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  • City tax bills dip in new budget

    Tax bills for property owners in the city of Lancaster are going down for fiscal 2016-17.
    After a public hearing and work session held last week, Tuesday night council unanimously approved second reading of the $33.5 million budget.
    The budget raises the property tax millage rate to 176.4 from 164.4 in the previous budget. The millage increase would result in a $48 increase on a home in the city limits valued at $100,000.

  • County OKs $49M budget

    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the third reading of its $47.9 million 2016-17 budget Monday night after a minor tweak.
    That adjustment was an increase in expenditures of $28,823, a plus for employees in the solicitor’s, public defender's and soil and water conservation district office who will receive 3% raises, equal to those previously approved for state employees.

  • Charles Marshall, educator, dies at 83

    Dr. Charles Marshall, who spent his career educating Lancaster’s children and retired as superintendent of the Lancaster Area Schools in 1985, died Thursday morning. He was 83.
    “He was an icon in the school system in Lancaster when I was there,” said retired teacher Charlotte Shaw. “He was a very positive man.”

  • County gears up for Fourth of July

    Whether you’re watching fireworks or in the heart of a parade, there are events for all this Fourth of July in Lancaster County. With the Fourth falling on a Monday this year, many will benefit from a long weekend ending with a boom.

    Charlesboro
    The 37th-annual Charlesboro July Fourth parade will be held Monday at New Haven Baptist Church on Taxahaw Road. The festivities will begin at 10:15 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and prayer, and the parade will follow beginning at 10:30 a.m.

  • Lancaster improves slightly in latest Kids Count survey

    Lancaster County now ranks 18th in the state in child well-being, according the latest Kids Count data, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
    That’s up one position from the previous year, when the county ranked 19th in child well-being in the Palmetto State.
    York County ranks first, while Allendale County ranks last. By comparison neighboring counties Kershaw ranks 14th, Chesterfield 25th and Chester 41st.

  • McLellan new fire chief

    Lancaster City Council didn’t have to look very far Tuesday night to find the city’s new fire chief. Justin McLellan was sitting in the room.  
    Just 90 minutes after the council honored retiring Fire Chief Chuck Small, and then meeting behind closed doors, they unanimously choose 34-year-old battalion chief McLellan as the new leader of the Lancaster Fire Department.
    Mayor John Howard said McLellan was clearly the right choice.

  • Council balks at killing Ansley Park

    After a contentious meeting Monday night, Lancaster County Council voted against rescinding the Ansley Park development agreement.
    The vote was 6-0 not to reconsider the council's Dec. 15 decision that allowed the long-troubled Indian Land project to proceed. Council member Jack Estridge abstained.

  • Big names coming to Lancaster this year

    Season tickets for the 2016-17 See Lancaster SC Performing Arts Series go on sale ($275 plus tax) in July.
    The lineup ranges from down-home country and uptown R&B to classic rock ’n’ roll and cutting-edge comedy.
    Leading the list is a Sept. 17 concert by Shooter Jennings and Waymore’s Outlaws.

  • Chamber education breakfast focuses on connections

    Building a workforce pipeline

     

    The goal of the workforce pipeline is to ensure the skills needed in the workforce match the skills developed by schools. Skills acquisition begins in elementary education. Secondary and post-secondary education build on those skills and add new ones. Industry partners work with educators to build programs.
    By working together, educators and employers build Lancaster County’s future workforce.

     

  • Cuttino remembered for encouraging ministry

    BEAUFORT – Those acquainted with Dr. Robert Edward Cuttino called him “Bob.” But those who knew him well called him “Barnabas,” due to his encouraging disposition.

    The former minister of Lancaster’s First Baptist Church and religion teacher at the University of South Carolina Lancaster died Thursday at the age of 86.