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  • Water-sewer rate hikes draw protests

    At a packed public meeting Tuesday night, citizens grilled Lancaster City Council members on the water and sewer rate increases in the 2018-19 budget passed two months ago. 

    For an average two-person household using 4,000 gallons per month, city residents’ bills increased 19 percent, and nonresidents’ rose 26 percent. 

    “I got a water bill so high I just wonder now if I even can afford here,” said Charlene Ross, who moved to the city in 2016.

  • Move Kershaw library branch to Main Street?

    The just-announced departure of Wells Fargo Bank from downtown Kershaw has thrown a contentious wrinkle into the late-stage planning for the $8 million renovation and expansion of the county’s three library branches.

    A town representative, citing safety concerns, suggested this week that rather than fix up the existing Kershaw branch on Fork Hill Road, the county should move the library into the Wells Fargo building on Main Street.

  • McWhirter field upgrades top $8M

    After $8 million in upgrades over the past 10 years, the Lancaster County Airport is ready for prime time, capable of handling the large corporate jets that will accompany upcoming economic development, county officials said Wednesday. 

    One of those jets, a sleek Dassault Falcon 50 owned by commercial developer Billy Powers of Florence, landed at McWhirter Field on Wednesday as a crowd of local, state and national officials gathered to herald the airport’s latest improvements.

  • Catholic church joins Fixing It for Christ

    Barbara Lengers
    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church recently became the first Catholic church to join a coalition of churches and organizations in the community project Fixing it for Christ.

  • Brandon Barnes hoops fundraiser set for Saturday

    Indian Land High School’s basketball court will see a lot of action Saturday as five or more different basketball teams face off in a tournament to benefit Brandon Barnes, 21, who was paralyzed in a diving accident in March.
    A former ILHS basketball player, Barnes loves the game and said he hopes to be able to attend the tournament.
    Barnes spent more than three months in a Norfolk, Va., hospital after he dove from a pier into waist-deep water on Old Dominion University’s campus.

  • Foundation hits target

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Hundreds turned out Sunday for the Lancaster County Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation’s first barbecue and Teachers Volleyball Brawl fundraiser.
    Final attendance and fundraising totals aren’t in, but the event at Andrew Jackson High School drew 400 to 450 people and met its $10,000 goal, triggering a matching $10,000 donation.

  • Donate school supplies to ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign

    From release

    Lancaster County is ramping up for its annual “Stuff the Bus” school-supply event this Saturday.
    The event, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass West in Lancaster, is hosted by United Way of Lancaster County, Communities in Schools and the U.S. Postal Service Office.
    In partnership with WSOC-TV’s 9 School Tools campaign, Communities in Schools of Lancaster County asks the community to donate school supplies for local students in need.

  • County dissolving parks commission

    The loss of low-cost inmate labor, combined with growth and the city of Lancaster taking back its parks, has prompted county leaders to dissolve the 10-member Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission.
    The recreation commission will be officially dissolved Aug. 31 and a new recreation advisory board will be formed in its place.
    “I don’t think we’ll have any trouble getting anyone to serve,” said county council Chairman Steve Harper.

  • County refuses to settle 2nd Tunnell suit

    The Lancaster County Council has rejected settling a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by Keith Tunnell, former head of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    Council members voted 5-1 on Aug. 13 not to offer any sort of settlement to Tunnell. The matter was discussed in executive session and then voted on in open forum.
    Tunnell, who filed the suit 16 months ago, has requested a jury trial seeking damages.
    County council member Jack Estridge cast the dissenting vote, and council member Larry Honeycutt was absent.

  • His Harley ‘was where he found his peace’

    A Saturday night wreck killed a Lancaster motorcyclist who had barely escaped death twice before in vehicle accidents.
    Ronald Kenneth “Mark” Jenkins Jr., 44, died from injuries sustained in the accident shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, said a report from the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.