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Government

  • Work on town’s new station about to begin

    HEATH SPRINGS – Construction is expected to start next month on the new station for the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
    Heath Springs Fire Chief Patrick Helms updated Town Council on the project Tuesday.
    Bobbitt Design Build was awarded the contract to design and build the new station, a 10,250-square-foot facility located on Duncan Street. The station is being funded by a Fire Station Construction Grant (SCG) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

  • Group seeks to open new medical office in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council heard a plan to open a new medical office downtown.
    Chris Dixon, Sandhills Medical Foundation’s chief financial officer, outlined the plan and requested a letter of support from council Monday to submit with an upcoming federal grant application, which is due Dec. 17.
    Sandhills offers medical care to anyone, with sliding-scale fees as low as $25, keyed to the patient’s ability to pay.

  • Council action may save church

    A local congregation is breathing a sigh of relief now that County Council has given first approval to a zoning change.
    More than 30 members of Trinity Baptist Church, who are trying to relocate their church from Fort Mill to a former Van Wyck cabinet shop on Steele Hill Road, packed the audience at County Council’s meeting Tuesday.

  • Courthouse preview

    Gazing at the restored historic courthouse through a large, arched window inside the new courthouse building, County Councilman Jack Estridge expresses his amazement.
    “It’s like a dream,” he said. “It just hasn’t hit me yet.”
    Chad Catledge, courthouse project consultant with Lancaster’s Perception Builders, led Estridge and a  few other county officials on a tour of the new courthouse Friday afternoon. It was one of two tours he offered small groups of county officials Friday.

  • Simpson withdraws from school election

    One of the candidates looking to fill the Lancaster County school board seat held by the late Dr. Peter Barry has dropped out of the race.
    Al Simpson submitted a letter of withdrawal Friday afternoon to the Lancaster County Election Commission.
    Ronald Burke and Bill Sumner are the remaining candidates. The special election for the District 4 seat will be Nov. 30.
    “I got an employment opportunity that’s not going to allow me to serve in that position,” said Simpson, who wouldn’t elaborate.

  • Police search for two men after standoff

    The search of a Culp Street home provided no leads in the whereabouts of two men who ran from police during a traffic stop on Friday.
    Capt. Harlean Howard of the Lancaster Police Department said the search began after a police officer tried to stop a purple PT Cruiser for speeding on Meeting Street about 10 a.m. on Friday.
    “This was as a result of a routine car stop,” Howard said.

  • City adopts new zoning ordinance

    The city of Lancaster is simplifying its method for dealing with annexations and zonings.
    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve final reading of an ordinance to consider an annexation and its accompanying zoning request at the same time. Council used to  vote on a zoning designation after the property has been annexed into the city.

  • Sheriff’s office to get new home

    As part of a $2.5 million plan, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office will soon have a new home.
    The sheriff’s office, which is running out of room at its Pageland Highway building and needs to comply with a new state requirement for evidence storage, will move its personnel to the five-building Thaxton complex on S.C. 9 within the next year.
    The plans were announced Tuesday night as County Council unanimously approved the purchase of the property.

  • Council honors firefighters at meeting

    One by one they filed to the front of the room as the large crowd burst into applause.
    The long line of men, mostly chiefs decked out in their best dress uniforms, represented the county’s 19 fire departments in a special ceremony by County Council on Tuesday night.
    After the county hosted the S.C. Fire Chiefs Association conference in October at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, as well as recent coverage of each fire department in The Lancaster News, council wanted to recognize the volunteers for all they do.

  • County OKs funds for farmers market

    After a surge of interest in the newly reorganized farmer’s market, the county has given the organization additional funding.
    County Council is providing an additional $3,000 for the farmers market. The money will be used to buy new furniture and for various renovations at the market.
    Councilman Jack Estridge said this is the time to address the needs of the vendors and the community.