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  • Land trust to protect Lancaster battlefields

    Almost two and a half centuries after British and American forces clashed in Lancaster County during the Revolutionary War, a preservation group has secured more than $200,000 in grants, and plans to get more, to protect two local battlefields for future generations.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 1 of 4

    Hail pelted Wesley Dry’s car as he peered out at the wild expanse before him.
    Tall, spindly trees, their leaves just starting to grow, towered overhead. A red sign beckoned through the mist.
    “Appalachian Trail Approach.”
    Waiting impatiently for the surprise storm to end, the 25-year-old Buford native prepared himself for the grueling journey ahead – a solo 2,200-mile hike along the world’s longest marked trail.

  • Press problems delay Friday edition of TLN

    There is a good reason your copy of The Lancaster News was late Friday morning.
    The press broke down Thursday night, so the Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, edition was printed in Greensboro, N.C.
    Some paper routes were run as scheduled, but some carrier deliveries were delayed by some four hours. The TLN circulation staff will be delivering papers throughout Friday afternoon.
    If a subscriber doesn’t get a copy of today’s edition, call the circulation department at (803) 416-8405 on Monday, Feb. 8, and your account will be credited.

  • Harrisburg Elementary School to dismiss students at 11 a.m.

    INDIAN LAND – Harrisburg Elementary School is dismissing students at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 19, because of a power outage, said David Knight, spokesman for the Lancaster County School District.  
    “This is all third-hand information, but as I understand it, Duke Energy placed a new transformer sometime over the weekend, and that transformer has malfunctioned,” he said. “Nobody was aware of the issue until this morning because of the holiday.”

  • Man found shot to death off John Everall Road

    A man found dead in his a pickup truck parked off John Everall Road northeast of Lancaster Tuesday was shot to death, and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe he was murdered.

    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese identified the victim as 22-year-old Brandon Wheeler Reese of the 2100 block of Upson Drive in the Elgin community.

    Knight said Reese was shot in the head, and his death did not appear to be a suicide.

  • Thelathia Barnes Bailey dies

    Thelathia “Thee” Barnes Bailey, director of the University of South Carolina Lancaster TRiO Program, died Sunday, Jan. 10.
    With what he called “a heavy heart and much sadness,” campus dean Dr. Walt Collins III made the announcement to the USCL family and community leaders via email early Jan. 11.
    “Mrs. Bailey passed away yesterday after a relatively short struggle with a difficult and debilitating illness,” Collins wrote.

  • Yard sale/plate sale correction

    The Jan. 9 yard and plate sale is at the former Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department building, 4535 Kershaw Camden Highway, which is beside Small’s Food Center. The sale is not at Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department and is not affiliated with Station 9 or its membership.  

  • City council TV coverage possible in ’16

    While it’s not a priority, Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles wants to explore the possibility of recording city council meetings for rebroadcast on LearnTV.
    Hutfles discussed the matter at the Dec. 8 city council meeting as one of nine performance goals he believes are achievable by the end of the current budget year in June 2016.

  • Kershaw considers plan for industrial site

    KERSHAW – The idea of buying and developing the old Springs Mills property as a small industrial park is no longer feasible for the town of Kershaw.
    But that doesn’t mean its leaders aren’t exploring other options to attract jobs to the southern part of Lancaster County.
    Last month, town council heard a presentation from Columbia-based Carlisle and Associates on the need to develop a site-certification plan for a tract the town is interested in developing as an industrial site.

  • Lennar makes early payment

    National homebuilder Lennar Corp. presented Lancaster County officials with a check for $1.2 million Dec. 14 intended to enhance local public safety and education.
    Presented by Lennar Division President Jon Hardy and Director of Land Development Tom Johnson, the check is an early fulfillment of the company’s development agreement with the county for construction of the Tree Tops neighborhood.