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  • Street-name changes take on urgency

    The county has asked state Sen. Greg Gregory (R-16) to find out who has the ultimate say on the naming of local streets and roads when public safety is at stake.
    Gregory is head of the county’s legislative delegation, which includes Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27) and House members Deborah Long (R-45), Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44), Richie Yow (R-53) and Speaker Jay Lucas (R-65).

  • Fire hydrant testing begins April 1

    The Lancaster Fire Department will begin its semi-annual fire hydrant testing throughout the city and parts of the county on Friday, April 1, 2016. This operation will continue throughout the months of April and May. All hydrants on a city water main will be tested to ensure they're operable and able to produce the required water pressure when needed.

  • Raging fire guts IL home

    Fire destroyed the home of an Indian Land family Thursday morning.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshall Stephen Blackwelder said no one was injured in the fire at 7545 Haley Lane, though the home was a complete loss.
    Blackwelder said firefighters were dispatched to the scene about 8:34 a.m. after a neighbor reported flames and smoke coming from the garage.
    Though the family’s three children were at school, the couple was still at home.

  • $10K reward offered in case of stolen truck, equipment

    A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the return of a work truck, tools, trailer and heavy equipment stolen from a home in Kershaw last month.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the $90,000 worth of equipment was stolen from a home at the corner of Lynnfield Street and U.S. 601 about 3:45 a.m. Feb. 8.
    Surveillance video showed the work truck with an attached trailer hauling an excavator being driven out of the yard onto U.S. 601 and heading east toward the Flat Creek community.

  • Katawba Valley Land Trust to protect part of Beaver Creek

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT) in Lancaster has received a conservation easement from the Sheorn family that protects a 152-acre tract on Beaver Creek in Northern Kershaw County.
    A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement between a landowner and the land trust that places certain restrictions on the future property development while protecting the conservation values in perpetuity. Landowners can also realize tax benefits for the value of the donated easement.

  • Gene Baker, gifted salesman, local broadcasting titan, dies

    Gene Baker, who went from ad salesman to Lancaster radio station owner and cable TV pioneer, died Monday night. He was 82.
    Baker was the former owner of Royal Broadcasting, which included WLCM-AM and WPAJ-FM, and Video Vision, which was later bought by Comporium.
    Colleagues remember him as a master salesman.

  • Republican Allen Blackmon files for county auditor

    Republican Allen Blackmon, who worked for the S.C. Department of Revenue for more than 30 years, filed to run for Lancaster County auditor Tuesday.
    “I was involved in all taxes, primarily income tax, sales tax and property tax,” said Blackmon, 60, who retired from the state in 2012. “The auditor’s office is actually overseen by the S.C. Department of Revenue.”

  • Faile gets Democratic opponent

    An Indian Land native and 25-year veteran of law enforcement is running as a Democrat against incumbent Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
    William “Billy” McCoy, filed to run for the office Tuesday. McCoy is currently a sergeant in the special services division of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.
    He said he decided to run for sheriff because so many people kept asking him to and because Faile, elected in 2008 and completing his second term, has been in office long enough.

  • Coroner Morris won’t seek reelection

    After 36 years in office, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris on Tuesday announced he will not seek reelection.
    Morris, a Democrat who oversaw a tenfold increase in death cases over the years, talked about the importance of handling that investigative workload with compassion and human dignity.
    “There are two things I have always preached to my staff,” Morris said. “One is that you always call the deceased by his or her name. And never say ‘I know how you feel.’”

  • Carrying the cross

    Traveling up Main Street from Lancaster Square to the downtown business district is old hat for most of us.

    But if you went that way Saturday morning, you may have crossed paths with two crosses as 90 members of Christian Assembly Worship Center carried the symbol of Christianity through downtown during Easter weekend.