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Today's News

  • Tension eases over county animal shelter

    More than 40 animal advocates in purple T-shirts attended Monday night’s county council meeting, and six spoke during the citizens’ comments portion.
    Making their fourth appearance in council’s chambers in the past six weeks, they expressed their frustration about the troubled county animal shelter and renewed their offer to help.
    The animal lovers made refreshingly different requests than are typically heard during the citizens’ comments to council. Most people stand before council asking that something be done for them.

  • Matson water line work finishes ahead of deadline

    KERSHAW – Water line replacement along two blocks of North Matson Street wrapped up last Thursday, finishing in a little more than half the anticipated construction time.
    The project, which started April 25, was originally expected to take up to 120 days, but was completed in 67. Workers finished cleaning up last week.
    “It was way ahead of schedule, and things moved pretty smoothly,” said Mayor Mark Dorman.

  • S.C. 160 widening project delayed again

    The project to widen Indian Land’s S.C. 160, already more than a year and a half behind schedule, has been delayed again, with bidding set for November and construction expected to begin early next year, a S.C. Department of Transportation official said.
    In the meantime, SCDOT has set a tentative schedule for improvements at Indian Land’s most congested intersection, U.S. 521 and Marvin Road.
    S.C. 160 widening delayed

  • Chamber chair: delay hospitality tax rollout

    Kristen Blanchard, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce chair, asked county council Monday night to hold off on enacting the hospitality tax until it has a plan for how the money would be spent.
    Blanchard, who is also the vice president of external corporate affairs for Nutramax Laboratories, brought the chamber’s concerns to county council during the citizens’ comments portion of the meeting.

  • City tax bills dip in new budget

    Tax bills for property owners in the city of Lancaster are going down for fiscal 2016-17.
    After a public hearing and work session held last week, Tuesday night council unanimously approved second reading of the $33.5 million budget.
    The budget raises the property tax millage rate to 176.4 from 164.4 in the previous budget. The millage increase would result in a $48 increase on a home in the city limits valued at $100,000.

  • County OKs $49M budget

    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved the third reading of its $47.9 million 2016-17 budget Monday night after a minor tweak.
    That adjustment was an increase in expenditures of $28,823, a plus for employees in the solicitor’s, public defender's and soil and water conservation district office who will receive 3% raises, equal to those previously approved for state employees.

  • Charles Marshall, educator, dies at 83

    Dr. Charles Marshall, who spent his career educating Lancaster’s children and retired as superintendent of the Lancaster Area Schools in 1985, died Thursday morning. He was 83.
    “He was an icon in the school system in Lancaster when I was there,” said retired teacher Charlotte Shaw. “He was a very positive man.”

  • Cox qualifies for U.S. Junior Girls Championship

    Andrew Jackson High School golf star Emily Cox has qualified for the USGA Junior Girls Championship for the second straight year.
    Cox, an all-state and all-region golfer at AJ, used clutch play to earn the prestigious bid to the national field.
    Four qualifying spots and two alternate positions were up for grabs in the US Junior Girls Qualifier held at the Columbia Country Club in Blythewood on the Ridgewood and Tall Pines courses last week.

  • LSS set to host FUEL Racing Series

    With Independence Day and freedom appreciation on the minds of many drivers and fans, the FUEL Racing Series is set to kick off holiday celebrations with back-to-back races this weekend at Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, N.C.) and Lancaster Super Speedway.
     With six events in the books this season, the weekend’s doubleheader sets the tone for the stretch run to the 2016 series championship.
    Jonathan Edwards sits atop the championship standings heading into tonight’s race at Carolina Speedway.

  • Post 31 in battle for League V crown

    Lancaster Post 31 is shooting for a strong finish on the 2016 American Legion baseball regular season.
    P-31, in the thick of the League V title race for the season, entered play Thursday night, down a game to Rock Hill after dropping an 11-6 road loss to Post 34 at the South Pointe High School baseball field on Wednesday night.
    Rock Hill held a 6-5 lead late and was able to stay on top for the five-run win.
    Rock Hill, with the win, is 9-3, while Lancaster is 8-4. In four meetings on the season, Lancaster went 2-2 with Rock Hill.