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  • Tax-free shopping weekend runs through midnight Sunday

    Retailers here and across the state are hoping to ring up large sales this weekend during the state's ninth annual tax-free shopping weekend.

    It began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and concludes at midnight Sunday.

    South Carolina is one of six states to host tax-free shopping weekends this weekend. The others are North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri.

    During the 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.

  • City Council, school board filing begins

    Interest has been good surrounding the opening day of filing for Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County school board seats.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said the voter registration and election office has received many calls about filing, which opens today at noon.

    "People have been calling and wanting to look at (district) maps," Stump said Thursday. "More for City Council than school board."

    City Council seats up for election are Districts 3, 4 and 6, now held by incumbents Audrey Curry, Bill Sumner and Danny O'Brien.

  • Superintendent gets excellent rating

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore is beginning his third year at Lancaster County School District with the full backing of the school board, which has again given him an excellent rating on his annual evaluation.

    The school board shared the 2007-08 review with Moore and others during its meeting Tuesday night.

    The superintendent was evaluated in seven areas: as a chief executive officer and for community relations, educational leadership, facilities management, financial management, staff personnel management and student personnel services.

  • New law impacts cyclists, drivers

    When avid bicyclists George and Renee Gunter go street biking these days, they pass two white bicycles on U.S. 521 near Niven Road in Indian Land.

    A month ago, those bikes weren't there. Ten months ago, they had no reason to be there.

    George and Renee were at a bike shop Oct. 21, 2007, when they got a call from Renee's mother.

    An accident involving two bicyclists had happened near the Gunters' house.

  • 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.