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Today's News

  • Matson St. water line project hits weird snag

    KERSHAW – Last month town officials announced that the North Matson Street water line project had been completed in about half the anticipated construction time.
    Not quite, it turns out.
    Unforeseen problems have arisen in switching from the old water line to the new one, which means the new line still isn’t completely in service and might not be for another month.
    The switch-over opened a can of worms, or more like a can of pasta, said Mitch Lucas, Kershaw’s interim town administrator.

  • School district to pilot soft-skills training

    In a time where technology and social media tend to undermine face-to-face interactions, Lancaster County educators want to help students develop “soft skills” that haven’t traditionally been taught in the classroom.
    The Lancaster County School District will be the first district in the state to use the EmployABILITY Soft Skills program, which trains students in areas like communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Filing opens for city council, school board

    Candidate filing for three Lancaster City Council seats and four school board seats will begin Aug. 1.
    Candidates can file for city council Districts 3, 4 and 6 for a $35 filing fee. The current seat holders are Jackie Harris in District 3, Tamara Green Garris in District 4 and Sara Eddins in District 6.
    School board seats for Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election and have no filing fee. The current seat holders are James Brooks in District 1, Bobby Parker in District 3, Janice Dabney in District 5 and Don McCorkle in District 7.

  • County receives $40K federal grant for emergency food, shelter programs

    Lancaster County has been awarded $40,181 in federal money to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board headed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and involving a number of nonprofit groups including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. The federal program is intended to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

  • 9-hole disc golf comes to Springdale Complex

    The Springdale Recreation Complex is home to a new 9-hole disc golf course friendly to all ages.
    The 3-par course was funded by a grant from the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
    Disc golf sets were donated to middle schools in the county and Springdale was given an extra set, said Hal Hiott, the county’s parks and recreation director.
    The set was installed in two days by the staff and Lancaster resident Steve Lambert, who designed the course.

  • Remember When: Orange box, rut in grass, but I’m not complaining

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away last month, we had a few of his recent columns stockpiled, waiting to run. With his family’s permission, we will continue to publish them until we run out, in his honor.

    It has a bright orange color, so we sort of want it hidden out of sight. At least it ain’t as bad as them pink flamingos a neighbor once had.
    Mine used to be red, but it’s a bit faded now. The orange box is there so my newspaper carrier knows where to deposit my paper.

  • Blue lights and a black driver in tears

    Highway Patrol Trooper Albert Blackmon was cruising U.S. 521 in Indian Land about 6 p.m. July 13 when he saw a driver roll through a stop sign near Transformation Church.
    Blackmon flipped on his blue lights, and the two men pulled into the church parking lot. As he stepped toward the man’s car, what the trooper saw set off alarm bells. In the front seat was a 36-year-old black man in “full panic attack.”

  • County picks 4 roads for repaving

    Partnerships in and out of Lancaster County are working together to use $950,000 in one-time state funding to resurface four state secondary roads in the county.
    The four roads selected are Rowell Road, Oak Hill Church Road, Musket Road and Craig Farm Road.
    Lancaster County administrator Steve Willis said on average it costs $350,000 to reclaim and resurface 1 mile of a two-lane roadway, but the county will be able to complete far more than $950,000 worth of roadwork because of the partnerships between agencies in and out of the county.

  • Council agitated, confused by Estridge’s many motions

    Lancaster County Council deferred action on a pair of motions related to Indian Land’s Avondale development Monday night, as discussion of the matter devolved into a testy scrap over Robert’s Rules of Order.
    Located between Calvin Hall and Harrisburg roads, the 189-acre mixed-use Avondale development is to have more than 500 homes and 200 residences for seniors, plus limited commercial and retail space.

  • Lancaster sewer projects move ahead

    Sewer upgrades continue to be a big priority for the city of Lancaster, with several projects moving forward.
    On June 12, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a $395,202 contract with Fla.-based VacVision Environmental, pending state approval, to reline sewer mains for the first phase of the Midway Neighborhood Revitalization Project.