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  • Council gives nod to work at Air-Rail Park

    Landscaping and electrical line work are two of the latest projects to be approved at the county’s new Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park.

    Lancaster County Council approved both projects during its March 11 meeting by a vote of 6-0. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent on a previously-scheduled trip.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented the two projects as a way to enhance the appearance and marketability of the industrial park, which is under construction near the county’s airport. 

  • Social services aplenty in county

    There are hundreds of people looking out for the very young, elderly, poor and disadvantaged in Lancaster County.

    Participants in the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lancaster program became more familiar with these helpers and the agencies they represent during Leadership’s most recent information day March 13.

  • Deputies search for home invasion suspect

    Deputies are searching for one of three men charged in a violent 2012 home invasion after he failed to appear in court earlier this month. 

    A general sessions bench warrant was issued March 18 for Brandone Marquiz Wagner, 29, of Winston Salem, N.C., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Wagner is charged with attempted armed robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with a home invasion that happened Jan. 8, 2012 in the 200 block of Clearwater Drive, per a 2012 sheriff’s office press release.

  • County mining district inches closer to reality

    As a new mining zoning district edges closer to reality, Lancaster County Council members are hoping the word “landfill” is just as quickly leaving the minds of county residents. 

    During its Monday, March 25, meeting, council unanimously approved second reading of a two-part plan to first create a new mining designation within the county code and to also rezone almost 5,000 acres of Haile Gold Mine Inc. property. 

  • School district, Rotarians salute 57 ‘role models’

    Lancaster County honored its best students last week, not for their athletic abilities, though some were athletes of note; and not for their academic prowess, though nearly all were very bright.

    No, these 57 children – three from each county school – were celebrated because they were, first and foremost, just outstandingly good kids: kindhearted, well-mannered, delightful, acquisitive, encouraging, helpful, determined, dependable students.

  • Judge denies McIlwain motion of self-defense in Clyburn murder

    The Lancaster man charged last year in the killing of a former professional baseball player had his motion for self-defense dismissed last week.

    Derrick McIlwain, 38, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith in General Sessions court on Thursday, March 21, to see if he could avoid prosecution on the grounds of the “Castle Doctrine.”

    That law justifies use of deadly force when a person feels his or her life is threatened.

    McIlwain is charged with murder for the Feb. 7, 2012, shooting death of Danny Clyburn Jr.

  • Kershaw gets grant for skatepark

    KERSHAW – Funding is in place for the long-awaited skatepark in Kershaw.

    Town Council voted unanimously at its March 18 meeting to put $6,464 toward the construction of the park, which skateboard enthusiasts will be able to use at Stevens Park.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilman Morris Russell was absent.

    That money will supplement a $22,374 grant the town has received from the S.C. Department of Parks and Recreation & Tourism. Also, the Kershaw Community Park Council is contributing more than $3,000.

  • All-Star Vantage Point

    Travis Bell had one of the best seats in the house at last month’s NBA All-Star Game in Houston. 

    No, the Lancaster native wasn’t sitting in one of those pricey courtside seats. Rather, he was capturing the action with his camera for ESPN. 

    Bell, who runs his own photography business in Columbia, has been photographing events for the popular sports network for more than a decade. Past events include College GameDay and Monday Night Football. 

  • City employee shoots self at work

    A city employee committed suicide at work Tuesday, March 26.

    Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster Fire Department responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting at the Lancaster wastewater plant at 1150 Lockwood Lane at 3:46 p.m.

    Lockwood Lane is off West Meeting Street near Plantation Road.

    When officers arrived, they found 45-year-old Kim Burbach unresponsive in her car in the parking lot, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release issued Wednesday.

  • A little bit of HOPE is a good thing

    Good can come from bad.

    Imagine the conversations one day in the early 1980s when 13 local ministers learned that one couple was traveling from church to church throughout Lancaster County with the same sob story and receiving handouts.

    That’s where the idea of a central clearinghouse named Project HOPE sprang from.

    “They were getting rich off of it,” said the late Brown Wylie, in a February 1985 interview with The Lancaster News.