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  • Norman talks about Parnell, the economy, Russia probe

    Rep. Ralph Norman on Wednesday discussed the revelations that his Democratic congressional opponent Archie Parnell physically abused his first wife in 1973.
    “It’s sad. I feel for his family and for his ex-wife,” Norman said during a meeting with Lancaster News staffers.
    “But at the same time, you disclose something like that,” he said. “In politics, your life is an open book…. You disclose that.

  • County government annex to open in IL

    Conducting business with the county is set to get a bit easier for Indian Land residents.
    The long-awaited Indian Land Service Center – a satellite office for numerous Lancaster County government functions – is set to open for business June 19, said County Administrator Steve Willis. A ribbon-cutting is slated for June 15.

  • Wayward cockatiel Hawkeye back home

    To fourth-grade teacher Amy Cogan, the big bird dive-bombing her students outside Harrisburg Elementary School two weeks ago had a familiar shape.
    It was a cockatiel, and it landed atop a soccer goal.
    “The bird was flying low and swooping down at the kids,” Cogan said. “It obviously wasn’t a wild bird. I got closer and put my hand on the net, and it leapt onto my hand.
    “I started talking to it, and it crawled up my arm. It was a pretty neat experience.”

  • County revenues back on track

    Coding errors on tax bills that led to a shortfall in county property-tax collections earlier this year have been fixed, and collections are now back in line, County Administrator Steve Willis told Lancaster County Council members Tuesday night.
    “At this point, based on information that we have – and I don’t presume to speak for the auditor’s office – we have not missed anyone,” Willis said. “There were delays and some coding errors…. That has been corrected.”

  • Canoe/kayak access open at Landsford Canal park

    From release

    The new canoe and kayak access area at Landsford Canal State Park officially opened last Thursday, with Duke Energy and S.C. Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) officials attending a ceremony at the Catawba River site.
    The new recreational facility includes a canoe/kayak launch, restroom and parking. It is one result of the comprehensive relicensing agreement (CRA) signed during the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project federal relicensing process by SCPRT, Duke Energy and 68 other partners in the Catawba River Basin.

  • Local ‘Libraries Rock!’ this summer

    Lancaster County readers of all ages are sure to start their summer off on a high note by participating in the Lancaster County Library system’s “Libraries Rock!” music-themed summer reading program.
    From June 1 to July 31, readers can register for this annual program, where patrons complete reading requirements to win prizes. Readers can pick up reading logs at the circulation desks at the Lancaster, Indian Land or Kershaw branches or can register online to track their reading time.

  • Column: Finally, solid rules for how HOAs work

    With the 2018 legislative session almost wrapped up, it’s time to look back at what has been a busy year. Some bills are still pending, and a couple of special sessions are planned for this summer.
    Here’s what we’ve accomplished at the State House so far. This is the first part of my 2018 legislative summary. As we continue to wrap up bills this summer, I will publish a second part with further updates on issues.

    HOA Reform

  • Gunshots damage 2 Kershaw houses

    A Kershaw neighborhood’s Memorial Day holiday was interrupted late Monday afternoon by gunshots that damaged two homes.
    The two homes on North Matson Street, just north of Smalls grocery in Kershaw, were both damaged by what appears to be bullet holes, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said.
    The homes are within walking distance of Kershaw Elementary.

  • Flood closes Scout camp named for Bob Hardin

    A Boy Scout camp named for Lancaster’s Bob Hardin has been closed for the rest of the summer after flash flooding wiped out roads and damaged structures at the campground.
    The Boy Scouts of America campground in Saluda, N.C., was originally named Camp Palmetto, but was renamed after Hardin in 1985.
    Hardin served as the district Boy Scout executive for Lancaster and Chester counties for 38 years. Under his leadership, the number of Boy Scout troops in Lancaster grew from 10 to 39, with more than 1,000 boys participating.

  • Sewer grant paves the way for Kershaw business park

    KERSHAW – The town has received a $326,115 grant from the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority to pay two-thirds of the costs for much-needed upgrades at its wastewater treatment plant.
    “When it’s all said and done, we’ll be upgraded to where we need to be,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “It needed to be done some time ago, but thankfully, we’re going to be doing this pretty soon.”  
    The total estimated cost is $489,950, with the town providing a one-third match of almost $164,000.