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  • Sims Foundation gets new home, a gathering space for community

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is relocating to the old Springs Co. building along Lancaster’s Main Street, a move designed to make the foundation’s headquarters a gathering place for the community.
    The new location, dubbed The Crescent because of its curved wall of glass blocks facing Springs Street across from the post office, is three times as large as the foundation’s existing home on North White Street.

  • 6 fire departments dispatched to blaze

    Two people were severely injured Wednesday afternoon in a house fire in the 5000 block of Flat Creek Road east of Lancaster.
    According to a Lancaster County Fire Rescue report, the two residents of the home were injured and at least one of them was flown by helicopter to a burn facility for treatment of smoke inhalation and internal burns.
    Rich Hill, Flat Creek and Antioch volunteer fire departments responded along with Lancaster County Fire Rescue, and Kershaw and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments were called in to help.

  • ‘I’m sorry – I can’t say it enough times’

    Two days into his murder trial, Brent Gay pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Thursday in the 2015 shooting death of Flint McManus and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    Gay, 34, confessed to shooting McManus and blamed debilitating drug abuse. He asked forgiveness from the victim’s relatives, who had sat through 14 hours of prosecution testimony before the plea deal was announced.

  • Punky’s On Main: New décor, varied menu, lots of business

    Punky’s On Main, which opened last month in the old Charley’s Café space on Lancaster’s South Main Street, is off to a bustling start.
    The restaurant’s “soft opening” began at 11 a.m. Nov. 26, and soon every table at the newly renovated eatery was filled.
    “There wasn’t nothing soft about it!” said co-owner Scott Edwards. “It was awesome. We were packed.”

  • Great Falls store owner found dead in wreck

    Landmark News Service
    The body of missing Great Falls store owner Doug Sumner was found Monday in a wrecked vehicle along U.S. 21 in Fairfield County.
    Sumner, who was reported missing Oct. 22, appeared to have run off the highway and down a 60-foot embankment, where his vehicle struck a tree, according to Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill.
    Sumner, owner of Sumner’s Deli & Grocery on Ridgeway Road, was last seen driving his black Dodge Ram truck in Rock Hill on Oct. 22.

  • Soulful serenade for Honeycutt’s birthday

    Talk about a birthday treat! Larry Honeycutt got one during Monday night’s county council meeting.
    Veronica Mayfield of county public safety communications brought down the house when she surprised Honeycutt with a spot-on soulful performance of the Etta James classic “At Last.”
    The council member, who turned 80 Monday, bellowed “wooooooo” at the end of the song, reminiscent of wrestler Ric Flair.
    “I wasn’t expecting it, and it really got to me,” Honeycutt said.

  • Lennar paying county $600K to settle dispute on rooftop fees

    Lennar Homes will pay Lancaster County $600,000 to settle a dispute over how much the developer was supposed to pay the county in rooftop fees on early phases of an Indian Land subdivision.
    The county council voted unanimously Monday night to accept the settlement from Lennar after meeting in executive session for nearly a half hour to discuss the matter.
    Lennar Homes has developed 51 communities in the Carolinas. Its Lancaster County projects include Heritage Hall, The Greens, The Grove, The Retreat at Rayfield and TreeTops.

  • County cracking down on fire-code violations

    After two local businesses were found with locked fire exits, Lancaster County has announced a crackdown on companies that are not meeting standard fire codes.
    County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said he is spreading the word and trying to get tips from county residents and help from the local business community.

  • Nasty doesn’t stop parades

    Winter weather didn’t stop Saturday afternoon’s inaugural Indian Land Christmas Parade or the Lancaster Christmas Parade that night, as residents braved cold rain and nipping winds.
     “It went really, really well,” said IL parade organizer Melvin Stroble. “It was really a success for our first parade. We had people that didn’t leave until Santa left. We could only imagine how much more we would’ve had if the weather was good.
    “I would say that we had close to 100 folks along the route,” he said.

  • Life in prison for Peach Stand killing

    Christopher Méndez of Lancaster was sentenced Tuesday to life without parole in the Jan. 23 shooting death of Karson Whitesell, a 19-year-old clerk at Fort Mill’s landmark Peach Stand, according to news reports.
    Méndez, 29, of 1701 Pardue St., pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced in a York County courtroom after emotional testimony from his parents and from Whitesell’s family.