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  • Lancaster investing $422,000 in water lines

    Due to a high number of unoccupied houses in the East Arch Street Area, the city of Lancaster will have to spend $422,000 on a local match for a water-line replacement grant.
    The project, which involves replacing water lines along portions of South Ferguson, South Hughes, McCardell and Moore streets, will cost $903,650.
    During Tuesday’s city council meeting, City Administrator Flip Hutfles said there’s $750,000 available from the Community Development Block Grant program, but the local match is based on occupancy.

  • EMS crew takes Hazel Taylor to hospital from council meeting

    Lancaster City Council member Hazel Taylor was wheeled out of Tuesday evening’s council meeting on a gurney after suffering respiratory problems.
    It happened at the start of the meeting as everyone bowed their heads for a prayer by Lancaster police Chaplain Kenneth Cauthen.
    When they opened their eyes, Taylor was leaning forward with her hand pressed against her chest. She stayed seated during the Pledge of Allegiance, then said, “I can’t breathe. I’m OK. I’m OK.”

  • HS limits business-fee hike for 1 year

    HEATH SPRINGS – For now, those bracing to pay the new higher Heath Springs business license fees won’t have to shell out as much the first time.
    Heath Springs Town Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to consider the 2019-20 business-licensing year as a transition period and only charge 50 percent of the new, higher fees.
    Last year, council voted to raise the town’s business-license fees to replace a renewable $20 annual fee that had been in place since the 1980s.

  • School district investigates accusation of verbal abuse

    School officials are investigating after a parent accused two North Elementary School staffers of verbally abusing her special-needs son.
    Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, confirmed the investigation but released few details.
    “There was an allegation made by a parent at North Elementary,” Vaughn said. “Based on that allegation, we have a police report and the school district and personnel department are conducting an investigation involving two employees.”

  • Greenway dirt finally moving

    The Lindsay Pettus Greenway broke ground behind the Barr Street Learning Center on Thursday, with dozens of people wielding shovels and garden spades amid a flurry of celebratory bubbles.
    The trail will cut through the city of Lancaster, connecting people to places of interest including schools, sports facilities, the downtown business district and other shopping areas, and the hospital. As planned, it eventually will be about 5 miles long and run along Gills Creek.

  • At career crossroad, he hops on a Harley

    Kipp Phillips loves the peace of mind that he gets straddling his 2004 Harley Davidson Night Train after the sun sets.
    “It’s a place of escape where there’s freedom and friendships that you build along the way,” Phillips said. “My favorite place to ride is the back roads headed to Holden Beach at night. There’s no traffic, except for the occasional car.” 

  • Great Falls police chief wants to limit bar hours

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice is asking the town council to adopt an ordinance limiting when alcohol can be sold.
    Two establishments – Great Falls Bar and Grill and Last Call – serve alcoholic beverages in the town.
    Last Call is a private club that is registered with the State of South Carolina as a nonprofit, and as such has very few restrictions on when it can sell. Patrons can even purchase beer and wine there on Sundays to take home, Rice said.

  • ‘You got it!’

    INDIAN LAND – A Charlotte woman has stepped forward with the $2 million Powerball ticket purchased at an Indian Land QuikTrip last month, and she says she’s retiring early.
    The winner told S.C. Education Lottery officials she was filling up her car at the store at 9565 Charlotte Highway and sent her son inside the store to buy a ticket. He checked her Powerball ticket the next day.
    “You got it!” he screamed when he saw the first five white ball numbers matched those drawn on March 20 – 10, 14, 50, 53, 63.

  • County EMS takes 3 top state awards

    Lancaster County paramedics and supervisors took home top state awards at this year’s EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach, including EMS director and EMT of the year.
    Clay Catoe, director of Lancaster County EMS, said he was immensely grateful and proud of his team for what they’ve accomplished.
    “It was extremely humbling,” said Catoe, the state’s 2019 EMS Director of the Year. “It was an honor for us to be recognized out of the 238 licensed services in South Carolina.”

  • Vast reservoir almost ready

    VAN WYCK – A joint venture between Lancaster County and Union County, N.C., has nearly completed a colossal new reservoir that increases the counties’ water-storage capacity tenfold – to 1 billion gallons.
    More than a decade in the making, the $50 million project will gird the counties for explosive growth, protect them against drought and contamination, and meet stricter regulations for water plants along the Catawba River.