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  • Postponed Buchanan play back on for Sept. 29

    The Lancaster production of Rock Hill playwright Shelia Burris Buchanan’s play “If I Could Choose My Family,” postponed in July, has been rescheduled for Sept. 29.
    Buchanan’s Shelia B. Productions is bringing the play to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium for two shows that Saturday, at 2 and 7 p.m.
    The musical production follows a family as they struggle to make ends meet, survive myriad challenges and come to realize what family really means to them.

  • Tractor pull bigger, safer this fall

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    The leaves are beginning to turn. The days are getting shorter. And the smell of pumpkin spice will soon fill the air. 
    That means it’s time to grab your earplugs and get ready for the annual Rich Hill Fall Festival Truck and Tractor Pull. The festival is this Saturday at the Rich Hill Community Center, with the gates opening at 9 a.m.

  • Myrtle Beach evacuee delivers baby at SMH

    As Florence approached Friday night, Myrtle Beach evacuee Angel Sulkowski delivered an 8 pound, 1 ounce girl at Springs Memorial Hospital.
    Sulkowski and her partner, Christopher McAbee, who moved to Myrtle Beach only a few months ago, followed the evacuation order in preparation for the hurricane’s arrival.

  • Florence can’t cancel couple’s wedding day

    Nothing was going to stop lovebirds Samantha Evans and Austin Adams from tying the knot Saturday. Not even a hurricane.
    “They say go big or go home, and I wasn’t going home,” laughed Samantha. “I wanted his last name, and shouldn’t nothing stop that.”
    The couple, who live in Lancaster, met at Buford High School, although they only started dating three years ago.
    “I always liked him in high school,” said Samantha. “He was my high school sweetheart.”

  • Sally Deese cooked for thousands each year because God told her to

    Sally Deese created one of Lancaster County’s most enduring social and spiritual traditions after, in her words, God gave her a direct order one day in 1989.
    For the next quarter century on the Sunday before Memorial Day, she fed the county’s older folks outside her Buford farmhouse, buying and cooking all the food herself. Her Golden Age of Merit Dinner soon included thousands each year, with cars and buses jamming the back roads.

  • Buford feeds crews during emergency

    Members of the Buford community rallied together Sunday to feed more than 40 linemen, first responders and deputies who were on duty as Florence blew through the county.
    The linemen, most from New York, were stationed at Buford High School, just a few minutes away from Buford Volunteer Fire Department, where Perry Clanton is assistant chief.
    “I was speechless,” Clanton said of the spontaneous public response. “It was such a huge outpour of love from our community.”

  • ‘We dodged a big bullet’

    Lancaster County avoided injuries and widespread destruction from the remnants of Hurricane Florence this weekend, unlike some of its neighboring counties and large parts of North Carolina.
    Lancaster Fire Rescue Director Darren Player said the county experienced buffeting winds and huge downpours lasting many hours, but it was fortunate not to reach the rainfall totals and wind speeds that forecaster’s had predicted.

  • Schools repairing roof leaks, expected to reopen Tuesday

    Mark Manicone and Gregory A. Summers

    The Lancaster News

     

  • 'We really dodged a big bullet'

    Kayla Vaughn and Gregory A. Summers

    The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County avoided injuries and widespread destruction from the remnants of Hurricane Florence this weekend, unlike some of its neighboring counties and large parts of North Carolina.

  • County convenience sites reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday

    After a four-day closing related to Hurricane Florence, the county’s 12 convenience sites will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
    “The Republic Landfill in Lee County reopened this morning,” Willis said just before lunchtime Monday. 
    He said trash containers at the county sites are being picked up now, so they will be empty on Tuesday.
    Willis pleaded for frustrated users to “quit leaving bags of trash in front of the convenience sites.”