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  • Vast reservoir now full

    VAN WYCK – A joint venture between Lancaster County and Union County, N.C., has  completed a colossal new reservoir that increases the counties’ water-storage capacity tenfold – to 1 billion gallons.
    More than a decade in the making, the $50 million project will gird the counties for explosive growth, protect them against drought and contamination, and meet stricter regulations for water plants along the Catawba River.

  • Papers’ publisher wins national award

    The National Newspaper Association has chosen Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway, for one of the highest tributes in community journalism – the Emma C. McKinney Award.
    The annual award is given to a working or retired newspaperwoman who has provided distinguished service and leadership within the industry and in her community.

  • Marvin Road project costs come in high

    Although no Panhandle roads were identified for the state’s 2020 Pavement Improvement Program, some major upgrades are already under way to alleviate congestion in the northern part of the county.
    The Rock Hill, Fort Mill Area Transportation Study, known as RFATS, met last month to discuss some of the big projects in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes, who recently completed a term as chair of the group, said the widening of U.S. 160 is on track to be completed by next summer.

  • Statewide pet push: Animal shelter reduces fees for adoptions this weekend

    Gail Holland’s first day on the job volunteering at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter was life-changing, for her and an 11-year-old beagle named Buddy.
    Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters of SC has recently been recruiting volunteers to socialize and exercise dogs at the county shelter.
    Although Holland had walked a number of dogs, she took special notice of Buddy.

  • Paws on Parade

    Three more colorful Paws on Parade pups were recently installed, bringing the total to nine of the lively sculptures scattered throughout the county.
    The public art exhibit, sponsored by Lancaster County Council of the Arts, features 10 fiberglass dog sculptures by local artists, with the last dogs to be installed soon.
    The most recent installations were in the Panhandle – “Jacket” by Kristina Humphries Ray, “Fetch” by Dianne Mahaffee and “Alpha” by Katelyn Shull.

  • IL woman competes in international pageant

    Lancaster County’s own Cheryl McDermott will be representing the Palmetto State in the Premier World Pageants in Boise, Idaho, next week.
    The Indian Land resident and registered nurse was crowned Ms. South Carolina 2019 Premier World in September in her first pageant, and is now facing her first international competition.
    “I’m excited,” McDermott said. “I’m nervous too, because this is only my second pageant.”

  • Fire stations getting pet oxygen masks

    An S.C. animal-welfare nonprofit has made a donation to equip all Lancaster County fire stations with breathing masks for pets that are overcome by smoke.
    Last month, 21 kits containing the animal oxygen masks were given to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers for distribution throughout the county.
    “Those masks make a big difference when saving an animal from a fire,” Rogers said. “Their lungs are affected badly by smoke just like a human’s are.”

  • Two-week detour at S.C. 160 and Old Bailes Road

    The S.C. Department of Transportation will close the intersection of S.C. 160 and Old Bailes Road from July 15-27 for road improvements.
    The closure, SCDOT said in a statement, is tied to the S.C. 160 widening project in Lancaster County.
    The schedule “could change if utility conflicts or adverse weather conditions are encountered,” the agency said.
    Beginning July 15, traffic will be diverted down a detour from S.C. 160 to Possum Hollow Road to bypass construction and intersection improvements.

  • Battleground tribute

    America’s independence was conceived in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, David Reuwer of the S.C. Battlefield Trust told a crowd gathered in Buford on May 25.
    “But the bloody labor and delivery room is right here in South Carolina,” Reuwer shouted during the 239th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre on what he called “sacred ground” in eastern Lancaster County.
    More than 200 attended the service, some coming from as far away as Virginia and Florida.

  • Legion Post 250 wins top state awards

    Indian Land’s American Legion Post 250 has received two statewide awards recognizing the post for its growth and its impact on the local community.
    Post 250 was the single recipient of South Carolina’s Post Excellence Award this year, among more than 160 posts throughout the state.
    The post’s commander, Richard Steininger, re-ceived the W.M. Mc-Laughlin Post Commander Achievement Award – an honor given to one post commander in the state each year.