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  • EMS station bids all come in high

    Lancaster County is getting sticker shock once again for the proposed EMS Station 4/9 on Bailes Road in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said when sealed bids on the EMS station were opened June 19, all of them were about $500,000 higher than the anticipated $1.2 million cost.
    That increase is about 42 percent of the original estimated total cost.
    Seven contractors submitted bids to build the new EMS station and all the bids are within about $137,000.

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  • School board approves $121.4M budget

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously approved a $121.4 million budget for fiscal 2019-20 on June 25, including pay raises for school staff and a slight tax hike.
    This year’s budget is 9.11 percent larger than last year’s school district budget of $110.6 million.
    With expenditures budgeted to exceed revenues by $5.4 million, the board decided to balance the budget with money from its general fund, which holds $23.9 million.

  • Wreck cuts power to 500 in VW area

    A vehicle crashed into a power pole on Van Wyck Road in the late afternoon June 24, leaving about 500 households without power.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the wreck occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, and the driver was flown to a nearby hospital for injuries. The driver was not trapped in the vehicle and did not require extrication by Charlotte Road-Van Wyck firefighters, who were on-scene, Rogers said.

  • County Ag+Art Tour draws thousands

    Bailey Milhorn
    The Lancaster News
    More than 5,000 people toured 11 farms throughout Lancaster County last weekend during the county’s seventh-annual Ag+Art Tour.
    The South Carolina Ag+Art Tour is a self-guided, free tour where people tour farms, hear local musicians, watch local artisans work and shop at vendor booths at each stop.

  • Celebrate America: Fourth of July Events

    Covenant Freedom Celebration
    Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster, will host a Freedom Celebration 7-8 p.m. July 3. There will be food, inflatables, water games, music and fireworks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch the fireworks  show. All are welcome.
    Charlesboro July Fourth Parade

  • Training for tragedy

    Since opening last fall, Van Wyck Elementary School has had its share of rowdy days, but never anything as loud as the last two weeks.
    Hundreds of law officers, EMS workers and firefighters have converged on the school, acting out dozens of active- shooter scenarios. It’s the county’s first multi-agency training to prepare for the kind of mass-casualty event that officials dread the most.
    On Thursday afternoon, June 20, the realistic portrayal of tragedy and the intensity of all the participants created a jarring experience.

  • IL teen dies from injuries in wreck

    An Indian Land High School student who was involved in a head-on collision on U.S. 521 earlier this month has died.
    Ethan Wayne Swanner, 17, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center on June 13 as a result of traumatic injuries sustained during the collision eight days earlier, Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said Friday.
    A lineman on the Warriors football team, Swanner was headed east on Possum Hollow Road in a 1965 Ford Mustang shortly before 8 a.m. June 5, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • County’s main library to close for month

    Lancaster County’s main library will close for the month of July as it relocates to the Barnett Building, where it will set up camp until the renovation and expansion are completed at the White Street location in Lancaster.
    The library will reopen at its temporary site the first week of August, with services pared down a bit, said Rita Vogel, director of the Lancaster County Library.
    “We will be in a much smaller building,” Vogel said. “We’ll still offer the electronic services – the internet, faxing, copying and printing.”

  • Senior produce vouchers still available

    From release
    The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns this summer to help supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and support South Carolina’s small farmers.
    The seasonal USDA grant program allows individuals age 60 and older to buy fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs through Oct. 15.