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  • Hot day, huge fire

    Billowing 25-foot flames leapt from the roof of a Plantation Road house Wednesday afternoon, as fire crews fought to contain the huge blaze in punishing late-summer heat.
    A column of smoke could be seen from miles away, rising from 722 Plantation Road on the west side of Lancaster.

  • Retired Marine buys Leigh Ann’s

    After being run by a mother, and then her son, for almost 40 years, Lancaster institution Leigh Ann’s has found a new owner.
    But the popular downtown restaurant won’t be changing much from what regulars know and love, said Greg Lusk, who bought the business back in July and wants to continue its tradition of good food and great service.
    Lusk, an Indian Land resident who grew up in Austin, Texas, recently retired from the Marine Corps and discovered Leigh Ann’s when he started thinking about running his own restaurant.

  • Creepy movies, horrors galore at Craft Stand Friday the 13th

    The Craft Stand patrons will get the chance this week to celebrate Friday the 13th, a holiday for horror fans made popular by the 1980s movies.

  • Mission trip to Kenya

    A Lancaster County teacher stepped outside her comfort zone in July by traveling to Kenya, bringing home unforgettable memories and a new lease on life.
    Jill Laney, a 20-year schoolteacher at Erwin Elementary School, went on a mission trip to Kenya July 29. She said it had always been her dream to make the trip, and she connected with the locals in ways she never imagined.

  • Norrell wins House conservation award

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell was thrilled this week to receive an award that is very important to her.
    The Lancaster Democrat, who represents S.C. House District 44, received the House Conservation Leadership Award, along with Rep. Nathan Ballentine of Irmo, from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.
    The awards will be presented at the 11th annual Green Tie Luncheon Sept. 18 in Columbia.

  • GOP cancels S.C. primary for president

    The S.C. Republican Party’s executive committee voted Saturday to forgo the state GOP’s 2020 presidential primary, one day before former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford declared his candidacy.

  • Brush fire gets out of control, burns 8 acres

    Firefighters fought an 8-acre brush fire for more than three hours Monday afternoon in scorching temperatures.
    The blaze broke out about 2 p.m. off J.B. Denton Road in Lancaster.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said it started when a burning brush pile got out of control.
    McDonald Green and Belltown volunteer firefighters, along with members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, were on-scene battling the flames for nearly three and a half hours in the scorching heat. The heat index was approaching 100 degrees at the time, Rogers said.

  • County creating animal-shelter advisory board

    With a new $3 million animal shelter under construction, county leaders will create a panel of volunteers who will make recommendations to help iron out any issues involving animal care in the county.
    The goal of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter Advisory Board will be to provide county council members and county workers with the information needed “to further the goals of improving care and outcomes for sheltered animals.”
    Related issues include animal-care ordinances, shelter improvements and developing stronger ties with animal-rescue groups.

  • Annual 9/11 tribute
  • County gets $807K federal opioid grant

    Lancaster County has received an $807,000 federal grant to expand its pioneering program that sends teams of deputies, paramedics and mental-health workers into the homes of opioid abusers, trying to enroll them in treatment programs.
    The infusion of funding, called the 1st Responders Grant, was one of two grants awarded Monday to S.C. recipients by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The second grant – $1.97 million – went to the Medical University of South Carolina for drug-addiction research.