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  • 903 Diner celebrates 50 years

    It takes a lot of things to keep a mom and pop restaurant going for half a century – hard work, great food, courteous service, multi-generational involvement and a little luck.

    Sambo’s 903 Diner and Drive-In has had all those things.  Owner Cecil Faile will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lancaster County landmark this Thursday.

    Faile runs the restaurant with the same customer focus that his father had for decades. Robert “Sambo” Faile bought the place in 1969 and ran it until he passed away four years ago.

  • Deese finds resting place for Korean War vet whose remains went unclaimed

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese cried as a folded U.S. flag was placed in her hands last week – the third she had received in her lifetime.

    This flag was different, though, because she did not know the man whose service to the nation it represented.

    Army veteran Devon Kobold, born in South Bend, Ind., was 85 when he died at Springs Memorial Hospital in March 2017. His cremated remains sat on a shelf at the coroner’s office, along with more than a dozen others left unclaimed.

  • New chili cookoff kicks off Best Week of Fall

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    Calling all chili lovers! The first Carolinas Chili Championship will be held Sept. 28-29 as part of the Best Week of Fall.  

    This event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS), so winners are eligible to compete in the World Championship Chili Cookoff. 

  • Ministry of outdoor fun!

    A Lancaster-based Christian ministry is giving kids the chance to step outside their comfort zones while teaching them how to bait a hook and reel in a massive catch.

    All for One Ministries in Lancaster has partnered with Backland Outdoors out of Fort Lawn to take 20 kids out on the water catching catfish and 10 into the woods this winter to hunt deer. The outdoors program is called Kidz Outdoor Adventure.

    On Saturday, Aug. 10, the group took 10 kids fishing on Lake Wateree, at no cost to their parents.

  • Lancaster man gets 20 years in Fort Mill shooting death

    YORK – A Lancaster murder suspect, charged in a 2018 Fort Mill shooting, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Monday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    Jackel Marquise Clinton, 23, was charged with murder last September when he was arrested in the killing of 22-year-old De’mon Davis of Rock Hill.

  • AG sues 3 big opioid distributors

    COLUMBIA – S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson has sued three major pharmaceutical distributors for their role in the state’s opioid crisis.
    In his complaint, Wilson seeks injunctive relief and civil penalties against Cardinal Health Inc., McKesson Corp. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. for violating the S.C. Unfair Trade Practices Act and creating a public nuisance, according to a release from the AG’s office.

  • Cook gets life term in Lilly’s death

    Kayla Marie Cook was sentenced to life in prison Monday after jurors convicted her of homicide by child abuse in the 2017 death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.
    Jurors deliberated for three hours after the weeklong trial, and a collective gasp filled the courtroom as the guilty verdict was read aloud. Lilly’s family packed one side of the courtroom for the entire trial, while Cook had only a handful of supporters on the other side.

  • Kayla Cook gets life sentence in toddler's death

    Kayla Marie Cook was sentenced to life in prison Monday after jurors convicted her of homicide by child abuse in the 2017 death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.

    Jurors deliberated for three hours after the weeklong trial.

    A collective gasp filled the courtroom as the guilty verdict was read aloud. Lilly’s family packed one side of the courtroom for the entire trial, while Cook had only a handful of supporters on the other side.

  • Party in the pasture!

    The Buford community will host the largest field party the county has ever seen next weekend, featuring four local acts and national recording artist and country rapper Charlie Farley.
    On Aug. 24, Horseplay Farms will stage a music festival in the middle of a pasture at 3591 Pageland Highway. Tailgating begins at noon.
    The event will showcase local talent across a variety of music genres. Reggae-rock group Sugarshine will kick off the stage acts at 5, followed by country singer Preston Keith of Rock Hill, alternative-rock group Element and country rockers Whits End.

  • Dirt improperly dumped in Sun City flood zone

    INDIAN LAND – Mounds of dirt began piling up at Water’s Edge Park in Sun City Carolina Lakes at the end of last month as dump trucks delivered fill material from a construction site at U.S. 521 and Shelley Mullis Road.
    The board of Sun City Carolina Lakes was given written consent to have the dirt delivered to the site by Lancaster County Public Works Director Jeff Catoe and planned to use it in the development, said board member Joseph Ditchman.