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  • Cops, public struggle over distrust, how to manage it

    About 150 people attended a Lancaster forum to discuss race and policing Monday night, and the discussion kept returning to traffic stops – high-stress encounters that concern both citizens and officers.
    Nearly half of the face-to-face contacts that police officers have with citizens happen at traffic stops, and that’s part of the problem, said Quentin Harris, who voiced his worries at the Let’s Talk about It forum at Lancaster High School.

  • Property owners hold up road improvements

    Property owners’ refusals to grant right-of-way along the roadways fronting their properties have killed three road improvement projects on the county’s list of roads slated for improvement this year.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis and Public Works Director Jeff Catoe said Ralph Hood and Little River roads in Indian Land and a county-maintained portion of Mahaffee Line Road in Lancaster will not be improved during this round of funding.

  • Kershaw wants SCDOT to replace caution light with stoplight

    KERSHAW – The S.C. Department of Transportation may have rejected a 2014 request from town officials to replace the caution light at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets with a traffic signal, but that doesn’t mean the town is giving up on the matter. 

    Kershaw leaders talked with SCDOT officials Tuesday in hopes of getting a new traffic study there. 

  • Construction zone ahead

    Lancaster County School District board met Thursday morning to discuss the layout of the three facilities that will begin construction in March.

    Jimmy Wilhide of Moseley Architects presented three site and floor plans to the board for multipurpose buildings at Lancaster High School, Buford High School and between Andrew Jackson Middle and High schools.

  • Town hall meeting to address underage drinking

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth is sponsoring a town hall meeting for parents and their teens to come together with community leaders and experts to discuss underage drinking. 

    The event, Communities Talk: Town Hall to Prevent Underage Drinking, will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the special events room at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Building. 

  • Sunday alcohol sales petition cleared for ballot

    Besides voting for the county’s next president in November, Lancaster County voters will also help decide whether the county will allow Sunday beer and wine sales in stores.

    A petition to allow Sunday beer and wine sales in county stores was officially cleared this week to appear as a referendum on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

    The Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office received the petition July 6 with 7,014 signatures. 

  • Black parents talk to kids about dealing with police

    In light of two recent shootings of black men by police, two Lancaster moms decided it was finally time to talk to their oldest children about the relationship between African-Americans and the police.

    "I never imagined that this would have to be a conversation – ever,” said Octavia “BJ” Harris, 33. “Never thought that I would be having to have these conversations with my 12- and 9-year-old boys.”

  • Alley clears lanes for last time

    The Lancaster Bowling Center (LBC) closed its doors for good Saturday night. The balls were racked and the gaudy shoes placed back on the shelf for the last time. 

    Owner/manager Freddie Robinson hung a sign on the front door Monday saying this was LBC's last week.

    "It's just time to retire," said Robinson. He also said the downturn in the economy played a part in the decision to close. 

  • Buford community comes together for Charlee

    What do Buford area church members, motorcycles, a vacation Bible school class, all kinds of cars and trucks, a church senior citizens group and local businesses have in common?
    All of them will play a role this Saturday in a fundraiser for a special little girl named Charlee Rivers and her family during a benefit run, barbecue plate sale and other activities at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Five Points.

  • Streetscape grows awry on North Hampton

    KERSHAW – A somewhat pesky European hornbeam tree in the front of a new business in the 100 block of North Hampton Street is about to get a new home at the town-owned golf course.
    Carolina Events Rental owner Angel Vail said isn’t opposed to attempts to keep the Hampton Street corridor, which is the town’s main street, green and attractive.