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  • Avondale developer puzzled by rejection

    Ed Estridge is puzzled why county officials killed his massive Avondale development in the Panhandle two weeks ago.
    Estridge, president of Sinacori Builders, had spent nine months in meetings with county officials to refine his preliminary plans for the 189-acre neighborhood to be located between Calvin Hall and Harrisburg roads.
    Estridge said his company is still reeling from Lancaster County Council’s Jan. 11 vote to deny the company permission to move ahead.

  • Storm moves away quickly, landing only glancing blow

    The winter storm pummeling Washington and New York this weekend swept past Lancaster on Friday, leaving only a quick coat of ice and sleet.
    Within just a few minutes that morning, Lancaster County roadways iced over, sending a few cars into ditches. No injuries and only a few scattered power outages were reported in our area through midday Saturday.
    While the storm didn’t jolt us as expected, local school officials will determine the status of Monday’s classes later today, said Lancaster County School District Spokesman David Knight.

  • Airbag killed Kershaw man

    The death of a Kershaw man in a wreck last month has led to the recall of 5 million vehicles for faulty air bags, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said Friday.
    Joel Knight, 52, of 9552 Flat Creek Road, died Dec. 22 after his 2006 Ford Ranger struck a cow in the roadway on Rocky River Road. First responders pronounced him dead on the scene.

  • State delays tax refunds until March 1 at earliest

    State taxpayers who file early tax returns electronically in hopes of getting a direct deposit refund as soon as possible will wait a bit longer this year.
    The S.C. Department of Revenue announced Jan. 19 that state taxpayers will not receive their state income tax refunds until after March 1, regardless of how early a return gets filed.
    Filing started Tuesday.

  • Postcards for Jaxon arriving from around the world

    Kyle Camp
    kcamp@thelancasternews.com

    Jaxon Ingram, an inquisitive 5-year-old who is fighting leukemia, loves maps and loves getting mail.
    His parents, Jason and Amy Ingram of Buford, have combined those two things, asking friends and relatives to mail him postcards from far-away places. When he gets a postcard, Jaxon finds that place on a map.
    “He’s just always wanted to know where things are,” Jason said. “He’ll see something on TV or a movie, and he’ll ask where that’s at.”

  • Whose road is it?

    HEATH SPRINGS – There are three homes, five driveways and four potholes, including two eroding more by the day on Mill Street in Heath Springs.
    “A couple of ’em (potholes) are pretty bad,” said Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
    And unless something changes, it appears that all of them could be there permanently.
    That’s because neither the state nor county will claim ownership of the 200-yard-long road, which would put them on the hook to make the needed repairs.

  • Ice predictions trigger mass fretting

    Lancaster County hunkered down for the worst overnight as the first significant winter storm of the season seeped in over the region, with freezing rain and sleet predicted across most of the Piedmont.
    The National Weather Service in Columbia issued a winter storm warning for Lancaster and Chesterfield counties from 1 a.m. Friday through 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Lancaster Chamber’s annual gala honors those who serve others

    A hospital CEO, a former bank officer, a restaurant owner, a community servant and a national ministry’s public relations specialist were the honorees Thursday night during the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet.
    This year’s soirée at the University of South Carolina Lancaster drew about 250 local business leaders and their guests for an event that not only honored some of the business community’s stars, but also celebrated the chamber’s 60th anniversary.

  • School district cancels classes on Friday

    The Lancaster County School District announced about 7:30 p.m. Thursday that Friday classes at all schools were cancelled.

    Students' families were notified via the school district's automated telephone system that there would be no classes.

  • Power outage sends Harrisburg Elementary students home early

    INDIAN LAND – Harrisburg Elementary School dismissed students at 11 a.m. Jan. 19 because of a power outage, said David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District.  
    “This is all third-hand information, but as I understand it, Duke Energy placed a new transformer sometime over the weekend, and that transformer has malfunctioned,” Knight said. “Nobody was aware of the issue until this morning because of the holiday.”