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Today's News

  • Shelter plan inches ahead

    Plans to build a new county animal shelter are moving forward again, with only a few days left before the low construction bid is set to expire.
    The three members of county council’s Infrastructure and Regulation Committee will recommend to the full council that it spend $2.9 million to $3.1 million building the 8,600-square-foot facility on Pageland Highway.

  • ‘Amicable divorce’ for HOPE, Christian Services

    Nineteen months after forming an alliance and moving into the old Lancaster Bowling Center together, HOPE and Christian Services are splitting up, citing disparate strategies and lack of space.
    The short-lived partnership between two of Lancaster’s best-known nonprofits dissolved last week, with leaders at both agencies saying there were no hard feelings over the change.
    Richard Band, board chair of HOPE in Lancaster, called the separation a “very amicable, friendly, no-fault divorce.”

  • Man strikes plea deal, gets 7 years in child-sex assault case

    A Lancaster man who faced up to life in prison on charges of sexually abusing two young children has pleaded guilty to lesser offenses and received a seven-year sentence.
    Laurkeia “Magoo” Montgomery, also known as Laurkeda, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree assault and battery after admitting to inappropriately touching the two children, said Robert Kittle of the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case.
    Montgomery was sentenced to seven years in state prison on each count, to be served concurrently.

  • County going airborne to fight crime, save lives

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting two new high-tech tools – infrared-equipped drones that can spot a suspect hiding in the dark or an unconscious missing person in thick woods.
    The drones will cost about $27,000 total, with extra attachments and batteries included.
    “We’ve been talking about getting one for years, but we just haven’t been able to afford it,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “This year we had money left over in our budget used to purchase patrol cars, but not quite enough to buy a car.

  • Corporate flap might affect Remind app

    Remind, the county schools’ emergency-notification provider, plans to discontinue sending text alerts to Verizon customers because of a dispute with the cellular giant.
    As of Jan. 28, Verizon customers will no longer receive text messages from the Remind app, a critical component of the Lancaster County School District’s emergency-response system for the past year.

  • Local couple remembers Miracle on the Hudson

    Stephanie Jadrnicek
    For The Lancaster News

    Although 10 years have passed, Ann and Carl Oblak will never forget Jan. 15, 2009 – the day their plane crashed into the Hudson River.
    The couple had recently moved into their new home in Sun City Carolina Lakes and were returning from visiting friends in New York.
    “It was snowing that morning and we arrived early at the airport to try to get an earlier flight, but they didn’t have any room,” said Ann, 81.

  • Registration open for state 4-H Engineering Challenge

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University

    COLUMBIA – Engineering requires science and technical skills to bring imagination to life, and youth from around the state will have a chance to put their imaginations to the test at the 2019 S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge.
    Registration is now open for the event, which offers fun and engaging ways for young people to compete in various STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, such as open bridge building, energy, GPS, robotics, rocketry and more.

  • More gold at Haile

    KERSHAW – An additional deposit of gold ore has been discovered at Haile Gold Mine, though the company won’t say exactly where it is or how much it’s worth.
    “A site has been located, but we’re not in any position at this time to discuss the specifics,” said OceanaGold’s David Thomas, who oversees the international mining company’s U.S. operation.

  • Kershaw will credit customers for missed trash runs

    KERSHAW – Town council voted Monday night to credit garbage customers’ accounts for any pickups missed during Kershaw’s trash crisis over the holiday period.
    Council members unanimously backed Mayor Mark Dorman’s proposal to apply a prorated credit to garbage bills as early as next month. Council member Michael Cook was absent from the meeting.
    The town didn’t have the capacity to pick up all the trash for more than two weeks because the two town employees licensed to drive the garbage trucks called in sick.

  • Pressure builds to enact county impact fees

    For many months, county council has been kicking around the idea of enacting impact fees on all new residential and commercial construction north of S.C. 5 to help pay for capital needs.
    Now, with a rezoning request pending on a 500-home Indian Land subdivision, council members are feeling pressure to make a decision and require developers to pay at least some of the public infrastructure costs associated with their projects.
    Council member Terry Graham told his colleagues at Monday night’s council meeting that it’s time to take action.