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  • City hopes sidewalks, bridge will improve pedestrian safety

    A project to improve the safety of people walking along two busy streets in the city of Lancaster is under way.

    Sidewalks are being installed along parts of Roddey Drive and Woodland Drive, which are main corridors into Lancaster High School and its surrounding athletic facilities.

    The sidewalks should be complete by the start of the school year, said Teresa Meeks, city support services director for the city of Lancaster.

    A bridgeway, the project's primary component, will also be built over Gill's Creek on Roddey Drive for pedestrian use.

  • Final approval of county budget on council agenda

    County Council is slated to vote on third and final reading of its proposed $30.9 million budget on Monday night.

    The budget includes a tax increase, equal to $14 added to the tax bill for a $100,000 home.

    The tax increase includes funds for county agencies such as Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, Lancaster County Council on Aging, Learning Institute for Tomorrow, Lancaster County Council of the Arts and Southside Literacy.

  • Retired officer shot in eye while trying to lend a hand

    A retired Lancaster police officer was shot in the head Friday night while trying to help two people who had just wrecked a car.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a vehicle accident and two shootings – all in the Lynwood Circle area.

    Former Lancaster police officer Ray Knight was trying to help the occupants of a car that had overturned into a ditch when he was shot, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said.

  • Mackey believes divine intervention saved him

    Gonza Mackey believes it was divine intervention that has allowed him to live to tell his story.

    It was shortly before 3 a.m. Feb. 16.

    Mackey, 24, had just left the Grown Folks Club on U.S. 521 and gotten in his four-door Chevrolet Caprice. He planned to drive home and meet with some friends afterward.

    But he didn't get far. His car collided with a car that made a U-turn. The impact overturned Mackey's car and ejected him.

  • Six volunteers from county help Midwest flood victims

    Six Lancaster County residents are helping those in flood-ravaged areas of the Midwest pick up the pieces in the aftermath of severe storms and torrential rain.

    Sheryl Ferguson, a nurse, returned to Lancaster from Madison, Wis., on Wednesday. She stayed on the move, going to different areas, checking on residents and advising people to take tetanus shots.

    She did blood-pressure checks and spoke to residents about other medical and emotional needs.

  • With oversight, city agrees to give See Lancaster $100,000

    Lancaster City Council, which yanked nearly $200,000 in funding from the promotions and tourism group See Lancaster earlier this month, agreed Tuesday to give some funds back to the group.

    Council agreed to allot $100,000 for the group, but the money won't be paid in one lump sum. The money will be given to the group on a receipt-reimbursement basis each month, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.

  • Man, 65, arrested in N.C. on '06 molestation charge

    Authorities captured a man in North Carolina this week who was wanted for allegedly molesting a girl in Lancaster in 2006.

    Lymon Lester Hughes II, 65, was arrested Tuesday in Polkville in Cleveland County, N.C.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office had charged Hughes with criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The victim was 8 at the time.

    Authorities discovered new leads last week that led them to Polkville, where Hughes was believed to be living, according to a report from The Shelby Star newspaper.

  • Is water OK to drink?

    Indian Land resident Meta Wasson wants some answers.

    Wasson said Lancaster County Water and Sewer District officials won't answer questions about a public notice she received in her water bill on June 17. The notice warned her of a higher than normal contaminate level in the county's drinking water. Her questions were referred to the district's water treatment plant, but the director is on vacation.

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control hasn't been much help either, Wasson said.

    "Why were we not notified in a timely manner?" Wasson asked.

  • 29707 residents must begin using new ZIP

    INDIAN LAND – If you haven't made changes to your personal information using Indian Land's 29707 ZIP code issued last year, the time is now.

    The new ZIP – 29707 – was added to the U.S. Postal Service's database on July 1, 2007, to assist with the growth in that area, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said.

    Indian Land used to share a ZIP code – 29715 – with Fort Mill residents in neighboring York County.

  • City backs USCL drive

    The city of Lancaster wants to support the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, but doesn't want to approve more taxes to do it.

    As an amendment to the 2008-09 city budget, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to pay $33,350 out of a contingency fund account in the general budget to support a fundraiser, which will commemorate the university's 50th anniversary in 2009.

    Councilman Preston Blackmon was not present.