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  • Distribution, manufacturing fuel Fort Lawn resurgence

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    A quiet revitalization is going on at the four former Springs Industries plants in Fort Lawn, led by Springs Creative CEO Derick Close.

    Close bought the Fort Lawn plants that his family used to own – Elliott, Frances, Leroy and Riverlawn – and has made them the components of Springsteen Logistics, a division of his Springs Creative Group.

  • McMaster orders coastal evacuation

    COLUMBIA – Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the mandatory evacuation of an estimated 1 million people in eight coastal S.C. counties beginning at noon Tuesday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas.
    “We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane, so we’re willing to suffer some inconvenience…. This is a very dangerous hurricane,” McMaster said at a Monday afternoon briefing.    

  • McMaster holds 2:30 p.m. brief on Hurricane Florence

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will hold a media briefing at 2:30 p.m. today to update the public on Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on the state.
    Local officials are also meeting at 3 p.m. today at the Emergency Operations Center on White Street to discuss the storm, which intensified to Category 4, with winds in excess of 130 mph as it continues to bear down on the Carolina coast.

  • Governor declares state of emergency as storm path aims at Carolinas

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon with the looming possibility that a hurricane could make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas next week.
    “This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances,” McMaster said of Tropical Storm Florence. Spinning out in the Atlantic Ocean, the storm is expected to be approaching hurricane strength again late Saturday.

  • Man who approached boy on bike identified, not charged

    INDIAN LAND – The man who approached a bike-riding child Sunday in the Walnut Creek subdivision has been identified by law enforcement and will not be charged.
    A Wednesday release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says investigators have talked with the man and he is not the same person identified in recent social media posts.

  • Murder suspect captured in D.C.

    A Lancaster man has been tracked down in Washington, D.C., and charged with murder in last week’s fatal shooting on Hood Park Lane.

    Zakee Antwon Edward Davis, 24, was arrested Wednesday in the Aug. 15 killing of Demarcus Laquan Hendrix according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release.

    “Although Davis has been arrested and brought back to Lancaster, there is more to be done in this investigation,” said Sheriff Barry Faile.

  • Wreck kills 81-year-old Kershaw man

    An 81-year-old Kershaw man died in a head-on collision on U.S. 521 just south of Kershaw late Tuesday afternoon.

    The victim, who has not yet been identified, was driving north on 521 around 6:40 p.m. when Heather Kristina Hertle, 25, of Kershaw, headed south, crossed the centerline and struck the man’s vehicle, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The victim was trapped in the vehicle and had to be mechanically extracted by Kershaw volunteer firefighters, said Trooper Joe Hovis. The victim died from his injuries at the scene.

  • Lightning-strike fire closes Glenwood Heights Baptist

    It’s unclear when the congregation of Glenwood Heights Baptist Church will be able to worship in their sanctuary after lighting struck the steeple in Tuesday’s storms and caught it on fire.
    As of Wednesday morning, power remained cut to the 70-year-old church and building, electrical and insurance inspectors assessed the damage, said Glenwood deacon Fred Rape.
    “I don’t know who called it in so quick, but we sure are grateful. If it had been longer and spread into the attic, there is no telling what would’ve happened,” Rape said.

  • Repeat performance

    Twenty-eight years ago, teenagers Ryker Robinson and Leonard Tucker were two of the players on a talented Lancaster Dixie 14U all-stars team that fell two runs shy of winning a World Series title in Eufala, Ala.
    Coached by Truman Knight, Fred Robinson and Jeff Reynolds, the team lost to Georgia 4-2 in the championship game after winning a state Dixie baseball title.
    Could that 4-2 loss be a positive omen of what is to come when this year’s state champion Lancaster Dixie Boys’ team plays in for a World Series crown in Bossier City, La.?   

  • Pepper X: The latest way to set your mouth on fire

    It is the food equivalent of eating a firecracker. 

    First there is an explosion of taste. Then your eyes water, your throat closes, your nose runs, and your ears ring. 

    For some, the endomorphins kick in and it is, they say, an incredible natural high.

    For others, pain and cramps follow, bringing you to your knees. Some end up lying on the ground. 

    The food is the world’s hottest chili pepper – grow by the thousands in South Carolina.