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  • Deadline to register to vote nears; absentee voting starts up

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County election officials have been busier than usual this week with the deadline quickly approaching for new voter registration and the start of absentee voting.
    Lancaster County Voter Registration Director Mary Ann Hudson said new voter registration for South Carolina ends Saturday, Oct. 6, at noon.

  • Library to close Oct. 8-15

    A big change for the better is coming Oct. 16 for Lancaster County Libraries and library users. On that day, the library system will “go live” with the SC Lends Consortium. 

    The change is essentially a merger with the records of 16 other libraries in the state. 

    For the user, it will mean immediate access to more than 3 million titles  held by those member libraries. At the click of a button, library patrons can choose a book and have it sent by courier to their branch library in Indian Land, Lancaster or Kershaw.

  • County sees more building permits

    Lancaster County has seen a slight increase in the number of building permits issued.

    But is the rise a sign of a recovering economy or is it merely the result of population increases?

    The Catawba Regional Council of Governments recently released statistics that show the number of building permits issued from April through June (second quarter) this year compared to the same time span in 2011.

    Data shown is for Lancaster, Chester, Union and York counties.

  • Robinson Road shooter still at large

    Police are asking the public’s help in finding a Lancaster man wanted in connection with two shooting incidents Sunday, September 30, including one that injured two people. 

    Arrest warrants have been issued for Dyeshawn Dyaquette Foster, 18, 341 Robinson Road, for four counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, armed robbery and unlawful carrying of a pistol, according to a Lancaster Police Department news release. 

  • Beauty pageant causes controversy at Indian Land Elementary School

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Indian Land Elementary has been the focus of unwanted media attention after a flyer sent home with students last week announced what appeared to be a school-sponsored beauty pageant set off an outcry from some parents.
    Though the Oct. 20 pageant has since been cancelled, organizers say they’ve decided to go ahead with it anyway, but under a new name.

  • Thornwell Gamecock-bound

    Former Lancaster High School basketball star Sindarius Thornwell will play at the University of South Carolina.
    Thornwell, who is playing his senior season at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.,  made his decision Monday night, choosing the Gamecocks over N.C. State.
    Thornwell, a 6-5, 180-pounder, averaged 28 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bruins last season.

  • Police search for shooter in Robinson Road incident

    Police are asking the public’s help to find a Lancaster man wanted in connection with a double shooting Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30.

    Arrest warrants have been issued for Dyeshawn Dyaquette Foster, 18, 341 Robinson Road, for four counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, armed robbery and unlawful carrying of a pistol, according to a Lancaster Police Department news release.

    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said Monday morning that Foster’s whereabouts are still unknown.

  • Preserving Catawba Indian history

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Dr. Stephen Criswell glanced over a desk, quickly stepped into an adjoining room and came back with two coveted audio tapes.

    The cassettes contained oral histories in the form of interviews with Native American tribes in the Carolinas. Hours of conversations have been recorded over the years.
    Most of the interviews have since been taken from cassette and digitized for better preservation.

  • Economic development tops council meeting

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A new funding formula and personnel questions were the chief topics as Lancaster County Council discussed economic development at its Sept. 24 meeting.
    The discussion began with a proposal from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. designed to generate funds for a variety of economic development activities.

  • Brook Drive road project to cost more

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    More money is needed to continue work on the Brook Drive improvement project near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Sept. 25, meeting to approve two change orders, which add a combined $49,793 to the project cost. Crews are performing road and sewer work to make the area more accommodating for planned college student housing in coming years.