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Today's News

  • Rare local history book resurfaces

    The Lancaster County Historical Commission has rediscovered an out-of-print book about local history.

    The Rev. J.B. Knight, who has written books about Lancaster’s mill hill community and has an extensive collection of local history books, found “Historical Notes from Lancaster County, S.C.” in his collection in March and thought the county Historical Commission would be interested.

    The book was compiled Viola Caston Floyd, who wrote several books and pictorial histories of Lancaster County.

  • County a leader in census count

    Lancaster County is tied to lead the state in census participation.

    Both York and Lancaster counties had 79 percent of their residents respond to this year’s U.S. Census, according to the mail participation rate on the U.S. Census website. The rates far exceed both counties’ response rates from the 2000 Census, when Lancaster County had a 70 percent response and York County had a 72 percent response.

    Terry Plumb, spokesman with the Charlotte Regional Census Center, said both counties’ numbers were impressive.

  • Little Ben can still get me to grin

    Some days, there’s not a whole lot of grandfathering stuff to do. We decided to tour the Maryland countryside with our granddaughter, who was shopping for a home nearer her workplace.

    The cost of real estate in the greater Washington, D.C., area is outrageous. I guess everything is geared to the cost of living for diplomats, public servants, elected representatives and those looking to get elected.

    One lead seemed promising. We saddled up and headed out in search of it like a herd of thirsty horses smelling fresh water from a stream.

  • County Council delays Glen Laurel decision

    INDIAN LAND – Glen Laurel residents have waited more than a year to see if the roads in their Indian Land neighborhood would be accepted into the county’s road system. Last week, they were told they’d have to wait another week.

    With a large group of Glen Laurel residents waiting anxiously in the audience, Charles Bradford, the York-based attorney representing the Glen Laurel homeowners association, addressed Lancaster County Council on June 28 about having the neighborhood’s roads incorporated into the county system.

  • Proposed PDD change nixed

    Joe Ramsey worried that a change in planned development districts could turn the county’s Panhandle into a cluster of shopping malls.

    Ramsey, an Indian Land resident, was one of several citizens to voice concerns at Lancaster County Council’s June 28 meeting about an ordinance which would have reduced the required acreage for future PDDs in the county from 150 acres to 50 acres.

    A PDD, such as Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, combines both residential and commercial properties.

  • LDB AAA all-stars rip Rock Hill

    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-stars, ages 9-10, opened the sub-district tournament with a solid 12-2 win over Rock Hill on Saturday in Clover.

    Evan Hardin paced the Lancaster AAA stars with two hits, including a two-run home run. Shylyn Wright, Brandon Vincent, Michael Lewis and Dylan Sistare each had two hits.

    Sistare slammed a solo home run in the win. John Michael Faile also socked a two-run home run.

    Noah Vincent and Corey Wallace-Mora each had one hit in the win.

  • Council to review improvement projects

    County Council will discuss a list of improvement projects at its Tuesday meeting that could help the county receive crucial funding.

    Council will review its annual priority capital improvement list, a list requested by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments that describes the top improvement projects a county would like to implement. The list is part of a planning process developed by the federal Economic Development Administration, used to create a plan called Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies.

  • Lancaster County swimmers win in home meet with Kershaw

    The Lancaster County swim team capped its regular-season home meet season with a 475-93 win over Kershaw on Tuesday.

    The LCST was led by Lauren Spencer, Pagan Glenn, Jonah Faile and Elizabeth Catoe who had four wins each.

    Logan Phillips, Jory Pettit and Grayson Young each had three wins.

    Emily Durant, Jonathan Wade, Noah Phillips, Kelly Sullivan, Taylor Teague and Charlee Brooke Henry each had two wins.

    Kershaw was paced by Jazmyn Santos and Luke Sowell with four wins each.

    Kershaw will host Lancaster County on Monday afternoon.

  • $206,000 is estimate to repair jail

    County officials now know what it will cost to repair the old Lancaster County jail – almost $206,000.

    Jody Munnerlyn, the architect working on the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, and Chad Catledge of Perception Builders, who is overseeing the construction of the new court facility, presented those numbers to council on Monday night.

    Munnerlyn said the repairs will cost $205,766. This amount includes environmental testing, removal of old materials, demolition and reconstruction of the roof, insulation and drywall.

  • Final budget calls for small tax hike

    Armed with a few newspaper articles, Winston Smith hoped to convince County Council not to increase taxes in the county.

    Before council debated final reading of the county’s  2010-11 budget on Monday, Smith addressed council about his concerns.

    Smith, a Lancaster resident and chairman of the county’s Republican Party, was worried after learning about council’s plans to increase property taxes. Council approved a 1.7-mill tax increase during second reading of the budget in June.