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  • Council fills two vacancies on planning commission

    County Council members appointed two new members to the Lancaster County Planning Commission on Monday.

    Planning Commission Chairman Frankie Faile, who represents District 5, and members Val Marz of District 1, Tim Hinson of District 7 and Bobby Hegler of District 3 resigned during the commission's monthly work session Jan. 10.

  • Powers-Norrell to run for Senate seat

    Lancaster attorney Mandy Powers-Norrell formally announced Thursday that she will be a candidate for the state Senate District 16 seat.

    The office has been held by Greg Gregory, a Republican, since 1992, but Gregory announced earlier this year he wouldn't seek re-election this year.

    Surrounded by family, friends and supporters – particularly public school educators – Powers-Norrell announced she'd be running for the seat as a Democrat. She made her announcement in front of about 50 people at Discovery School.

  • Illegal immigration reform receives key approval in House

    State Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 45, believes the Legislature will approve a bill clamping down on illegal immigration this year.

    The bill received key approval Wednesday in the House.

  • Firm to build business park in Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND - A top development firm is making its second foray into Lancaster County.

    The Keith Corp. has bought 38 acres on Old Bailes Road off S.C. 160 to build Sterling Oaks Business Park.

    The Keith Corp. has proposed building 350,000 square feet of office space in five buildings, with each building measuring 50,000 to 75,000 square feet.

    "They're highly successful in developing corporate office parks," said Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.

  • County wants second opinion on value of park

    INDIAN LAND - County Council wants a second opinion on the worth of a 9-acre park in Indian Land.

    The Lancaster County Joint Recreation Commission and the county Parks and Recreation Department have proposed selling Roy Hardin Park on Collins Road in Indian Land for $1 million. A developer is interested in building a commercial development there and wants to use the park area for storm drainage.

    Residents oppose sale of park

    Council member Bryan Vaughn, who represents Indian Land, and some Indian Land residents are against the sale.

  • Man not seriously hurt after being hit by truck

    A pedestrian was treated and released from a Charlotte hospital after being hit by a vehicle on Grace Avenue on Wednesday evening.

    Lancaster resident Francis Faile Sr., 83, was driving north on Grace Avenue in a 2005 Toyota pickup and struck Timothy Doster as Doster crossed in front of the vehicle's path, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. near the Memorial Park Road intersection.

    Doster, 42, of 1704 Parkman Ave., landed in the parking lot of The Forks gas station, Gaskin said.

  • Gangs focus of tri-county conference

    Gang involvement will be the focus of a two-day event intended to unite and motivate youth this weekend.

    Beat the Streets is a two-day conference that will address gang issues in Lancaster, Chester and York counties. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday and Saturday at the Baxter Hood Center on the campus of York Technical College in Rock Hill.

    The conference is sponsored by YouthNet, an arm of the S.C. Department of Mental Health that provides various services to children and their families in the tri-county area.

  • Two face charges in drive-by shooting

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting on French Street last week, and police are looking for two more suspects.

    Naquvis Benson, 21, was shot about 2 p.m. Jan. 23 outside the French Street duplex where he lives, according to police.

    Davatee Tymar Clinton, 20, of 722 E. Arch St., was arrested Monday by the Lancaster Police Department and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a pistol under age 21.

  • 4-H plans Farm Fun on Saturday

    You'll get a chance to pat a bunny, milk a cow or adopt a pet at a Lancaster County 4-H event on Saturday.

    You can even bring your horse.

    Lancaster County 4-H is holding Farm Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at ACE Hardware and Garden Center, 714 S. Market St.

    A Southern States equine specialist will be offering free consultations for anyone who brings their horse. The horse can be weighed and receive a body condition score. An equine nutrition seminar is also scheduled.

  • Sun City resident Bruce Miller wants House District 45 seat

    INDIAN LAND - A Sun City Carolina Lakes resident is the first candidate to announce his intention to run for the S.C. House District 45 seat.

    First-term incumbent Rep. Mick Mulvaney said recently that he would be running for the state Senate District 16 seat, rather than for a second term in the House.

    Veteran state Sen. Greg Gregory, a Republican, is not running for re-election.

    Bruce Miller, 65, said he's been fascinated by polictics since he was young.