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  • Landowners get 1st detailed look at zoning plans

    More than 50 citizens attended the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) community review meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, hosted by the Lancaster County Planning Department to get residents’ feedback on the county’s proposed overhaul of guidelines for handling growth and development. 

    The UDO spells out standards for zoning districts, infrastructure and general development across the county, while also clearly defining natural resources protection. The UDO has not been completely revamped since it was adopted in 1999.

  • Fire students fare well in state competition

    The firefighting class at the Lancaster High School Career Center brought home two awards from team competition in the recent Southeastern Explorer Challenge in Columbia.

    The explorer challenge, held March 19 at the S.C. Fire Academy, coincided with the weekend-long 34th Annual Southeastern Fire School.

  • Rabies clinics across county next 5 weeks

    Clinics to vaccinate pets against rabies are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in April, as well as the first week in May at 10 locations across the county.

    S.C. state law requires pet owners to get annual rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets said Dr. Sandra Craig, of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.   

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern portion of county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern portion of Lancaster County until 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.

    At 4:29 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph over Arcadia Lakes in Richland County and moving east/northeast toward Lancaster at an estimated 30 mph.

    Residents are urged to report damaging winds or flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern portion of county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern portion of Lancaster County until 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.

    At 4:29 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph over Arcadia Lakes in Richland County and moving east/northeast toward Lancaster at an estimated 30 mph.

    Residents are urged to report damaging winds or flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.

  • Suspected car thief evades police search

    A grand larceny suspect created quite a stir in the city limits for about an hour Thursday morning when he ran from police and eventually got away.
    City police and Lancaster County deputy sheriffs sealed off the area between East Arch Street and Chesterfield Avenue from Buckelew Park on Chester Street to S.C. 9 Bypass just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. They combed the area and also put a tracking dog in the woods near the S.C. National Guard Armory on Nichols Road, but came up empty.
    The search was called off just after 10:30 a.m.   

  • Freeman files for District 1

    David Freeman, a lifelong resident of Indian Land, filed earlier this week to run for county council District 1, joining three other Republicans in the race.
    Freeman, 49, owns and manages South End Plaza, a retail center with 10 businesses at 7580 Charlotte Highway.  He served on the Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals from 2008-12 and has served on the county Planning Commission for the past nine months.   
    Freeman opposes the current Indian Land incorporation proposal.

  • Candidates set for 2016

    Candidate filing ended at noon Wednesday, and the only countywide race that will appear on primary ballots June 14 is for auditor on the Republican ticket.
    In that race, Allen Blackmon, Suzette Connell Murphy and Susan Hunter Wallace will compete.
    While Republicans David Freeman, Terry Graham, Melvin Stroble and J.R. Wilt will vie for the District 1 seat on Lancaster County Council, that race is for GOP voters in only that specific council district.

  • Left-handed burgers, 168-mph fastballs

    If your work computer has the hiccups this morning, turn the mouse over before calling IT to vent.
    There could be a note taped to the bottom covering the sensor, saying you’ve been pranked on April Fools’ Day.
    April 1 is the day for good-natured antics, hijinks and light-hearted fun at someone else’s expense. It’s been that way since 1582, when the Council of Trent called for France to switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.

  • Lancaster Police: Man sloshes gas on victims, starts blaze

    A Richburg man is jailed on three counts of attempted murder, charged with holding his ex-girlfriend and others at gunpoint, pouring gasoline on them and setting the house ablaze.
    The victims escaped without serious injuries.
    Vernon Danelle Dye, 36, is also charged with first-degree burglary, aggravated domestic violence, third-degree arson and weapons charges.