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  • City to reinforce walls at Belk building site

    The walls at the old Belk building site in downtown Lancaster will soon become much safer.

    Lancaster City Council recently approved a bid from local contractors Perception Builders to stabilize the walls that still remain from the old Belk building on South Main Street. The old Belk building was razed in October 2006. The city owns the property.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell said the city has a plan for securing the walls and expects the work to move quickly.

  • USCL to host Day of Catawba festival again

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster will come alive with Catawba Indian Nation culture and traditions next month.

    For the second year, the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project is bringing its Yap Ye Iswa, or Day of the Catawba festival, on Nov. 15.

    After successfully relocating to the USCL campus last year, the festival, which began in 1990 and was named a Local Legacy by the United States Congress, returns in full celebration of Catawba heritage with the food, music, dance, pottery and craft sales that festivalgoers have come to expect.

  • Three candidates uncontested in bids County Council seats

    There are three uncontested County Council races this year.

    County Councilman Rudy Carter, a Democrat who represents District 5, did not face an opponent this year. He has served nine years on council and is now the council's chairman.

    District 1 Councilman Larry McCullough, who faced a Republican opponent in the primary earlier this year, faces no opposition on Nov. 4. District 7 Councilwoman Kathy Sistare, a Democrat, defeated Councilman Wayne Kersey in the primary.

  • Lt. governor to meet with seniors at Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and the Office on Aging will host a Listening Session on Senior Fraud at 3 p.m. Monday at the Sun City Lake House, 1353 Del Webb Blvd.

    The Lt. Governor's Listening Sessions on Senior Fraud, which began in June, offer an opportunity for seniors and their caregivers to learn more about fraud and share their story with Bauer and his staff."

  • Humane Society disbands; reorganizes with new name

    There is still a Humane Society in Lancaster County.

    The animal rescue group is now called the Humane Society of Lancaster, SC. The Humane Society of Lancaster County group has dissolved, as several board members of that group decided to disband the society.

    But a few members of the original group, including Brandy Sweisberger, Mary Reimers and Dawn Wagner, want to continue the former group's mission.

  • U.S. House hopefuls focus on economy, national security

    The candidates for the U.S. House District 5 seat are focused on restoring the economy and tightening national security.

    Candidates are incumbent Democrat John Spratt, Republican Albert Spencer and Frank Waggoner of the Constitution Party.

    The 5th Congressional District of South Carolina includes several counties, including Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marlboro, Newberry, Sumter and York.

    John Spratt, Democrat

  • Mulvaney, Norrell weigh in on tone of Senate campaign

    Republican Mick Mulvaney and Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell have spent the last few weeks responding to a variety of attacks – some posted online, others mailed as fliers to households or placed under car windshields.

    Those fliers have included several attacks on both candidates for the District 16 state Senate seat.

    The S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus has sent color brochures to homes around the area stating that Mulvaney is taking out-of-state voucher money and hurting public schools.

    Others sent by Norrell's campaign say Mulvaney wants to raise gas taxes.

  • Absentee voting popular this year

    Long lines stretched along the hallway outside the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office this week as many voters hoped to cast their absentee ballots.

    Standing next to each other in one of those lines were Lancaster resident Diane Wilson and Sun City Carolina Lakes resident Rosalie Steinitz.

    Wilson was trying to make sure her vote was cast before undergoing back surgery next week. This was her first time casting an absentee ballot, but besides the long wait, she hasn't had any problems.

  • County to get a refund

    Lancaster County may soon be getting a check for $55,000 from its neighbor.

    A couple of months ago, Lancaster County learned that some sales taxes from Indian Land businesses had been paid to York County.

    The snafu happened because Indian Land's ZIP code, 29707, was accidentally designated as a York County ZIP by the S.C. Department of Revenue, County Administrator Steve Willis said. That led to 31 Indian Land businesses paying sales tax revenue to York County, instead of Lancaster County.

  • Breaking News Teen dies in Grace Avenue wreck

    An 18-year-old Carmel Road resident died in a one-vehicle accident Thursday night on Grace Avenue.

    Johntavis Lamar Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene from head injuries, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said.

    Campbell was a passenger in a 1999 Infiniti that ran off the road and struck a tree, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened at 11:20 p.m., about a mile west of the Lancaster city limits.

    The driver, a 17-year-old Lancaster teen, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.