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  • City may update parking ordinance

    Residents of the city of Lancaster may soon face new guidelines on how they can park their utility trailers, boats, motor homes and campers at their homes.

    City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to amend an ordinance that outlined the storage of such vehicles on residential property. One more reading by council is required for the amended ordinance to take effect.

    Under the revised ordinance, residents would not be allowed to park their utility and recreational equipment in the front or side yard of any single- or two-family dwelling for more than three days.

  • Homeless woman gets help

    VAN WYCK, It’s been more than 30 years since Rosemary Fann went dancing.

    But that’s exactly what she did at a party in her honor last week. Fann, 61, spent some of the night on July 30 shuffling around the dance floor at a celebration organized by the Sun City Carolina Lakes softball club.

    “It’s been awhile since I danced and I’ve never fast-danced like that,” Fann said. “But I really enjoyed myself. It was a lot of fun.”

  • Officers investigate shooting

    Sheriff’s investigators were looking into a shooting Thursday afternoon on North Corner Road.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Carlos McCune, 39, of 3928 N. Corner Road, was shot with a shotgun in the stomach and leg about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Faile said the incident was preceded by a fight in Union County, N.C., between McCune and his brother, Todd.

    The shooting happened after McCune headed home. He was shot at a neighboring home.

  • State parks featured in coffee table book

    After several days on the road, the Beautiful Places van arrived in Lancaster County on Friday.

    Adorned with color photographs of state park scenes from throughout South Carolina, the van is on tour to publicize a new book published by the S.C. State Park Service. Titled “Beautiful Places: The Timeless Beauty of South Carolina State Parks,” the 140-page hardcover coffee table book features photos and history from parks across the state, including Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster County and Landsford Canal State Park in Chester and Lancaster counties.

  • Officers arrest two for growing marijuana

    County drug officers arrested two do-it-yourself pot growers on Tuesday.

    The State Law Enforcement Division flew its helicopter over Lancaster County on Tuessday, looking for clandestine pot gardens.

    They struck green on Shiloh Unity Road, finding a plot of 187, 8-feet-tall marijuana plants behind the home of Bundy Plyler, 547 Shiloh Unity Road.

  • Lancaster man faces murder charge

    A Lancaster man has been charged with murder in Kershaw County.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies received information that Joshua Norton Stapleton, 24, of 1659 Evans Drive, and another suspect, Christopher Lamar Watson, 21, of 2506 Timber Ridge Road, Elgin in Kershaw County, were at Stapleton’s home Saturday.

    The two men were wanted for murder by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Residents turn out to talk about county's busiest roads

    Polly Jackson and Russell Patrick took their time examining the large color maps hanging on the walls at the Lancaster County Administration Building on Wednesday night.

    The maps, which detailed everything from transportation issues to land-use plans, were part of a public workshop hosted by consulting firm URG about the ongoing U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study.  

    The study focuses on S.C. 9 from the city of Lancaster, west to the Chester County line, and U.S. 521, from Lancaster to the North Carolina border. The roads are considered two of the county’s busiest.

  • Expert: Streetscape didn’t cause damage to Kershaw business

    KERSHAW, A structural engineer has said a problem at Kevin Robinson’s building on Hampton Street was not caused by sidewalk construction during the town’s Streetscape project.

    Robinson told town officials that he noticed the brick facade falling away from the building, at 217 N. Hampton St., after the sidewalk construction, town administrator Tony Starnes told Town Council on Monday night.

  • Four charged in botched armed robbery attempt

    Four men have been charged in connection with a botched armed robbery attempt that led to a fifth suspect's death early Aug. 14.

    Torey Robert Blackwell, 18, of 1262 Belmont Circle, Dendrel Latavis Campbell, 17, of 1515 Carmel Road, Nicholas Marquis Dooley, 19, of 682 Shiloh Unity Road, and Lamarutis Terrone Clyburn, 18, of 2018 Great Falls Highway, have each been charged with armed robbery, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • USCL wants to raise $6.8M

    The fundraising campaign organized in conjunction with the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s 50th anniversary celebration is being resumed.

    Officials suspended the efforts in late February because of the sour national economy, said Stanley Johnson, who chairs USCL’s 50th anniversary campaign.

    Money raised from the campaign will go toward various expansion projects on campus – chiefly a new classroom building that’s projected to cost about $8 million.