• Council approves final $98.9M county budget

    After one last tweak Monday night to include some unexpected funding from the state, Lancaster County leaders officially adopted the 2019-20 fiscal budget by unanimously passing the final reading.
    The new budget is $98.9 million, which is $4.9 million more than the current budget of $94 million.
    On Monday, council added $150,000 in additional revenue from the state’s Local Government Fund.

  • Active shooter training begins today at VWES

    From release

    Personnel from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster County Fire and Rescue, Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services will be engaged in active shooter training at Van Wyck Elementary School, 4945 Charlotte Highway, on Tuesdays and Thursdays during daylight hours for the next three weeks.
    The dates are June 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27.

  • S.C. gas tax increases July 1

    From release

    South Carolina’s motor fuel user fee, which helps support road, bridge and infrastructure work in South Carolina, increases two cents per gallon beginning July 1. 
    The increase is part of the S.C. Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act passed by the General Assembly in 2017, which raises the fee by two cents each July until 2022, when it reaches 28 cents. 

  • AL Post 31 seeks auxiliary members

    From the late 1920s to roughly 10-15 years ago, American Legion Post No. 31 had one of the most active auxiliary chapters in the state.
    But sadly, the once-thriving veterans support group died out as its members died out, said Denise Dresher, who is “starting from scratch” to restart the local chapter.   
    “A lot of those women are no longer around…. It’s hard to ask when members are no longer alive to ask,” she said.

  • Jared Collins of IL named state’s Scout of the Year

    Since first grade, 18-year-old Jared Collins has been involved in Boy Scouts, working his way up from Tiger to Eagle Scout – a title acquired by only a few.
    In addition to reaching the highest level in scouting last year, Collins was also named the state’s American Legion Outstanding Scout of the Year for 2019.

  • Council OKs initial rezoning for IL project

    The first reading to rezone five tracts totaling 25 acres on Marvin Road and U.S. 521 from general business to the mixed use category was unanimously approved Monday night by Lancaster County Council.
    Marvin and 521 Holdings LLC made the rezoning request to permit a mix of multi-family residential (apartments) and commercial uses on the property.
    The Lancaster County Planning Commission recommended denial for the development in May, but the Planning Department recommended it for approval.

  • State switching to paper-based ballots

    Beginning Jan. 1, the state will switch to a paper-based ballot system that provides a paper trail for all elections.
    Officials announced Monday that Election Systems and Software (ES&S) Express Vote of Nebraska has been awarded a $51 million contract to provide the state with a more secure voting system.
    It will replace the paperless system that’s been in place in the state since 2004.

  • Too much water

    Nearly a foot of weekend rain along the northern Catawba River basin has washed down into areas of Lancaster County this week, flooding some neighborhoods and closing a section of Van Wyck Road near Steel Hill for most of the day Monday.
    Rick Jiran, Duke Energy spokesman, said early Tuesday that inflow from the river basin has caused Lake Wateree to spill over, and it is expected to exceed 103.5 feet with more rain anticipated. The lake level will be difficult to forecast until the rain has stopped and the river flows have stopped rising, he said.

  • With 3 sons to lead, mom goes back to get diploma

    Ten years after she had planned to graduate from high school, Lancaster resident Jasmine Johnson has finally received her Lancaster High School diploma.
    Instead of walking across the stage with her fellow Lancaster Adult Education grads, Johnson joined her son, Zi’Onn, who was graduating from 4K at Clinton Elementary School the same day.
    “I was very happy,” Johnson said this week. “That was the happiest day of my life.”

  • BES student passionate about pets

    A local animal-advocacy group has gotten some much-needed pet supplies because a second grader read a library book.
    The book, “Strays Like Us” by Cecilia Galante, convinced Buford Elementary School’s Ally Brasington to lead a recent school-wide pet supply donation drive for Lancaster’s SPCA chapter.
    “Pets should be taken better care of than they are, and if you watch their expressions, they’ll tell you exactly what they need,” said Ally, a rising third grader.