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  • N. Main Street repaving begins

    North Main Street in Lancaster may be a bit backed up over the next few months.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation began a repaving project there Monday. It stretches from Barr Street to just north of Woodland Drive and has a completion date of no later than June 30.
    SCDOT resident construction engineer Kenneth Wilson said to expect temporary lane closures and flagging operations.
    According to Wilson, roads are ranked using a data-driven approach, and these rankings dictate which roads are chosen for resurfacing each year.

  • Borbonio gets 8-year term in Byrdic death

    Abel Olivo Borbonio was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for running off the road and killing Chuck Byrdic in front of his Lancaster home last summer.
    Borbonio, 43, an undocumented immigrant who spoke through an interpreter, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons. The maximum possible sentence was 10 years.
    Awaiting the sentence with his head hanging low, Borbonio said: “I am very sorry for the trauma that I have caused this family.”

  • Kershaw gets downtown library

    After a seven-month struggle to work out the details, Kershaw is getting a new library branch in the heart of downtown.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously voted Monday night to buy the vacant Wells Fargo Bank building on Hampton Street for $80,000. The bank, which had refused to donate the building to the county, instead offered to sell it for a small fraction of its value.
    Council members jumped at the opportunity.
    “We have a chance to get a $642,000 building at 12.5 percent of its value,” said county council member Billy Mosteller.

  • Elaine Lehr quits just 14 months into council term

    HEATH SPRINGS – Elaine Lehr resigned her town council seat Tuesday just 14 months into her term, citing disagreements over priorities and a lack of transparency in the handling of official business.
    In particular she mentioned the five-month dispute over the town’s landscaping contract, which has mushroomed into a crisis over the past four weeks.

  • Reboot off to a strong start at VW Elementary, Puckett says

    VAN WYCK – Last spring, Van Wyck Elementary School Principal Steven Puckett planted the first seeds for Reboot, a program designed to help students with behavioral challenges. This spring, he’s seeing the fruits of his labor.
    “We’ve come a long way, considering that this program didn’t exist this time last year,” Puckett said Friday. “We currently have nine students enrolled in the program, and you couldn’t ask for a better environment for kids.”

  • He made recreation possible for 3 generations in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – A photo of Marion Boan has hung inside the Stevens Park bowling alley for almost 25 years.
    Now, his name is going on the building.
    Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously Monday to rename the town’s recreation hub at Stevens Park as the Marion O. Boan Community Center.

  • City council discusses goals for Lancaster

    During a recent special meeting, Lancaster City Council discussed its goals for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
    Jeff Shacker, a field service manager with the Municipal Association of South Carolina, facilitated the group goal-setting session with a process called MoSCoW — an acronym for Must, Should, Could and Wish.

  • Honeycutt pulls out of Democratic Party, citing shift to left

    Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt is no longer a Democrat.
    Honeycutt, elected to his fourth term in 2018, informed the local party Thursday that he was leaving. In an interview, the 81-year-old said he doesn’t plan to run for office again or join another political party. 

  • Life sentence in McLemore murder

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to life without chance for parole late Thursday in the September 2017 murder of Joel McLemore on 16th Street.
    With chains wrapping his midsection and his wrists, 31-year-old Demarcus Obrien Foster turned to address McLemore’s family before Circuit Judge Roger Henderson passed sentence.

  • New federal funds at 2 senior centers means no closings

    The Heath Springs and Kershaw senior centers, threatened with closure after a $50,000 budget cut last year, have been saved by an infusion of $157,000 in additional funding.
    “We’re very thankful to the Catawba Area Agency on Aging to be able to come back with funding,” said Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging. “We just said hallelujah and thank you!”