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  • Lancaster picked for economic boost

    Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday picked Lancaster as one of 135 sites across the state that will become “opportunity zones,” part of a new federal program designed to create jobs in economically distressed areas.
    McMaster submitted his list to the U.S. Treasury Department, which is expected to approve the sites in the next 30 days. The program makes those areas eligible for tax incentives to encourage business creation and the development of affordable housing.

  • It’s finally time to vote on IL town

    After more than two years of public discussion and often contentious debate, Panhandle residents this week will voice their opinions on Indian Land incorporation in the only way that really matters – at the ballot box.
    The Indian Land incorporation referendum is scheduled for Tuesday. All Panhandle polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Voting is open to all registered voters living within the proposed town of Indian Land incorporation area, nearly the entire Lancaster County Panhandle – except residents of the new town of Van Wyck.

  • Pool full of passion

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    The sensory experience has been the same for generations of would-be Lancaster swimmers – the chlorine scent, the sound of splashing water, and Anne Small’s “kick, kick, kick!” reverberating off the walls.
    Last week, children waited at the side of the pool for their turn as the earliest arrival started his swim lesson with Small, swim teacher extraordinaire.

  • Volunteer, donate to local event for Special Olympians

    From release

    Only two hurdles stand in the way of Lancaster County getting its first Special Olympics next month, say special-education teachers Mary Beth Mize and Marlee Bos, who are organizing the event for the school district’s 400 special-needs students.
    Hurdle 1 – They need more than more than 400 volunteers to help run the Special Olympics. About 250 people have volunteered so far.

  • Park celebrates AJ’s birthday Saturday

    Laura Ledford
    Andrew Jackson State Park

    On Saturday, March 24, Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 251st Birthday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black-powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items that we can get at any retail store today were made by hand during Jackson’s time.

  • Another local ‘Lucky Dog’ – this time with horses

    Lancaster gets another dose of “Lucky Dog” national spotlight this Saturday morning, but this time the focus is on rescued horses rather than canines.
    The Emmy-winning TV series, sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories, airs at 10 a.m. on CBS. A Lancaster employee of the company received one of the show’s rescued dogs in an episode that aired last month.
    This week’s show was taped last year at a local ranch, God’s Blessing Farm, where rescued horses are given a chance for a new life.

  • Dr. John Willis dies at 85

    Last fall, Larry Honeycutt got word that longtime golfing buddy Dr. John Willis wasn’t feeling well.
    Honeycutt dropped by the Willis’ home to check on his friend.
    “The amazing thing I remember most about that day is I left with a big ol’ smile on my face,” Honeycutt said. “John was one of these fellas with the ability to make you feel better by just being around him. I hope that one day, folks might be able to say the same thing about me.”

  • Kershaw industrial park needs $5M boost

    KERSHAW – It’s going to cost $5 million to get the initial infrastructure in place at Kershaw Commerce Park.
    The town has applied for state economic-development grants that might pay part of that cost, but expects to borrow the rest by issuing $1.5 million to $2 million in 20-year revenue bonds.
    Town officials say it’s an investment in Kershaw’s future that they are willing to make.  

  • Guns drawn on Greenbriar

    More than a dozen Lancaster County deputies surrounded a house in the 1000 block of Greenbriar Drive Wednesday afternoon while serving family court orders on an occupant. 

  • RedStone opening this week

    Few of Indian Land’s development projects have stirred as much excitement in recent years as the RedStone shopping center, with its plans for a dozen new restaurants and the area’s first movie theater.

    And now, after three years in the making, the wait is nearly over – RedStone Theatre 14 will hold its grand opening Friday, along with at least one restaurant and others soon after.

    The project has been under way since 2015, a partnership between MPV Properties and internet marketing firm Red Ventures.