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Local New Year's Eve event draws a crowd

New Year, New Me

Local churches gathered to hold the “New Year, New Me 2016” celebration at Alpha Life Church on New Year’s Eve. Churches and organizations participating in the event were The Hope Center, of Lancaster, Harvest Ministries of  Rock Hill, Church of God of Prophecy of Gloverville, Church of God of Prophecy of Darlington, Fountain of Life Worship Center of Greenwood, Lynnwood Methodist Church of Lancaster, My Hope, the Billy Graham Association and the American Red Cross.


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Part 3 of 3: Local governments, school district and law enforcement agencies plan for 2016

Water, sewer projects top towns’ agendas

By Greg Summers

Infrastructure is the top issue the county’s three municipalities will be addressing during the first quarter of 2016.
For the city of Lancaster, it’s the time-sensitive EPA consent order the municipality was placed under in 2013 regarding its wastewater collection system.
Issued by EPA, a consent order is a negotiated agreement that obligates parties to make specific improvements within a certain time period.


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Some neighbors still protesting

Avondale inching toward approval

By Chris Sardelli

Looking out the window of his Indian Land home, Drew Rhodes has concerns about the proposed Avondale neighborhood, which could eventually begin construction across the street from him.
With less than a week to go before Lancaster County Council considers second reading of three ordinances tied to the 189-acre mixed-use development, located between Calvin Hall and Harrisburg roads, Rhodes remains “vehemently opposed” to Avondale.


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Incorporation effort collecting signatures on ballot petition

IL group wants entire Panhandle

By Reece Murphy

A group of residents championing Indian Land incorporation has begun presenting its case to fellow Panhandle residents and gathering signatures to get the question on a ballot.
Formed in February, Voters for a Town of Indian Land took up, reworked and recently relaunched an earlier stalled effort by Indian Land Voice begun in 2012.
The nonprofit group is made up of seven core members, each of whom brings a range of experience and expertise to the cause.


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GOP candidates visit SC

By The Staff

If you’re interested in seeing some of 2016’s GOP presidential candidates, you have two chances this week.
◆ Donald Trump will hold a rally at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Winthrop University Coliseum, 1162 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill. Doors open at 5 p.m. To register and receive a free ticket, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/donald-j-trump-in-rock-hill-sc-tickets-20149255967.


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Duped in December

December’s unseasonably warm weather tricked these star magnolia trees into blooming a bit early. The trees usually bloom in March. Arborists aren’t sure if these and other trees blooming out of season will produce more flowers in the spring. Cinthia Milner, garden coach and blog writer at BB Barns and Garden Center in Asheville, N.C., says, “the best answer is simply, we’ll just have to wait and see. All good gardeners know that.”


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Part 2 of 3: Local governments, school district and law enforcement agencies plan for 2016

School agenda: Build more, equip better

By Chris Sardelli

New schools, renovated buildings and technological upgrades are all at the top of local educators’ wish lists for 2016.
In order to address issues such as school safety, classroom overcrowding, and outdated infrastructure, officials with the Lancaster County School District and University of South Carolina Lancaster will be focusing on updating facilities as they head into the new year.
Superintendent Gene Moore is setting his sights on an impending county bond referendum, which could fund a variety of capital projects for the school district.


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Six candidates vie to fill remainder of term

Lancaster mayor’s race set

By Greg Summers

Six candidates will compete in the special election for Lancaster mayor.
Paul N. McKenzie, filed at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Filing ended at noon. He joins Anthony Elder, Altheresa Goode-Howard, Charles Vann Jr., Garrett Williams and Lancaster City Councilman John Howard, who filed Dec. 22.
The six are seeking to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Shaw, which runs through 2018.
The special election to fill the office is Feb. 23.
McKenzie, 59, is director of research and development for the Lancaster County School District. He moved here in 1999.


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Yuletide effort raises $12,660, helps 750 people

Basket Fund tops goal

By Greg Summers

The 2015 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund exceeded its $10,000 goal two days before Christmas.
As of Dec. 23,  $12,660 had been received in donations, said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster. The 2014 Christmas Basket received $11,000 in donations.
Clawson said she is constantly amazed by the local generosity shown to the effort.


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Swift-water team responds

2 saved from car in water

By Greg Summers

Two people had to be rescued about 10 p.m. Dec. 30 after their car stalled out in high water near the Gills Creek bridge on Plantation Road.
Members of the Lancaster Fire Department’s swift water rescue team waded into the water and got the two to safety without much trouble, said department fire marshal and incident commander Tom Lever.
“The two were fine,” said Lever. “I think they were embarrassed more than anything else.”


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