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  • 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.

  • Great Falls teen wages war on litter

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Carson Marino has declared war on garbage.
    The 15-year-old Great Falls resident leads a group he has named “The Great Falls Trash Warriors.” Their objective is to pick up the mountains of litter that are thrown on the side of the roads between his home and his maternal grandmother’s house.

  • Bundy, Gregory recall boom times for county after WWII

    Episode two of Travis Bell’s documentary film series “Lancaster: Our Stories” has been released, with another installment of the online time capsule for viewers to enjoy.
    The documentary was filmed by the Columbia photographer and Lancaster native last year at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center. It focuses on preserving local history through interviews with a number of Lancaster residents.

  • Threat-alert system installed at USCL

    USC Lancaster has installed a system of high-powered sirens to alert the campus – and as far away as downtown Lancaster – when a public-safety emergency occurs.
    The sirens will sound during weather crises such as tornados or if an active shooter is on campus, sometimes followed by recorded messages with instructions to take shelter immediately or that a lockdown is in place.