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  • Lancaster County home, commercial building permits up

    Lancaster County led the region in the number of commercial building permits issued in 2015 and saw a 6.3 percent increase in the number of single-family residential permits over the previous year.

    The Catawba Regional Council of Government (GOG) this week reported that Lancaster issued 82 commercial permits last year worth a combined $37.4 million. That’s up 20.6 percent from the 68 permits issued in 2014.

  • $45K city pump paying off

    Floodwaters along Bear, Hannahs and Gills creeks are receding a little faster after big storms, thanks to a new $45,000 pump installed at the City of Lancaster’s Wastewater Treatment Plant on Lockwood Lane.

    The influent pump, installed at the spot where wastewater from the city’s collection systems enters the plant, allows the facility to move an additional 3 million gallons per day. This includes wastewater and storm water.

  • Kershaw Rec Center to get new tables

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Recreation Center on Close Circle is getting 35 new tables at a cost of $3,200 after its director recently lobbied town leaders about the need. 

    Randy Jordan appealed to Kershaw Town Council in January. The rec center has a clubroom, a party room, a bowling alley and a commons area rented for parties, as well as a grill, game room and swimming pool.

  • Drug task force arrests two, seizes drugs, guns, cash

    Two people were arrested for drug trafficking inside a room at the Super 8 Motel on S.C. 9 Bypass on Thursday night.

    Demarcus Javontia Marsh, 22, no address given, and Latwanyept Lashay Stover, 34, 3728 Horne Twitty Road, were both charged with trafficking crack cocaine (10 to 28 grams) and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. A third person in the room was not charged.

  • Man charged in string of Kershaw burglaries

    A Kershaw man is facing multiple charges after a string of home burglaries in the town.

    Michael Lindsey Faile, 52, of 9220 Kershaw-Camden Highway, was arrested Thursday. He is charged with first-degree burglary, receiving stolen goods (third or subsequent property offense) and petty larceny (third or subsequent property offense).

  • LPD accepting applications for Citizen’s Police Academy

    Anyone who wants to get a behind-the-scenes look at local law enforcement is about to get that chance.

    The Lancaster Police Department is accepting applications for its 2016 Spring Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA).

    Police Chief Harlean Carter said CPA gives citizens a more comprehensive insight into the department’s daily operations. 

  • Afternoon smoke coming from Chesterfield County

    The thick, sweet-smelling smoke that is visible in the eastern portion of the county Thursday afternoon has been attributed to two controlled burns by the S.C. Forestry Commission in neighboring Chesterfield County.
    Several residents reported smoke in Buford and Flat Creek communities about lunchtime, but law enforcement and firefighters couldn’t find the source.
    Russell Hubright, S.C. Forestry Commission forest management chief, said several planned burns are going on in Chesterfield County today.

  • DNR arrests defilers at Forty Acre Rock

    Two dozen people have been arrested in raids at Forty Acre Rock staged by state conservation officers combatting illegal fires, camping and driving cars in the protected environmental preserve. 

    The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says the extraordinary enforcement efforts, involving several cold, sleepless nights for teams of officers, are necessary to protect endangered plants at one of Lancaster County’s most fragile natural treasures.

  • Silt-runoff violations

    State and federal officials are investigating possible environmental violations at two large residential construction projects in Indian Land, incidents of uncontrolled sediment runoff into Six Mile Creek that could threaten the endangered Carolina heelsplitter.

  • One wager, three girls, 70 boxes of cookies

    When Kevin Stillwell made a friendly football bet with the Johnson sisters on Super Bowl Sunday, he figured is was a sure thing.

    If the Carolina Panthers won, Stillwell would have the pleasure of drawing mustaches on Emmie Grace, Torie and Ashbie at Second Baptist Church the next week.

    However, should the Broncos come out on top, Stillwell agreed to buy 20 boxes of Girl Scouts cookies from 8-year-old Emmie Grace, who is in Troop 69.