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  • Fire damages Heath Springs church

    A fire broke out at a Heath Springs church Tuesday when someone using a propane torch to kill weeds set fire to landscaping mulch and damaged the exterior of the sanctuary.
    The fire at Beaver Creek Baptist Church on Stoneboro Road was quickly extinguished by members of Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department before it could reach the inside, said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • Head-on collision kills local woman

    A Lancaster woman died as the result of a head-on collision on Lynwood Drive late Saturday afternoon.
    Janice Watts, 64, was transported by EMS to MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center, where her injuries proved fatal, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Lance Cpl. David Jones with S.C. Highway Patrol said Watts was travelling north on Lynwood in a 2005 Nissan SUV shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday when another car crossed the centerline and struck her head-on.

  • Give Local event coming next week

    The fourth-annual Give Local Lancaster is coming up all day Tuesday, with 54 nonprofit agencies from Great Falls, Fort Lawn and Lancaster County participating.
    The campaign is sponsored locally by the Sims Foundation, the City of Lancaster, the Lancaster County Community Foundation and Lancaster County Partners for Youth.

  • Huge break coming for local band?

    Country rockers Whits End, who’ve been packing Lancaster County bars and restaurants for two years, might be performing next month alongside recording superstars.
    It all depends on what happens Thursday night at Whiskey River in Charlotte, where the five-man band has been competing in a Battle of the Bands for a month.
    “If we win this, that means we made it,” the band’s lead singer Chris Whitaker said Tuesday. “That means we’re in the big show!”

  • Water lines too small at county garage site

    A potential unexpected expense has already popped up in the county’s plan to build a $2.75 million fleet-maintenance garage on Pageland Highway.
    Officials are trying to find a workable and cost-effective solution to provide enough water for the building’s fire-sprinkler system.
    “Obviously, we still have a lot of work to do,” said architect Leslie Harris of Pond and Co., Architecture and Planning. The company is designing the building and gave an update to county council Monday night.

  • Fashion and fundraising to help WEC

    WEC Lotus Boutique & Designs will debut a new fundraising event next weekend aimed at exciting Lancaster’s most stylish residents.
    The local boutique’s Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. May 5 in the Arnold Special Events Room at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building, with organizers expecting more than 100 guests.
    The event will feature a fast-paced live runway show exhibiting the Lotus spring line, while guests enjoy a buffet lunch. The jewelry collection can be previewed from noon until the start of the show.

  • Great Falls runner’s team wins division at Bataan memorial run

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    As a senior at Great Falls High School, cross-country runner Thomas Mills entered a marathon, only to find that not many 18-year-olds take part in them.
    His second marathon, completed last month, was much more important. It was a memorial to the Bataan Death March, a World War II atrocity in which 500 to 650 American prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army died during a 60-mile march from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in April 1942.
    This was the 30th

  • County near top in S.C. population growth

    Lancaster County was the fourth fastest growing county in the state last year, behind Horry, Berkeley and York, according to the latest U.S. Census estimates.
    Fueled by Panhandle growth, Lancaster County’s population soared 24.5 percent from 2010 to 2018. It increased 3 percent from 2017 to 2018.
    The county has jumped from 76,652 residents in 2010 to 95,380 residents in 2018. It gained 2,756 residents from 2017 to 2018.

  • Shelter saving more pets

    The euthanization rate at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter plummeted in the first quarter of this year, thanks to aggressive adoption efforts and additional help from rescue groups.
    Seven percent of the animals taken in at the shelter from January through March had to be put down, said shelter Director Alan Williams. That’s down from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.
    County Administrator Steve Willis celebrated the news.

  • IL sidewalk crusader victorious

    Eighteen months after launching a one-woman campaign to build sidewalks alongside two Indian Land schools, Pam Houge is getting her wish.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has approved a bid to build a 1,100-foot-long, 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the northwest side of River Road near Indian Land Middle and High schools.
    The completion date for the project, which will stretch from congested U.S. 521 to ILHS, is Nov. 5.