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For generations of teens, climbing water tower was a rite of passage

Buford landmark gone

By Greg Summers

For decades, it was a rite of passage for teens in Buford – a courageous, after-dark covert ascent of the fabled water tank beside the elementary school.
But the 7,500-gallon edifice, built in 1965, has seen its last climber.
Workers from R.E. McLean Tank Co. should finish cutting apart and dismantling the tank today, said Stephen White, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District manager.


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Library considers move to Springs Block

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County Library officials are taking a hard look at the Humana Building, one of the vacant structures in the historic Springs Block on Lancaster’s Main Street, as a possible site for relocating or expanding.
Library board members braved extreme heat July 26 to tour the three-story white building, which runs along Arch Street from Main to White Street, before their regular board meeting July 26.


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‘Perception is reality,’ says Chief Carter

Cops, public struggle over distrust, how to manage it

By Greg Summers

About 150 people attended a Lancaster forum to discuss race and policing Monday night, and the discussion kept returning to traffic stops – high-stress encounters that concern both citizens and officers.
Nearly half of the face-to-face contacts that police officers have with citizens happen at traffic stops, and that’s part of the problem, said Quentin Harris, who voiced his worries at the Let’s Talk about It forum at Lancaster High School.


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Property owners hold up road improvements

By Reece Murphy

Property owners’ refusals to grant right-of-way along the roadways fronting their properties have killed three road improvement projects on the county’s list of roads slated for improvement this year.
Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis and Public Works Director Jeff Catoe said Ralph Hood and Little River roads in Indian Land and a county-maintained portion of Mahaffee Line Road in Lancaster will not be improved during this round of funding.


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$100K lottery ticket sold locally

By The Staff

If you bought a lottery ticket for Sunday’s Palmetto Cash 5 drawing from the AM PM Gas & Grill on Lynwood Drive in Lancaster, go check your ticket right now – you may have won $100,000.
A South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman said in a release Tuesday that someone in Lancaster County bought a Cash 5 ticket with numbers 12, 17, 18, 20 and 22, and had still not claimed the prize.
Had they “Powered-up” for an extra $1, the prize would have been double the amount. The odds of winning Sunday’s prize were 1 in 501,942.


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American Party presidential candidate getting attention with 240-mile cross-state trip on foot

Skewes walks the walk

Travis Jenkins
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Kershaw wants SCDOT to replace caution light with stoplight

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The S.C. Department of Transportation may have rejected a 2014 request from town officials to replace the caution light at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets with a traffic signal, but that doesn’t mean the town is giving up on the matter. 


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Work on school multipurpose facilities to begin in March

Construction zone ahead

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster County School District board met Thursday morning to discuss the layout of the three facilities that will begin construction in March.


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Town hall meeting to address underage drinking

By Mandy Catoe

The Coalition for Healthy Youth is sponsoring a town hall meeting for parents and their teens to come together with community leaders and experts to discuss underage drinking. 


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Voters to decide whether stores can sell beer and wine on Sundays

Sunday alcohol sales petition cleared for ballot

By Hannah Strong

Besides voting for the county’s next president in November, Lancaster County voters will also help decide whether the county will allow Sunday beer and wine sales in stores.

A petition to allow Sunday beer and wine sales in county stores was officially cleared this week to appear as a referendum on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

The Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office received the petition July 6 with 7,014 signatures. 


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