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  • IL group: VW incorporation wouldn’t derail our proposal

    A spokesman for a group pursuing incorporation for Indian Land says recent progress on a similar effort in Van Wyck will not change the group’s plan regarding the size of the proposed town limits.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land has proposed an incorporation area that would include nearly the entire Lancaster County Panhandle.
    The proposal prompted an outcry from residents of rural Van Wyck, who almost unanimously oppose becoming part of an incorporated Indian Land.

  • Downtown fixture in flux

    Step into Craig Mathis’ store on Lancaster’s Main Street, and you’ll see a business shedding its old skin and becoming new again. 

    A shrinking clearance corner with stilettos and sequined gowns is being overtaken by a larger selection of tuxedos and a growing assortment of computers, cell phones and tablets awaiting repair.

  • McCoy plan plagiarizes N.C. report

    Nearly all of the “Strategic Operations Plan Proposal” on Lancaster County sheriff candidate William McCoy’s Facebook page was lifted directly from a document published by a North Carolina police department.

  • County rezones 45 acres near HGM

    The Lancaster County Council met Monday night and passed a Haile Gold Mine rezoning ordinance that changes 45 acres from rural residential/intense agriculture district to mining district. The three vacant parcels are on Gold Mind Highway, Snowy Owl Road and Haile Gold Mine Road.
    The land is surrounded by properties already zoned for mining and was needed for a bridge to be built over Highway 601. “Those huge dump trucks tear up the highway. This bridge will keep them off the highway,” County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • 521 overpass to close this weekend

    The overpass at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 will be closed to northbound traffic this weekend and next as S.C. Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs.
    Lancaster County SCDOT District 4 Engineer John McKay said the bridge would be closed from 4 or 5 p.m. Friday until Sunday afternoon both weekends as crews work to patch the road deck on the nearly 40-year-old bridge.
    Traffic onto S.C. 5 will be detoured to the median crossover just past the bridge, a detour of less than two-tenths of a mile.

  • New reporter joins TLN staff

    Mandy Catoe has joined The Lancaster News as a general assignment reporter and photographer. She covers the county and education beats.  
    Mandy has lived in Lancaster since 2005 and has a varied background in human services, organic farming, sports and music festivals and is a registered yoga teacher.
    She graduated magna cum laude from Winthrop and has worked as a freelance writer and photographer throughout her life.

  • Fires displace 2 families early Thursday morning
  • Fire training qualifies under new SNAP rules

    The Lancaster County Fire Rescue’s “Is There Fire in You?” campaign got an unexpected boost this month from the governor’s office.
    On April 1, Gov. Nikki Haley announced revised guidelines for those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, what were once known as food stamps.

  • Is there fire in you?

    Using a $1 million federal grant, Lancaster County is launching a massive multimedia campaign to address its alarming shortage of volunteer firefighters.
    Dubbed “Is There Fire in You?” the Lancaster County Fire Rescue campaign launches April 22 on social media, the Internet (www.JOINLCFR.org), television, radio, print media and signs.

  • Biologist to discuss protecting local species

    Morgan Wolf knows parts of Lancaster County that few of us see – quiet, clear creeks where American eels, tri-colored bats and brook floaters grow, and plant pockets where pool sprite and black-spored quillwort thrive.
    As a state biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service office in Charleston, she has the task of making sure those ecologically sensitive habitats – the homes of wildlife and plants listed as at-risk, threatened or endangered – remain protected.