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  • Water main project under way on U.S. 521

    Installing a huge water main along U.S. 521 in Indian Land is expected to take about four months, but officials say the impact on traffic should be minimal.
    The $1.2 million project will upgrade northern Indian Land’s water main from 12-inch-diameter pipe to 20-inch pipe, said Stephen White,  Lancaster County Water and Sewer District manager.
    The project runs nearly 2 miles along the highway’s west side from Dobys Bridge Road to the area of Lodge Road at Masonic Lodge 414 and Windsor Trace.

  • Sun City welcomes presidential hopeful’s sister

    by Beverly Lane Lorenz/For The Lancaster News
    INDIAN LAND – An eager group of Jeb Bush supporters welcomed the presidential candidate’s sister, Dorothy Bush Koch, to the Sun City Carolina Lakes LakeHouse on Monday.
     “I am thrilled to talk to you about my brother Jeb,” Doro Koch told the crowd. She was there with her sister-in-law Tricia Koch.
    An author and philanthropist, Koch was ready to talk about the GOP candidate’s record as Florida governor.

  • Haley helps celebrate Nutramax expansion

    Increased jobs and investment were at the top of Gov. Nikki Haley’s mind as she visited Lancaster Monday to help veterinary health supplement manufacturer Nutramax Laboratories officially announce plans for its new facility.
    The company’s purchase of the 185,000-square-foot facilities at 1759 Flat Creek Road will be the company’s third facility in Lancaster County, a $15 million investment that will help the company create 125 new jobs.

  • Police seek woman, 22, in shooting

    The Lancaster Police Department is searching for a woman wanted in connection with a shooting Monday, Feb. 1.
    Martina Aiesha Jenkins, 22, of 153 Plyler Road, Lancaster, is wanted for attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    Capt. Scott Grant said Jenkins is wanted in a shooting at 108 Plyler Road about 9 a.m. Monday.

  • Council OKs using $2.3M for radios, courthouse

    A slew of courthouse upgrades, as well as a new public safety radio system, will receive almost $2.3 million in funding thanks to a surplus of revenue in the county’s courthouse sales-tax account.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously voted Monday, Jan. 25, to fund the items using money remaining from a one-cent sales tax. Voters approved the tax in 2008 to help repay bonds used to build the county’s new courthouse, though the county finished paying off those bonds last June.

  • 20-year teacher accused of theft

    A 20-year veteran teacher with the Lancaster County School District has been charged with stealing money raised by students and staff last year for the American Cancer Society.
    Yvonne Johnson Oswald, 48, of 2213 White Pine Court, Lancaster, was arrested on one count of breach of trust, a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine, 30 days in jail or both.

  • 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.”