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  • County a leader in census count

    Lancaster County is tied to lead the state in census participation.

    Both York and Lancaster counties had 79 percent of their residents respond to this year’s U.S. Census, according to the mail participation rate on the U.S. Census website. The rates far exceed both counties’ response rates from the 2000 Census, when Lancaster County had a 70 percent response and York County had a 72 percent response.

    Terry Plumb, spokesman with the Charlotte Regional Census Center, said both counties’ numbers were impressive.

  • County Council delays Glen Laurel decision

    INDIAN LAND – Glen Laurel residents have waited more than a year to see if the roads in their Indian Land neighborhood would be accepted into the county’s road system. Last week, they were told they’d have to wait another week.

    With a large group of Glen Laurel residents waiting anxiously in the audience, Charles Bradford, the York-based attorney representing the Glen Laurel homeowners association, addressed Lancaster County Council on June 28 about having the neighborhood’s roads incorporated into the county system.

  • Proposed PDD change nixed

    Joe Ramsey worried that a change in planned development districts could turn the county’s Panhandle into a cluster of shopping malls.

    Ramsey, an Indian Land resident, was one of several citizens to voice concerns at Lancaster County Council’s June 28 meeting about an ordinance which would have reduced the required acreage for future PDDs in the county from 150 acres to 50 acres.

    A PDD, such as Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, combines both residential and commercial properties.

  • Council to review improvement projects

    County Council will discuss a list of improvement projects at its Tuesday meeting that could help the county receive crucial funding.

    Council will review its annual priority capital improvement list, a list requested by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments that describes the top improvement projects a county would like to implement. The list is part of a planning process developed by the federal Economic Development Administration, used to create a plan called Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies.

  • $206,000 is estimate to repair jail

    County officials now know what it will cost to repair the old Lancaster County jail – almost $206,000.

    Jody Munnerlyn, the architect working on the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, and Chad Catledge of Perception Builders, who is overseeing the construction of the new court facility, presented those numbers to council on Monday night.

    Munnerlyn said the repairs will cost $205,766. This amount includes environmental testing, removal of old materials, demolition and reconstruction of the roof, insulation and drywall.

  • Final budget calls for small tax hike

    Armed with a few newspaper articles, Winston Smith hoped to convince County Council not to increase taxes in the county.

    Before council debated final reading of the county’s  2010-11 budget on Monday, Smith addressed council about his concerns.

    Smith, a Lancaster resident and chairman of the county’s Republican Party, was worried after learning about council’s plans to increase property taxes. Council approved a 1.7-mill tax increase during second reading of the budget in June.

  • Troopers to step up patrol

    Last year, during the Fourth of July holiday, five people lost their lives on South Carolina highways.

    “We’re looking at that as five too many,” said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder.

    The Highway Patrol is teaming up with S.C. Department of Natural Resources officers and other local law enforcement agencies to make sure drivers are following the law, not only on the road but on the water.

  • Hope on the Hill almost ready to open family, recreation center

    The smell of fresh paint is everywhere as you walk through the building that once housed Barr Street High School.

    In just about every room, you can see where many renovations have taken place, all in an effort to prepare the facility to once again serve the community.

    Hope on the Hill, a local group that provides services for youth, has planned to turn the building into a recreation and family life center. Family reunions, talent shows, stage plays and basketball tournaments are just some of the events in mind, said Wayne Murray, chairman for Hope on the Hill.

  • Extortion threat made in e-mail to local man

    A Lancaster man reported to sheriff’s deputies that someone sent him an e-mail claiming to be a hit man.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the man said he received the e-mail on June 24.

    The sender claimed to be a hit man hired to kill the man and his family if he did not comply with a $30,000 extortion request.

  • USC fans savor national championship victory

    Area University of South Carolina baseball fans are basking in the glow of the Gamecocks’ greatest diamond coup.

    USC captured the baseball program’s first-ever NCAA national championship, sweeping the best-of-three College World Series with a 2-1, 11th-inning win over UCLA at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium on Tuesday night.

    The one-run win came a day after the Gamecocks topped the Bruins, 7-1, to set the stage for the title-clinching victory in the final College World Series game at Rosenblatt.