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  • ‘Pet resort’ coming to IL

    Panhandle pets will soon have a place to relax, socialize and enjoy some pampering while their owners are at work with the opening of Indian Land’s first Pet Paradise. 
    The Florida-based pet services provider, which has more than 40 locations in operation or under development across nine U.S. states, offers boarding, day camp, grooming and veterinarian services.
    The Indian Land site, located on Harrisburg Road, is scheduled to open in October.

  • 2 charged in a string of 10 Walnut Creek car break-ins

    A Lancaster man and a young boy have been arrested in a slew of car break-ins throughout the Walnut Creek subdivision in Indian Land on June 10.
    Justin Errol Medina, 18, was arrested at a home on Deer Forest Drive on Saturday, charged with 10 counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. An unnamed juvenile was also charged in the incidents.

  • Truck mishap cuts power to 1,800 Duke customers

    More than 1,800 Duke Energy customers lost power Monday after a flatbed tractor-trailer loaded with an oversized tank pulled down cables, a utility pole and two power regulators.
    The incident happened at 1:04 p.m. Monday along Arch Street between Ferguson Street and Glenwood Avenue, knocking out power to homes and businesses in that part of the city and out the S.C. 903 corridor east to the Antioch community.
    Both the Municipal Justice Center and city fire Station 1 were operating with back-up generators until power was restored.

  • Road closure lengthens trip to Lake Wateree

    It’s going to take Independence Day celebrators a little longer Thursday to get to Lake Wateree.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has closed the section of Green Road between S.C. 200 and S.C. 97 to repair a bridge over Camp Creek after structural deficiencies were discovered June 19.
    Green Road is just past Camp Creek Methodist Church. 
    The closure means that motorists must drive farther down S.C. 200 near Fishing Creek Reservoir and then turn left onto S.C. 97 to get to Lake Wateree. The detour length is roughly 2.7 miles.

  • 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.