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  • Program gives Heath Springs seniors something to do in the afternoons

    HEATH SPRINGS – Senior Hilda Phillips is thankful that GoldenCare Adult Day Care is now coordinating an afternoon program at the Heath Springs Senior Center.

    If it didn't have it, Phillips said she'd be at home napping or would be bored during the afternoons.

    "I just like all the activities here and the friendliness," she said.

    Margaret Robinson is also pleased that GoldenCare is offering the program. She said last week she plans to start attending it because she "wants to be sociable with people."

  • Family, friends praise Twitty at his 90th birthday celebration

    To Gonze Lee Twitty, age is simply a number, not a state of mind.

    To this day, he still talks about his ability to work like someone much younger than himself on his Pleasant Hill farm. Twitty takes pride in his vitality.

    "He thinks he's still 50," said daughter Odessa White at a birthday celebration held in his honor Saturday at the Lancaster County Community Center.

    The crowd of a couple hundred people laughed.

    It was easy to tell who was the man of honor in the crowd.

  • Council OKs split of development fees

    County Council will help out the Lancaster County School District when it comes to building new schools.

    Council approved a resolution by a 4-2 vote Monday night to share development fees it collects with the school district to go toward building new schools.

    Council approved a 60-40 split of the money.

    That means if a developer agrees to contribute $10,000 per new house in a residential development, the county would receive $6,000 and the school district, $4,000.

    Council would also negotiate with developers for land donations to build new schools.

  • Badcock cuts ribbon on new store

    Badcock has been in Lancaster for 23 years, and now it's open at its new location at the old Wal-Mart at 1202 S.C. 9 Bypass.

    The new store has more than triple the space of the old store on South Main Street.

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw joined company officials to formally open the store at a ribbon-cutting last Thursday.

    The store is the 263rd that W.S. Badcock Corp's has opened under the "Badcock &more" moniker.

    The store opening is part of a corporate wide expansion initiative to grow into South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and other Southern states.

  • Council to tap reserves to give employees a raise, fund agencies

    County Council still had a lot to discuss about its proposed $30.9 million budget Monday night.

    Council has held two special meetings to talk about budget issues over the past month.

    But Monday's discussion lasted a while, as some council members tried to figure out a way to give employees a 2.85 percent cost-of-living raise and help fund some agencies without raising taxes.

  • Law officers to be out in force over July 4 holiday

    Law enforcement is gearing up for July 4 and planning to be on the lookout for impaired drivers and speeding violations, especially in and around local summer hot spots, beaches and mountain areas.

    The S.C. Department of Public Safety is preparing for motorists to begin travel on Thursday.

  • County receives recognition from America initiative

    Lancaster County received an important distinction Monday night after working more than a year to receive it.

    The Preserve America initiative, a federal program chaired by first lady Laura Bush, has designated more than 600 geographic areas since 2003 as places where residents give special attention to preserving their cultural and historical assets.

    Lancaster County is one of the newest Preserve America communities, and the award plaque was formally presented Monday at Lancaster County Council's meeting.

  • Listen to the 911 call Retired officer may lose eyesight

    The gunshots that were fired in Ray Knight's direction Friday night were a total surprise to him and shocked the 911 dispatcher he had been speaking with.

    Knight, a retired Lancaster police officer, was walking around his daughter's neighborhood on Lynwood Circle when he was shot in the head.

    The suspected assailants – Charles Raffaldt, 23, and Stephanie Myers, 21 – had overturned a red Infiniti a few feet away, and Knight was going over to check on them and had just called 911 when he became a shooting victim, authorities said.

  • UW surpasses 2007-08 goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County had more than one reason to celebrate Thursday.

    The organization is celebrating its 50th year of operation this year, and it just finished another successful campaign.

    The 2007-08 campaign brought in $455,740 – $55,740, or 14 percent above the fundraising goal. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in Lancaster County.

    Twenty-two community organizations receive financial assistance from the local United Way.

  • Grammy-award winning singer to headline Liberty Hill event

    LIBERTY HILL – A local performer and a Grammy Award-winning recording artist will headline the third-annual Celebration of American Music in Liberty Hill.

    It's a three-day affair that runs Tuesday through Thursday, beginning at 8 p.m. each day.

    The free event, sponsored by Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, is billed as an inter-denominational, interracial and interfaith celebration of both sacred and secular music. It will be held at Windward Pointe Pavilion at Lake Wateree in Liberty Hill.