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  • 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.

  • Storm moves away quickly, landing only glancing blow

    The winter storm pummeling Washington and New York this weekend swept past Lancaster on Friday, leaving only a quick coat of ice and sleet.
    Within just a few minutes that morning, Lancaster County roadways iced over, sending a few cars into ditches. No injuries and only a few scattered power outages were reported in our area through midday Saturday.
    While the storm didn’t jolt us as expected, local school officials will determine the status of Monday’s classes later today, said Lancaster County School District Spokesman David Knight.

  • Airbag killed Kershaw man

    The death of a Kershaw man in a wreck last month has led to the recall of 5 million vehicles for faulty air bags, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said Friday.
    Joel Knight, 52, of 9552 Flat Creek Road, died Dec. 22 after his 2006 Ford Ranger struck a cow in the roadway on Rocky River Road. First responders pronounced him dead on the scene.

  • State delays tax refunds until March 1 at earliest

    State taxpayers who file early tax returns electronically in hopes of getting a direct deposit refund as soon as possible will wait a bit longer this year.
    The S.C. Department of Revenue announced Jan. 19 that state taxpayers will not receive their state income tax refunds until after March 1, regardless of how early a return gets filed.
    Filing started Tuesday.

  • Postcards for Jaxon arriving from around the world

    Kyle Camp
    kcamp@thelancasternews.com

    Jaxon Ingram, an inquisitive 5-year-old who is fighting leukemia, loves maps and loves getting mail.
    His parents, Jason and Amy Ingram of Buford, have combined those two things, asking friends and relatives to mail him postcards from far-away places. When he gets a postcard, Jaxon finds that place on a map.
    “He’s just always wanted to know where things are,” Jason said. “He’ll see something on TV or a movie, and he’ll ask where that’s at.”

  • Whose road is it?

    HEATH SPRINGS – There are three homes, five driveways and four potholes, including two eroding more by the day on Mill Street in Heath Springs.
    “A couple of ’em (potholes) are pretty bad,” said Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
    And unless something changes, it appears that all of them could be there permanently.
    That’s because neither the state nor county will claim ownership of the 200-yard-long road, which would put them on the hook to make the needed repairs.