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  • 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.

  • CVS opens new store

    INDIAN LAND – Clarence and Flora Duley of Sun City Carolina Lakes drove their golf cart to the new CVS at Carolina Commons on U.S. 521 on Sunday.

    Besides being the only pharmacy in Indian Land, it's also the first retail destination for residents of the active senior living community.

    The Duleys moved to Indian Land two years ago and have waited for the day when there would be shopping within a short cart drive from their home.

    "It's a piece of cake," said neighbor Joyce Anliker of the drive from her Sun City home.

  • Third annual Fall into Fun festival is Saturday

    INDIAN LAND – The countdown is here – only three more days until the third annual Fall into Fun festival.

    The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Indian Land Middle School.

    Proceeds from the festival benefit the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, which is slated to open late this year or in early 2009.

    The festival has a change of venue this year, from Sun City Carolina Lakes to Indian Land Middle School. Organizers hope the new location will offer better parking and more visibility from U.S. 521, to draw in more people.

  • Festival celebrates milestone

    The sounds of guitars, mandolins and harmonicas drifted through the air Saturday as people gathered to celebrate the 20th annual Carolina Legends festival.

    The festival at Andrew Jackson State Park featured 11 bluegrass and blues bands, playing a variety of songs at the park's amphitheater. Music lovers set up lawn chairs and blankets around the stage to hear their favorite bands.

    "We think it's going great and the kids are really enjoying it," said Leslie Plyer, who brought her children – Courtney, 2, and Kaden, 4 – to see the bands.

  • Dems push for change at Fish Bash

    Now is the time for change, say Lancaster County Democrats.

    Mandy Powers Norrell, Democratic candidate for the District 16 state Senate seat, focused on that idea at the biannual Lancaster County Democratic Party's fish bash Monday at the Catawba Fish Camp in Fort Lawn.

    Norrell, a Lancaster attorney, was the keynote speaker at the bash.

    She said changes need to be made to the tax system and the way schools are funded. She said her goal as a lawmaker would be to help give everyone a chance to achieve the American dream.

  • HOPE to present gospel SongFest concert at LHS

    You don't have to bring any money to get inside a highly anticipated music concert this weekend.

    All you need is a bag of flour, sugar or cornmeal.

    The first-ever Gospel SongFest, sponsored by HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) of Lancaster, will be Saturday at the Lancaster High School auditorium.

    The concert is from 4 to 7 p.m. and will feature the local acts King's Cause, Julian Saverance, Roger Anders and the Mount Zion AME Zion Church gospel choir.

    Admission is a bag of flour, sugar or cornmeal, though monetary donations will be accepted.

  • Gas pumps empty across county

    Motorists looking to fill their gas tanks have fewer options these days, as plastic bags cover numerous gas nozzles around Lancaster County.

    All of Brandi Bradley's pumps have been empty since Thursday. Bradley, store manager at the Texaco station at U.S. 521 and the S.C. 9 Bypass overpass, had hoped her latest shipment would have arrived by now, but said her supplier was having a problem locating gas. The owner of her station called Tuesday to say a new shipment was finally on its way.

  • York Tech president gives update

    With a struggling economy, York Technical College's Kershaw campus may be as vital as ever to Lancaster County, according to the school's lead official.

    York Tech President Greg Rutherford gave an update on the college's latest moves and plans Sept. 18 during the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce morning meeting. His presentation focused on the college's local economic impact, increased enrollment and the expansion of course offerings.