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  • Tradesville on parade

    The Tradesville community gathered Saturday for its annual Fall Festival and parade. For nearly a quarter-century, the event has been organized as a fundraiser for the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Saluting Sims for 20 years of giving

    A crowd of more than 200 gathered Friday night to salute the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s 20 years of grant-making to agencies serving the residents of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls.
    Those grants have totaled more than $50 million to 108 nonprofit and government agencies over the two decades, and the charitable foundation’s $70 million in current assets make it the eighth largest in South Carolina.

  • Mulvaney, Lucas brief chamber members

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney told Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday that it’s time for meaningful, common-sense reforms to Social Security to keep the system solvent.
    “This is a hard thing to do politically, because it’s easy to run a political ad… that says Mick Mulvaney wants to take Social Security away from old people,” he said. “But it’s something we have to fix.”

  • Shoplifting suspects collared after K-9 search, foot-chase

    It started with a man running from Lancaster’s Home Depot with three stolen string trimmers and jumping into a getaway car parked between the mulch pallets.
    It ended two hours later after a K-9 search and a police foot-chase through the backyards of nearby Gregwood.
    A Concord, N.C., couple were jailed Sept. 16 after the incident at the Home Depot on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    Steven Michael Vanderburg, 28, was arrested by Lancaster Police Department officers about two hours after the theft, running through the Gregwood subdivision.

  • Final call: Kershaw oaks coming down

    KERSHAW – There won’t be a last-minute reprieve for the four majestic oak trees at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets.
    The trees will be cut down within the next two weeks, said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    The decision to move forward with cutting down the trees came on the tails of a Sept. 8 public hearing on the matter.

  • Prison walls don’t stop phone threats

    A Lancaster man serving prison time on drug charges has been accused of  texting threats to another man using an illegal cell phone, a sheriff’s office incident report said.
    Derrick Antonio McIlwain, 30, made headlines in March 2011 after Lancaster police officers pulled him over for loud music and later found crack cocaine in his car.
    McIlwain was convicted of trafficking cocaine in early 2013 and sentenced to eight years. He is incarcerated at the Turbeville Correctional Institute (TCI) in Turbeville.

  • Heath Springs buying new phones for town hall

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to buy new phone equipment outright for town hall  rather than leasing it.
    The cost of the new phone system from Comporium Communications is $1,945.  Town Administrator Tony Starnes said buying the system made more sense than leasing it for $81.80 a month, which works out to $982 a year. If the equipment lasts more than two years – and Starnes said it might last eight or 10 – buying will end up saving money.

  • Almost back to normal at Lancaster gas pumps

    The local gas crunch caused by an Alabama pipeline leak is almost over, but not quite.
    Officials with Colonial Pipeline said late Wednesday that crews had wrapped up work on a bypass around the leak on pipeline 1 in Shelby County, Ala., and removed plugging devices from both sides of the leak.
    Company officials said though the fuel was flowing again, it might take several days for the fuel supply chain to return to normal on the major pipeline, which moves gasoline, diesel and jet fuel through the Carolinas from Texas to New Jersey.

  • Air Force commander comes home

    John M. McCain, a Lancaster native and retired Air Force colonel, has been hired as the No. 2 official at the new Lancaster County Economic Development Department.
    He’ll start work Monday as the existing-industry manager, reporting to agency Director Jamie Gilbert, who has been working solo since July.

  • Stray cat tortured, 2 players charged

    Two University of South Carolina Lancaster baseball players were charged with animal mistreatment Thursday after an off-campus incident Sept. 10 that led to the grotesque death of a cat.
    Grant Payton Bodison, of Simpsonville, and Joshua Allen Kiser, of Aiken, both 19, turned themselves in to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators Thursday on one count each of ill treatment of an animal for shooting the cat repeatedly with a BB gun.