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  • Mega-sports complex at Lennar’s big subdivision?

    County officials have begun preliminary talks with homebuilder Lennar Carolinas about buying 80-plus acres in the company’s planned subdivision 2 miles north of Lancaster as a site for the proposed mega-sports complex.
    “We are in discussions and negotiations, but it is contingent on Lennar’s being able to close on the property and going ahead with their project,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper.

  • TLN moving to 2 editions per week

    Your news staff’s least favorite thing about their work is about to go away.
    No, I’m not talking about their editor. Their least favorite thing is producing two newspapers within 24 hours, then waiting four days to produce the next one.
    We’ve been doing that since 2016, when we switched to mail delivery and had to start delivering our Sunday paper on Saturdays. We had to produce that paper entirely on Fridays, a quick, difficult turnaround after producing the Friday paper on Thursdays.

  • Fatal stretch of U.S. 21, ‘the forgotten road,’ gets little DOT attention

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    FORT LAWN – Fire Chief Allen Culp calls the 3-mile stretch of U.S. 21 north of Fort Lawn “the forgotten road.”
    The March 11 logging-truck wreck that killed an Indian Land motorcyclist at that location has once again brought attention to a highway that needs a desperate fix.
    “Considering this is a United States highway, you would think that the federal government or the state government would have some way to repair it,” Culp said.

  • Suit settled for $507K in inmate’s ’14 suicide

    A settlement of more than half a million dollars has been paid to the family of an inmate who killed himself while at the Lancaster County Detention Center in May 2014.
    Randy William Stevens, 44, had been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest the night of May 19, 2014. He hanged himself with a bedsheet that night or the early morning of May 20, during a period when one correctional officer slept on duty and another left the facility for personal business, according to court documents.

  • The legacy of Leigh Anne's

    Margie Points worked for three years without a single day off when she opened Leigh Anne’s Restaurant in Lancaster nearly 40 years ago.
    “I was told I would never make it. Restaurants have come and gone in this town,” Points said. “But I said if guts and hard work will do it, then we’ll do it.”

  • Apology follows secret HS meeting

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs landscaping drama has taken another twist, with town council holding an emergency meeting Wednesday without the required public notice, then issuing a written apology to contractor Darren Sowell. 
    Mayor Eddie Moore issued a letter Thursday, apologizing to Sowell for any negative comments by town officials about his work or billing practices. The town last October fired Sowell, who has had the town’s landscaping contract since 2012, but it rehired him Feb. 28.

  • NY jazz with a connection to Lancaster

    Whatever you call it – straight ahead, cool, smooth or hot – jazz is coming to Lancaster.
    The Paul Sanwald Jazz Quartet, based out of New York, will be performing at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center. This time, the music will be “straight ahead,” a sound born of the classic jazz quartet – tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Lancaster will get to hear a mix of original jazz compositions, some brand new, all written by quartet leader Paul Sanwald, with additional selections by familiar names like Cole Porter.

  • Ex-Lancaster residents helping relief efforts in Indonesian disaster

    Former Lancaster residents Melinda and Dano Whited and their seven kids have endured a catastrophic few weeks in Indonesia.
    The couple work for a nonprofit in Sentani, where they are helping with massive relief efforts after more than 20 inches of rain fell in five nights.
    Whited said the season had already been extremely wet, but the heavy downpours began March 16.

  • Main St. rail-crossing improvement delayed

    Cars will continue rattling across the railroad crossing on Lancaster’s South Main Street through August due to delayed contract negotiations.
    Funded jointly by the L&C Railroad and the S.C. Department of Transportation, the project was tentatively planned for completion by April 15.
    Gulf & Ohio Railways Vice Chairman Doc Claussen said the project involves relocating the crossing approximately 200 feet northeast on South Main Street, adjacent to an existing concrete crossing currently equipped with signals.

  • Opponents resisting VW eatery, salon

    Opposition has arisen among some Van Wyck residents over a developer’s plans to renovate three properties for commercial use in the heart of town.
    “I’m absolutely opposed to any business going into that property,” said Dave Helwer, who lives a stone’s throw from the tract in question. “I’m opposed to it creeping across the street and into the residential area.
    “This is a beautiful neighborhood…. I don’t think people want to see that change.”