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  • Will fast scramble for grant pay off?

    Two of Lancaster’s top officials have been knocking on doors in the Poovey Farm and King Circle neighborhoods, scrabbling to gather income data needed for a grant application that they recently realized might get the city $1.5 million for sewer repairs.
    “We’re pushing hard and don’t want to miss the opportunity,” said City Administrator Flip Hutfles, who has been doing the footwork with Finance Director James Absher. “It’s out there, and we want to grab it if we can.”      

  • State Senate passes roads bill

    COLUMBIA – The roads bill passed by S.C. senators on Wednesday isn’t passing muster with most of the Lancaster County legislative delegation.
    A Senate bill that would spend $400 million on road repairs for one year, but not raise the state’s gasoline tax to fund repairs longer term, passed 30-15 after 18 Democratic amendments were rejected by the chamber’s 27 Republicans.
    The $400 million would come from the state’s general fund in a year when the state has collected an additional $1 billion in revenue.

  • 3 charged in Russian roulette case

    Three Lancaster men have been charged in connection with the unintentional Russian roulette suicide of Brandon Reese, whose body was found Jan 12 in his pickup parked off rural John Everall Road.
    Lakendick Tayon Wade, 20, and Quindarreus Omar Johnson, 19, are both charged with unauthorized removal of a dead body, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement Thursday.

  • Mimicking the mood of the angry masses

    Loved by friends, idolized by followers and hated by foes, he’s been labeled as quick-tempered, fearless, indifferent, strong-willed, tough, vulgar and profane.
    His strange trademark hairstyle leaves an instant impression. He has a penchant for speaking his mind in a powerful, devil-may-care plain language few have ever heard.
    He admits he can be hotheaded and downright mean. And if you don’t like him, well, he doesn’t care.
    That’s a pretty apt description of Donald Trump, right?

  • Horrific wreck kills longtime Lancaster firefighter

    A Lancaster man was among two people killed in a horrific crash early Monday when a van and a logging truck collided on S.C. 9 in Chester County.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, the incident happened about 8 a.m. when a 2003 Chevrolet van was traveling west on S.C. 9 about 6 miles east of Lockhart. The van crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2003 Western logging truck. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicles.

  • Child’s mother charged in death

    The mother of 5-year-old Soren Victoria Chilson was arrested Tuesday in connection with her daughter’s brutal beating death in 2013 along with her husband, who until now has been the only person charged in the case.
    April Victoria Gleason and Phillip Bryan Gleason, both 30, were arrested at their Rock Hill home. The charges came just after the third anniversary of Soren’s death on March 5, 2013.

  • Van Wyck stiff-arms Indian Land

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster News

    VAN WYCK – With unanimous consent from more than 70 residents, the Van Wyck community is moving forward with its incorporation.
    The Incorporate Van Wyck Committee (IVWC) revived a fight that began in 2014, but died from lack of support, said committee member Jack “J.R.” Wilt.

  • Little campaigning on school bond

    With less than three weeks left until voters head to the polls to decide on a $199 million school bond referendum, campaigning on either side of the issue has been sparce.

    If approved during a special election March 22, the bond would help fund a long list of projects for the Lancaster County School District, from new Indian Land schools to multipurpose centers in the southern end of the county to technology upgrades countywide. 

  • Kershaw hires Mitch Lucas for interim job replacing Boyes

    KERSHAW – At a special meeting Thursday night, Kershaw Town Council voted to hire former longtime council member Mitch Lucas as interim town administrator.

    The vote was 5-2, with council members Gail Rogora and Harvey Truesdale against.

    Lucas served on Kershaw Town Council from 1987-97 and was mayor from April 1999 to June 2000. He retired in 2008 as the human resources director for the Lancaster County School District.

  • Lancaster County home, commercial building permits up

    Lancaster County led the region in the number of commercial building permits issued in 2015 and saw a 6.3 percent increase in the number of single-family residential permits over the previous year.

    The Catawba Regional Council of Government (GOG) this week reported that Lancaster issued 82 commercial permits last year worth a combined $37.4 million. That’s up 20.6 percent from the 68 permits issued in 2014.