• County OKs building solar farms in Buford

    The Lancaster County Council voted 4-3 Monday to allow construction of two solar farms in the Buford community that could generate $200,000 in county taxes each year.
    Council members Brian Carnes, Jack Estridge, Terry Graham and Steve Harper voted to grant the two conditional-use permits required for the project.
    Harper said Tuesday he voted for the permits because he thought he had no legal alternative.

  • IL incorporation loses big

    After two years of contentious debate, voters in Indian Land soundly rejected a ballot referendum Tuesday that would have incorporated most of the Panhandle.
    The vote was 1,853 in favor and 9,086 against incorporation, which would have created a town of about 50 square miles with 25,000-plus residents.

    The “No” vote was 83 percent and the “Yes” vote was 17 percent, a more than 4-to-1 margin.

  • Early Easter celebration

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    The chaos of happy children filled Wilfredo and Ismary Alvarenga’s yard last weekend.
    Mothers with babies watched as laughing kids ran in circles, the atmosphere full of joy and friendship. “I won, Mom!” a little boy shouted after one game, excitedly running across the grass. 

  • Howard’s improvement continues, daughter says

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard’s condition continues to improve after more than two months at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, according to his family.
    “Dad is still in Progressive Care at CMC Main but is getting stronger each day,” said Shelley Robinson, Howard’s daughter. “The care team is pretty amazed at how well he’s doing compared to how sick he was a few weeks ago.
    “I’m so happy to be able to post a positive update!” she said.  

  • Standing up for those who need handicap parking spots

    If you park improperly in a Lancaster handicap spot, you might meet Richard Hall.
    He is 78. He has had a prosthetic leg for seven decades. He uses a walker or a cane. And he is on a mission.
    “I would like to remind you that you are in a handicap parking space,” says the flier that he hands to people as they leave their vehicles, or sticks under wipers if he doesn’t get there in time.
    Hall stakes out places where he knows there are problems. He is polite but assertive.

  • Haile boosts donation to playground

    KERSHAW – Friday’s mail contained a delightful surprise for Frances Moreland, administrator of the Kershaw Community Parks Council.
    A letter from OceanaGold notified KCPC that Haile Gold Mine was upping its financial pledge for the playground replacement at Stevens Park from $50,000 to $75,000.
    That, in turn, will result in an additional $25,000 match from the J. Marion Sims Foundation to help pay for the $375,000 project.

  • Lancaster picked for economic boost

    Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday picked Lancaster as one of 135 sites across the state that will become “opportunity zones,” part of a new federal program designed to create jobs in economically distressed areas.
    McMaster submitted his list to the U.S. Treasury Department, which is expected to approve the sites in the next 30 days. The program makes those areas eligible for tax incentives to encourage business creation and the development of affordable housing.

  • It’s finally time to vote on IL town

    After more than two years of public discussion and often contentious debate, Panhandle residents this week will voice their opinions on Indian Land incorporation in the only way that really matters – at the ballot box.
    The Indian Land incorporation referendum is scheduled for Tuesday. All Panhandle polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Voting is open to all registered voters living within the proposed town of Indian Land incorporation area, nearly the entire Lancaster County Panhandle – except residents of the new town of Van Wyck.

  • Pool full of passion

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    The sensory experience has been the same for generations of would-be Lancaster swimmers – the chlorine scent, the sound of splashing water, and Anne Small’s “kick, kick, kick!” reverberating off the walls.
    Last week, children waited at the side of the pool for their turn as the earliest arrival started his swim lesson with Small, swim teacher extraordinaire.

  • Volunteer, donate to local event for Special Olympians

    From release

    Only two hurdles stand in the way of Lancaster County getting its first Special Olympics next month, say special-education teachers Mary Beth Mize and Marlee Bos, who are organizing the event for the school district’s 400 special-needs students.
    Hurdle 1 – They need more than more than 400 volunteers to help run the Special Olympics. About 250 people have volunteered so far.