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  • Kershaw stalls business-fee hike

    KERSHAW – Kershaw business owners will get a 12-month reprieve on pending increases in the town’s business license fees.
    The new rates were scheduled to take effect April 1, but have been postponed until April 1, 2020.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved the delay at Monday’s monthly meeting. 
    “Sometimes, I jump the gun,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas, noting that computer issues made it “more complicated than I thought” to put the fee increase into effect.

  • Inmate hurt as fire starts in Kershaw prison shop

    A fire broke out in the Kershaw Correctional Institution woodworking shop Tuesday afternoon.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the fire started in the dust-collection system in the woodworking shop, located in the back part of the prison complex.
    The fire started shortly after 1 p.m. and was extinguished by the built-in sprinkler system. The cause of the fire is still unknown, Rogers said Tuesday.
    There were inmates and officers in the building at the time of the fire and one of the inmates sustained a minor burn injury, Rogers said.

  • IL rescuers haul worker out of 35-foot-deep pit

    Rescuers hauled an injured man from a 35-foot-deep hole at a construction site in Indian Land Tuesday morning.
    The man was part of a crew working to install a sewer lift station behind the Covington neighborhood, near Harrisburg and Barberville roads, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • New Panhandle EMS station will have 4 bays, cost $1.2M

    Indian Land’s new EMS station is designed and ready to be built, and the county has accumulated enough money in fees paid by developers to seek construction bids on the $1.2 million project.
    “It’s awesome to see, because our call volume dictates that we need four ambulances in the Indian Land area. The need is definitely there,” said Lancaster County EMS Director Clay Catoe.

  • Pardue Street shooting under investigation

    Springs Memorial Hospital was placed under lockdown Friday afternoon when a young man showed up with a gunshot wound to his elbow, Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said.
    The man told police he was shot in the Pardue Street area, but Grant said witness statements dispute that story. The hospital is placed under lockdown every time a shooting victim comes in.
    “Not a lot of witnesses have wanted to talk,” Grant said. “But the ones who have are saying they believe he shot himself.”

  • County losing planning chief Karagounis

    County Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis has resigned to take the same position with the town of Fort Mill.
    A county employee since 2004, Karagounis was named planning director in 2012. Her last day here is Tuesday.
    “It’s the same title. I’m moving from planning director to planning director,” she said of her new role in Fort Mill, where she will supervise a staff of four, compared to five in Lancaster.

  • County fixes cost overrun on Buford’s rec center lot

    After some wrangling to control cost overruns, the county should be able to complete the parking-lot paving and landscaping at the Buford Recreation Complex with the money set aside for the project.
    “We’re at $354,000 now, said Hal Hiott, the county’s recreation director, noting that $356,000 remains from the $800,000 in hospitality tax money set aside to pay for upgrades at the almost 11-year-old rec center.

  • Theater in the rough

    When the final curtain fell at the Lancaster County Community Playhouse’s performance of “Romeo and Juliet” Saturday night, the theater group’s six-year run at the Barr Street Auditorium ended.
    Facing a doubling of its rent, the 47-year-old nonprofit playhouse, the oldest arts organization in Lancaster County, wants a performance space of its own.
    “We’ve never had a home. We’ve always bounced around from theater to theater to theater,” said playhouse President Joe Timmons III.

  • Construction glitches rile school board

    School board Chairman Bobby Parker, competing in the annual Dancing With the Stars fundraiser early this month, was one of the first people to perform onstage in the new $21 million Lancaster High School multipurpose building.
    At first, there was no sound from the audio system. Then there was way too much.
    “A repair was made and the volume of folks speaking was amplified, but it was more feedback than I’ve ever heard in my life. It was horrible, and we are certainly not satisfied with what we heard,” recalled Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.

  • Wingate choral group tops off double-header

    After a piano recital by award-winning pianist Gregory Knight on Sunday, the 35 voices of the Wingate University Singers top off a cultural double-header next Tuesday evening.
    The singers, who perform at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center on East Gay Street, enjoy both national and international recognition, but their home base is just across the state line in Wingate, N.C.