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Sims Foundation donates at least $50K to Community Foundation

By Hannah Strong

The J. Marion Sims Foundation on Monday announced  plans to donate $50,000 to the Lancaster County Community Foundation and match up to $25,000 in additional donations.
The money will be used in a broad variety of community-building efforts.
“We applaud the generosity of the J. Marion Sims Foundation,” said Chip Cox, chair of the Lancaster County Community Foundation. “We have been studying the data, looking at indicators of community health, and we believe we can make a bigger impact together.”


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IL 14-year-old dies after bike hits tree

By Kayla Vaughn

A 14-year-old Indian Land resident has died after he was seriously injured when his bicycle hit a tree near the Carolina Thread Trail on Nov. 19.
Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese identified the victim as Garrett Howison.
According to Garrett’s obituary, he and his family had moved to Walnut Creek from Xenia, Ohio, in August. His parents are Jason and Angie Howison.


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Kershaw fire kills elderly woman

By Kayla Vaughn

A 83-year-old Kershaw woman died in a fire at her home Monday morning, one of three residential fires across the county in two days.
The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Bonnie F. Hilton, who lived on West Welsh Street. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.
The Kershaw, Flat Creek and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments responded to the home around 9 a.m., along with full-time Lancaster County firefighters, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

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New IL postal site just west of Lowes

By Reece Murphy

The U.S. Postal Service, which ditched its first idea for locating the new Indian Land post office after an outcry from nearby residents, is rolling out another suggestion.

The new site is near the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160 on a parcel immediately west of Lowes Home Improvement, said USPS real estate specialist Kurtis Bullard.

“We want to let everybody know we’ve listened to their concerns,” Bullard said. “I think this location is going to be much better.”


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Black Friday shoppers find deals with a bit less frenzy

Aaaaaand, they're off!

By Greg Summers and Reece Murphy

Tammy and Mitch Boone were inside Home Depot on S.C. 9 Bypass by 6:15 a.m. on Black Friday – their usual first stop on the biggest shopping day of the year. 


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Lancaster skyrockets 79% since 2011, but there’s a downside

County per-capita income up 6.5%

By Greg Summers

Propelled entirely by high-dollar Indian Land jobs, Lancaster County’s per-capita income jumped 6.5 percent in the past year, continuing the eye-popping growth that has totaled 79 percent since 2011. 

But that indicator of prosperity actually creates an economic-development obstacle in lower-wage parts of the county such as Kershaw and Heath Springs, officials say.


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Downtown Lancaster hopping throughout Christmas season

Endless holiday festivities

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S.C. DMV unveils new REAL ID

By Mark Manicone

The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles has released examples of the new REAL ID driver’s licenses coming in 2018.


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Heath Springs votes to change majority elections to plurality

By Greg Summers

HEATH SPRINGS – To avoid the cost of runoff elections, the county’s smallest town is moving toward holding majority elections rather than the current plurality-based system.

Town council voted unanimously Tuesday night to make the switch. Council will consider the final reading of the plurality-voting ordinance at its December meeting. 


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Christmas basket fund sets target at $10,000

By Kayla Vaughn

HOPE in Lancaster is kicking off its annual Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund today and will collect items and monetary donations through December.

Former American Legion Post 31 Commander Ward Faulkenberry Sr. founded the Christmas basket drive in 1959. HOPE began leading the fundraiser in 2008, after the Red Cross chapter that was heading it moved out of Lancaster County.


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