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  • One dies in morning wreck

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    An automobile accident Tuesday morning near Spring Hill Baptist Church in the Tradesville community killed a Heath Springs man and seriously injured his wife. Lancaster County Coronor Mike Morris identified the man as James “Jamie” Morgan Phillips, 41, of the 5100 block of Stoneboro Road, Heath Springs. The driver of the vehicle, Phillips’ wife, Heidi Marie Phillips, 37, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokesman said Tuesday afternoon Heidi Phillips was in stable condition.

  • Publix plans back on track

    Publix plans back on track

    Plans for a new Indian Land supermarket are back on track after Lancaster County Council moved forward Tuesday with an ordinance it tabled only a week before. 

    Progress on a proposed Publix grocery store halted briefly at the end of January after council tabled an ordinance to rezone several acres of land where it would be built. The store is planned to become the first tenant at the former site of Roy Hardin Park, at 8357 Collins Rd in Indian Land. 

  • District honors excelling educators

    National Board Certification for teachers is said to be no easy task. 

    Among the words and phrases used to describe the arduous year – to three-year long process of earning the highest credentials in the teaching profession are sacrifice, long nights, tied-up weekends, hard work, challenging and rewarding.

  • Office of LCEDC could move

    The Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. is searching for a new home, and county officials have an idea where it should go. 

    Faced with water leaks and mold issues, the staff of the LCEDC has been looking to relocate its office on West Gay Street for years. That’s where Lancaster County Council comes in. 

    At its Feb. 22 meeting, council members discussed a plan to move the LCEDC from its current office to a space in the County Administration Building. 

  • Young black males in a crisis

    Imagine walking into school on your first day of first grade and already being at a disadvantage just because of your race, gender and economic background.

    Of course you don’t realize it, since you’re only a 6-year-old boy, but according to statistics you’re already behind in your vocabulary. 

    By the time you’re in the fourth grade, you’re already nearly three years, on average, behind your white peers academically, according to some experts.

  • Paper’s online version will be subscription based

    If you had a chance to gaze into The Lancaster News building, I think you’d be surprised at what it takes to produce your newspaper.

    It’s been said that it’s nothing short of a miracle to see a newspaper come together. It’s sort of like making sausage sometimes; the process is not always pretty.

  • Lancaster County officials lift burning ban

    The Lancaster County Fire Service canceled the ban Friday afternoon, only days after it began. The ban was originally issued Feb. 22. 

    According to a fire service press release, citizens are still cautioned even though the weather outlook has improved. 

    The county received a small amount of rainfall early Friday but there is still a potential for outdoor fires to spread rapidly due to relatively dry surface conditions.

  • Council debates dangerous animals

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Just one week after a series of dog bite incidents were reported throughout the county, Lancaster County Council discussed ways to enhance its dangerous dog ordinance Tuesday night.
    Council members, along with with County Administrator Steve Willis and deputy administrator Jeff Naftal, debated how to fine-tune the ordinance to protect citizens and place more responsibility on dog owners. The discussion came only days after three people reported separate dog bites or attacks to law enforcement.

  • Stimulus helps public housing

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     The state of public housing in the city of Lancaster received much attention Tuesday night.
    Jerry Witherspoon, executive director of the Lancaster Housing Authority, gave City Council a report of the authority’s activity over the past year.
    The local housing authority, which oversees the Caroline Court and Frank L. Roddey neighborhoods, provides housing for low-income families. Caroline Court has 100 units and Roddey has 40.

  • Kershaw denies zoning request

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     KERSHAW – Plans for the Dollar General store in Kershaw to move from Hampton Street have been halted, at least for now.
    Kershaw Town Council voted 2-4 on Monday against a request to rezone property on Neal Street from R-15 (residential) to B-3 (business).
    Councilmen Wade Hunter and Randy Seegars voted in favor of the measure. Councilman Eddie Coates was absent.