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  • City doubles reserve fund after years of belt-tightening

    Starting with the 2007 departure of Springs Industries and the Great Recession that followed, Lancaster has struggled financially. The city suffered another setback when Duracell announced its departure a few years ago.
    But the future is looking a little brighter for the Red Rose City. As the budget for fiscal 2019-20 takes shape, Lancaster’s financial reserves are so large it needs to shave a little off the top to invest in capital improvements.

  • HS offers Sowell new deal

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council has drawn up a new contract with landscape contractor Darren Sowell to keep Heath Springs’ grass cut, shrubs clipped and trees trimmed.
    After council met behind closed doors for a half hour Tuesday night, Mayor Eddie Moore announced the new contract.
    “We’re waiting on Mr. Sowell to sign… hopefully on Friday,” Moore said.

  • Top honor for Fred Plyler

    Fred Plyler has fire in his blood thanks to his father and father-in-law, founding members of two Lancaster County fire departments, and now his son and grandchildren are following in his steps.Plyler, 69, has been named the county’s 2018 Firefighter of the Year.
    He has been fighting fires for nearly a half century, stopping only to serve four years in the Air Force, one of them in Vietnam.

  • 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.