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  • Duke workers battle terrain to restore Puerto Rico power

    Elizabeth Leland
    Duke Energy Illumination

    The devastation in Puerto Rico is beyond anything Craig Mustard imagined before arriving on the island with other Duke Energy linemen.
    Houses are in tatters, and tangles of electrical lines and utility poles still lie where Hurricane Maria tossed them in September.

  • Will lower litter fines help clean up roads?

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. House passed a bill Tuesday that substantially cuts fines for littering in the Palmetto State.
    Rep. Chandra Dillard, (D-Greenville) pushed for the reduction.
    Instead of a $450 fine for tossing less than 15 pounds of litter, the bill passed Tuesday drops the fine for littering to $25 to $100. However, it increases some of the penalties for illegal dumping, or large quantities of trash.
    “I am open to anything that would start making our highways and byways look a little better,” Dillard told The State newspaper.

  • County gets half of region’s DOT projects

    This is shaping up to be a banner year for local road improvements.
    Lancaster County is getting half of the S.C. Department of Transportation road projects slated for the Catawba region  – Lancaster, York, Union and Chester counties.
    DOT ranks the projects each year based on feedback from each county, with counties grouped by district.
    And yes, a healthy dose of politics usually plays into the decision, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • Drastically fewer cats euthanized

    A year ago, 80 to 90 percent of the cats that came into the Lancaster County Animal Shelter had to be euthanized to make room for the continuous influx of new animals.
    In the last quarter of 2017, only 12 percent were put down, thanks to the overwhelming success of the county’s TNR (trap, neuter and return) program.
    December’s numbers were especially striking, with only 21 cats euthanized because of lack of space. Cats are sometimes put down for other reasons, such as sickness or injury.

  • Reid Pointe faces big road repairs

    Residents are breathing easy in eight of the nine Indian Land subdivisions that received a county ultimatum two months ago about the deadline for getting their streets accepted into the county maintenance system.
    Not so in Reid Pointe, where nearly 80 percent of the streets are in “desperate need of repair,” County Attorney John Weaver said at Monday’s county council meeting.

  • County may sue opioid industry over local costs

    Lancaster County might join other local governments across the country in suing 24 opioid manufacturers and distributors to hold them accountable for their roles in the national drug crisis.
    “It’s epidemic everywhere,” said county council Chairman Steve Harper, noting there were 25 drug-overdose deaths in Lancaster County last year.

  • One doctor saves another

    Amir and Rashid Ansari, the youngest of four brothers, were inseparable growing up in Michigan. Two years apart, they have always been mistaken for twins.
    “You could say we were attached at the hip,” said Rashid Ansari, the younger of the pair. “I was his shadow.”
    They both became physicians, moved to South Carolina and worked at Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • IL town vote set: 3-27-18

    The Indian Land incorporation vote will be held March 27.
    News of the special election date came Friday, more than two years after Voters for a Town of Indian Land rolled out its incorporation campaign.
    The three Indian Land incorporation election commissioners agreed to have county elections officials organize the vote for Tuesday, March 27, instead of a Saturday, April 7, date considered earlier in the week.

  • Salty talk on Democratic stump

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Noble isn’t one to mince words, even with prospective supporters like Cary Kimmel.
    Noble and Kimmel had a scrappy exchange Thursday night during the local Democratic Party’s “Our Revolution South Carolina” forum at USC Lancaster.
    When discussing where the state falls in the nation’s public-education rankings, Noble forcefully challenged Kimmel’s assertion that South Carolina ranks 35th, and not dead last in the United States as Noble had said.

  • Grant: Doty’s massive funeral moving, profound

    In 32 years of law-enforcement work, Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant has attended many officers’ funerals, but never one as moving as Monday’s honoring Detective Mike Doty.
    More than 5,000 people came to the slain York County deputy’s service at Charlotte’s Calvary Church. As the 5-mile-long procession moved down I-77 to Rock Hill, Grant saw people not just stopping their cars along the interstate, but getting out and standing at attention, saluting or holding their hands over their hearts.