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  • Grant approved for Parks and Rec department

    Children will soon have a new place to play outside the Springdale Recreation Center with the award last week of a new state grant for playground equipment. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the State Parks and Recreation Development grant, to help buy and install the equipment near the Springdale building, was awarded to the county Feb. 14. 

    Awarded through the S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism department, the grant funds $29,936, with a 20 percent local cash match of $7,484 from the county. 

  • School officials seek help with legislative support

    Lancaster County School officials urged audience members at this month’s school board meeting to ask their state representatives for help with two important issues facing the district.

    The appeal came Tuesday, Feb. 19, during a meeting with a packed house of family members gathered to celebrate recognition of this year’s Junior Scholars with Trustees Awards.

  • Senators seek to keep guns away from mentally ill

    S.C. Sen. Greg Gregory (R-16) and two other legislators have filed a bill that will require South Carolina to comply with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database for background checks for the mentally ill with gun purchases. See Friday edition of The Lancaster News for the full story.

  • County’s famed ‘George Washington coin’ missing from Wofford

    A storied piece of Lancaster County’s history is missing at the Wofford College archives.

    The George Washington half dollar is a silver Spanish piece of eight (Spanish real) said to have been used by the first president to pay for breakfast at the historic Nathan Barr’s Tavern on the morning of May 27, 1791.

    The coin has been in the care of the Wofford archives since the early 1900s.

  • Thunder snow surprise

    Within seconds, a steady rain switched to blustery snow across Lancaster County on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, coating the area in slush and powder during the first real snowstorm of 2013.

    While a wintery mix fell early in the day, large snowflakes blanketed the county in white beginning after 5 p.m. and lasting through late evening.

  • Underage alcohol sting nets zero charges

    The results of a recent underage alcohol sting had Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard singing the praises of several local businesses.

    In a press release sent Monday afternoon, Howard lauded 15 Lancaster businesses for refusing to sell alcohol to an underage operative. The initiative, conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, was a joint operation between the Lancaster Police Department and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

  • Potter, Taxahaw road rehabs to include only sections

    A S.C. Department of Transportation official has clarified the scope of an upcoming road rehabilitation project on Potter and Taxahaw roads.

    In response to a request for more details on the project, SCDOT District 4 Administrator John McCarter said the rehabilitation will include only portions of the roads and not their entire length.

  • Bond denied for Chesterfield County Courthouse shooting suspect

    PAGELAND – A Chesterfield County man remains jailed without bond after allegedly shooting two people outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Feb. 13 and leading police on a  chase.

    Curtis Brent Gorney, 54, of Cheraw, is believed to have pulled up outside the courthouse on Chesterfield’s Main Street at 12:20 p.m. that day and opening fire on 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather, Donnie Nolan. Gorney then fled the area west on S.C. 9 with sheriff’s deputies in pursuit.

  • Night deer hunters sentenced

    A trio of University of South Carolina Lancaster students received suspended sentences and fines in General Sessions Court on Monday, Feb. 11, two months after their arrests in an illegal night deer hunting case.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said James Christopher Stewart, 18, Ryan Charles Manore, 19, and Blake George Shirley, 18, all pleaded guilty and were sentenced Monday on the charge of illegal night deer hunting, first offense.

    “We negotiated a sentence for them and each of them got the same sentence,” Barfield said.

  • City awards hospitality tax grants

    Nine local groups will benefit from the latest round of hospitality tax grants from the city of Lancaster.

    City Council unanimously approved the recommendation on how to divvy up $50,000 during its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 12.

    The city received 14 applications for the 2012-13 hospitality tax grant cycle. Last week, its special Support Services committee recommended funding nine of those requests. Five projects were denied.