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  • County seeks AG opinion on dirt-road controversy

    Lancaster County’s dirt-road ruckus is getting kicked upstairs.
    County officials will seek an opinion from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office before deciding whether to keep Timberline Road in the county’s road system and remove the gate or petition the court to make it a private dirt road.
    “You can’t have both. If it’s a public road, the public needs to have access to it,” county council member Brian Carnes said during a lengthy discussion of the issue at Monday night’s council meeting.

  • Peter Pan Jr. tonight and Saturday

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will present “Peter Pan Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St. Tickets are available at the door.

  • New details in Austin Steele murder

    Both suspects in February’s murder and dismemberment of Lancaster teen Austin Steele waived their Miranda rights and described the killing and its aftermath in great detail, prosecutors revealed Wednesday in court.
    The accounts of Brandy Duncan and her husband, Chris Holford, agreed on most points, except for her insistence that she participated only under threat, and his that she was a willing helper.
    The news came during Duncan’s preliminary hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse on the charge of accessory after the fact of murder.

  • Missing IL man found safe

    An 83-year-old Indian Land man reported missing on Wednesday was found safe Thursday afternoon.
    James Leo Luraghi drove away from his home in the Tree Tops neighborhood about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to run an errand. He did not return, and a few hours later the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the public for help in finding him.
    Late Thursday, the sheriff’s department issued a statement saying he had been found safe and reunited with his family. The statement did not say how he was located or where he had been.

  • Festival uplifts kids

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    It was a day of youth affirmation, music, food, and free bikes and haircuts Saturday as hundreds attended the 10th-annual National Youth Empowerment Kids Day Festival at Preston Blackmon Park.
    “Seeing the people come out makes me want to go hard every year,” said Ja’Von Crockett, an Atlanta hair stylist, businessman and minister who returns to his hometown every year to stage the festival.

  • 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.