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  • City awards $50K to Barr Street center

    The city of Lancaster is once again giving financial support to Hope on the Hill.
    City Council voted unanimously Feb. 28 to award the organization $50,000 to be used for  renovations of the former Barr Street school, now called the Barr Street Family Life Center.
    The $50,000, which is specifically targeted for auditorium repairs, will come from the city’s hospitality tax grant fund.
    That fund contains a little more than $1 million, said city Administrator Helen Sowell. Grants are given to events and projects that can foster tourism.

  • Habitat for Humanity breaks ground for 12th house

    The weather Tuesday morning was a little chilly, but cooperative enough for some ceremonial red clay to be turned.
    At the corner of Meeting and Penny streets, a group including elected officials and volunteers gathered for what represented a major step for a local deserving family.
    That’s where the Lancaster County Habitat for Humanity held its groundbreaking for a new house, which is expected to be finished later this year. The address is 701 W. Meeting Street in Lancaster, next to the Penny Street home Habitat is still repairing.

  • McCullough to run again

    Larry McCullough campaign
    INDIAN LAND – Republican incumbent District 1 County Councilman Larry McCullough, 60, announced this weekend he is seeking re-election for Lancaster County Council.    
    McCullough’s two an-nouncements, one Saturday at 521 BBQ & Grill and another Sunday at The Lake House in Sun City Carolina Lakes, were attended by more than 100 enthusiastic supporters, many of whom signed up to volunteer with the campaign.  

  • Woman drives over embankment

    Emergency crews responded in force to an accident on Waxhaw Highway on Feb. 20 to rescue a woman from a minivan at the bottom of an embankment.
    Though the S.C. Highway Patrol has yet to return calls regarding the accident details, a witness said the 5:15 p.m. accident began several hundred feet north of where it ended, just south of the state line.
    Christina Shepherd of Fort Mill said she saw the unidentified driver run off the side of the road and overcorrect. The accident occurred almost as if it were in slow motion, Shepherd said.

  • Correction on headline

    The Lancaster News headline "Asbestos found in Badcock building" should have said "Asbestos found in OLD Badcock building." The story was not referencing the Badcock building on S.C. 9 Bypass.

  • Trio invades home, robs family

    A Lancaster family was held at gunpoint and assaulted early Tuesday morning and police are looking for three men who may be involved. 

    Lancaster Police Department officers were called to a home in the 500 block of North White Street at 12:37 a.m. about a possible burglary that happened only minutes before, according to a police department incident report. 

    When police arrived, they knocked several times but no one answered the door, though they heard what sounded like someone crying inside the home. 

  • Asbestos found in Badcock building

     Plans to make Main Street Lancaster the local hub for Native American studies have been delayed with the discovery of asbestos in a key building. 

    City Administrator Helen Sowell on Monday confirmed that asbestos has been detected in the former Badcock furniture store building, 119 S. Main St., that will now serve as the home for University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies program. 

  • Good Samaritan steps up

    The small, red fire extinguisher was still smoking as Stephon Chavis turned it over in his hands Wednesday afternoon. 

    Pulling his baseball hat off to wipe sweat from his brow, Chavis smiled as he recounted how only minutes before he was sprinting across several lanes of traffic clutching that same extinguisher.

  • Indian Land parent files civil rights complaint

    An Indian Land mother has filed a civil rights complaint against the Lancaster County School District alleging racism by school officials at Indian Land high and middle schools. 

    In a report that aired Wednesday on WBTV, Krisma Gregory, who is black, said the unfair punishments meted out by school officials in two separate incidents involving her sons were racially motivated.

  • Two students to compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

    Two Lancaster County students are among the 10 finalists who will compete Saturday at the annual Poetry Out Loud state competition sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission. 

    Robert Massey of Andrew Jackson High School and Raina Hill of Buford High School advanced from classroom to school-wide to regional contests to compete for South Carolina's spot in the national finals, which will be held May 13-15 in Washington, D.C., and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. More than 4,000 South Carolina students competed this year.