery was filled.
    “There wasn’t nothing soft about it!” said co-owner Scott Edwards. “It was awesome. We were packed.”

  • Great Falls store owner found dead in wreck

    Landmark News Service
    The body of missing Great Falls store owner Doug Sumner was found Monday in a wrecked vehicle along U.S. 21 in Fairfield County.
    Sumner, who was reported missing Oct. 22, appeared to have run off the highway and down a 60-foot embankment, where his vehicle struck a tree, according to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill.
    Sumner, owner of Sumner’s Deli & Grocery on Ridgeway Road, was last seen driving his black Dodge Ram truck in Rock Hill on Oct. 22.

  • Soulful serenade for Honeycutt’s birthday

    Talk about a birthday treat! Larry Honeycutt got one during Monday night’s county council meeting.
    Veronica Mayfield of county public safety communications brought down the house when she surprised Honeycutt with a spot-on soulful performance of the Etta James classic “At Last.”
    The council member, who turned 80 Monday, bellowed “wooooooo” at the end of the song, reminiscent of wrestler Ric Flair.
    “I wasn’t expecting it, and it really got to me,” Honeycutt said.

  • Lennar paying county $600K to settle dispute on rooftop fees

    Lennar Homes will pay Lancaster County $600,000 to settle a dispute over how much the developer was supposed to pay the county in rooftop fees on early phases of an Indian Land subdivision.
    The county council voted unanimously Monday night to accept the settlement from Lennar after meeting in executive session for nearly a half hour to discuss the matter.
    Lennar Homes has developed 51 communities in the Carolinas. Its Lancaster County projects include Heritage Hall, The Greens, The Grove, The Retreat at Rayfield and TreeTops.

  • County cracking down on fire-code violations

    After two local businesses were found with locked fire exits, Lancaster County has announced a crackdown on companies that are not meeting standard fire codes.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said he is spreading the word and trying to get tips from county residents and help from the local business community.

  • Nasty doesn’t stop parades

    Winter weather didn’t stop Saturday afternoon’s inaugural Indian Land Christmas Parade or the Lancaster Christmas Parade that night, as residents braved cold rain and nipping winds.
     “It went really, really well,” said IL parade organizer Melvin Stroble. “It was really a success for our first parade. We had people that didn’t leave until Santa left. We could only imagine how much more we would’ve had if the weather was good.
    “I would say that we had close to 100 folks along the route,” he said.

  • Life in prison for Peach Stand killing

    Christopher Méndez of Lancaster was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole in the Jan. 23 shooting death of Karson Whitesell, a 19-year-old clerk at Fort Mill’s landmark Peach Stand, according to news reports.
    Méndez, 29, of 1701 Pardue St., pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced in a York County courtroom after emotional testimony from his parents and from Whitesell’s family.

  • Schools, county on another 2-hour delay Tuesday

    The Lancaster County School District, USC-Lancaster and Lancaster County will operate on another two-hour delay Tuesday due to concerns of black ice formation Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

  • Schools, county on 2-hour delay Monday

    The Lancaster County School District, USC-Lancaster and Lancaster County will operate Monday on a 2-hour delay due to weather-releated conditions from Saturday and Sunday's winter storm.

    The delay is due to the potential of black ice conditions on secondary roads, especially in the Panhandle.

    Temperatures on Monday morning are forecast at near the freezing mark.