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  • Organizers prep for IL library festival

    INDIAN LAND – It's not too early to start thinking about fall, particularly about the Fall Into Fun Festival for the new Indian Land library.

    It's just a few months away and organizers are already gearing up for the Oct. 4 festival.

    "This year's goal is $25,000, which will enable the new library's browsing area to be named for the festival," said Jane Alford, editor of Carolina Gateway. Last year's festival brought in about $18,000. The first festival, in 2006, made about $12,000.

  • Air filter firm invests $1.5M in move to Kershaw building

    KERSHAW – ECN Industries Inc. cut the ribbon to its new 16,000-square-foot facility on Little Dude Avenue in Kershaw on July 23.

    It's the latest in a string of vacant buildings that have been rehabbed and occupied by industrial businesses along the road.

    ECN produces specialized fiber used by manufacturers of heating and air conditioning filters.

    "We basically sell to anybody who sell filters in Home Depot or Lowe's," said Rick Chapman, president and co-owner.

  • Report: 3 men attempt to rob another man at local car wash

    A Lancaster man was punched in the head Saturday night after he refused to give his attackers his wallet.

    The man and a companion were washing their vehicles at a car wash on Memorial Park Road when three men approached them and demanded money, a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report said.

    When the man refused to give up his money, one of the men punched him on the top of his head. The victim and his companion ran into the parking lot of Bugsy's Bar and Grill, the report said. He told deputies he didn't give the attackers any money.

  • Tax-free weekend almost here

    Ready, set, shop!

    The state's ninth annual tax-free shopping weekend begins at midnight Friday and concludes at midnight Sunday.

    During the long weekend, the state's sales and use tax is lifted on purchases of clothes, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, computer parts, printers and more.

    Students and parents of students often take advantage of the weekend to buy clothing and school supplies for the coming year.

    South Carolina shoppers typically save about $2.8 million in sales tax during the event, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue.

  • Saylors wins again at games

    Two Lancaster County residents competed in the recent U.S. Transplant Olympic Games in Pittsburgh, and they're no strangers to the challenge.

    Amy Saylors and Ed Heins took to their beloved competitions on the week of July 11-16 to show that having a transplant doesn't stop them from doing the physical activities they love. They were two of the 29 members on the South Carolina team.

  • Gunshots fired during argument in local street

    Gunshots were fired Friday night during what sheriff's deputies say was an argument in the middle of Watts Drive.

    A Watts Drive resident told deputies she and several family members were walking toward their house at 9:40 p.m. when they got into a fight with a passerby.

    One of the resident's teenage daughters said a vehicle drove by and someone inside it yelled, "Y'all think you are too good to get out of the road," according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

  • Vaughn: Voter scare tactics may backfire

    The price tag to build a new Lancaster County Courthouse may be scary to some people, says County Councilman Bryan Vaughn.

    He also suggested that using "scare tactics" to sell a referendum to voters might not be a good strategy.

    County Council on Monday approved second reading to establish a referendum for voters, who will decide in November whether to add a 1 percent sales tax in the county.

    Proceeds from the tax would pay off bonds to build a new courthouse.

  • IL library high tech but not space age

    INDIAN LAND – The interior look of the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land will fall somewhere between your grandmother's parlor and George Jetson's apartment.

    "The interior of the building is very contemporary and may be considered by some people to be high tech," said Danny Shelley, the library's architect and interior designer. "It's going to be a little different, but it's not space age.

    "It's not going to have floral carpets like your grandmama's living room. It's not a house," he said.

    But it will be comfortable.

  • Author researches roots in new book

    It wasn't always easy to find a quiet place to write with seven brothers and sisters running around.

    So, when she was little, Rosemary Whitlock would sometimes climb under the kitchen table with a flashlight to find some peace before trying to put pencil to paper.

    "I didn't get stepped on there," she said, with a smile.

    Her mother, who was usually in the kitchen cooking or canning, always made sure her daughter had the proper writing utensils.

  • Reporter leaves Lancaster with some mixed emotions

    It's with mixed emotions that by the time this piece appears in the newspaper, I've left Lancaster County to pursue a new career opportunity in my native area, Louisville, Ky., and return to the roots I love. I look to the future with much happiness and hope, but I feel sadness for what I know I'm leaving behind.