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  • Rescuing 17 dogs from Dorian’s path

    As Hurricane Dorian churned up the coast Wednesday morning, two Lancaster County employees set out for Myrtle Beach, on a mission to save as many animals as they could.
    Lancaster shelter assistant manager Carissa Valenti and veterinary technician Brittani Howington were on the road for about 12 hours. They picked up 17 dogs from the Grand Strand Humane Society, which was in danger of flooding in the oncoming storm.

  • Culvert rusts out, IL road crumbles

    INDIAN LAND – Old Bailes Road, which connects U.S. 160 to Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land and cuts through the massive Bailes Ridge Corporate Park, is literally falling apart due to erosion.
    The root of the problem is an undersized and rusted culvert that runs under the road, said Lancaster County Engineer Scott Edgar.
    “The culvert inlet conditions are significantly compromised,” Edgar said, noting that the upstream end of the 8-foot-diameter corrugated metal pipe is rusted and its sides are bent inwards.

  • Hurricane Dorian crawling up coast

    On Wednesday afternoon, portions of the state’s coast were already experiencing pelting rains and wind gusts from Hurricane Dorian as it crawled up the eastern seaboard.
    “We thought it was coming and here it is,” said Gov. Henry McMaster during a live news conference today.
    “If it shifts to the east (out to sea), that would be great,” he said.
    The Category 2 storm is expected to hit the Hilton Head/Beaufort area between 6 and 8 a.m. Thursday before working its way up the coast.

  • Catawba Falls Event Center opens overlooking the river

    David and Sherry Walden grew up in Lancaster, and this weekend the couple will open a business that celebrates their hometown’s talent and natural beauty.
    On the edge of Lancaster County just this side of the Catawba River, the Catawba Falls Event Center nestles among the trees.
    The event venue, which will welcome visitors for its grand opening Saturday, is a hidden gem. The long, winding road up to the property leads to a spectacular view of the flowing river below.

  • Clarence, Kia Lyons open FirstLight Home Care
  • Lancaster’s Gifted Soul signs record deal

    Thirty-year-old Eddie Crockett used to spend his days working at McDonald’s, but now that he has signed with a national record label, he is in and out of the recording studio and spending a large chunk of his time center stage.
    Crockett, known to many by the stage name Gifted Soul, was born and raised in Lancaster. The R&B singer said he was always back and forth between Lancaster and Fort Lawn, where his father lives.

  • Fishing Creek boat landing might get big amenity boost

    Duke Energy, which is building a fishing pier at the Springs Park Access Area on Fishing Creek, wants county officials to chip in $402,000 for other amenities that would make the site a bigger recreation draw.
    Duke officials won’t give a specific dollar amount they are spending at the Springs Park access. The utility is adding a fishing pier and a fishing trail along the bank, with an additional parking area.

  • Greenway taking shape

    Sun rays break through the canopy of leaves overhead, and birds sing to each other in the trees.
    Walking a newly cleared path through the dense woodland, you would hardly think you were within Lancaster’s city limits.
    “It’s just beautiful. You really feel like you’re in the wilderness,” says Sherri Gregory, president of the Lindsay Pettus Greenway, as she leads the way through the undergrowth.

  • Dorian creeps closer

    If Hurricane Dorian stays on its current path, the Lancaster County area should experience nothing more than wind gusts around 30 mph in the next three days, though sudden, pop-up thunderstorms are possible.
    “Right now, it appears that it’s going to stay offshore, but it is expected to pick up speed and expand as it gets closer to the Carolinas,” said Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue/Emergency Management.

  • Miss USA National Preteen

    Denise Johnston
    For The Lancaster News

    A bright smile and a little kindness can take you a long way. Just ask Lily Grace Patterson.
    The 11-year-old Indian Land girl recently won the coveted title of USA National Miss Preteen 2019.
    Lily Grace bested delegates from throughout the United States to claim the national crown, scholarship money and an extensive prize package during the national pageant in July at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.