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  • School board OKs bond sale

    The Lancaster County school board met Tuesday night for the first time since the bond referendum passed last month, approving $199 million for school construction, safety and technology projects. 

    The board unanimously approved the resolutions to declare the results of the bond referendum and to allow the issuance and sale of the bonds.  

  • Evidence of forgery found floating in creek

    A Charlotte man is facing 28 felony counts of forgery in Lancaster County after local investigators found evidence of his crimes in a bottle floating in a creek.

    Lancaster County investigators have also prepared warrants against a Lancaster resident who they say helped the Charlotte man cash other forged checks.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested William Randolph Umstead, 50, of Charlotte on April 13 at the Anson County, N.C., jail on 28 warrants for forgery.

  • Earth Day on the Greenway

    April showers didn’t dampen the spirits of those gathered Friday to celebrate Earth Day on the greenway at Constitution Park. 

    More than 50 people stood in the rain under colorful umbrellas and listened as speakers shared a common message to be better stewards of the Earth. Children ran and played in the green open space, and lunch was served on flying discs.

    Everyday people, politicians and children mingled and played in the green open space.

  • Get on back, Jack(son)

    Move to the back, Andrew Jackson. 

    Lancaster County’s native son will lose his place on the front of the $20 bill, where he has resided since 1928, the U.S. Treasury announced this week.

    Old Hickory, who served as the seventh U.S. president from 1829-37, is safe for a while. The new design won’t be released until 2020 and will not be in circulation until 2030. 

  • 2 candidates will compete in District 5

    Squeezing in just before the deadline passed, two candidates are seeking the open District 5 seat on Lancaster City Council.

    Nick Parris and Hazel Taylor filed Friday at the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office. The District 5 election is June 14, the same day as the statewide Democrat and Republican party primaries.

  • County risks losing big bucks

    A revenue race is on, with Lancaster County Council trying to decide whether to impose the maximum 2 percent hospitality tax countywide before Indian Land can become an independent city in control of its own finances.

    While the idea is still only at the committee level, the county would be rewarded by winning the race for the hospitality tax in the county’s growing, busy panhandle. Striking early in order to get half later seems worth the push.

  • Art with class

    From Release

    Lancaster-based sculptor Bob Doster recently installed a student-made metal sculpture at Duncan Elementary School in Spartanburg. The circular design utilized student self-portraits standing beside each other. 

    Doster was the artist in residence at the school as part of Chapman Cultural Center’s Arts Advantage program.

  • 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.

  • Fourth suspect charged in murder of Randy Tran

    A fourth man has been arrested in the murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran of Fort Mill, whose body was found April 5 off Little River Trail in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators, deputies and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, 4668 Tam Lane, about 6:30 a.m. Monday at a home on Mountain Ridge Court, which is less than a mile from where Tran’s body was found.