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  • Heat might break local records

    Today through Tuesday, abnormally high temperatures may break local records dating back to the early 1900s.
    Some meteorologists this week blamed a “heat ridge” for the forecast.
    “What people are referring to when they talk about a heat ridge is there’s a large ridge of high pressure that’s going to be across the Southeast over the next several days,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Leonard Vaughan.

  • Wylie Street Pool area gets $100K in upgrades

    Lancaster County and the city of Lancaster have joined forces to make more than $100,000 in improvements to Wylie Street Pool and the surrounding area, including a new playground and picnic shelter.
    City council member Kenny Hood was one of the proponents of the project.

  • Proposed city budget falling $2.9M for ’19-20

    The city of Lancaster’s preliminary budget for fiscal 2019-20 is nearly $3 million less than last year’s and $9 million less than the year before that.
    City Finance Director Dana Pinkert presented the recommended budget of approximately $25 million to city council during a special council meeting Tuesday evening.
    “We had to deal with losing the tax dollars from the hospital,” she said. “We’re anticipating lower tax dollars, so we had to make some reductions.”

  • Jeff Hammond switches to GOP

    After serving as Lancaster County’s Democratic clerk of court for 18 years, Jeff Hammond revealed Thursday that he was joining the GOP.
    “Today, I am announcing that I will seek re-election in 2020 as a member of the Republican Party,” the 60-year-old Lancaster native told an applauding, standing-room-only crowd in the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse.
    County GOP Chair Sandy McGarry, who had publicly targeted Hammond for defeat in 2020, cheered his decision and pledged her party’s commitment to keeping him in office.

  • Buford Battleground event this Saturday

    Emily Carnes Franklin now has a special place of honor in the halls of Congress.
    On May 16, Rep. Ralph Norman read a resolution into the Congressional Record to honor Franklin for her “lifelong passion and dedication” to preserve the “sacred soil” of the Buford Battleground.
    Known as the unofficial ambassador and caretaker of the Buford Massacre site on Rocky River Road, “Miss Emily” died in June 2017.

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  • Elegant old carriage graces Buford roadside

    You can’t miss it as you drive east from Lancaster along Pageland Highway – an old, red, two-seat buggy for sale along the roadside.
    Owners Don and Doris Walters bought the horse-drawn carriage about two years ago at an auction in Troutman, N.C. Led by one of their large, draft horses – Cookie, Trixie or Maggie – they take the buggy out for an occasional spin.

  • Heath Springs approves truck-parking restrictions

    HEATH SPRINGS – Truck drivers can no longer leave their rigs in downtown Heath Springs unless they’re delivering goods or picking them up. 
    Town leaders passed an ordinance last week that prohibits oversized vehicles from parking in the downtown business district.
    “It’s because of the truck at the train depot…. You can see it from Main Street,” said town council member Iva Drakeford.

  • He made a difference in so many ways

    At his church, the NAACP, nonprofits and government boards of every purpose, Lester Belk threw his hand up whenever his community needed a volunteer.
    Belk, known for making a difference with a few carefully chosen words, died Friday at his home. He was 67.
    “His loss has hit me like a torpedo. I don’t know any other way to describe it. Lester was such a wise man,” said Dr. Paul McKenzie, director of research and development for the Lancaster County School District.

  • Shovels turn for county’s $3.1 million animal shelter

    County officials and animal advocates broke ground on a $3.1 million animal shelter Monday, capping their 20-month effort to replace the cramped, outdated facility on Lynwood Drive.
    Located on Pageland Highway, just past Lancaster Convalescent Center, the 8,600-square-foot shelter will take about a year to build.
    “We’re going to be the one that people talk about. That’s going to be good for Lancaster County,” said shelter Director Alan Williams, noting that facility discussions often come up at state meetings he attends.