https://www.thelancasternews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Investors target 3rd major downtown site https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/investors-target-3rd-major-downtown-site <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_1465_crop.jpg" alt="The Kimbrell’s building, at 106 S. Main St., is at the same intersection as the County Administration Building and the historic courthouse and in the same block as the Native American Studies Center." title="The Kimbrell’s building, at 106 S. Main St., is at the same intersection as the County Administration Building and the historic courthouse and in the same block as the Native American Studies Center." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Another large, vacant building has been sold in downtown Lancaster and looks poised for redevelopment.<br /> Quietly, in March, investors identified in legal documents only as Main and Dunlap LLC purchased the 11,364-square-foot Kimbrell&rsquo;s building in the heart of downtown at 106 S. Main St.<br /> A block in either direction, big renovation projects are already in the works.<br /> Flood-fighting, heelsplitter-saving wins national award https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/flood-fighting-heelsplitter-saving-wins-national-award <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0104_0.jpg" alt="From left, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Jonathan Wardell, Jason Mayes and Morgan Wolf, along with Tony Bradley of the Welaka Fish Hatchery, pause for a photo in front of the updated culvert across Gills Creek in October. The team spent a day releasing 300 Carolina heelsplitter mussels into Gills Creek. " title="From left, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Jonathan Wardell, Jason Mayes and Morgan Wolf, along with Tony Bradley of the Welaka Fish Hatchery, pause for a photo in front of the updated culvert across Gills Creek in October. The team spent a day releasing 300 Carolina heelsplitter mussels into Gills Creek. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The $877,000 Gills Creek project that both protected the endangered Carolina Heelsplitter and controlled costly floodwaters has earned Lancaster County national recognition.<br /> The National Association of Counties, meeting July 15 in Nashville, gave the county one of five 2018 transportation awards for its &ldquo;Highways and Heelsplitters&rdquo; project.<br /> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s pretty gratifying for us and our employees,&rdquo; said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis. &ldquo;Gills Creek is flowing much better and the heelsplitters have a better home.&rdquo;<br /> Kershaw gets state grant to refurbish golf course greens https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/kershaw-gets-state-grant-refurbish-golf-course-greens <p> KERSHAW &ndash; A $35,000 state grant will rework eight putting greens and enlarge all the tee boxes at the Kershaw Golf Course, the next big step in a two-year effort to revitalize the once-faltering municipal facility.<br /> The grant, from the S.C. Department of Recreation and Tourism, will pay 80 percent of the project&rsquo;s cost. The city will supply about $7,000.<br /> &ldquo;This is a win-win for everybody,&rdquo; said Mayor Mark Dorman. &ldquo;Most of our 20 percent match will come in the form of labor and equipment.&rdquo;<br /> WWII, Korea vet Ira Williams dies at 100 https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/wwii-korea-vet-ira-williams-dies-100 <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sdp_7217_crop.jpg" alt="Ira Williams recently celebrated his 100th birthday. In addition to a special cake, Williams received a Special Congressional Recognition signed by Rep. Ralph Norman honoring his birthday and his service." title="Ira Williams recently celebrated his 100th birthday. In addition to a special cake, Williams received a Special Congressional Recognition signed by Rep. Ralph Norman honoring his birthday and his service." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Ira Williams, a veteran of the D-Day invasion and the first Lancaster County soldier to enter Germany after the allies&rsquo; drive across Europe, died Thursday, five days after a huge crowd celebrated his 100th birthday.<br /> After ending World War II without a scratch, Williams continued his Army service and was severely wounded during the Korean War. He spent more than a year in the hospital.<br /> In 2007, The Lancaster News ran a two-part series highlighting his military career.<br /> Long, hard days in Haiti https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/long-hard-days-haiti <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/amanda_and_eugens.jpg" alt="Drawn back quickly: Amanda Gaskin returned for a second mission trip just three weeks after returning home to Lancaster. Here she hugs Eugens, a boy she met in Fond Blanc whom her family now sponsors. “He stole my heart,” she says." title="Drawn back quickly: Amanda Gaskin returned for a second mission trip just three weeks after returning home to Lancaster. Here she hugs Eugens, a boy she met in Fond Blanc whom her family now sponsors. “He stole my heart,” she says." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Amanda Gaskin had never left the country and had never seen a clear blue ocean before June 2, when she and a small mission team took a trip to Fond Blanc in Haiti.<br /> The small construction crew stayed for a week, working tirelessly each day at an orphanage with no power or running water, before returning to America.<br /> The country is still suffering from a devastating earthquake eight years ago.<br /> New details in Austin Steele murder https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/new-details-austin-steele-murder <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0870_kv_crop.jpg" alt="Brandy Duncan, right, sits with Assistant Public Defender Chassity Brewer during her preliminary hearing Wednesday." title="Brandy Duncan, right, sits with Assistant Public Defender Chassity Brewer during her preliminary hearing Wednesday." align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> Both suspects in February&rsquo;s murder and dismemberment of Lancaster teen Austin Steele waived their Miranda rights and described the killing and its aftermath in great detail, prosecutors revealed Wednesday in court.<br /> The accounts of Brandy Duncan and her husband, Chris Holford, agreed on most points, except for her insistence that she participated only under threat, and his that she was a willing helper.<br /> The news came during Duncan&rsquo;s preliminary hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse on the charge of accessory after the fact of murder.<br /> Peter Pan Jr. tonight and Saturday https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/peter-pan-jr-tonight-and-saturday <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/peter_pan_preformance7-14-2018_8-48_pm0822.jpg" alt="Tyler “Gee” Barber as Captain Hook tells the lost boys “join us pirates or walk the plank.”" title="Tyler “Gee” Barber as Captain Hook tells the lost boys “join us pirates or walk the plank.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County will present &ldquo;Peter Pan Jr.&rdquo; at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Barr Street Auditorium, 610 E. Meeting St. Tickets are available at the door.</p> County seeks AG opinion on dirt-road controversy https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/county-seeks-ag-opinion-dirt-road-controversy <p> Lancaster County&rsquo;s dirt-road ruckus is getting kicked upstairs.<br /> County officials will seek an opinion from the S.C. Attorney General&rsquo;s Office before deciding whether to keep Timberline Road in the county&rsquo;s road system and remove the gate or petition the court to make it a private dirt road.<br /> &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t have both. If it&rsquo;s a public road, the public needs to have access to it,&rdquo; county council member Brian Carnes said during a lengthy discussion of the issue at Monday night&rsquo;s council meeting.<br />