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  • Van Wyck: County’s most spacious town

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    VAN WYCK – The town of Van Wyck has geographically grown into the largest municipality in Lancaster County since its incorporation in August 2017.
    Van Wyck Councilman Richard Vaughan said the town now includes 219 property parcels.
    “The original incorporated target area was 1.4 square miles and less than 900 acres,” he said. “We have now reached approximately 10 square miles and 6,000 acres.”

  • Local election results certified

    At a 3½-hour meeting Friday, the Lancaster County Election Commission certified Tuesday’s elections, adding 150 votes to the final countywide results, but changing no outcomes.
    Of the 200-plus votes that were challenged, 61 could not be counted. The county received clean audits back from the state.
    Votes can be challenged for a variety of reasons, such as not bringing a photo ID, having active registration in another county, or not having matching signatures on the absentee-ballot application and the actual absentee ballot.

  • Forty Acre Rock adds key parcel that shelters Carolina heelsplitter

    Adding another 159 acres to the nearly 3,000 that make up Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve might not sound like a big deal.
    But the new land purchase by state officials is important because of where it is and what it protects.
    Known as the Ardrey Tract, the property contains a half- mile of frontage along Flat Creek. The stretch is home to one of the 154 remaining colonies of the endangered and federally protected Carolina Heelsplitter mussel.  

  • Wells Fargo inches closer to donating library site to Kershaw

    Lancaster County is one step closer to obtaining a high-profile new building for the Kershaw library branch.
    Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas said there are still a few hurdles left before the newly vacant Wells Fargo building on Hampton Street houses the library branch, but the county is much closer to owning it than a month ago.

  • Gathering to honor vets buried at Clinton Memorial Cemetery

    The 57 military servicemen and women laid to rest at Clinton Memorial Cemetery were honored Friday during a brief, no-frills remembrance in the cold rain.
    “Every time I think about the sacrifice men and women have made in this country, I’m honored…. Because of their service, we have our freedoms today,” said YouthBuild director Reggie Lowery, before his nonprofit’s students placed American flags on the graves of soldiers buried there.

  • Maj. Matt Shaw honored as top S.C. law officer

    Maj. Matt Shaw has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, the fifth officer with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to win statewide honors this year.
    Shaw was recognized at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. He was nominated for the award by Sheriff Barry Faile.
    “He serves this agency with 100 percent dedication,” Faile said. “He is here early, leaves late and responds to major incidents. He sets the pace for our employees.”

  • Caisson ride, 21-gun salute for a dear brother-in-arms

    Just over a week ago, George Flanders, an 80-year-old Vietnam War veteran and Lancaster resident, drove eight hours to Arlington National Cemetery to bury his friend and brother-in-arms, John Helms.
    Harold John Allen Helms, a retired Army colonel from Union Springs, Ala., died Nov. 14, 2017. His last wish was to be buried at Arlington among his fellow servicemen.
    Almost a year later, Helms was finally laid to rest Nov. 1 among the iconic straight rows of white markers, in a ceremony with full military honors.

  • Duke Energy seeks 10% S.C. rate hikes

    Duke Energy on Thursday asked state regulators for a 10 percent overall increase in its S.C. electric rates – 12 percent for residential customers.
    The rate requests, filed with the S.C. Public Service Commission, would increase the utility’s revenues by about $168 million, according to a Duke Energy press release.
    Residential customers would get the biggest hike. Commercial and industrial accounts would see an average increase of 8.3 percent.

  • ‘Our hearts are broken’

    A Lancaster County firefighter was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 Wednesday night.
    Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died after being transported to Springs Memorial Hospital, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. He was the assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, where he had worked since moving to Lancaster County 20 years ago.

  • Election night ballot glitch explained

    Election officials blamed a database linked to two optical scanners for delays and confusion in the vote-counting process for paper absentee ballots Tuesday night.
    Vote totals appeared to be complete just before 10 p.m., but then officials realized that the scanners had not properly recorded all of the paper-ballot votes. A recount of the 1,312 paper ballots, which ended about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, recorded all the votes, adjusting the totals in some races but changing no outcomes.