• 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.

  • Full-time engineer for county?

    Will the hefty price tag for a proposed county engineer position, and its related support staff, pay off for the county in the long run?
    That’s the question county officials will consider as they head into the annual budget process in the next month. Up for review is a budget request for an in-house engineer, as well as an engineering technician, administrative support, start-up equipment, furniture and supplies.
    The estimated cost for the engineer position is about $90,000 plus benefits, with the entire request possibly costing $300,000 to $350,000.

  • Football Fixation

    My beloved Panthers are headed to the Super Bowl!
    As I watched Sunday night, I yelled, jumped up and down. And yes, I cried.
    I watched multiple broadcasts after the game and recorded a few more to watch later. I was so excited that sleep was not an option, so I watched the game again. It was just as good as the first time, minus the stress.
    This may sound crazy to some of you, but not to me.
    I love Carolina Panthers football. Some may call me obsessed, but I call it passion. I freely admit that it consumes my life during the season.

  • Van Wyck shouts ‘No!’ to inclusion in IL incorporation

    With yells and cheers, stomps and fist pumps, the residents of Van Wyck came together this month with a clear message – leave Van Wyck out of the Indian Land incorporation.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land are gathering signatures from 15 percent of the population, about 3,000 in all, and completing the requirements to get the question on a ballot. The group presented its plan to Van Wyck residents in a town hall meeting at the Van Wyck Community Center.

  • Mayoral candidate forum

    Candidates in Lancaster’s special election for mayor will discuss their views at a Feb. 15 candidate forum.
    The event, sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, The Lancaster News and LearnTV, will be held at the Carol Ray Dowling Building at USC Lancaster. A public meet-and-greet session will start at 5 p.m., followed by the forum at 5:30.
    The moderator will be Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations. Candidates will make opening statements and then answer questions from Jiran.

  • Avondale developer puzzled by rejection

    Ed Estridge is puzzled why county officials killed his massive Avondale development in the Panhandle two weeks ago.
    Estridge, president of Sinacori Builders, had spent nine months in meetings with county officials to refine his preliminary plans for the 189-acre neighborhood to be located between Calvin Hall and Harrisburg roads.
    Estridge said his company is still reeling from Lancaster County Council’s Jan. 11 vote to deny the company permission to move ahead.