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  • URS to bring 400 jobs to county

    INDIAN LAND – A nuclear energy construction company is moving its headquarters into the former offices of HSBC Mortgage Services in Indian Land.

    URS Corp. announced Friday that the company’s Washington Division has opened the URS Nuclear Center in Indian Land, which will serve as the headquarters for the Washington Division’s commercial nuclear energy engineering and construction business. The new office complements the division’s existing offices focused on the nuclear market in Princeton, N.J., and Aiken.

  • Long to run for state House

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Republican Deborah Long announced last week that she will seek the District 45 seat in the S.C.  House of Representatives.

    She will face Republican Bruce Miller of Sun City Carolina Lakes in the June 10 primary for the seat being vacated by incumbent Rep. Mick Mulvaney.

    Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, is running for the District 16 seat in the S.C. Senate, now held by Sen. Greg Gregory, who is not seeking re-election.

  • Bullet just misses officer

    A gunshot that almost hit an officer during an event Friday night at the American Legion building was among more than 10 shots that were fired within the city that night.

    A party at the American Legion on South Main Street was shut down about midnight after someone fired a shot inside the building, according to Lancaster police.

    The bullet hit a chair about a foot from where a Lancaster police officer was standing.

    That officer and another on-duty Lancaster police officer were patrolling the building because of the large crowd.

  • Mostly Democrats, incumbents file in first days of two-week period

    Thirteen residents, mostly Democrats, have filed for state and county offices as of Tuesday afternoon.

    Filing for Republican and Democrat, state and local offices began at noon Sunday.

    Democrats who filed are:

    - Sheriff, Barry Faile

    - Coroner, incumbent Mike Morris

    - Auditor, incumbent Cheryl Morgan

    - Treasurer, incumbent Dick Rowell

    - Clerk of Court, incumbent Jeff Hammond

    - County Council District 3, Dennis “Cotton” Cole

    - County Council District 5, incumbent Rudy Carter

  • Nuclear company headed to Panhandle

    A nuclear energy construction company is moving its headquarters into the former offices of HSBC Mortgage Services in Indian Land.

  • St Patrick's Purgatory a sanctuary of peace, reflection

    If you mention St. Patrick to Father John O’Holahan, his reply won’t center on wearing green, eating traditional Irish dishes or holiday parades.

    It will center on not wearing shoes, fasting on black tea and dry bread and three days of prayer and penance as he recalls the pilgrimage he made several years ago to the island lake St. Patrick’s Purgatory in Ireland.

    O’Holahan, who pastors St. Catherine Catholic Church in Lancaster, wrote an account of the time he visited the island that many consider the loneliest place in Ireland.

  • Gangs focus of HS meeting

    HEATH SPRINGS – Are there gangs in the southern part of Lancaster County?

    Law officials say yes and want residents to be more aware of their presence.

    A gang awareness seminar will be held Tuesday at Heath Springs Elementary School. The program, facilitated by investigator Fred Thompson of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, begins at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. It’s free and open to the public.

  • Training important for both dogs, people

    It’s something that should never happen – a child being attacked by a dog.

    But it does happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control, dogs bite 4.7 million people a year. Sometimes it’s unprovoked. Witnesses have said the attacks by pit bulls on two 10-year-old boys in Lancaster recently were unprovoked.

  • Adopt A Leader program receives state award

    Tyrique Benson considers the Adopt A Leader house a second school as well as a home away from home.

    The Erwin Elementary School fourth-grader goes to the house nearly every day after school for mentoring and extra help with his homework. He would come every day if he could.

    “It’s like a family,” he said. “When I come here, I feel welcomed.”

    Benson is one of 60 area students who participate in Adopt A Leader, which was recently recognized by a statewide group for its work with youth in the local community.

  • Students celebrate Andrew Jackson's birthday

    KERSHAW – It was a flashback to the 18th century at Andrew Jackson Middle School on Friday.

    There was a colonial joiner who constructed his own bed while a Revolutionary War soldier  demonstrated how to start a fire using flint and steel.

    Goats roamed and a mule was available to plow the land and help plant seeds.