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  • Why Fancy Pokket hasn’t opened

    Setbacks with financing, construction and certificates of occupancy are all hurdles Fancy Pokket President Mike Timani has faced during the past few years, though he hopes the delays to opening his new facility are almost over.
    Responding to concerns about the lag in opening Fancy Pokket’s 57,000-square-foot baking plant in the Lancaster County Air-Rail Park off S.C. 9, Timani said Friday, Jan. 29, he’s faced a perfect storm of obstacles.

  • 2 charged in triple murder

    Two Lancaster men have been arrested in the shooting deaths of three Lancaster men in southwest Charlotte last month, and authorities say the killings were drug-related.
    According to a relative of one of the victims, the suspects grew up with the victims in Lancaster.
    Antonio Lafloyd Robinson, 34, of 1467 Lynwood Drive and Jovon Raymar Twitty, 34, of 4211 Sienna Lane, were arrested Thursday, Jan. 28, on three counts of murder each.

  • Springs House needs paint, but painters don’t want job

    What does a city do when it needs to hire a contractor, but no one wants the work?
    One of Lancaster’s grandest historic buildings, the two-story, wood-frame Springs House on West Gay Street, needs a paint job, and the city has been is trying to arrange that. It was last painted in 2006 for about $60,000.
    In November 2015, the city solicited sealed bids from three contractors to paint the house, but no bids were received.

  • Spots remain in annual beekeeping course

    The Lancaster Beekeepers Association still has about 25 slots open in the 2016 beginner’s beekeeping course, which is catching some of its members by surprise.
    The class, which is limited to 40 students each year, is usually full by now, said master beekeeper Dale Starnes.
    “It’s very unusual,” he said. “I don’t know if they aren’t seeing it in the paper, or what.”

  • Hospitality tax proposed to fund sports mega-complex

    A countywide hospitality tax could be the key to funding the county’s first centralized recreation facility, and it would mean a few extra cents from taxpayers and visitors every time they buy a meal in the area.

  • City starts ball rolling on raises for police

    Tuesday night, Lancaster City Council took the initial step to boost salaries for the municipality’s police officers.
    While council did not vote to approve the proposed raises, it unanimously authorized City Administrator Flip Hutfles to come up with the specific numbers to be voted on at the Feb. 9 city council meeting.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter said that if passed, the pay increases will apply to all sworn officers in the department’s administrative, patrol and special operations divisions.

  • Family sues Ford, airbag maker

    The family of a Kershaw man killed by a defective air bag in December is suing a national automaker, an international airbag manufacturer and a local farmer for negligence in his death.
    Joel Knight, 52, died the evening of Dec. 22 on his way to work as a welder at Trinity Meyer Utility Structures near Lancaster when his 2006 Ford Ranger struck a cow on Rocky River Road, then veered into a fence.

  • Heath Springs hopes to roll 2 water-line projects into 1

    Springs water tower goes back on line. Now town officials are looking for a new funding source for the next round of much-needed water and sewer infrastructure improvements.
    Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes said he has already contacted Grazier Rhea, community development director for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, to inquire about grants that might be used for future projects.

  • County: No conflict of interest in $7M deal

    The county is buying $7 million worth of firetrucks from a company where the recently retired Lancaster County Fire Rescue director works.
    Despite concerns from a lone councilman about that fact, county officials said Jan. 25 that they have taken proper precautions to assure that no conflicts of interest are involved in the equipment decision.
    The issue arose as Lancaster County Council considered final reading of a budget amendment to help pay for the purchase of 18 new vehicles for the county’s fire departments.

  • Kershaw Golf Course to get $30K sprayer, but fewer golf carts

    KERSHAW – The town’s golf course needs a new $30,350 machine to care for its grass, and to pay for that it will reduce the number of golf carts available to patrons.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Jan. 25 to enter a lease-purchase agreement to buy a new turf sprayer for Kershaw Golf Course. Rather than passing along the additional cost to taxpayers, the course will cut back on carts at the 18-hole golf course.