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  • City suspends recycling program

    Starting Dec. 1 there will be no more curbside recycling pickup in the city of Lancaster.
    The city council voted 5-1 Tuesday night to suspend the city’s recycle program indefinitely. Mayor Alston DeVenny cast the only dissenting vote, and council member Kenny Hood was absent.
    City Administrator Flip Hutfles explained Wednesday that the costs to move and process the recyclable materials have increased significantly.

  • Ruptured water main shuts both AJ schools

    Two water-main breaks along U.S. 521 shut down Andrew Jackson middle and high schools Friday morning, after both schools were left without water.
    District Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said students were dismissed at 10:30 a.m., and parents were notified via the Remind app.
    “There’s just no way we can operate without water, so we made the decision to let students out early,” Vaughn said.
    The first break was about a third of a mile north of the schools on U.S. 521, and the second break was about a quarter of a mile south of AJHS.

  • Drivers watch for deer on state roads

    SCDNR release

    Motorists throughout the state need to be constantly aware of roaming white-tailed deer. Despite a persistent rumor, neither the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources nor any other state agency will compensate motorists for injuries or damages resulting from deer collisions.
    Besides practicing safe and defensive driving techniques, each motorist should carry adequate collision and comprehensive insurance.          

  • Gift Guide in Wednesday's edition

    Sunday's edition of The Lancaster News incorrectly advertises our Christmas Gift Guide. The gift guide will be included with the Wednesday, Nov. 21 edition.
    We apologize for the error.

  • WWI scholar to lecture on 30th Infantry, ‘Old Hickory’

    Melody Craig
    For The Lancaster News

    Deep in the forest of Compiegne, aboard a private railway carriage in the region of Picardy, France, the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, was agreed upon at 5 a.m.
    Taking effect at 11 a.m. Paris time, it would silence the guns of World War I between the Allies and Germany. It is often referred to as the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

  • 'Nutcracker' launches the Christmas season

    “Nutcracker” returns to Lancaster this year with the Columbia City Ballet performing the Christmas classic about Clara and her adventures through the Land of Sweets with her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
    The magical ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a story that has enchanted children and adults alike since it was written in 1816.
    William Starrett, executive and artistic director of the Columbia City Ballet, said this year’s performance will be bigger and better than ever.

  • 3 days of rain cause flooding

    INDIAN LAND – The sump pump at Nita Brown’s home sure picked a bad time to go out.
    Thursday afternoon, Brown had about a half inch of water in her basement on Ander Vincent Road, off Waxhaw Highway. 
    “I’m so sick of this mop, but the ground is just so saturated that there’s no place for the water to go. I’m ready for it to stop,” said Brown, who lives adjacent to a small tributary that flows into nearby Twelve Mile Creek.

  • Sigh of relief! Roof fix done before week’s drenching rain

    County officials bypassed the normal budget process last month to make $68,000 in emergency roof repairs to the donated Barnett Building on West Meeting Street, after Hurricane Florence damaged the structure.
    It’s a good thing they did. Without those repairs, this week’s four days of flood-inducing rains would have compounded the repair costs.
    The roof of the two-story building was damaged during Hurricane Florence in September.

  • 2nd arrest in Kings Circle shooting

    A second arrest has been made in the Nov. 1 Kings Circle shooting, with a search still under way for two other suspects.
    Travis Phillip Miller, 35, was arrested Nov. 6 after deputies and investigators found him hiding in the basement of a North Catawba Street home. He was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He was found carrying a stolen 9mm and was also charged with possession of a stolen pistol.

  • No room at animal shelter

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has seen a major influx of dogs over the past month, taking in an overwhelming 100 of them in just two weeks.
    The shelter is set up with only 31 runs to hold dogs, and shelter Director Alan Williams said he tries not to double up the runs to keep the animals from passing along diseases. A distemper outbreak shut down the shelter in May 2017.