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  • Election Day thunderstorms predicted

     

    Bring an umbrella or put on poncho if you’re going out to vote, because severe thunderstorms could be rolling in Tuesday afternoon, bringing wind and rain to Lancaster County.

  • Local couple remembers Miracle on the Hudson

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    Although 10 years have passed, Ann and Carl Oblak will never forget Jan. 15, 2009 – the day their plane crashed into the Hudson River.
    The couple had recently moved into their new home in Sun City Carolina Lakes and were returning from visiting friends in New York.
    “It was snowing that morning and we arrived early at the airport to try to get an earlier flight, but they didn’t have any room,” said Ann, 81.

  • Registration open for state 4-H Engineering Challenge

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University

    COLUMBIA – Engineering requires science and technical skills to bring imagination to life, and youth from around the state will have a chance to put their imaginations to the test at the 2019 S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge.
    Registration is now open for the event, which offers fun and engaging ways for young people to compete in various STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, such as open bridge building, energy, GPS, robotics, rocketry and more.

  • County going airborne to fight crime, save lives

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting two new high-tech tools – infrared-equipped drones that can spot a suspect hiding in the dark or an unconscious missing person in thick woods.
    The drones will cost about $27,000 total, with extra attachments and batteries included.
    “We’ve been talking about getting one for years, but we just haven’t been able to afford it,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “This year we had money left over in our budget used to purchase patrol cars, but not quite enough to buy a car.

  • Man strikes plea deal, gets 7 years in child-sex assault case

    A Lancaster man who faced up to life in prison on charges of sexually abusing two young children has pleaded guilty to lesser offenses and received a seven-year sentence.
    Laurkeia “Magoo” Montgomery, also known as Laurkeda, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree assault and battery after admitting to inappropriately touching the two children, said Robert Kittle of the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case.
    Montgomery was sentenced to seven years in state prison on each count, to be served concurrently.

  • Shelter plan inches ahead

    Plans to build a new county animal shelter are moving forward again, with only a few days left before the low construction bid is set to expire.
    The three members of county council’s Infrastructure and Regulation Committee will recommend to the full council that it spend $2.9 million to $3.1 million building the 8,600-square-foot facility on Pageland Highway.

  • ‘Amicable divorce’ for HOPE, Christian Services

    Nineteen months after forming an alliance and moving into the old Lancaster Bowling Center together, HOPE and Christian Services are splitting up, citing disparate strategies and lack of space.
    The short-lived partnership between two of Lancaster’s best-known nonprofits dissolved last week, with leaders at both agencies saying there were no hard feelings over the change.
    Richard Band, board chair of HOPE in Lancaster, called the separation a “very amicable, friendly, no-fault divorce.”

  • Passion for pollinators

    At 84, Ann Hurley has a passion for honeybees, and not because of the sweet, sticky honey they produce for her year after year.
    The latest recipient of the Lancaster County Beekeepers Association’s Beekeeper of the Year Award has been tending bees for almost 20 years, as an act of service to the environment.
    These fuzzy, striped insects perform 80 percent of the world’s pollination, and a single colony can pollinate 300 million flowers in a day.

  • MLK parade Saturday features 100+ floats

    If you thought last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade was big, just wait until Saturday.
    This year’s parade is Lancaster’s biggest MLK parade ever, with more than 100 floats and 80 companies, organizations and charities signed up.
    This will also be the first year that a college band – Benedict College – will march in the parade. 
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris, chair of the parade organizing committee, is thrilled with the growth.

  • Child-support payment system changing

    Starting Feb. 4, about 3,000 Lancaster County parents will start making child-support payments through the S.C. State Disbursement Unit in Columbia instead of the local clerk of court’s office.
    Lancaster is one of 14 counties in the state to make the change in February, but it is a federal mandate that eventually will affect every county nationwide.
    Four counties – Aiken, Fairfield, Sumter and York – were the pilots for the S.C. changeover, making the switch in October.