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  • Norrell sees defeat as ‘win-win’

    She no longer turns in for the night at 2 a.m. and crawls out of bed at 5.
    Her schedule no longer includes appearances in seven counties in a day, or the challenge of delivering a message for the 1,000th time in a way that seems unpracticed.

  • Soggy New Year’s forecast

    Pack a poncho, umbrella and rain boots if you’re going out this New Year’s weekend, as another storm system makes its way up the East Coast soaking the Carolinas.
    Some forecasts are predicting up to 2 or 3 inches of rain for the Midlands with higher totals for the Upstate.
    Flood watches have been issued in the Upstate and in Western North Carolina. Lancaster County is not under any weather alerts as of press time Thursday, but county officials are keeping an eye on the forecast.

  • Friends seek to preserve historic cemetery

    Denise Johnston
    For The Lancaster News

    Red, white and blue  wreaths and flags marked the location of the Old Six Mile Cemetery for Veterans Day. Jerry Marcus, former American Legion Post 250 commander, spent an entire morning dressing the graves for the holiday.
    Marcus and some other volunteers have spent countless hours researching, cleaning and dressing the long-neglected resting place of some of the earliest citizens of the area.

  • Family loses home in Christmas fire

    While Santa was delivering presents Monday night, one Lancaster family lost their home in a fire that lasted into Christmas morning.
    The family of three escaped unharmed, but watched as firefighters battled the blaze for four hours from outside of the 14th Street home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the house was a total loss and the American Red Cross was called in to assist the family.
    Gooches, Elgin and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments responded, along with Lancaster Fire Department.

  • Crossing changes ahead

    Hopefully, by summer, motorists in the south end of town won’t have to wait quite as long on the train.
    The L&C Railway is upgrading the South Main Street rail crossing to address safety concerns and improve the line of sight for motorists to allow its trains to travel at higher speeds.
    “That’s what the whole project is about,” said L&C Railroad consultant Steve Gedney.
    Gedney updated the Lancaster County Transportation Committee (CTC) at its Dec. 11 meeting on the status of the $865,000 project.

  • County recycling cutback starts Jan. 21

    For years, Lancaster County residents have been encouraged to separate recyclable materials – glass, plastics, metals, cardboard and newsprint – from their household garbage.
    But starting Jan. 21, some of that is going to change.
    Thanks to what’s being dubbed the “Great Recycling Crisis,” local residents no longer will be asked to separate glass and plastics from their trash. There will no longer be bins for plastics and glass at the county’s 12 convenience sites.

  • E-mail fraud targets IL firm

    An Indian Land company was the victim of a cyber crime last month, costing it more than $13,600.
    Christian Kropac Jr., president of PCI Group Inc., said the communications and security company was the target of a “spear-phishing” attack, in which the culprit sends a fraudulent e-mail that appears to come from a trusted source, to trick the recipient into divulging valuable information.
    Kropac emphasized that the criminal did not hack into the company’s computer system or have access to any customer information.

  • Holiday hot dogs at animal shelter

    Tails wagged in the dog runs and purrs echoed in the cat house Monday as the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosted a Christmas Eve party for the county animal shelter.
    Volunteers grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for the dogs and dished out cans of tuna for the cats while the LSPCA and shelter employees handed out blankets and toys.
    “I think all of these animals were hoping they’d find home,” LSPCA Director Diana Knight said. “They never wanted to end up in a shelter, so they deserve a little Christmas too.”

  • Feeding 700 on Christmas Eve, Omegas keep tradition going

    Members of the local Omega Psi Phi alumni chapter don’t wrap their community Christmas present in yuletide shades of red and green.
    Instead, their gift – the annual community-wide Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings – is folded in fraternity colors of purple and yellow.
    The annual lunch at A.R. Rucker Middle School has become a local holiday happening where nobody needs an invitation and everyone is welcome. This year’s event on Monday drew nearly 700 people.

  • 24 arrested, 17 sought in drug probe

    After four months of undercover work, 24 people were arrested last week on drug charges by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office during an operation that culminated Thursday.
    Undercover drug transactions occurred from June through October, resulting in 86 arrest warrants for 40 people, the sheriff’s office said Friday night in a press release. The son of one of the suspects was arrested when found to be in possession of heroin during his father’s arrest.