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  • City OKs agreement with county

    Lancaster City Council approved a revised agreement with Lancaster County to transfer the county’s solid waste to a landfill at it’s Jan. 13 meeting.

    City Administrator Helen Sowell said the deal should save the county money because the county does not have a transfer station for waste.

    So instead of the county’s trucks driving regularly to the landfill in Lee County, they can deposit their waste at the city’s transfer station. The city can take a larger load at one time to the landfill.

  • USCL community discusses Barack Obama’s inauguration

    Although the snow kept them from assembling Tuesday, students and faculty at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster got together two days after Barack Obama’s inauguration to discuss  what his presidency means to them.

    USCL’s TRiO program and the student government association had planned an inauguration viewing, but the event was canceled due to the bad weather.

  • Where is the state line?

    Carolinians have disputed the border between North and South Carolina since Lancaster County was established in 1735. But within the next year, that question may be resolved.

    Alan-Jon Zupan, who works with the S.C. Geodetic Survey, said his team has been working with the N.C. Geodetic Survey for the last several months to reestablish exactly where the border line is. Zupan said the surveying of the area cannot begin until his team determines exactly where the state line is.

  • LHS grad now patrol’s top cop

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster High School graduate is now the top cop with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    F.K. “Kenny” Lancaster Jr. has been named colonel of the Highway Patrol, the S.C. Department of Public Safety announced last week.

    Lancaster, 41, a second-generation state trooper, is a 20-year veteran of the S.C. Highway Patrol. His most recent assignment was major in charge of field operations for the lower state.

  • Sheriff seeks several grants

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has applied for several grants to help continue various operations in the county.

    Sheriff Barry Faile recently submitted his recommendations for grants his office needs to County Council.

    The first priority, he said, is to renew a gang investigator grant that addresses gang enforcement and education. With at least 12 gangs identified in the county, the grant will allow the office to have a full-time employee compiling data on gang members.

  • Tanker driver feared for safety of his rescuers

    A tanker driver involved in a fiery crash Tuesday told his rescuers to leave him inside his truck because he thought it was going to blow up.

    Brent Lowery of Lancaster helped pull Stanley W. Perry, 53, of Charlotte, from an overturned tanker at U.S. 521 and Twilight Road. Perry was transporting 8,000 gallons of gasoline.

    Lowery said he was headed south on U.S. 521 and got on the entrance ramp at S.C. 903 when he saw a commotion farther down U.S. 521.

  • Former governor has prized viewing spot of inauguration ceremony

    Lancaster native and former Gov. Jim Hodges will be closer than most people during Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony Tuesday on Capital Hill.

    Hodges, who served as a national co-chair for Obama’s presidential campaign, was able to secure tickets to witness the swearing in of the 44th president and the nation’s first black president.

    Hodges and his family flew out from Columbia on Saturday morning and will return from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

  • Rash of car break-ins in Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is warning Panhandle residents to lock their cars at night.

    Five break-ins were reported overnight on Jan. 9 in Indian Land neighborhoods, including Bridgehampton, Glen Laurel, Windsor Trace and Hanover, said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.

    On Ashby Lane in Windsor Trace, a man warmed up his car while he took his dogs for a walk about 8:30 a.m. Jan. 9.

    When he returned to the car, he found that his Cobra radar detector had been taken.

  • Four men face drug charges

    Four Lancaster men were arrested on drug and gun charges after a search warrant at a South York Street home Thursday.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said the search warrant was obtained after a controlled drug buy by the sheriff’s officer at 307 S. York St.

    The men arrested and their charges are:

  • Shore to headline annual chamber meeting

    Jim Shore, creator of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s limited edition historic sites series in 1993 and now a nationally known award-winning American folk artist, will be guest speaker at the 53rd annual meeting of the chamber on Jan. 29.

    Founders Federal Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of the annual meeting.

    The event will be held at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club, beginning at 6:15 p.m., with a reception preceding the dinner meeting.