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  • Mulvaney says he won't accept reimbursements

    State Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 45, said Thursday that he won't accept any reimbursements related to any emergency session of the state Legislature.

    It seems increasingly likely that lawmakers may have to return to Columbia to address budget shortfalls, Mulvaney said.

    "We're in this mess because too many lawmakers in Columbia cared more about pork than principles," Mulvaney said in a release. "That's frankly not a failure you should have to pay for."

  • New business owners see opportunities downtown

    Frederick "Smooth" Hogsett wants to bring a new business perspective to downtown Lancaster.

    Hogsett, owner of Smooth's Music, Books & Gifts at 134 S. Main St., can't wait for his store's grand opening Saturday, not only to unveil the CDs, LPs, books, art and specialty items he'll be offering, but also so he can reveal his innovative approach to his business. That approach, he said, involves providing individual service to each customer.

    "The biggest thing for us is customer service," Hogsett said. "We want to give people what they can't find at Kmart and Wal-Mart."

  • Sidewalk sale to benefit planned Artisan Center

    If you're visiting the first Lancaster Street Market on Saturday, you'll also have a chance to support the local arts.

    The Artisan Center, a nonprofit arts center located in the former Badcock Furniture building on Main Street, is planning a grand opening on Nov. 6.

    In the meantime, the center, which will provide classes in visual arts, theater, dance, music and language arts, needs funding to open its doors.

  • Kershaw's Town Hall project about to start

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is close to choosing a construction company for its new Town Hall project.

    Mayor Tommy Baker said several bids were submitted and the field was narrowed to the three lowest bidders. They include PF & Perry L. Mungo Inc. of Pageland, the John M. Campbell Co. of Monroe and MCON Construction of Chester.

    All three companies have been interviewed and Town Administrator Tony Starnes will make a recommendation for which company to choose at Kershaw's Town Council meeting on Monday.

  • Founders announces $6M in dividends for members

    Amid the current national banking crisis and a possible recession, Founders Federal Credit Union plans to reassure its members by returning $6 million in bonus dividends.

    Bruce Brumfield, president and chief executive officer of Founders, said the dividends will be divided into two amounts, $3 million for savers and $3 million for borrowers.

    The credit union has more than 180,000 members. The bonus dividends will be allocated to members in good standing.

  • Group wants to ensure teen gets fair shake

    With the Carter family all dressed in black behind him, a civil rights advocate for the 17-year-old charged with burning the Lancaster County Courthouse talked about the bigger picture.

    At a press conference in front of the damaged courthouse Wednesday, John Barnette, the South Carolina representative for the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, said his organization has been asked to do three things for the family of Martavious Carter.

  • LHS band performs a fast-paced show

    Brittany McCrosson has a unique task this season for the Lancaster High School marching band.

    The junior pit captain not only plays the marimba, she's also a member of the color guard. So, during the band's 2008 show, titled "It's OK ... I'm with the Band," you'll see McCrosson tapping on percussion keys one minute and twirling a flag the next.

    She has to move quickly to do it.

    Fortunately for McCrosson, there's enough time in between songs to go back and forth from the percussion pit to the flags.

  • City sets sights on equipment

    The city of Lancaster is closer to obtaining much-needed new heavy equipment.

    City Council approved first reading Sept. 23 of an ordinance that would provide the city with a lease-purchase agreement to buy new equipment.

    The proposed agreement, which totals $825,000, divides the requested equipment into two separate funds.

    The gross revenue fund would receive $470,000 to buy a dump truck for $60,000, a front-end loader for $140,000 and a sewer jet vacuum truck for $270,000.

  • Group questions charges against teen

    The National Action Network is conducting a civil rights investigation into the arrest of a 17-year-old in connection to armed robberies and the arson of the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Area NAN representative John Barnette said a press conference will be held by the family of Martavious Semaj Carter at 10 a.m. today in front of the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Carter is charged with the Aug. 4 arson at the courthouse and another arson on Aug. 7 at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield's office.

  • Presidential race spurs new voters

    The presidential race is spurring non-voters to register to cast a ballot for the first time.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said since Aug. 18, 1,432 people have registered to vote. Some of those are likely new residents to the county, but others are people, including teenagers, who have never registered before.

    "We've got applications stacked everywhere," Stump said Tuesday, describing her office.