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  • ‘Mini Hugo’ makes its mark - Severe thunderstorm pelts county

    The storm that swept through Lancaster County late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning has triggered memories of Hurricane Hugo. 

    Thousands of residents lost electricity. Major damage occurred to personal property and roads were temporarily closed as fallen trees blocked thruways and intersections. 

    Wind and heavy rain, along with thunder and lightning, highlighted the storm, which came through the area near midnight – affecting Lancaster and neighboring counties. 

  • City OKs rezoning for USCL housing

     It appears Lancaster County and city officials will work together to enhance property targeted for housing for college students. 

    Lancaster City Council voted 6-0 on final reading at its Tuesday meeting to rezone .85 acres of land from on Brook Drive residential (R-15) to multi-family (MF). Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris arrived at the meeting after the vote was taken. 

    Wayne McBride, who owns the property, wants to build apartment homes that would be occupied exclusively by University of South Carolina Lancaster students. 

  • Is end of Edenmoor saga now in sight?

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    A Charlotte-based real estate group that won a bid to buy troubled Indian Land residential development Edenmoor has until Tuesday to present an acceptable contract to the Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission or risk losing the contract to a competitor. 

    The development’s purchase would come as long-awaited good news for Edenmoor residents who have watched their neighborhood fall into severe disrepair since developers stopped work on the project nearly two years ago.

  • Police charge two in Relay for Life fight

    Two girls were arrested for fighting last weekend at an event meant to raise money and awareness for cancer research. 

    As local residents gathered Friday night for the annual Relay for Life event at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on May 6, several Lancaster police officers responded to a fight behind Medford Library. 

    The fight involved two young girls – ages 12 and 14 – according to a police department incident report. 

  • Landfill debated again at council meeting

    In the ongoing saga regarding a proposed sanitary landfill off S.C. 903, several county residents renewed their opposition at Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting. 

    The discussion came during resident comments about an hour before council unanimously approved second reading of an ordinance to move landfill buffer zones back to 1 mile. The residents who spoke were reacting to comments by county staff about documents released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by the Lancaster County Action Council. 

  • Invincibles flag returns to county

    A small piece of history was returned to Lancaster County last month.

    With a tug of a sheet, Pat Willis unveiled the newest addition to the new county museum – a battle flag from the Lancaster Invincible militia, which fought during the American Civil War. 

  • Heath Springs woman dies in car crash

    Christopher Sardelli and Greg Summers
    The Lancaster News
    CONWAY- The last few days have been a nightmare for Billy Ray and Linda Plyler.
    Their daughter, DeAnna Lynn Plyler, 41, of Heath Springs, died early Saturday morning after she was involved in a three-vehicle crash in Horry County.
    “I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” Billy Ray said. “You don’t like things being the way they are, but you can’t change them.”

  • IL teen killed in wreck

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Indian Land area students are in mourning after losing one of their own in a weekend automobile accident.
    The N.C. Highway Patrol reported Derik Miller, 18, died about 9 p.m. Saturday, in a single-vehicle accident on W.M. Griffin Road, southeast of Monroe.
    Trooper Mark Helms said the 17-year-old driver of the SUV, a friend of Miller’s named Nicole Daughtry of Monroe, was traveling about 80 mph in a 55 mph-zone when she lost control of the vehicle on a curve.

  • Council shoots down rezoning

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Jane Tanner worries her community could one day resemble Charlotte’s infamous Independence Boulevard, a stretch of road known for its abundance of strip malls.

  • Updates expected at farmer’s market

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Residents can expect several changes at the county farmer’s market this season.
    Elgin resident Robert Lee Steele, chairman of the county’s Farmer’s Market Commission, spoke to Lancaster County Council recently about sweeping changes the commission is making at the market. Located off Pageland Highway near the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the market held its annual grand opening on May 7.