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  • Six county departments on the move

    Lancaster County officials provided more details last week for a plan to relocate the offices of at least six county departments. 

    During Lancaster County Council’s March 1 meeting, county staff narrowed down plans for moving around several departments and groups, including the assessor’s office, finance department and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC). 

    The discussion began last month as council discussed what to do with the LCEDC, whose building on West Gay Street is prone to mold and water leaks. 

  • Teens told best 'high' hinges on good decisions

    Lancaster Coalition for Healthy Youth wrapped up its three-day conference on the Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities on Wednesday night by taking the message straight to their target audience — teens.

    The guest speaker for Teen Night, one of four keynote speakers during the conference, was youth motivational speaker, stand-up comedian, author and clinical neuropsychologist Matt Bellace.

  • Substance abuse conference a success

    Officials with Lancaster County’s Coalition for Healthy Youth said this year’s fourth Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities conference was another success.

    The three-day event, held March 7-10 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley building, drew about 150 drug-prevention specialists, counselors, ministers, school personnel, nonprofit administrators and others from as far away as Washington state. 

    The conference was funded, in part, by a $20,000 city of Lancaster hospitality tax grant.

  • Cost increase for improvements at city wastewater treatment plants

    The total cost for improvements at the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant has gone up, though officials say the increase will save the city a lot of money in the future. 

    Mack McDonald, the city’s public utilities director, gave an update on work at the plant during City Council’s meeting Tuesday night. 

    Turner Murphy Construction of Rock Hill is installing four new 150-horsepower effluent pumps, which send wastewater from the Lockwood Lane treatment plant to the Catawba River. 

  • City sets start date of fire hydrant testing

    The Lancaster Fire Department has set a start  date of April 4 for its semi-annual fire hydrant testing throughout the city limits.

    The testing will continue throughout April and May. 

    All city fire hydrants will be tested to ensure they operate properly and produce the required water pressure when needed to fight fires. 

    The hydrant testing must be done during normal operating hours. 

    It is impossible to know in advance where or when testing will take place in any specific area. 

  • Three plead guilty to drug conspiracy

    COLUMBIA – Three Lancaster men have been sentenced to prison as part of  a drug conspiracy case. 

    Joseph M. Carter, 40, Christaan S. Morrow, 38, and Demond Wilson, 36, all of Lancaster, were sentenced Feb. 18 in federal court in Columbia. All three were charged with being involved in a drug conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. 

  • Two vying for Kershaw’s mayor post

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     KERSHAW – Town of Kershaw residents have been hearing about two candidates for mayor, though just one of those names will appear on the ballot.
    Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes is seeking re-election against Donald McMaster, a fellow town resident who’s running a write-in campaign.

  • Man spits on officer after arrest

    A Lancaster man arrested for driving under suspension Saturday was later charged with spitting on an officer. 

    Mark Nicshea Barrett, 42, 412 West Barr St., Lancaster, was arrested on multiple charges after he was initially pulled over for speeding. 

    Barrett was charged with speeding, first offense driving under suspension and throwing of bodily fluids. He was also charged with disorderly conduct and failure to surrender a driver’s license. 

  • Council meeting times could change

    After concerns that its meeting schedule is inconvenient, Lancaster County Council discussed ways to accommodate both county residents and council members.
    Council discussed revising its meeting day and time, as well as a new committee review process, as possible changes to the county code at its Feb. 1 meeting.

  • FOIL seeking concrete answers

    A group of Indian Land residents met with Lancaster County Council members Feb. 1 to bring council members up to speed on the issue of concrete plants near their homes. They also expressed frustration with what they see as the county’s lack of action on the issue.
    Friends of Indian Land (FOIL) is a nonprofit advocacy group formed in 2007 by residents of the Lakeview Landing and Brookchase neighborhoods to gain relief from concrete plants located in the nearby 521 Perimeter Commerce Park.