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  • Shelter saving more pets

    The euthanization rate at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter plummeted in the first quarter of this year, thanks to aggressive adoption efforts and additional help from rescue groups.
    Seven percent of the animals taken in at the shelter from January through March had to be put down, said shelter Director Alan Williams. That’s down from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.
    County Administrator Steve Willis celebrated the news.

  • IL sidewalk crusader victorious

    Eighteen months after launching a one-woman campaign to build sidewalks alongside two Indian Land schools, Pam Houge is getting her wish.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has approved a bid to build a 1,100-foot-long, 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the northwest side of River Road near Indian Land Middle and High schools.
    The completion date for the project, which will stretch from congested U.S. 521 to ILHS, is Nov. 5.

  • New deal for landscaper has $11,784 in back pay

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town officials have signed a new contract with fired and rehired landscaper Darren Sowell, far more specific than the old arrangement and including $11,784 in back pay.
    The amount that Heath Springs pays for municipal landscaping services will remain at $47,000 a year, and the new deal will run through October 2020, just as the old contract did.

  • Gloria Davey's dream comes true

    Beginning Saturday, Lancaster’s first no-kill animal shelter will become fully operational, with the capacity to save many of the county’s homeless pets from euthanasia.   
    Nonprofit rescue group Paws in the Panhandle bought Palmetto Kennels in 2017, and has since been renovating the facility off U.S. 521 just north of Shiloh Unity Road. It will now operate as both a boarding kennel and a rescue center.

  • Annual Stamp Out Hunger coming up May 11

    Following a mayoral proclamation at Tuesday evening’s Lancaster City Council meeting, May 11 has been designated Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day.
    “The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is just one example of how letter carriers work to make a difference in the lives of those they serve,” said Mayor Alston DeVenny.

  • HOPE moving food bank to building on East Arch

    Since HOPE announced in January that it would be leaving Lancaster Bowling Center, the facility it shares with Christian Services, the nonprofit has been seeking a new home for its senior food pantry and teaching kitchen.
    “We turned the city and the county upside down,” HOPE  Executive Director Bekah Clawson said Thursday.

  • Buford man killed in crash near I-77

    A Buford man died Tuesday in a collision on U.S. 21 in York County, and his wife was seriously injured.
    Walter Murphy, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the York County Coroner’s Office.
    Murphy, also known as “Dan” or “Bucket,” would have celebrated his 72nd birthday Thursday. He was an avid Clemson Tigers fan who grew up in Lancaster’s Erwin Farm community.

  • Gunshot victim charged in drug case

    A Lancaster man faces drug-trafficking charges after he showed up at MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center early Wednesday with a gunshot wound to his left arm.

  • To our readers: The last Friday edition of TLN

    A quick reminder that this is our last Friday edition of The Lancaster News.
    Starting next week, we’ll publish our usual Wednesday paper, and our Friday and Sunday papers will combine into a new Weekend Edition that will be delivered and sold at retail locations every Saturday.
    The retail price will remain at 75 cents. The home-delivery subscription rate – always your least expensive option – will also stay the same.

  • Adult-exercise area coming to Kershaw park

    KERSHAW – Before the year is up, adults of all ages in the Kershaw area could have their own playground of sorts at Stevens Park.
    The Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) got a unanimous nod from town council last week to install five pieces of outdoor adult exercise equipment and build a shuffleboard court near the destination playground at Stevens Park.
    “They [KCPC] got everything covered pretty well,” said town council member Jody Connell, who chairs the council’s park and recreation committee.