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  • Blast off!

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Calling all space explorers! The Lancaster County Library system is launching its space-themed Universe of Stories summer reading program.
    Readers from infants to adults can register and complete reading requirements to win prizes. Patrons can either register online or at the Lancaster, Del Webb or Kershaw branch circulation desks.

  • County: Private garbage haulers to pay more

    Steve Harper is convinced that private residential garbage haulers from neighboring counties are slipping trash into Lancaster County to duck disposal fees elsewhere.
    “There’s no doubt in my mind that it happens every day,” said the Lancaster County Council chairman, noting that the practice, along with Panhandle growth, has the county’s solid-waste disposal costs soaring.
    County leaders started looking at the issue late last year after the county’s garbage-disposal expenses spiked.

  • HS council votes for 14% budget increase

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council passed first reading of a $398,550 budget on May 21 for fiscal 2019-20, a 14 percent increase over the current year.
    The budget includes $247,700 for administration, $9,800 for fire department training, supplies and expenses, $137,400 for sanitation and streets, and $3,600 for depot expenses and maintenance.
    Second reading is set for next month, with the budget taking effect on July 1.
    The biggest single increase is $13,000 in salaries and bonuses for employees.   

  • ‘On this day, show gratitude’

    On a hot, humid Sunday afternoon, a small crowd gathered at Lancaster Memorial Park for the city’s annual Memorial Day program.
    It was a somber moment as Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Director Robin Ghent and Deputy Veterans Affairs Officer Beth Raffaldt read aloud the names of the 124 Lancaster County veterans who died within the last year.

  • Gilbert wins national recognition

    Jamie Gilbert, the county’s economic development director, took a bow at Tuesday night’s county council meeting after he was named one of the Top 50 professionals in his field nationwide.
    Site-consultant agency Consultant Connect named Gilbert one of the best in the country for 2019. The agency links economic developers with site consultants and other stakeholders to find locations for industrial clients.

  • $10 million scratch-off lottery win for IL man

    An ordinary lunch break became extraordinary when Indian Land resident James Belich won $10 million playing the N.C. Education Lottery’s Supreme Riches Scratch-off.
    “You never expect it,” Belich said, according to a lottery press release. “You think maybe you’ll win something, but not $10 million. It’s unbelievable.”

  • Woman’s body found behind Rich Hill home

    The death of a woman whose body was found outside a vacant Rich Hill home Tuesday afternoon is being treated as a homicide.
    Sheriff’s deputies responded to the property in the 3800 block of Spirit Road a little before 3 p.m., where they found the body near steps leading to the deck at the back of house, according to a Lancaster County Sherriff’s Office release.
    She has been tentatively identified, but the sheriff’s office had not released her name at press time Tuesday.

  • City salaries drastically low, study shows

    If Lancaster City Council implements the recommendations of a new employee-compensation study, nearly all city employees will see a pay increase over the next three years.
    Evergreen Solutions, based in Tallahassee, Fla., conducted the study and presented its findings at a special council meeting May 21.
    The study showed that the city is about 30 percent behind its peers at the minimum end of the pay range, 24 percent behind at the pay range midpoint and about 20 percent behind at the maximum end of the range.

  • Battleground tribute

    America’s independence was conceived in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, David Reuwer of the S.C. Battlefield Trust told a crowd gathered in Buford on Saturday.
    “But the bloody labor and delivery room is right here in South Carolina,” Reuwer shouted during the 239th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre on what he called “sacred ground” in eastern Lancaster County.

  • Senior Health and Fitness Day this Wednesday

    The Lancaster Senior Network Coalition will host its third-annual Senior Health and Fitness Day next Wednesday, offering a wide variety of information on services for local seniors.
    Last year’s event attracted more than 300 people, and organizers are hoping to see an equally impressive turnout this year. The event is 7-10 a.m. at the Gregory Family YMCA at USC Lancaster.
    “It’s a good opportunity for people to come and learn about the services that are out there,” said Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging.