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  • TLN, sister newspapers win 16 S.C. ad awards

    The advertising staff of The Lancaster News and its three sister papers won 16 awards in the 2019 S.C. Press Association PALMY Advertising Contest.
    The ad team of seven, which sells and creates ads for TLN, Carolina Gateway, Pageland Progressive and Chester News and Reporter, won three first-place, five second-place and eight third-place awards.

  • What’s all the hoopla about hoopla?

    The Lancaster County Public Library will soon launch hoopla, a digital media service that allows library members to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows.
    With hoopla, library patrons will have free access to more than 750,000 titles.
    Lancaster Library Director Rita Vogel said the launch is timely because the Lancaster branch recently moved into a temporary location at the Barnett Building while the permanent building undergoes renovations.

  • Why do dogs keep turning up shot dead in IL creek?

    Over the past six months, an Indian Land man has stumbled upon three carcasses that he believes were bait dogs discarded near his home – pit bulls, battered, shot and left in a creek.
    Mike Metcalf, a firefighter with the Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, said the dogs were in a creek off Anders Vincent Road. The rural dirt road serves as a cut-through from Lancaster County into Waxhaw and has minimal traffic.

  • 189 county employees get raises on Sept. 1

    An estimated one-third of the county’s workforce will get up to a 3 percent raise beginning Sept. 1 after county council unanimously adopted a new pay plan Monday night.
    The raises follow a 2018 study from MGT Consulting Group that recommended new pay grades and salary ranges based on market conditions. The council accepted the recommendations and will raise 189 employees’ pay to at least the minimum salary for their job. The county has 503 full-time employees.

  • HS makes progress on replacing clerk

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs isn’t far enough along in the search for a new town clerk to hire one.

    Town council discussed the open position behind closed doors for about an hour Tuesday night, but made no decision.

  • Planning commission denies solar farm rezoning request

    In a 5-1 vote, the Lancaster County Planning Commission has denied a motion to approve the rezoning request required for a solar farm to set up shop near Van Wyck.

    Waxhaw Solar applied to rezone a 47-acre parcel off Old Hickory Road from rural neighborhood to agricultural residential – the only zoning district in Lancaster County that permits solar farms.

  • Judge Studebaker creates Paws on Parade sculpture

    The last of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ Paws on Parade figures has been installed at the County Administration Building, just across the street from where its creator, Probate Judge Dee Studebaker, works.

    The painted pup, named Judge by arts council members, guards the back entrance of the administration building, which faces White Street.

    LCCA Executive Director Debbie Jaillette said the spot is perfect for Judge.

  • Kershaw seniors program doubles its participation

    KERSHAW – A year after fretting over low participation and facing possible cutbacks, the Lancaster County Council on Aging has doubled the size of its Kershaw seniors program and might move those activities to the Marion Boan Community Center at Stevens Park.

    Last July, only 10.4 seniors on average were visiting the Kershaw senior center each session, and the future of the program looked uncertain. 

  • CVS worker makes robber laugh and he walks away

    A quick-thinking CVS employee defused an armed robbery with humor Thursday, causing the thief to laugh, leave his weapon on the counter and walk out of the store empty-handed. 

    Gary Thomas Broome, 63, of Lancaster, was arrested walking near the CVS Pharmacy at 1869 Great Falls Highway. Deputies charged him with armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime. 

  • Graham, Norman talk guns, immigration

    Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Ralph Norman held town-hall sessions in Lancaster County this week, taking questions on gun control, immigration and China. 

    Graham drew hundreds of Republican supporters, as well as some Democrats, at Sun City Carolina Lakes Tuesday and was greeted by chants of “Lindsey! Lindsey!” as he made his way to the microphone.