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  • Fire destroys Buford home that couple built in 1977

    A Buford couple turned into their Walnut Road driveway Monday afternoon to find firetrucks in the yard and flames shooting through their roof.
    Jim Helms said he and his wife, Debbie, had lived in the home for more than 40 years. The house was destroyed.
    “It feels just like losing a family member,” he said while watching foam and ash fly from the house as firefighters finished putting the fire out.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the blaze began as an electrical fire in the wall and spread into the attic shortly after 4 p.m.

  • Parnell wallops no-name opponents

    Democratic state and national leaders may have abandoned congressional hopeful Archie Parnell, but 5th District primary voters were still behind the Sumter native Tuesday.
    Despite revelations that he physically abused his ex-wife decades ago, Parnell won an overwhelming victory to set up a rematch with incumbent Rep. Ralph Norman (R-Rock Hill) in November’s midterm election.
    As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Parnell was the top vote getter in 10 of 11 counties, including Lancaster, in the 5th District.

  • Smith/Norrell on Nov. ballot

    Mandy Powers Norrell’s quest to become South Carolina’s lieutenant governor took a big step forward Tuesday, even though her name wasn’t on the Democratic primary ballot.
    As final returns came in Tuesday night, gubernatorial candidate James Smith of Columbia, who announced Lancaster’s Norrell as his running mate last month, overwhelmed his two primary opponents, avoiding a runoff and moving the pair on to a November showdown with Republicans.

  • Missing 69-year-old IL woman found
    Missing 69-year-old Indian Land woman, Lula Jane White, has been found and is safe.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office issued a release earlier stating that White was last seen Saturday at the Quick Trip on Charlotte Highway in Indian Land, but had left her vehicle and personal items at her home. 
    The release also advised that she could appear to be disoriented because it was unknown whether she had her prescribed medication with her.
     
  • Horton’s new book recounts ‘a golden age of growing up’

    Columbia author Mac Horton just released his second book of short stories, most chronicling his upbringing in Heath Springs.
    It’s called “Shelter Rock Rides Again!” and follows a pattern similar to his first, “Tales from Shelter Rock and Beyond,” which he published last year.
    The new book contains 104 additional short stories about his youth in Heath Springs, his career and his travels.

  • Fresh from the fields

    The 2018 Ag+Art Tour kicked off with a Lancaster County-grown, farm-to-table dinner at the Springs House Thursday evening.
    “Take Me Home, Country Roads” welcomed folks when they walked in, with P.J. Brunson strumming the melody on her Martin acoustic guitar.
    The resounding “pop” of corks removed from wine bottles, the clinking of glasses and the drone of speech and laughter filled the stately mansion Thursday evening.
    For See Lancaster Coordinator April Joplin, this is her favorite part of the tour.

  • Wreck leads to Indian Land power outage

    An overnight power outage in Indian Land last weekend was caused by a wreck that took out a power pole, inconveniencing hundreds of customers and shutting down numerous businesses along a busy swath of the U.S. 521 corridor.
    In addition to the outage, which began Saturday evening and extended into late Sunday morning for some, a number of customers of Duke Energy Carolinas also reported that a power surge that occurred once electricity was restored fried their major appliances and electronics.

  • 5th District hopeful Moore talks to county Democrats

    In the scramble since last month’s revelation about Archie Parnell’s long-ago domestic abuse, the other three Democrats running for the 5th District congressional seat haven’t created much of a stir in Lancaster County.
    Candidate Sidney Moore tried to change that Thursday night, attending the monthly meeting of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.

  • Gag order issued in Breanna Lewis case

    Judge Jocelyn Newman of Columbia issued a gag order Thursday restricting those involved in the criminal case against Breanna Lewis from publicly discussing it without the court’s permission.
    Lewis is the mother of Harlee Lewis, the 11-month-old girl found dead last week in a field in Chesterfield.
    Breanna Lewis has been charged with filing a false police report – she claimed Harlee had been kidnapped – desecration or removal of human remains and tampering with physical evidence.

  • Hundreds attend vigil for Harlee

    As the speakers at the vigil droned on, the small children in the audience outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse began to fidget.
    Some started to cry. Others tried to pull away from their parents. Some played with the pockets of sand scattered across the parking lot.
    None of the parents seemed to complain. They pulled their child closer and held them tight.
    They were there to honor Harlee Lewis, who died May 29, three days before her first birthday.