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  • Banks Simpson wins first race at half-mile dirt track

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.

  • Proposed Family Dollar raises ire of Elgin residents

    Robert Wade worries a new Family Dollar store near his Elgin home will mean an increase in crime.

    Rachel Wallace is concerned about what kind of store could move in to the building if the Family Dollar should happen to fail.

    And Carolyn Petroski, who enjoys the rural landscape of her community, fears the business could irrevocably harm her way of life.

  • County's B-3 overlay committee votes to disband

    A Panhandle rezoning plan is in flux once again, as a special committee tasked to clear up zoning concerns in the northern part of the county voted to disband last week.

    The Panhandle/B-3 Overlay Committee, made up of various residents, Lancaster County Council members and representatives from the county planning department, held its last official meeting last week.

    District 1 County Councilman Larry McCullough said the committee had delivered what it had been set up to do and he recommended it disband.

  • Saturday night showcase

    Up to 40 of the nation’s best dirt racing teams will be here on Friday and Saturday.

    The largest dirt racing event in South Carolina state history, Saturday night's Super Late Model feature race, has a $20,000-to-win payday. 

    Not only that, the caution flag will be thrown on lap 65 to set up a 10-lap, throw-caution-to-the-wind mad dash for the big-money checkers.

    “They will be racing for prize money and it all comes down to who wants it the most,” said Lancaster Speedway spokesman Duane Goins.

  • Students in trouble for weapons violations

    An Andrew Jackson High School junior was arrested Friday for having a loaded handgun in his truck.
    Also on that same day, a Clinton Elementary School fifth-grader was suspended after he was caught with bullets at school.
    Dorian Drake Knight, 17, 6982 Shiloh Unity Road, was arrested March 1 at Andrew Jackson High and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • County Council extends rezoning moratorium

    A proposed zoning plan for the Panhandle was stopped in its tracks last week, as Lancaster County Council decided to instead extend its rezoning moratorium.
    The original plan for council’s Feb. 27 meeting was for members to hear first reading of an ordinance to add several business zoning classifications to the county’s Panhandle area.

  • 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.