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  • Drugs, weapons found in HS home

    A Heath Springs couple was arrested Monday when drug task force agents discovered opiates, pill grinders and 20 firearms in their home.
    Richard Conway Hopkins, 61, and Erin Leigh Evans, 36, were arrested in their Kickturn Road home, and Evans’ minor son, who was in the home at the time, was left in the care of a relative.
    Hopkins is charged with trafficking a schedule II narcotic oxycodone hydrochloride, possession of schedule II acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • All fire stations getting pet oxygen masks

    An S.C. animal-welfare nonprofit has made a donation to equip all Lancaster County fire stations with breathing masks for pets that are overcome by smoke.
    Last week, 21 kits containing the animal oxygen masks were given to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers for distribution throughout the county.
    “Those masks make a big difference when saving an animal from a fire,” Rogers said. “Their lungs are affected badly by smoke just like a human’s are.”

  • Cleaners set fires, vamoose varmints, burn down house

    Flames destroyed a house off U.S. 521 this weekend after a cleaning crew apparently decided they needed to “smoke out” critters inside by lighting unattended fires at both exterior doors.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the house at 1669 Charlotte Highway was an unoccupied, single-family home. It was a total loss.
    The blaze began shortly before noon Saturday, and by the time fire crews arrived, the flames had advanced to the point that firefighters couldn’t get inside, Rogers said. Sweltering heat also hampered their efforts.

  • L&C gets $8.7M in grants for upgrades to railway

    The Lancaster and Chester Railroad has received $8.7 million in federal funding to pay for three new locomotives, 46 miles of track repairs and upgrades to its Catawba River rail bridge.
    “We finally were successful,” said outgoing L&C Railroad President Steve Gedney, who retired last weekend, noting that it was the company’s fourth attempt at getting the federal money.
    “There were over 500 applications for funds in this round, and only 20 grants were awarded to short lines in rural areas,” he said.

  • Ride 'em, rope 'em

    For most high school athletes, practicing basic skills is relatively simple – throw the baseball, jump the hurdle, swing the golf club.
    Mary Beth Rollings must coordinate the movement of two farm animals that total 1,500 pounds, both running as fast as they can.
    The Lancaster 18-year-old, who is heading to the national championship of high school rodeo in Wyoming next month, showed off her skills recently at her coaches’ farm in Camden.

  • Power outage along South Main, S.C. 903

    Duke Energy is reporting that 1,874 customers in Lancaster County are currently without power.
    The outage was reported at 1:04 p.m. Monday after several businesses in the South Main Street area lost power. Outages were also reported along the S.C. 903 corridor as far out as the Antioch community.

    "A tractor trailer caught a cable line and pulled down three power poles. It didn't pull down our power lines, but they're on the ground due to the broken poles," said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

  • Man pinned against tree after truck rolls over him

    A Lancaster man was severely injured Tuesday night in a bizarre incident in which his truck rolled backward and pinned him against a tree.
    According to a Wednesday Facebook post by his daughter, the man was working on his truck when it was knocked out of gear and rolled over him, dragging him across gravel and pinning him against a large tree. Eventually he wriggled away from the truck and called for help.
    He was stitched up and treated for a broken rib, three broken bones in his back and road rash all over his body, the post said.

  • Pianist Howland walks us through American music’s 400-year journey

    Concert organizers have arranged a musical treat to finish off your July 4th festivities.
    On Sunday, July 7, well-known pianist Pamela Howland will present “American Music: a 400-Year Adventure,” a celebration of America’s musical history. Selections range from Celtic hymns that formed the roots of Appalachian folk music, to ragtime, jazz and blues, with a sprinkling of other familiar contemporary music that has affected American musical culture.

  • City council cuts more funding for performing arts, OKs budget

    After eliminating the performing-arts position, Lancaster City Council adopted its $25.8 million budget for fiscal 2019-20 during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
    The performing arts department already took a big hit in the proposed budget, with its annual series of large events greatly reduced. The city has created a nonprofit that it hopes will be able to raise money for public concerts and other cultural events.

  • Ag+Art Tour attracts thousands

    Bailey Milhorn
    The Lancaster News

    More than 5,000 people toured 11 farms throughout Lancaster County last weekend during the county’s seventh-annual Ag+Art Tour.
    The South Carolina Ag+Art Tour is a self-guided, free tour where people tour farms, hear local musicians, watch local artisans work and shop at vendor booths at each stop.