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  • Walk to School Day draws early bird crowd

    If you were in the vicinity of Clinton Elementary School just before dawn Wednesday, you may have seen an unusual sight and heard an unusual sound.

    The sight was students walking from Eastside Academy to Clinton Elementary School. The sound was a bagpipe.

    Wednesday was International Walk to School Day, an event in which Clinton Elementary has participated the last three years. Its purpose is to emphasis the importance of exercise, as well as safe streets and communities.

  • Cole, Grier face off in County Council District 3 race

    First-term incumbent Wesley Grier, a Republican, faces fellow longtime Buford resident D.W. Cotton Cole, a Democrat, in the race for the County Council District 3 seat.

    The district covers the Buford community, as well as the Camp Creek, Tradesville, Unity and Pleasant Dale communities.

    Election Day is Nov. 4.

    Wesley Grier

  • One tradition of county fair not on bill this year

    The exhibit building, long a staple of the Lancaster County Fair, will be closed this year due to decreased interest.

    For years, the exhibit building featured homemade crafts and produce from local residents, but participation dropped significantly during the last few fairs.

    George Rollings, a fair organizer and a member of the American Legion, which sponsors the event, said organizers decided to close the exhibit building altogether this year.

  • Credit union to invest $32M

    Founders Federal Credit Union formally unveiled its plans for its new 110,000-square-foot headquarters Thursday.

    The three-story building, called the Corporate Center, will be built on a 30-acre parcel of land at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads. The company plans to break ground in November and expects the project to take about 20 months. The project is expected to cost about $32 million.

    Plans for the building have been in development for over a year, as Founders, the county and the city of Lancaster have worked to reach an agreement on the new facility.

  • Barbecue lovers head to Kershaw for Hog Jam

    KERSHAW – The smell of barbecue will fill the air this weekend as the third annual Hog Jam Festival comes to downtown Kershaw.

    The festival will also feature a barbecue cookoff, at least 25 craft and food vendors, various musical acts and plenty of activities for children. Joyce Adams, Hog Jam committee chairwoman, is hoping for a large crowd this year. The festival has averaged around 3,000 visitors.

  • Railroad museum offers steam train rides

    WINNSBORO – On Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, the sounds of a steam locomotive will once again echo over the hills and fields of Fairfield County.

    The steam train will be operating over a section of the S.C. Railroad Museum's rail line, the former Rockton & Rion Railway, a 12-mile short line built in the late 19th century to haul granite from the Anderson and Rion quarries to the Southern Railway interchange at Rockton.

    In the early 1970s, the railroad operations ceased and the track laid idle the next 10 years.

  • Lots of boogers to scare you at Haunted Forest

    A Lancaster Halloween tradition will kick off this weekend.

    The Lancaster County Rescue Squad's 24th annual Haunted Forest opens tonight for those who love the thrills and chills of Halloween behind its building at Great Falls Highway and 10th Street Extension.

    The forest will also be open Saturday, as well as Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

    Hours are from dark "until people quit coming," said squad member Mary Rouse.

  • Water meeting on tap for Wednesday

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council is holding a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday so officials can discuss water quality. The meeting is at the Indian Land Elementary School media center.

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District has worked to lower the level of a contaminant in the water it treats from the Catawba River in the past year.

  • Contest, auction to help with courthouse restoration effort

    What started as a simple fiber arts contest has blossomed into a full-fledged effort to help restore the burned Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Cynthia Robinson, owner of Fuzzy Mabel yarn store at 128 S. Main St., had originally planned a competition to celebrate her store's first anniversary downtown.

  • Winner of District 45 House contest will make history

    Both candidates for the District 45 House seat have education and jobs on their minds.

    Republican candidate and political newcomer Deborah Long and Lancaster County Council vice chairman and Democrat Fred Thomas are both running for the seat, now held by Mick Mulvaney, a Republican. Sen. Greg Gregory of Lancaster opted not to run for reelection this year, and Mulvaney decided to run for state Senate District 16 seat.