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  • Tunnell suit settlement totals $90K

    The S.C. I-77 Alliance and York Tech President Greg Rutherford agreed to pay Keith Tunnell and his attorney $90,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing them, as well as other defendants, of defamation, breach of contract and civil conspiracy.
    According to a copy of the settlement obtained by The Lancaster News through the Freedom of Information Act, the I-77 Alliance and Rutherford are paying $60,000 to Tunnell and $30,000 to the law firm Cromer Babb Porter & Hicks of Columbia.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ features more than 100 local kids dancing

    Looking for a way to kick-start the holiday season?
    Each year, locals gather at Lancaster High School to watch a professional performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet that includes more than 100 local children.
    This year’s performance is 7 p.m. next Monday in the high school auditorium, 617 Normandy Road.
    Columbia City Ballet dancer Carmie Schiano Nelson says “The Nutcracker” has always been a holiday tradition for her, and she hopes to spread that tradition to anyone who sees the performance.

  • No post office at Rosemont entrance

    The U.S. Postal Service has scrapped plans to build an Indian Land post office on Rosemont Drive and is considering a new location.
    The decision comes more than a month after the USPS announced the tentative site choice and solicited public input on the proposed location off S.C. 160 (Fort Mill Highway) leading into the Rosemont neighborhood.

  • Camp Creek Road bridge to be replaced

    The S.C. Department of Transportation intends to close the aging two-lane Camp Creek Road bridge over Gills Creek in 2020 and replace it with a new one.

    SCDOT officials have scheduled a drop-in style informational public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Middle School to unveil their $2.8 million plan.

    While construction is two years away, those impacted motorists will have to find alternative routes once it starts.  

  • The Fur Ball

    The Lancaster SPCA will host its biggest fundraising event ever on Dec. 2 – Fur Ball Gala 2017, a night of dining, dancing, live music and auctions.
    The event is 7 p.m. at the Bradley Building’s special events room at USC Lancaster.
    The semi-formal party will be a festive way to bring in the holidays and support the SPCA’s mission of saving homeless pets.

  • Teacher’s victorious return pushes me far past the point of tears

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I run backward down a hallway at Buford Elementary School.
    My eyes are full of tears.
    I can barely see what I’m filming and taking photos of, and I just can’t seem to hold my emotions back.
    I’m almost jogging ahead of teacher Laura Grimm as she takes a well-deserved victory lap around the school because of the good news she received just days ago.

  • Fire destroys Grace Avenue home

    An elderly man lost his Grace Avenue home in a fire early Friday, but he and his dog got out safely.
    Lancaster County firefighters responded to 1632 Grace Ave. just after 9 a.m.
    “The house is probably a total-loss,” said Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue.
    McDonald Green, Elgin and Gooches volunteer fire departments and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded.

  • Homeless journey takes men to place of refuge, rebuilding

    Chris Smith’s bout with homelessness began when he was evicted from a mobile home he was renting.
    He lived in a tent for a while, moving it around among various state parks. He finally made his way to the Carriage Inn in Lancaster.
    When he couldn’t pay to stay there any longer, he saw a newspaper article about this past June’s dedication of The Citadel House on Trestle Lane. He walked across town to the new men’s emergency home and asked for help.

  • Tears for the classmate who didn’t come home

    If you want to know what it means to be a hero, talk to Vietnam vet Edward Harris.
    Harris, 69, will quickly tell you he isn’t one of them, though the former Army sergeant has a Bronze Star and a pair of Purple Hearts from the year he served as a 9th Infantry M-60 machine gunner in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
    “I’m not a hero, no sir, not me…. When I hear people call us heroes, to be honest, it’s always bothered me. I did what I had to survive,” said the father of two and grandfather of four.

  • Saluting our community’s vets

    Indian Land High School honored area veterans Friday during its annual Veterans Day breakfast and ceremony.
    This year’s event paid tribute to 75 local servicemen and women representing all five branches of the armed services and most every war and armed conflict back to World War II.
    Representing the latter was former Navy WAVE Dollie Steele of Indian Land, one of Lancaster County’s few remaining World War II veterans.