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  • City makes offer in administrator's job

    After meeting behind closed doors for about seven hours Saturday, Aug. 29, members of Lancaster City Council came into open session and agreed to make a conditional offer for the administrator’s position to Steven James “Flip” Hutfles.  
    According to a press release issued by the municipality Monday, Aug. 31, Hutfles is the city administrator of Fredonia, Kan.
    The vote was unanimous.

  • Historic store in Van Wyck torn down

    Bricks came falling down as the more than 100-year-old former Massey Yoder General Store was demolished on Thursday, Aug. 20, in downtown Van Wyck.
    The building, condemned for years, is now owned by Kyle Starnes. A crowd gathered to watch the demolition on Thursday afternoon with mixed emotions of nostalgia for times past and ease from fear that someone would get hurt by the dilapidated structure.

  • Road improvements to begin

    Lancaster County Government announces that road improvements are anticipated to start in the upcoming weeks.
    They will begin shortly after bids are received from contractors on Wednesday, Sept. 2.
    The solicitation to receive bids from contractors was placed in the South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO) and on the Lancaster County website.
    The roads included in the solicitation of bids in the first phase include Southwinds Drive, Kohut Road,  Arrowood Avenue, Shamrock Avenue, Carmel Road, Charles Avenue and Craig Avenue.

  • Officers charge Ellis with burglary

    A local man is learning that stealing six beers, a bottle of cheap wine and six flash drives from a home has a steep price in the state of South Carolina.
    The Lancaster Police Department has charged Timothy Andrew Ellis, 25, 1757 Old Carter St., with first-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools after Ellis broke into a West Meeting Street home just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
    It wasn’t what officers found when Ellis came face to face with them that resulted in the most weighty charge; it was when he supposedly did it, the report said.

  • No Santa Train this year

    Rudolph has ridden the rails in Lancaster County for the last time.
    Teresa Meeks, director of support services for the city of Lancaster, told the municipality’s council at its Tuesday, Aug. 25, meeting the Santa Train will no longer be pulling out of the L&C Railway Depot on South Main Street each yuletide season.
    “We just wanted you to know so you wouldn’t be surprised,” Meeks said.
    Meeks said there had been some worries over the annual holiday train ride for at least two years due to the change in ownership at the L&C.

  • City council funds study

    Funding to continue a critical operational study of the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant was approved by city officials earlier this month.
    During Lancaster City Council’s Aug. 11 meeting, council members approved funding $12,500 to continue a contract with W.K. Dickson, a community infrastructure consulting firm.
    Council’s vote to continue the study at least through September came minutes after a report from City Administrator Helen Sowell and Brian Tripp, an engineer with W.K. Dickson.

  • Sheriff’s office investigates home invasions

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two unrelated early morning home invasions near Lancaster in less than a week, one of which resulted in a man suffering serious injuries from a beating.
    The Aug. 15 and Aug. 20 incidents occurred during a week in which LCSO detectives were also busy investigating armed robberies at three area businesses.
    The Aug. 15 incident occurred at a home in the 2000 block of Pacer Drive south of Lancaster.

  • Man dies in logging truck accident

    A Rock Hill man died Friday, Aug. 28, following a head-on accident with a logging truck on the Rock Hill Highway (S.C. 5) bridge over the Catawba River.
    York County Coroner Sabrina Gast confirmed Friday that Brian Stokes, 30, died shortly after the accident.
    The accident closed the highway for two hours as emergency crews cleared wreckage and contended with a hazardous materials situation created by leaking fuel.

  • Sheriff warns of jury phone scam

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Investigators are warning residents this week about a scam designed to scare people into handing over money to a stranger on the phone.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received its first report about the scam on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from a woman who said she received a call from an unknown man about 1 p.m. that day, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    The woman said her caller ID showed the number as (866) 852-0766, originating from Manning.

  • Finally Friday is final day for Hasty

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    The dry erase boards inside the doorway of the City of Lancaster’s Events and Promotions/Risk Management office on Arch Street across from city hall are almost full.

    Handwritten are notes on the upcoming Boo Fun Fest, the scarecrow contest, Finally Friday and Christmas in the City, as well as the downtown Christmas and MLK parades, which are written from one end to the other.