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  • Cost soars on paving at Buford rec center

    Another Lancaster County capital project is coming in way over budget.
    It’s going to cost up to $414,000 to pave the gravel parking lot at the Buford Recreation Complex on Hurley Walters Road. The county had budgeted $350,000 for the paving project as part of the $800,000 in upgrades at the Buford complex that are being paid for by hospitality-tax money.
    The 18 percent overage on the parking lot is a combination of the paving contract and unexpected engineering costs.
    The low bid for the paving itself came in at $366,000.

  • State has $2.9M for county residents

    The state has a $550 million pot of unclaimed financial assets in Columbia, and some of it might be yours, just for the asking.
    This week, state officials produced a searchable database of 1,700 accounts totaling $2.9 million that belong to Lancaster County individuals, businesses, organizations, estates and trusts. And those are just the accounts with $500 or more in them.
    Local optometrist Johnny Dukes was on the list. He was a forgotten beneficiary on an insurance policy, collecting  $3,200.  

  • This year’s medical-cannabis bill doesn’t allow smokable marijuana

    Medical cannabis is back on the agenda as the legislative session cranks up, this time with smokable marijuana stripped out of the proposal in an attempt to gain more traction.
    Lawmakers introduced similar legislation during the 2017-18 session. It got through House and Senate committees but never made it to a floor vote.
    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) of Lancaster, supporter of the previous bill, said there is even stricter regulation and oversight in this proposal to prevent recreational use of the drug.

  • Council picks Blackmon as mayor pro tem

    The city of Lancaster has a new mayor pro tem, with city council voting unanimously Tuesday night to make Linda Blackmon its second in command.
    “It feels good that it was unanimous. I want to do a very good job for the city. It just feels great,” Blackmon said after the vote.
    Mayor Alston DeVenny called the vote an opportunity for the city council to unite publicly and build cohesiveness as a group.

  • Conserving our forests wins Ardrey top honors

    You can wear out a lot of work boots planting 125 million trees on roughly 250,000 acres over 47 years.
    “Sure can,” said 76-year-old forester Bill Ardrey, laughing as he considered the math. “It’s 500 trees an acre, and you know, that’s a lot of trees.”
    That’s not Ardrey’s only accomplishment from working in the woods for almost half a century.

  • ‘Gives us exercise, keeps us young!’

    Forget boring Saturday nights at home in front of the TV. Lancaster has a new hotspot where locals can dance, socialize, eat and play.
    The recently renovated Lancaster Bowling Center buzzed with activity Jan. 12 as locals gathered for dancing, live music, bowling and games at the Christian Services hub off Great Falls Highway.

  • Liberty Trail to feature latest smartphone apps

    South Carolina’s Liberty Trail of Revolutionary War battlefields will feature high-tech storytelling, with smartphone apps that will offer personal tours of the historic sites.
    Information at each stop will be disseminated using the latest technology available, said historian and author Doug Bostick, executive director of the nonprofit S.C. Battlefield Preservation Trust.
    Bostick will give an update on the Liberty Trail at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse as part of the annual Katawba Valley Land Trust speaker series.

  • Bitter cold sends homeless inside at warming site

    With a bitterly cold start to this week, the new Lancaster County Warming Center has seen an influx of homeless residents staying the night.
    “We’ve had 12 people stay so far, and we need to get the word out more,” said Sharon Novinger, executive director of Lancaster County Partners for Youth. “Law enforcement knows about the shelter, and they do let people know in the community when they see them.”
    The warming center is inside the Prime Time for Seniors Center, 309 S. Plantation Road (across from Springdale Recreation Complex).

  • Reaching for King’s dream

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County residents came together Saturday afternoon to celebrate the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade and commemoration service.
    The sixth-annual I Have a Dream Parade began at 3 p.m. at the Barr Street school campus and wound through a rainy downtown Lancaster, followed by a 4 p.m. celebration at Barr Street Auditorium. The parade, with more than 100 entrants, was changed this year to begin and end at Barr Street School.

  • Arkansas police kill Lancaster couple

    A Lancaster couple were shot to death by police in West Memphis, Ark., on Jan. 16, after reportedly refusing to stop for authorities, ramming into patrol vehicles and running over an officer.