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  • New UDO limits most signs to 10 feet tall

    The signs, they are a changin’. 

    Or they will be if the proposed Unified Development Ordinance passes its third and final reading at the next county council meeting Nov. 28.

    The new UDO, which is finally almost finished after 20 months of reworking, limits most freestanding business signs to 10 feet in height and 40 square feet in area. It’s an effort to reduce visual clutter along the county’s roads.

  • No marauding motorcyclists at Christmas parade

    Motorcycles and horses are in for the upcoming Lancaster Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 and the MLK Day celebration on Jan. 14.

    But stunts such as wheelies, stoppies and burnouts by motorcyclists are out, said City Administrator Flip Hutfles. So are horses without diapers or someone following behind them to tidy up the pavement.

  • School district EOC average below state’s

    State report cards were released this week, showing Lancaster County School District students on average coming in below statewide scores on end-of-course exams and the SAT.

    The 2016 district EOC average, at 70.3 percent, falls below last year’s 74 percent score. This year’s state EOC average is 77.3 percent.

    Indian Land High School scored 82.9 percent on EOC exams, which is higher than the district and state scores. ILHS’s EOC average in 2015 was 84.8 percent.

  • Reward doubles in tombstone vandalism

    The county historical society is doubling its reward to $3,000 for information leading to the conviction of vandals who damaged tombstones at the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery in August.

    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter said investigators have few leads in the incident. 

  • 36th B&B Craft Show next Saturday

    The 36th annual B&B Craft Show is 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Springdale Recreation Center.

    The craft show will have 56 vendors from the Carolinas displaying their unique items, including wooden handmade ink pins, wickless candles and specialty bows.

    “We come together as a group of crafters and artists, and it never gets old. It’s new every year,” said event coordinator Becky Lowry.

  • 800 barbecue plates at $8 each, ‘overwhelming’ support for Hall

    Wednesday’s barbecue fundraiser for police Lt. Phillip Hall sold out in less than two hours.
    Hall’s friends, co-workers and church family sold more than 800 barbecue plates at $8 each at Camp Creek Baptist Church, which Hall’s family attends. That doesn’t count multiple donations or those who said “keep the change.”

  • UDO a step away from final OK

    The Unified Development Ordinance crawled through 60 minutes of motions before passing its second reading on a 5-1 vote at the County Council meeting Monday night.
    The single no vote was cast by Councilman Jack Estridge. Council member Charlene McGriff was absent.
    “We are transitioning from a UDO that we know and are comfortable with to one that we can live with for 30 to 40 years,” said council Chair Bob Bundy.

  • Dressing up the old library on Gay Street
  • Rep. Norrell in New Zealand during big quake, aftershocks

    New Zealand is about as far from Lancaster as one can get on the planet, but when a major earthquake struck the Pacific nation this week, Mandy Powers Norrell was there on a legislative trip.
    The S.C. House District 44 representative from Lancaster was visiting Sunday morning when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked the country. She was on her third trip overseas with the American Council of Young Political Leaders exchange program.

  • Pulte rejects county’s offer on Sun City roads, drains

    Sun City Carolina Lakes’ developer has rejected Lancaster County’s demand that it secure a $3 million line of credit to handle storm-drain repairs before the county will take responsibility for all of the development’s roads.
    In a Nov. 15 letter, Atlanta-based Pulte Group contends that under its 2005 development agreement, the county is clearly responsible for both the roads and the storm-water system at the massive Indian Land project.
    The letter gives the county 10 days to accept the company’s position or face legal action.