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  • 7-car train jumps tracks

    A train derailed off Meeting Street just west of Lancaster Monday afternoon because of a mechanical issue, dumping soybean meal out of overturned rail cars.
    No one was hurt in the 3 p.m. incident.
    Three of the Lancaster & Chester Railroad cars were thrown on their side and four were still standing, according to Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue.
    The train derailed on the rail line parallel to Peach Farm Road in the West Manor neighborhood. It was carrying soybean meal from Kershaw’s ADM plant to Chester.

  • Happy birthday to the pets!

    Addison Robinson, a rising fifth grader at McDonald Green Elementary, is donating her birthday money to the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
    Over $300 of it.
    “My mom is always on Facebook and sees the animals, and I just wanted to help,” Addison said. “I bought some animal stuff, like bottles.”
    The 10-year-old has donated about $220 worth of pet supplies set aside for the LSPCA, and gave another $100 to the animal rescue group so it can buy food for the animals.

  • NASC honors the life, work of Will Goins

    Family, friends and admirers gathered Thursday evening for the opening reception of the new exhibit “Artist, Advocate & Leader: Celebrating the Life and Work of Dr. Will Moreau Goins” at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center.

    Visitors wandered around the colorful exhibit, examining the variety of art on display, including photography, paintings, regalia and beadwork, before hearing a few words about the artist from the center’s director, Dr. Stephen Criswell.

  • Duke Energy gives $100,000 to Lindsay Pettus Greenway

    From release

    The Lindsay Pettus Greenway this week received a $100,000 grant from Duke Energy to help protect and enhance the natural environment along the Gills Creek waterway in Lancaster.
    The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million multi-year commitment from Duke.
    The greenway is one of 16 organizations across the Carolinas to collectively receive more than $1.2 million in the company’s seventh grant announcement.

  • Mayoral forum set for June 18

    Candidates running in Lancaster’s mayoral special election will answer questions in a public candidate forum at USC Lancaster on June 18.
    Candidates Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty have confirmed that they will participate. As of press time Friday, James “Butch” Flynn had not.
    All five are still active candidates in the July 10 special election to fill the late Mayor John Howard’s remaining term.

  • Traveler with disabled car, dead phone finds kind folks a-plenty

    Linda H. Thompson seriously needed a Good Samaritan on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.
    She was traveling through Lancaster when her car broke down on South Main Street, more than an hour away from her Charlotte home. To make matters worse, her cell phone ran out of power about the same time.
    A few minutes shy of 5 p.m., the 73-year-old pulled her overheating car into a parking spot at the coroner’s office.
    “I was in quite a pickle,” Thompson recalled this week. “I knew I was in pretty bad shape.”

  • County picks site for new animal shelter

    The new animal shelter will be built on county-owned property off Pageland Highway between Lancaster Convalescent Center and Sunshine Road.
    “It’s a good site that has very level terrain in the area we’re looking to place the shelter,” said Keck & Wood civil engineer John Gast, who recommended the site during a presentation Tuesday at the Lancaster County Council meeting.
    Council approved the site on a 5-0 vote, with council members Brian Carnes and Jack Estridge absent.

  • Duke pushing floodwaters down the Catawba chain
  • Big snag for Tunnell suit against county

    Keith Tunnell’s defamation lawsuit against the county and Lancaster County Council members Larry Honeycutt, Charlene McGriff and former councilman Bob Bundy is a big step closer to being dismissed.
    Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons ruled verbally from the bench April 30 that he intends to grant a summary judgment in favor of the defendants, meaning the case would not be allowed to go to trial.

  • Eclectic weekend features farmers, artists, fun-seekers

    Cherry Doster
    See Lancaster SC

    Agriculture is a vital part of our state’s economy, and the industry impacts every citizen, generating billions of dollars in economic activity and creating thousands of jobs.
    It’s important for communities to support S.C. farmers and producers by buying local. It keeps our dollars here and generates an even greater impact on the rural economy and job growth.