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  • Scorching weekend

    Whew! It is hot.
    According to the National Weather Service, Lancaster County and the surrounding area are in the midst of an unseasonably warm heat wave.
    How much heat, you ask?
    Since June 20, Lancaster County has had 17 straight days of temperatures above 90 degrees, more than half above 95 degrees.
    This month alone, the area has seen five straight days between July 2 and Wednesday where temperatures topped 99 degrees or higher – including July 3 when temperatures in some parts of the area reached a mind-melting 104.

  • Bombarding county with requests for information

    Indian Land activist Gary Holland has become a burr under the saddle of Lancaster County officials, who have singled him out for special handling by the county attorney because of his “countless” requests for information on Panhandle development projects.
    The Lancaster county website, www.mylancastersc.org, informs citizens on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information procedure. “Please email the Clerk to Council at dhardin@lancastercountysc.net or mail your request to County of Lancaster: Attention: Clerk to Council.

  • Four in SUV go for wild ride

    Two adults and two children went for a wild ride in a Chevrolet Avalanche over the side of Cedar Creek Road  (S.C. 97) Tuesday about 10 a.m., coming to rest upside down at the bottom of 15-foot deep embankment.
    Despite the dramatic accident, the occupants suffered only “bumps and bruises,” emergency personnel on the scene said, but were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital to be checked out.

  • UDO public-input session Thursday

    The Lancaster County Planning Department will host a public-input session on the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at 6:30 Thursday in the council chambers at the county administration building, 101 North Main Street.     
    The proposed new UDO will be available for review between noon and 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers. Planning department staff will be there to answer questions.
    Kara Drane, senior planner for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) will also be on hand to answer questions.

  • City quickens process for big equipment repairs

    The city of Lancaster has streamlined its repair policy for larger trucks and heavy equipment to get them up and running and back on the road as soon as possible.
    The change allows the municipality’s director of maintenance and sanitation to sign off on repairs of up to $15,000 to be made on any vehicle that weighs more than 12,000 pounds.
    This includes over-the-road garbage and fire trucks, as well as the backhoe at the garbage transfer station.

  • Businesses nonprofits brace for SNAP cuts

    Businesses and nonprofits across Lancaster County are bracing for the effects of a state policy change that could cause as many as 900 county residents to lose their SNAP benefits.
    To keep their SNAP benefits, which used to be called food stamps, able-bodied recipients without dependents as of July 1 must spend at least 80 hours a month at a job, in school or job training, or in volunteer service. Those requirements had been waived since the Great Recession, but those waivers expired April 1, giving recipients 90 days to qualify or lose their benefits.

  • Indian Land High School JROTC team places sixth in national bowl

    Indian Land High School JROTC’s Leadership Team – Vanessa Brinks, James Mulvaney, Chris Hensel and Kellen Hook – placed sixth in the National Leadership Bowl Championship last week in Washington, D.C.
    The 2016 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship was June 24-28 on the campus of the Catholic University of America. The event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation.

  • 521 store robbed, gunman escapes

    A lone gunman robbed North Corner Grocery Tuesday afternoon and escaped without firing a shot.
    Little information about the robbery was available from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office as of press time Tuesday, but sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield confirmed that no one was injured during the incident.
    According to emergency radio traffic largely confirmed by Barfield, the robbery at 3647 Charlotte Highway occurred about 12:29 p.m. when a man walked into the store holding a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money.

  • Buds of Promise donates school supplies

    The Buds of Promise completed its second annual outreach program this week by donating school supplies to the Lancaster County First Steps program.
    Buds of Promise works in collaboration with the Lancaster District of the AME Zion Church.
    Superintendents from AME Zion churches across the Lancaster District donated supplies through Buds of Promise in a district-wide effort to ensure the county’s youngest children have the materials they need to be successful.

  • Little Free Library comes to town

    The Little Free Library initiative has made its way to Lancaster County with hopes to increase literacy. 

    In 2009, LFL was created by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisc., in honor of his mother, a teacher. The initiative expanded and is now a nonprofit organization. 

    The free libraries look like birdhouses with a front door and books inside. They function as a book exchange, requiring individuals to replace a book with another.