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  • River tourism in Great Falls

    Michael J. Solender
    Duke Energy Illumination

    Serenity envelops the Catawba River just outside Great Falls, where red-shouldered hawks surf the thermals in search of bass, catfish and prehistoric-looking gar in a 450-acre reservoir.

  • County gives 3.5 acres of wetlands to KVLT

    In the big picture, the donation of three small lots in the city limits to the Katawba Valley Land Trust isn’t an attention grabber.
    But this donation is newsworthy due to the location and the donor.
    “It’s not going to change the world, but it will help along the way,” said land trust President Mark Grier.  
    Lancaster County will give the land trust 3.5 acres of wetlands adjacent to Hannah’s Creek and behind the Palmetto Place Apartments complex on Pardue Street. 

  • Substitute teacher charged with asking 16-year-old for sex

    A Lancaster County School District substitute teacher was arrested Thursday after being accused of asking a 16-year-old student for sex, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    Jachreo Dmitri Hinson, 24, of Lancaster, was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
    According to the release, Hinson was substituting at Lancaster High School and began communicating with a 16-year-old girl in one of his classes.

  • Staggering amount of rainfall coming to Lancaster County

    Lancaster County is expected to accumulate up to 13 inches of rain over the next three days, a sobering prospect for Darren Player, the county’s top emergency management official.
    “This storm is historic for us if it actually turns out to be what they’re predicting,” said Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue.
    “We’ve not experienced this level of rainfall over the entire county. I suspect we’ll set new records as far as the 100-year flood zones go.”

  • Shelter opens for up to 125 at Buford High

    As Hurricane Florence pounded the coast and inched inland Friday, Lancaster County Emergency Management and the Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at Buford High School.
    Leland Summers, a Red Cross volunteer and the shelter’s supervisor, urged residents to make the decision on seeking shelter before the storm worsens locally.
    “Don’t wait to decide,” he said. “Go ahead and do what you need to do. If you feel you need to go to a shelter, go now. Don’t wait.”

  • Deadly storm hits coastline, starts 3-day trek through heart of S.C.

    After making landfall on the N.C. coast about 7:15 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Florence is headed this way, though the massive 300-mile-wide storm isn’t in a hurry to get here.
    According to a Friday afternoon update from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Florence was centered about 35 miles east of Myrtle Beach and moving west at about 5 mph.

  • Substitute teacher charged with asking 16-year-old for sex

    A Lancaster County School District substitute teacher was arrested Thursday after being accused of asking a 16-year-old student for sex, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.
    Jachreo Dmitri Hinson, 24, of Lancaster, was charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
    According to the release, Hinson was substituting at Lancaster High School and began communicating with a 16-year-old girl in one of his classes.

  • Tropical-storm warning issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a tropical-storm warning for Lancaster County, with 10-plus inches of rain expected here as Hurricane Florence moves inland over the next several days.
    A tropical-storm warning means that winds of 36 to 73 mph are possible. The weather service has also issued a flash-flood watch for the county.

  • Local author Degraffenreid publishes 2nd poetry book

    Local poet and author Denesha Degraffenreid is passionate about self-care and has published a new book to help her readers pursue their own journey of self-acceptance.
    “I know, in this day and age, people are very busy,” said the Lancaster native. “Not enough people take enough time for self-care.”
    “11 Principles for the Journey Ahead” is what Degraffenreid describes as an interactive journal. The book focuses on 11 living principles the author considers crucial to a positive life, such as passion, love, patience and courage.

  • ‘Night of One Acts’ cancels weekend shows

    The approaching hurricane may have put a damper on this weekend’s performances, but the shows will be rescheduled for a later date.
    For details, visit www.lancasterplayhouse.com or www.facebook.com/theatreatCPLC or call (803) 285-7451.