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  • Lupanu String Quartet returning to Lancaster

    A universal rule of thumb for event organizers is, “a hit performance calls for a repeat.” Such is the case with the Spring Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert coming up April 28. 
    Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Calin Lupanu will again lead his string quartet of symphony members in what is anticipated to be another memorable performance, featuring selections by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., in historic downtown Lancaster.

  • County risk management program wins state awards

    The S.C. Counties Workers Compensation Trust has recognized Lancaster County’s risk management program for keeping employees safe and impacting accident insurance rates.
    The county received awards for outstanding achievement, sustained excellence, reporting lag time and the state’s service award, which recognized county risk manager Ryan Whitaker for his overall job performance. 

  • Double blazes keep firefighters busy

    County firefighters were slammed with back-to-back fires Wednesday night, with one of the homes a total loss.
    The first fire happened a few minutes before 8 p.m. at a home on Sunnybrook Lane. With just a small grease fire in the kitchen, the damage was contained to just the one room, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said.
    While cleaning up from the first blaze, Camp Creek, Antioch and Shiloh-Zion volunteer firefighters were called out to another fire just three miles away.

  • County hires new planning director

    Lancaster County’s new planning director reported to his first day of work on Monday.
    Rox Burhans comes from Indian Trail, N.C., where he has served as planning director since November 2011. He said with the help of a strong and talented team in Indian Trail, he managed major rewrites of the town’s comprehensive plan and unified development ordinance, which developed better tools to respond to the high level of growth in the area.

  • Planning commission says no to IL subdivision

    The preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Patterson Preserve along Harrisburg and Barberville roads in Indian Land did not receive approval Tuesday from the Lancaster County Planning Commission.
    The proposed development would turn more than 100 acres of open and wooded land, with several streams and wetlands, into 181 single-family home lots.

  • Kershaw Citizen of the Year a ‘doer’

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce named Alan Sims as the town’s Citizen of the Year at its annual banquet April 9 at the country club.
    Sims, a social studies teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School who also writes part time for the Kershaw News Era, is heavily involved in the community. His wife, Christina, is a teacher at North Central High School. They have a son, Sailor, 3.

  • Friday last day to file for Heath Springs seat

    Friday is the last day for candidates to file for the open seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
    The filing period ends at noon April 19, said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    Heath Springs has five council seats, including mayor, and one of them was vacated last month when Elaine Lehr resigned.
    A special election will be held June 25 to fill her term, which runs through December 2021.

  • Bad weather on the horizon?

    Lancaster County may be in for some bad weather Thursday and Friday, including severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes.
    According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a strong cold front will hit parts of South Carolina on Thursday night and carry into Friday, followed by dry and cool conditions Saturday and Sunday.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue and Emergency Management, said Lancaster County only has a slight opportunity for tornadoes, but the possibility is still there.

  • Tillman gets probation on reduced charges

    Lancaster business man and former civic leader Chris Tillman is out of jail, but will be on probation and in counseling for the next few years after pleading guilty to second-degree assault and battery.
    Tillman, 51, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in March 2018, but pleaded down to second-degree assault and battery last month.

  • County considers selling strip of property to Sims Foundation

    There’s a long, narrow strip of grass between the county’s emergency operations center on North White Street and the soon-to-be new home of the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
    The foundation wants to buy the property for parking lot expansion and has offered the county $7,500 for it.
    County leaders are apprehensive about selling it, since the EOC could need more space in the future.