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  • County spends $370,000 to fix roads

    After a winter filled with cold weather and flooding problems, Lancaster County has spent close to $370,000 to fix roads throughout the county.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented a report to Lancaster County Council on May 24 about the total costs for road repairs this year.

    So far, $369,656 has been spent on road repairs due to flooding, including major projects on Gills Creek Drive, Langley Road, Greystone Drive and Twelve Mile Creek Road.

  • $200,000 in heavy construction equipment reported stolen in IL

    INDIAN LAND – More than $200,000 in heavy construction equipment was reported stolen from Harrisburg Road in Indian Land on May 26.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a Salisbury, N.C., man told a deputy that he had gone to 11927 Harrisburg Road to pick up some of his equipment. The man is owner of Gupton’s Land Clearing of Salisbury.

    The man told the deputy he had last seen the equipment in March.

    Stolen from the property were a:

    u A Caterpillar tractor valued at $62,500

  • Car break-ins reported in Smokerise community

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  • A call for peace, cooperation

    Enough is enough.

    That was the sentiment at a meeting of local pastors, law enforcement, government officials and residents at First Washington Baptist Church on Thursday night. They came together to discuss Lancaster County’s recent gun violence, which law enforcement officers say is fueled by drugs and gang disputes.

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Hugh White told the crowd of about 100 that enough was enough. He urged them to help police fight crime in their neighborhoods.

  • Another traffic light for U.S. 521?

    INDIAN LAND – As traffic increases along the U.S. 521 corridor in Indian Land, county officials are hoping for a new traffic signal to ease congestion.

    The Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. recently requested that Lancaster County Council look into approving the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 521 and 521 Corporate Center Drive.

    The intersection is near Internet marketing firm Red Ventures. County Administrator Steve Willis presented the request at council’s May 24 meeting.

  • Duke Energy opens new Springs Park access area

    CHARLOTTE – The new Springs Park public recreation access area, located on Fishing Creek Lake, opened on May 10.

    The new access area replaces the Cane Creek access area located off  Bethel Boat Landing Road, which will be retired. The Springs Park access area will include two boat ramps, a courtesy dock, paved parking and lights.    

  • Two hurt in shooting at Waffle House

    Two men were wounded after shooting broke out among several people in the parking lot of Waffle House on S.C. 9 Bypass early Sunday.

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said the department was called to the restaurant at 2:43 a.m. Sunday. Details are sketchy, as investigators have received little cooperation from witnesses or the victims, Howard said.

    Investigators do know that two men were shot, and they were both taken to Springs Memorial Hospital by personal vehicles, Howard said.

  • Two wounded in Waffle House shooting

    Two men were wounded after shooting broke out among several people in the parking lot of Waffle House on S.C. 9 Bypass early Sunday.

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said the department was called to the restaurant at 2:43 a.m. Sunday. Details are sketchy, as investigators have received little cooperation from witnesses or the victims, Howard said.

    Investigators do know that two men were shot, and they were both taken to Springs Memorial Hospital by personal vehicles, Howard said.

  • Locals, visitors gather for heritage expo event

    Dr. Rubye Johnson moved away from Lancaster more than 40 years ago, but still maintains close ties to the city.

    Johnson, who taught English at the former Barr Street High School, said she’s concerned about the community’s future and wants to see the youth move in a positive direction.

    To reach that aim, you have to know yourself – and that everything else stems from that, she said.

  • Unity in Community to go on without county funds

    An annual festival will have to go on without the help of county funding.

    County Council recently said no to supporting the county’s 14th Annual Unity in the Community festival. Sponsored by nonprofit group the Lancaster Fatherhood Project, the festival is gearing up for its event on June 26, but still needs $2,500 in funding for administrative costs.