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Members to review grants on case-by-case basis

Council approves IL firefighter grant

By Chris Sardelli

Despite an administrative snafu, Lancaster County Council approved matching a federal grant for the

Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department during its meeting late last month.

Council voted 6-0 at its Jan. 28 meeting to approve a $2,000 local match to fund a new breathing air compressor for the fire department. Councilman Steve Harper was absent from the vote on a previously scheduled trip.

The amount is 5 percent of the total grant, with $38,000 funded by the federal government.


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District releases new school plans

By Reece Murphy

Lancaster County school board members got a look at final plans for Indian Land’s new elementary school during their annual planning meeting Saturday, Feb. 2.


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Council discusses peddlers, hawkers

By Chris Sardelli

What’s the difference between a Girl Scout and a man selling vegetables on the side of a road?

It sounds like the beginning of a corny joke, but it was actually one of many questions Lancaster County Council members lobbed at each other as they discussed the exact definition of peddlers and hawkers during their Jan. 28 meeting. 


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DEW to reduce unemployment services in Chester

By Greg Summers

The lines at the unemployment office in Lancaster are about to get a little longer.

Starting Feb. 19, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) is reducing the number of its statewide offices for employment services from 56 to 40.

One of those offices is in neighboring Chester County. 

That means those in Chester who need face-to-face help with unemployment benefits must drive farther and come to the office here, at 705 N. White St.


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Road named after late patrolman

A celebration of sacrifice

By Jesef Williams

KERSHAW – The S.C. Highway Patrol has not forgotten the ultimate sacrifice of one of their own.


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Bus driver claims intimidation by parent

By Reece Murphy

Tensions between a Lancaster County School District school bus driver and a student’s father led to accusations of intimidation against the father, but no charges.

According to the Feb. 3, incident report, a bus driver dropping children off at a stop near Elm Street and Blue Lane called the Lancaster County School District bus depot to report a man “sitting on the sidewalk with a long gun across his lap.”


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Girl Scouts of South Carolina

National Girl Scout Cookie Day is today

Today, Feb. 8, has been proclaimed National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

All 112 councils across the country are celebrating the world’s largest girl-led business. The venture brings in a yearly revenue of $790 million and sells to 50 million cookie fans.

All the revenue earned from cookie activities – every penny after paying the baker – stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale.


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Sheriff Faile puts sweepstakes-type gaming operators on notice

Time short for gaming machines

By Greg Summers

Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has three words of caution this week for people who don’t remove sweepstakes gaming machines from their businesses: “Take your chances.”

With the state Legislature on its way to closing a perceived loophole regarding the legality of sweepstakes machines, Faile is joining with several law enforcement agencies throughout the state to crack down on those using or possessing the machines. 


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Blaze destroys shop, man escapes uninjured

By Chris Sardelli

Only a charred, burned-out shell remained hours after a blaze tore through a shop building along a quiet county street over the weekend. 


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Deputies trying to piece together shooting in nightclub parking lot

By Chris Sardelli

A man was shot outside a Lancaster nightclub early Sunday morning, Feb. 3, and deputies are still trying to piece the incident together.

Sheriff’s deputies found the 23-year-old man at 1:36 a.m. after responding to a reported shooting outside Grown Folks night club, 1418 Kershaw Camden Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The victim told deputies he was standing in the club parking lot when he heard gunshots and then realized he had been shot.


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