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  • Some stories worth repeating

    As a journalist, some things, you never forget. These are the heartfelt stories we have the privilege of sharing with our readers.

    I guess you would have to be there to fully understand what I’m talking about.

    These are the days when you’re staring at a keyboard silently praying, “God, you’ve given me a good un’ to tell. Please help me to not screw it up.”

  • Winthrop study explores impact of road extension

    ROCK HILL – More than 58,000 new residents and $427 million in additional revenue.
    The numbers jump off the page as economists discuss the projected impact of extending Dave Lyle Boulevard from Rock Hill into Lancaster County.
    A special presentation on the matter was held Thursday evening, Jan. 10, at Winthrop University. Economists at the university’s College of Business Administration unveiled statistics from their study that analyzed how the eastward extension of Dave Lyle would greatly affect retail in the region.

  • Council to discuss transportation, continuity plan

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Transportation studies and local government plans are tops on Lancaster County Council’s agenda for its first meeting of the new year, Monday, Jan. 14.  
    Monday will be first official meeting for recently elected council members Brian Carnes (District 7), Bob Bundy (District 3) and Steve Harper (District 5).
    Council will first hear a briefing on the possibility of Lancaster County joining the Rock Hill, Fort Mill Area Transportation Study, also known as RFATS.

  • Threats, pointing shotgun ends with felony charge

    A Lancaster man was arrested after deputies say he threatened another man with a shotgun Jan. 5.
    John Edwin Wright, 45, 3850 Happy Trails, was charged with pointing and presenting a firearm.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy responded about 5:16 p.m. that day to the report of a man with a gun inside 522 Collision, 3060 N. Rocky River Road.

  • PalmettoPride awards $2,533 to county

    A new grant will help deputies keep a closer eye on problem areas within Lancaster County.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced last week it was awarded a $2,533 PalmettoPride grant on Dec. 30, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
    The grant will be used to buy surveillance cameras to monitor troublesome areas throughout the county.  
    PalmettoPride is a legislative initiative created to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina.

  • Retreat provides powerful experience

    A peaceful, serene Atlantic Ocean is something I had never seen before while visiting Myrtle Beach.

    I’m accustomed to droves of people partying along Ocean Boulevard, hanging out by the pool and dipping in the ocean amid a hot summer day.

    But this time, cold temperatures, along with a wind chill factor, rendered the beach somewhat desolate. Vacationers – mostly snowbirds from Canada and the northern U.S. – who walk along the beach were few and far between.

  • Governor’s school students take wing at Bermuda High Soaring

    JEFFERSON – Think back to high school physics.

    Admit it, even if you enjoyed science, sitting in a classroom studying concepts and formulas for hours could sometimes be a boring bummer.

    That’s definitely not the case for a group of students from the S.C. Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics this week whose classroom is the wide open skies above Lancaster County.

  • Officer slightly hurt in scuffle

    A chaotic traffic stop resulted in slight injuries for a Lancaster police officer and the arrests of two Lancaster men Dec. 30.

    Police first arrested Kenneth Thompson Jr., 27, 2072 Bacon St., on charges of assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, driving under the influence (second offense), driving under suspension and failure to surrender drivers license, after he was pulled over for speeding, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Howard unanimous pick for mayor pro tempore

    A longtime Lancaster City Council member is once again taking on a leadership role.

    At its Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting, City Council unanimously voted to appoint  John Howard as mayor pro tempore. 

    That means Howard acts as city mayor in Joe Shaw’s absence.

    Howard, 62, who represents District 5, has served on City Council since 1982. He said this is his third time serving as mayor pro tempore.

  • Contingency money for Streetscape should improve efficiency, ensure fairness

    A slight change in the city of Lancaster’s Streetscape beautification project is expected to yield more fairness and efficiency during the construction process.

    At its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously in favor of a request to put $7,883 in contingency money toward its latest Streetscape project, which will bring new lighting, sidewalks and other improvements along South Main Street.