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  • Renaming of post office for hero Willie Williams on Trump’s desk

    The renaming of a Fort Mill post office in honor of James Elliott Williams, the most decorated enlisted man in U.S. Navy history, has cleared its final congressional hurdle and awaits President Trump’s signature.
    Rep. Ralph Norman wanted to recognize Williams’ sacrifices and bravery in honor of Veterans Day 2017 by introducing the bill, which was cosponsored by the entire S.C. delegation in the U.S. House. The Senate passed the bill last month.

  • Van Wyck struggles to access revenues from state

    No one ever said creating a new town from scratch was going to be easy — or quick.
    Case in point: Of the myriad issues facing the new Lancaster County Panhandle town of Van Wyck, which was just incorporated in 2017, its attempt to get an official designation and population estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau has been particularly bedeviling — and perhaps costly.
    “I think the best way to put it is a bureaucratic headache,” said Mayor Sean Corcoran. “It’s been frustrating.”

  • Recent LHS grad dies in Fairfield Co. wreck

    A Lancaster woman died at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Saturday after she was involved in a single-car wreck in Fairfield County.
    Tytyana Lanishia Hood, 18, was airlifted from Springs Memorial Hospital to CMC Saturday night, where she later died from injuries she sustained in the accident, according to the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office.

  • Rec-bond referendum set at $19M

    After two rounds of cost increases in recent weeks, the Lancaster County Council on Monday night set the amount of this fall’s recreation bond referendum at up to $19 million.
    The council voted unanimously to put the referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot after a public hearing and lengthy discussion. The latest $5 million increase pays for an upgrade from natural grass to synthetic turf for proposed youth soccer complexes in the Indian Land and Heath Springs/Kershaw areas.

  • New life for Ellen Dean

    Lancaster’s Ellen Dean Hotel, which was owned by the late Mayor Joe Shaw and his wife, Charlotte, is being sold to a group of investors.
    The investors, incorporated as Ellen Dean LLC, include some from Lancaster, but the main participants are based in Charlotte.
    Joe Shaw Jr. said Tuesday he can’t comment on exactly what the group has in mind for his parents’ White Street property, but that the investors intend to continue the legacy of the once-elegant hotel just as his father did.

  • School registration dates set

    Lancaster County School District

    Lancaster County School District has set registration dates for the 2018-19 school year.

    No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks.

    School insurance will not be sold during registration.

    What students new to a school must bring

  • Parnell challenges Norman to debates

    Archie Parnell has thrown down the gauntlet to Rep. Ralph Norman, challenging the incumbent congressman to a series of debates across the entire 5th Congressional District ahead of November’s general election.

    In Parnell’s first news conference since revelations in May that he attacked and beat his former wife in 1973, the Sumter Democrat asked Norman to face him in each of the 11 counties that make up the district, which include Lancaster County.

  • Performing Arts Series announces 2018-19 season

    Cherry Doster
    See Lancaster SC

    See Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series is well-known for its great variety of affordable live shows, and the tradition continues with a brand new season of world-class entertainment and unmatched ticket prices.

  • 'If I Could Choose My Family'

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    What defines who is in your family? Is it blood or something deeper?
    Rock Hill playwright Shelia Burris Buchanan explores the issue in “If I Could Choose My Family.” Her Shelia B. Productions is bringing the play to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium for two shows on Saturday, July 21, at 2 and 7 p.m.
    The musical production follows a family as they struggle to make ends meet, survive myriad challenges and come to realize what family really means to them.

  • Lancaster city council race heats up

    After a relatively silent special mayoral election, the District 5 Lancaster City Council race is now heating up, with three candidates challenging incumbent Hazel Taylor.
    Don Geraghty, James “Butch” Flynn and Mike DeMarco are all running for Taylor’s seat. Taylor said Friday that she intends to run for re-election.
    Two of those candidates are already familiar to Lancaster residents. Geraghty and Flynn ran in the mayoral special election July 10. The two candidates garnered less than 5 percent of the vote in the election.