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SCDOT: Support pilings under bridge deteriorating

Bridge along Kershaw road closed for repair

By Chris Sardelli

A deteriorating bridge over Hanging Rock Creek near Kershaw was closed to motorists late last month as S.C. Department of Transportation engineers determine options for repairing the structure.
With its support pilings degrading, the bridge along a portion of Three C’s Road was closed to through traffic on Aug. 25, said Perry Crocker, S.C. DOT assistant district 4 maintenance manager. The bridge is located about 2.3 miles south of the town of Kershaw and is parallel to Kershaw Camden Highway.


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Henry Harris Road improvements begin

By Reece Murphy

INDIAN LAND – Long-awaited improvements to Indian Land’s Henry Harris Road began Monday.
The project is one of several county road projects paid for wholly or in part by the new Lancaster County capital project sales tax, expected to begin in coming weeks.
S.C. Department of Transportation resident engineer Ken Wilson said crews with Granite Construction of Cornelius, N.C., began work Monday, Aug. 31, on the $1,486,000 project, starting at the intersection of Henry Harris and Marvin roads.


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County moves forward on street renaming

By Greg Summers

In February, when Chris Nunnery announced the county would be changing or modifying some streets with similar-sounding names in the interest of public safety, he said it would be a slow, deliberate and sometimes controversial process.
And that’s just what it has been, said Nunnery, who is the county public safety communications director.


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Several other firefighter, emergency management grants accepted

County looks to enhance fire service

By Chris Sardelli

County officials formally accepted a grant last week that could stem the tide of shrinking volunteer firefighter numbers in Lancaster County.
On Aug. 24, Lancaster County Council unanimously accepted a $1 million-plus federal grant to help recruit and retain local volunteer firefighters.
The grant acceptance comes about a month after members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue learned in late July the county had been awarded the $1,048,905 four-year Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


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Hundreds wait in hot sun for GOP hopeful’s visit

Rubio stumps in Sun City

Beverly Lane Lorenz
For The Lancaster News

INDIAN LAND – Excited and enthusiastic crowds began arriving early Thursday morning, Aug. 27, on the back lawn of the Lake House at Sun City Carolina Lakes to get a spot to see and hear U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is campaigning for the Republican nomination for president.  
Rubio’s popularity rose significantly following his performance during the Aug. 6 Fox News debates, with many calling him the winner of the main event.    


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Hutfles holds similar position in Freedonia, Kan.

City makes offer in administrator's job

By Greg Summers

After meeting behind closed doors for about seven hours Saturday, Aug. 29, members of Lancaster City Council came into open session and agreed to make a conditional offer for the administrator’s position to Steven James “Flip” Hutfles.  
According to a press release issued by the municipality Monday, Aug. 31, Hutfles is the city administrator of Fredonia, Kan.
The vote was unanimous.

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Third-party lab testing for wastewater also approved

City council funds study

By Chris Sardelli

Funding to continue a critical operational study of the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant was approved by city officials earlier this month.
During Lancaster City Council’s Aug. 11 meeting, council members approved funding $12,500 to continue a contract with W.K. Dickson, a community infrastructure consulting firm.
Council’s vote to continue the study at least through September came minutes after a report from City Administrator Helen Sowell and Brian Tripp, an engineer with W.K. Dickson.


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Sheriff’s office investigates home invasions

By Reece Murphy

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two unrelated early morning home invasions near Lancaster in less than a week, one of which resulted in a man suffering serious injuries from a beating.
The Aug. 15 and Aug. 20 incidents occurred during a week in which LCSO detectives were also busy investigating armed robberies at three area businesses.
The Aug. 15 incident occurred at a home in the 2000 block of Pacer Drive south of Lancaster.


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Century-old general store demolished

Historic store in Van Wyck torn down

By Julie Graham

Bricks came falling down as the more than 100-year-old former Massey Yoder General Store was demolished on Thursday, Aug. 20, in downtown Van Wyck.
The building, condemned for years, is now owned by Kyle Starnes. A crowd gathered to watch the demolition on Thursday afternoon with mixed emotions of nostalgia for times past and ease from fear that someone would get hurt by the dilapidated structure.


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Road improvements to begin

By The Staff

Lancaster County Government announces that road improvements are anticipated to start in the upcoming weeks.
They will begin shortly after bids are received from contractors on Wednesday, Sept. 2.
The solicitation to receive bids from contractors was placed in the South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO) and on the Lancaster County website.
The roads included in the solicitation of bids in the first phase include Southwinds Drive, Kohut Road,  Arrowood Avenue, Shamrock Avenue, Carmel Road, Charles Avenue and Craig Avenue.


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