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Firefighting is in their blood

By The Staff

“It’s in your blood.”

That’s something writers from The Lancaster News who worked on the Always on Call series, a series that focused on the 19 fire departments in Lancaster County, heard over and over again from firefighters, most of whom are volunteers and not paid for their service, about why they do what they do.

The desire to serve their communities, the drive to learn firefighting techniques, the satisfaction they derive from saving property and helping people – it’s in their blood.


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$111,491 grant will pay for new investigator

Sheriff to take on white-collar crime

By Jenny Arnold

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has a white-collar crime investigator among its ranks now.

The department received a $111,491 federal grant that will fund the salary, equipment, vehicle, training and travel for the investigator, who will investigate forgeries, scams, identify theft and credit card fraud.

“Any investigation involving a person using deceit rather than force to obtain financial gain,” Sheriff Barry Faile said.


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County supports Kershaw’s effort to secure grants for CareNet facility

By Chris Sardelli

The town of Kershaw has received the backing of County Council its efforts to create a health-care facility.

Council approved at its Sept. 28 meeting serving as a co-applicant with the town of Kershaw for a Community Development Block Grant  to renovate a building for a CareNet health-care facility. CareNet is a local nonprofit group that provides medical services and medication for little or no cost to county residents.


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Arts council’s first Soup Studio fundraiser set for Friday at USCL

Soup, crackers and performances on the menu

By Jenny Arnold

The culinary and performing arts will collide with the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ first Soup Studio on Friday.

Soup Studio will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

Those attending will get a light lunch provided by several local restaurants, and entertainment from Lancaster County School District student groups and King’s Cause, a local gospel group.

Tickets are $10, with 300 tickets available.


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He calls it ‘smear campaign’; Spratt’s spokesman responds, says Mulvaney ‘dodged questions’ about Edenmoor

Mulvaney attacks Spratt ad

By Jenny Arnold

State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, spoke out Thursday against a TV ad by his opponent in the 5th District congressional race, incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt.

Mulvaney said the ad contains “half-truths and innuendos.”

Mulvaney, a first-term senator who also served one term in the state House, is hoping to unseat Spratt, who has been elected to the 5th District seat in every election since 1982.


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Council says no to spending $125,000 to match grant

By Chris Sardelli

Kathy Wilds wants to help put area residents back to work, but she’ll have to do it without funding from County Council.

Wilds, director of the non-profit organization Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative, asked council members Tuesday to consider matching a literacy grant she’s applying for from Microsoft, the software firm that makes Windows and other software applications.

The $250,000 grant would include $125,000 from Microsoft, but it requires an equal match.


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Jack Usher was veteran employee of sheriff’s office

Sheriff, others remember dispatcher

By Jenny Arnold

Law enforcement officials remember a late dispatcher as not only a good coworker, but a good friend as well.

Jack Usher, 50, died Thursday after a sudden illness. He was an emergency 911 dispatcher at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Barry Faile said Usher came to work for the sheriff’s office as a deputy in 1981. In 1985, he left for four years and worked in loss prevention for Sears and Belk department stores before returning to the sheriff’s office in 1988. He worked as a deputy and then as a dispatcher after his return.


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Friends of Del Webb Library win contest

By Chris Sardelli

INDIAN LAND – Clare McConaughey has one word for the award her group of Indian Land library volunteers just won – amazing.

McConaughey and her fellow volunteers from the used book shop at the Del Webb Library took the top prize in the WSOC-TV Nine Who Care Awards. Run by the Friends of the Del Webb Library, the book shop sells donated used books, at prices ranging from 25 cents to $2, to fund new book purchases at the library.


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Barbecue festival starts Friday night

Hog Jam time in Kershaw

By Jenny Arnold

KERSHAW – Here piggy, piggy, piggy.

It’s time once again for Lancaster County residents to head down to Kershaw and get their barbecue on, as the two-day Hog Jam gets underway Friday night. The festival is sponsored by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce.

Twenty-two teams from the Carolinas have signed up to compete in the festival’s barbecue cook-off.

The festivities start at 6 p.m. Friday, with a performance by the band, The Mighty Kicks, which plays beach and shag music.


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Oct. 2 last day to register to vote in Nov. election

By Jenny Arnold

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election is quickly approaching.

Saturday is the last day to sign up, and the Lancaster County Voter Registration office, at the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon that day.

New registrants need to bring a driver’s license with their correct Lancaster County address on it and have their Social Security number, said county voting official Cassie Stump.


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