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  • To Ellen Cooper, nursing is more than a job a job

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    WINNSBORO – Registered nurse Ellen Cooper is a perfectionist. She admits to it. And just like most perfectionists, she believes any job worth doing has no shortcuts.
    It’s a quality Cooper, 48, figures she picked up from her parents, Shirley Buckner and the late Bob Buckner.
    “They both had different styles, but it was a trait they had in common,” the Lancaster resident said. “I was a daddy’s girl and Mom was a school teacher. They believed in doing it right.”

  • Smoking, gold mine ordinances back on table

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    After more than two months off council’s agenda, a county-wide smoking ordinance and several Haile Gold Mine ordinances are back up for discussion at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday night, Aug. 27.
    Council members will discuss first reading of an ordinance prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places and enclosed work areas in the county. Council discussed a draft ordinance in June, but it was postponed pending a review from the county’s Health and Wellness Commission.

  • No show, no pay?

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    HEATH SPRINGS – If a council member is absent from a meeting, they may soon have to pay for it.
    Heath Springs Town Council unanimously approved first reading Tuesday, Aug. 21, of an ordinance to withholds a councilman or councilwoman’s pay if he or she misses a regular monthly meeting. The vote was unamimous (5-0).
    The five Heath Springs council members are paid once a year.
    The mayor gets $1,500, the mayor pro tem receives $1,400 annually and the other three members each get $1,300.

  • Continental Tire unveils IL expansion

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Continental Tire of Americas celebrated an expansion of its Corporate Headquarters in Indian Land on Friday, Aug. 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included a significant donation to Lancaster County’s fire departments.
    Continental Tire announced its intentions to expand its North and South American headquarters in the MacMillan Business Park in October.

  • McConnell to visit area aging centers

    Lieutenant
    Governor’s Office
    Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will travel through Chester, Lancaster, York, and Union counties to visit area nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers while on a Face of Aging tour of the state.
    The purpose of the tour is to assess existing aging services and gather suggestions on improvements from local seniors, adults living with disabilities, families, service providers, caregivers, residents and community leaders. An open forum for public input has also been scheduled for the visit.

  • The case of AWOL state lawmaker

    Rick Brundrett
    The Nerve
    An S.C. House member was paid more than $12,500 in legislative salary and expense reimbursements from January through June, despite racking up unexcused absences for virtually all of the legislative session this year, a review by The Nerve found.
    The chairman of the House Ethics Committee said that while he doesn’t believe Rep. Eric Bikas, R-Pickens, broke any state ethics laws, the 25-year-old first-term lawmaker should not have accepted his state pay, given his unexcused absences during session.

  • Task force busts indoor pot farm

    INDIAN LAND – Rows of pot plants were confiscated and one man was arrested during a bust on a marijuana-growing house in Indian Land on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

    Donny Howard Jackson, 52, 9557 Possum Hollow Road, was arrested on charges of possession of hashish and growing/manufacturing marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Jackson’s arrest came at the end of an intense drug investigation by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force Team.

  • Conservation district names McCauley as top farmer

    When Jack McCauley walks up to the pasture gate on his farm, the mooing stops and every head turns in his direction.

    “Here girls,” he yells as he swings open the gate. “Let’s go.”

    Almost as if he were a pied piper, 22 cows follow McCauley through two gates and into another small pasture covered in almost waist-high native switchgrass. It took McCauley almost two years to get the pasture looking like that.

    But it was worth it, he said. Two of his calves recently sold for more than he expected.

  • Vaughn: Buford High student mistakenly brings two rifles to school

    Authorities say a Buford High School student did the right thing this week, but was still arrested and will be held accountable for mistakenly having two hunting rifles in his truck in the school parking lot on Monday, Aug. 20. 

    Joshua Aaron Horne, 17, 1084 Tryon St., was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm on school property, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • County’s jobless rate dips

    Lancaster County saw a drop in its unemployment rate last month, though state and national numbers went in the opposite direction.

    The county’s July jobless rate was 12.7 percent, a drop from the 12.9 percent it posted in June. The county’s July 2011 rate was 13.9.

    Last month, of the 30,593 people in Lancaster County’s workforce, 3,874 of them were unemployed, according to figures recently released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.