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  • City quickens process for big equipment repairs

    The city of Lancaster has streamlined its repair policy for larger trucks and heavy equipment to get them up and running and back on the road as soon as possible.
    The change allows the municipality’s director of maintenance and sanitation to sign off on repairs of up to $15,000 to be made on any vehicle that weighs more than 12,000 pounds.
    This includes over-the-road garbage and fire trucks, as well as the backhoe at the garbage transfer station.

  • Businesses nonprofits brace for SNAP cuts

    Businesses and nonprofits across Lancaster County are bracing for the effects of a state policy change that could cause as many as 900 county residents to lose their SNAP benefits.
    To keep their SNAP benefits, which used to be called food stamps, able-bodied recipients without dependents as of July 1 must spend at least 80 hours a month at a job, in school or job training, or in volunteer service. Those requirements had been waived since the Great Recession, but those waivers expired April 1, giving recipients 90 days to qualify or lose their benefits.

  • Indian Land High School JROTC team places sixth in national bowl

    Indian Land High School JROTC’s Leadership Team – Vanessa Brinks, James Mulvaney, Chris Hensel and Kellen Hook – placed sixth in the National Leadership Bowl Championship last week in Washington, D.C.
    The 2016 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship was June 24-28 on the campus of the Catholic University of America. The event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation.

  • 521 store robbed, gunman escapes

    A lone gunman robbed North Corner Grocery Tuesday afternoon and escaped without firing a shot.
    Little information about the robbery was available from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office as of press time Tuesday, but sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield confirmed that no one was injured during the incident.
    According to emergency radio traffic largely confirmed by Barfield, the robbery at 3647 Charlotte Highway occurred about 12:29 p.m. when a man walked into the store holding a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money.

  • Buds of Promise donates school supplies

    The Buds of Promise completed its second annual outreach program this week by donating school supplies to the Lancaster County First Steps program.
    Buds of Promise works in collaboration with the Lancaster District of the AME Zion Church.
    Superintendents from AME Zion churches across the Lancaster District donated supplies through Buds of Promise in a district-wide effort to ensure the county’s youngest children have the materials they need to be successful.

  • Little Free Library comes to town

    The Little Free Library initiative has made its way to Lancaster County with hopes to increase literacy. 

    In 2009, LFL was created by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisc., in honor of his mother, a teacher. The initiative expanded and is now a nonprofit organization. 

    The free libraries look like birdhouses with a front door and books inside. They function as a book exchange, requiring individuals to replace a book with another. 

  • IL swimmer Julia Menkhaus shines at U.S. Olympic trials

    Julia Menkhaus of Indian Land swam her fastest races ever this week at the U.S. Olympic trials, calling it the “best meet of my life.”

    Menkhaus, 16, finished 56th among 134 competitors in the 100-meter butterfly with a personal-best time of 1:00.83, and 53rd among 155 in the 100-meter backstroke at a personal best 1:02.67.

  • Kershaw honors hometown hero

    KERSHAW – An overflow crowd packed the chapel at First Baptist Church.

    Retired Army Col. Tom Fincher, standing at attention in his dress uniform, snapped a salute to 1st Lt. Jonathan Cook, sitting in his wheelchair as he has for 50 years.

  • Off-duty deputy lauded for pulling man from burning car

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Black has been awarded the S.C. Sheriff’s Association Lifesaving Award for pulling an entrapped man from a burning car after a May 22 wreck on S.C. 5 just over the county line in York County.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile made the award presentation at Monday night’s county council meeting. 

  • Sunday alcohol petition is ready

    A Lancaster County group pushing a ballot initiative to allow Sunday retail alcohol sales says it has gathered enough petition signatures to get the question on the November general election ballot.

    Chet Miller, who helped organize the effort for Citizens and Businesses for Lancaster County, said Friday that the group will present the petition to the county elections office Wednesday for certification.