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  • 80 teens ready for a special Night to Shine

    Tonight, don’t be surprised if you see teens around Lancaster suited up in tuxes or sparkling in prom dresses.
    Prom night has come early.
    The Tim Tebow Foundation is sponsoring its fifth Night to Shine, a worldwide prom experience for those with special needs ages 14 and older.
    This year, Unity Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Lancaster will join 650 congregations across the world, creating a night to remember with limo rides, red carpet, hair and makeup stations, shoe-shines and karaoke.

  • County crafts tax break for solar farms

    The Lancaster County Council has voted to create a new property-tax arrangement just for solar farms – after months of struggling over whether it should lure these companies with favorable tax treatment even though they create no new local jobs.
    The first reading of the ordinance passed by a 6-1 council vote Jan. 28, with Billy Mosteller opposed.

  • Too many pit bulls

    Citing an upsurge in abused pit bulls, local animal advocates are cheering the introduction of an S.C. House bill that would charge pit bull owners a $500 fee for not spaying and neutering their pets.
    Under the proposed bill, sponsored by Rep. Chip Huggins of Lexington, pit bull owners who do not sterilize and microchip their animals face a $500 fee. If they don’t comply, they could be charged with a misdemeanor, fined $1,000 and eventually could face up to a year in jail.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Under departmental policy, when a deputy takes possession of the property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping while the sheriff’s office tries to reunite the items with their owners.
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • 641 more homes get green light

    Two new subdivisions, totaling 641 homes, are slated to be built along Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    During its Jan. 15 meeting, Lancaster County Planning Commission approved the proposed Sugar Creek and Chateau Ridge cluster subdivisions, subject to several conditions.

    Sugar Creek

  • Chick-fil-A will close 4-5 weeks to remodel

    The line of cars wrapped around Lancaster’s busy Chick-fil-A will cease for at least a month starting March 9, when the restaurant will close for remodeling that will include a double drive-thru lane.
    The restaurant, which opened about 20 years ago, will refurbish the dining room and play area, and hire 20 to 30 new employees.

  • Senate OKs firing squads, electrocution

    Responding to the unavailability of lethal-injection chemicals, the S.C. Senate has voted to reinstate the electric chair for death-row executions and to add the option of firing squads.
    The bill, sponsored by Republican Sens. Greg Hembree of Horry County and Shane Martin of Spartanburg County, passed 26-13 in the Senate last Wednesday, and is now in committee in the House.
    Lancaster County’s two senators, Republican Greg Gregory of Lancaster and Democrat Vincent Sheheen of Camden, did not vote on the bill.

  • Still swooning after 70 years

    Clyde Brazell and Emily Williams met playing dodge ball with a group of their teenage friends.
    “She was my target,” Brazell said this week. “When I threw that ball, I said, ‘You better look out! I’m gonna get you!’”
    And he did. On Jan. 22, Clyde and Emily Brazell celebrated 70 years of married life together. Almost 80 friends and relatives gathered Jan. 26 to mark the couple’s platinum anniversary, a contrast to their secret wedding, which they hid from the bride’s family.

  • Mom, child escape Acacia Road blaze

    A mother and her child narrowly escaped a fire Friday morning in their Acacia Road home north of Lancaster.
    The woman told firefighters she heard a loud pop in her home and found a small propane heater had caught fire in another room shortly after 10 a.m., according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
    Firefighters from Shiloh Zion, Unity and Riverside volunteer fire department fought the blaze for nearly two hours as neighbors stood by, taking in the destruction.

  • Teen arrested in shooting of young girl on French Street

    A Rock Hill teen has been arrested in last weekend’s shooting of a young girl at a North French Street house.
    Draevious Jakeim Mingo, 16, is charged with attempted murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said he originally thought the shooting was accidental, but after further investigation it became clear that it was an intentional act.