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County schools on 2-hour delay Monday

By Greg Summers

All Lancaster County public schools will operate Monday, Jan. 9, on a 2-hour delay as a safety precaution due to road conditions. For more information, go to www.lancastercsd.com

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City faces serious financial pain this year

By Greg Summers

Flip Hutfles doesn’t mind being called cheap.
“If you can save $12,000 here and $6,000 there, it adds up,” said the Lancaster city administrator. “I take being cheap as a compliment.”
Keeping a close eye on the city expenditures is more important that ever in light of what the city is facing over the next two years.
Hutfles sat down Wednesday to discuss the multiple challenges that must be dealt with in 2017.


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Faile: Time to begin talks on replacing jail

By Reece Murphy

Personnel changes, new programs and technology, and serious consideration of a new jail are a few of the things Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has on his agenda for 2017.
Faile, who won reelection to a third term in November, said he ended 2016 with some personnel changes in the investigations unit to replace Capt. Craig Bailey, who retired after 25 years in law enforcement.


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7,000 babies later, Townsend retires

By Hannah Strong

Dr. Richard Townsend remembers arriving in Lancaster in 1986.
It was the end of June. His new OB/GYN office had no furniture and no air conditioning. He sat on the floor and ate a sandwich before starting a night shift at Springs Memorial Hospital.
Townsend’s wife and family were still in Pennsylvania. Their Lancaster home was under construction, so he slept at the hospital for the first month.


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Awaiting storm, county residents stock up on ice melt

State of emergency declared

By Mandy Catoe

Under cold, grey skies with forecasters still calling for significant snowfall, Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency late Friday to cope with the approaching winter storm, and Lancaster County residents jammed stores buying up ice melt and last-minute groceries.
As the day progressed, snow predictions increased slightly, and a fine, cold mist was falling.
“The most recent forecast is calling for 3 to 6 inches of snow, with very little ice,” said Darren Player, the county’s emergency management director.


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County hunkers down for frigid winter storm

Brace For Snow

By Mandy Catoe

Frigid temperatures are guaranteed and a blanket of snowfall is likely for Lancaster County this weekend as a blustery storm swings up the East Coast.
A winter-storm warning is in effect for the county from late tonight through Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service in Columbia upgraded its watch to a warning Thursday afternoon.
The snow forecast has changed several times the past couple of days. The latest estimate puts most of the county in the 2- to 5-inch zone. But everyone agrees about the frigid temperatures ahead.


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One now in N.C., three split between Carolinas

State line change affects four IL homes

By Reece Murphy

New Year’s Day is traditionally a time of change, but several Indian Land homeowners are facing an immense change this year – as of 12:01 a.m. Jan.1 some or all of their property moved to North Carolina.
The changes, which affect four houses in the Bridgehampton neighborhood, are the result of a 20-year effort to reestablish the 334-mile South Carolina/North Carolina border.


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2017 should see growth, strains on services

By Mandy Catoe

The year began on a positive note for Lancaster County, with a new report showing its per-capita income now in the top 10 among the Palmetto State’s 46 counties.
And the county appeared well-positioned for continued strong economic growth.
Jamie Gilbert, director of the county’s new Economic Development Department, predicted 1,200 new jobs and $50 million in new investment will likely be announced within the first six months of 2017.   


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Law bars her from council until fraud allegations are resolved

No swearing-in for Blackmon, pending appeal

By Greg Summers

Linda Blackmon was not sworn in as a Lancaster City Council member Tuesday, and city officials said state law bars her from taking office until a voter-fraud challenge to her election is resolved in court.
Municipal Judge Bob Davis swore in council members Tamara Green Garris and Sara Eddins, incumbents reelected Nov. 8, at Tuesday night's meeting. But Blackmon, who sat in the audience, was not allowed to take the District 3 seat.

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AJ State Park has 3 anniversaries to mark this year

2017 full of milestones

By Julie Graham

Andrew Jackson State Park has a lot to celebrate in 2017.
It’s a milestone year with the 250th birthdate of the seventh president of the United States, 50th anniversary of the “Boy of the Waxhaws” park sculpture and 20th year of the active Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park group.
Park officials are working to organize an event each month, with the biggest effort put into Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday celebration March 25. It is dubbed the Golden Sestercentennial.


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