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  • Council to seek air-rail grant

    Lancaster City Council is on board with County Council in hopes of getting federal grant money to help develop the Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park.

    At its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, council voted unanimously to give city staff the go-ahead to apply for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant with Lancaster County.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilwoman Jackie Harris was absent.

    County Council voted to seek the grant during its Feb. 11 meeting.

  • Soccer field at Buford Recreation Center ruined by ATV

    Heartache and confusion.

    Those are just two of the words that come to mind when Hal Hiott surveys the damage done to one of the main soccer fields outside the Buford Recreation Center earlier this month.

    Usually jam-packed with young soccer players, the field now sits unused, etched with muddy, deep-rutted concentric circles. The vandalism was made sometime during the county’s recent surprise snowstorm, when someone plowed a four-wheeler through the wet fields.

    “Somebody’s fun caused a lot of heartache to others,” Hiott said.

  • Workforce training initiative earns state certification

    A Lancaster County effort to prepare unemployed workers for future jobs and make the county more attractive to new business and industry is well underway now after earning its state certification last week.

    In a related development on, Feb. 19, Lancaster County Council also approved a permanent home for the initiative and funding to employ a full-time coordinator.

  • Time’s up on tobacco

    Attention smokers.

    Today is the first official day of a smoking ban Lancaster County Council adopted last year.

    The ordinance prohibits smoking inside restaurants, most bars and other public-access places. This day is the culmination of a four-year effort by the county’s Health and Wellness Commission.

    Commission Chairwoman Donna Parsons said the overall public reaction has been positive, with many people believing the ordinance was long past due.

  • Deputies arrest man in string of larcenies

    A Lancaster man wanted for the burglary of a car wash cash machine, as well as multiple other larcenies throughout the county, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 27.

    Corey Hayden Cook, 36, 1931 Great Falls Highway, was arrested on a host of charges following an investigation into larcenies that have happened in the Great Falls Highway area since August 2012, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Kershaw Town Council passes first reading of smoking ordinance

    KERSHAW – It appears Kershaw officials align with Lancaster County’s desire to restrict smoking in public places.

    On Feb. 21, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance to disallow smoking in all public-access places in the town limits.

    The vote was 6-0, as Councilman Michael Cook was absent from the Feb. 21 meeting.

    There was no discussion on the matter before the vote.

  • United for a common good

    Folks in Lancaster County needed some good news back in 1963, and just after 3 p.m. Dec. 1, they got it.

    Just like much of the nation, citizens here were mourning the loss of a president.

    Nine days earlier, John F. Kennedy had been killed in Dallas by an assassin's bullet.

    But for a short time that afternoon, there was plenty of promise in the air on the oft-neglected side of town when Leonard George handed a key to teenager John Reed.

  • Deputies investigate suspicious car fire

    Dense white smoke billowed from a burning car parked along Brooklyn Avenue earlier this month, in what deputies are investigating as a possible arson.

    Members of Gooches Crossroads and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments, as well several sheriff’s deputies, responded to a vehicle fire in the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue just before 3 p.m. Feb. 16, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Dean search at USCL down to three

    The University of South Carolina has announced three finalists in its search for a permanent dean to lead USC Lancaster.

    The announcement is a significant development in a search that began late last year to replace former USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano.

    Catalano stepped down Jan. 1 after 11 years at the helm of the university.

    Among the names on the short list are two current USCL officials: Dr. Maxie Myron “Ron” Cox Jr. and  Dr. Walter P. Collins III.

  • Tweet gets student in hot water

    A threatening comment on a popular social networking site led to a surprise meeting with the Secret Service for an Indian Land High School student earlier this month. 

    The meeting came soon after ILHS Principal David Shamble notified one of his school resource officers about the comment Feb. 12, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.