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  • North American Studies Center celebrates third anniversary

    Peering at a collection of intricately carved wooden “eagle dancers,” Dr. Will Goins soaked in the significance of the Native American Studies Center on Nov. 20.
    As chief of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina, Goins joined dozens of people to honor Native American culture and celebrate the third anniversary of the center. The University of South Carolina Lancaster opened the center on Main Street in 2012.

  • Council reveals $3 million project

    After months of using a code name, county officials have finally revealed the identity of an electronics manufacturer that plans to invest $3.1 million in Lancaster County and create 100 full-time jobs.
    Once known only as “Project Seating,” the company was unveiled as 3i Products Inc. during the Nov. 9 meeting of Lancaster County Council.
    As part of its agreement with the county, 3i Products has committed to invest in its new location on a 15.58-acre parcel at 3888 Chester Highway (S.C. 9 Bypass), near the Chester County border.

  • Heath Springs’ new water lines in place

    HEATH SPRINGS – Phase V, the last stage of water-line upgrades for the town of Heath Springs, has been completed.
    Now, it’s just a matter of getting the water flowing.
    In the next few days or weeks, problems with low water pressure and discolored water should be resolved.
    Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes updated town council on Phase V at its Nov. 17 meeting.

  • City police treat Hughes Street house fire as ‘suspicious’

    Fire severely damaged a small duplex home within earshot of the Municipal Justice Center early Nov. 20, and authorities are treating the blaze as suspicious, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant.
    Grant said the department’s special operations division and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arson investigation unit are looking into the fire at 205 S. Hughes St.

  • Indian Land man charged with having sex with minor

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20-year-old Indian Land man for criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
    Manuel Andress Delgado, 4029 Brookchase Blvd., is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor 14 to 16 years old.
    The incident report said the girl’s father called deputies Oct. 27 after his daughter told him and her mother she’d recently had consensual sex with Delgado.

  • Flood barricades still up on five roads

    Most county roads closed by this week’s flooding are now open to through traffic, but two roads will remain closed until the water recedes and three will remain barricaded for some time.
    At 3 p.m. Nov. 20, barricades were still up at Fish Hatchery Road just south of Heath Springs, Deertrack Circle off Pageland Highway and Hough Road near the Potter Road intersection, according to the Lancaster County Public Works Department. Stewart Place Road and Balkum Road are indefinitely closed.

  • Unplanned repairs impact Kershaw budget

    KERSHAW – There are some things you just can’t budget and plan for, no matter how much you’d like to.
    One of them is damage from lightning strikes.
    Kershaw Town Administrator Joe Boyes told town council this week the 2015-16 budget for the Kershaw Recreation Center is out of balance, thanks to Mother Nature.
    The matter came up during the administrator’s monthly financial report at the Nov. 16 town council meeting.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas Basket under way

    The staff of HOPE (Helping Other People in Lancaster) no longer waits until Thanksgiving to start the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Memorial Christmas Basket.
    The agency is already taking monetary donations for the annual holiday effort, which buys Christmas meal food boxes for about 300 of the county’s neediest families.

  • Barbara a true friend, a rock-solid colleague

    A couple of weeks back, I did some fall cleaning in my Lancaster News work area.
    I found plenty of past personal notes and cards, but what I ran across the most was Christmas cards from retiring editor Barbara Rutledge.
    Each was more than a simple Yule greeting. She expressed her thanks for my work over the previous year, as well as best wishes for my family during the Christmas season.
    Her simple words were extraordinary: “Time to focus on family and friends.”
    That was Barbara in a nutshell.

  • Baskins acquitted in Barnes murder

    A Lancaster jury found a Charlotte man not guilty Thursday in the 2012 murder of a Lancaster woman, but convicted him on a lesser weapon charge.
    Roger L. Baskins, 43, stood trial last week for the Feb. 9, 2012, murder of 47-year-old Cynthia Barnes, who was found dead insider her home at 717 E. Dunlap St.
    The circumstances surrounding the murder largely remained a mystery until Baskins’s trial, which revealed the brutality of the crime. She had been stabbed 25 times with a screwdriver and shot three times.