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  • Budget funds new IL staff

    Lancaster County's budget is 5 percent higher than last year's, and much of the increase will cover personnel increases in the Panhandle.

    County Council will consider first reading of the $30.2 million budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year Monday night. Last year's budget was $28.9 million.

    "Most of that's for Indian Land," said County Finance Director Veronica Thompson.

    In its current form, the budget calls for no tax increase, but the budget may be revised between first and final reading. It often is.

    What's in, what's not in budget?

  • Fire department to flush hydrants

    The Lancaster Fire Department will flush and test all fire hydrants in the city starting Monday.

    This procedure cleans sediment out of the water mains and tests to ensure the system is working properly.

    This service is completed weekdays to minimize its impact on the water customers.

    While a hydrant is being flushed, nearby residents may experience a drop in water pressure. This is normal and to be expected.

    There may be some discoloration of the water after the flushing. This discoloration is temporary and not harmful.

  • Kershaw woman vies for state NAACP Woman of the Year

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw NAACP Woman of the Year is Dianne McGriff, and she thinks she's got what it will takes to win on the state level and, in turn, be competitive nationally.

    McGriff, who recently won the title from the Kershaw NAACP, is now charged with raising as much money as she can in four weeks to try to win the NAACP's S.C. State Conference Woman of the Year. She will vie for that honor with other title holders from local branches across the state.

  • Homeless shelter group gets greenlight from city

    The group working to organize a homeless shelter network here has been given the greenlight to use a building on Arch Street as a day center.

    The Lancaster Board of Zoning Appeals on April 21 unanimously approved a special exception request to allow a day facility at the building, a former day-care center, at 304 E. Arch St.

  • Council looking at a 60/40 split with school district

    County Council is considering collecting fees from developers that could go to the Lancaster County School District.

    Council has started talking about splitting fees it collects through development agreements for residential developers 60/40 with the school district. If the county collects $10,000 per home, $4,000 of that would go to the school district, for example.

  • Couple swim to safety after plane crashes into Catawba

    A local couple suffered no injuries Friday afternoon when their small airplane crash landed in the Catawba River at S.C. 9.

    Fort Lawn resident John Sedberry and his wife, Bobbie, had taken off from the Lancaster County Airport in a one-engine Glasair airplane. They were flying to Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    Millard Lipsey and two of his friends were fishing in a boat on the river when they saw the plane fly over the river and gradually start to descend.

    “We thought it was going to land, but it kept bouncing until it started sinking,” he said.

  • Other Voices to give free concert tonight

    When Jackie Welch sings Ray Charles' classic song "Night Time is the Right Time," there's a cool left-to-right snap routine that allows her to really get into the song.

    And as Randy Roberts dances to "Whoomp! (There it is)," he never forgets to put his hands in the air to complement the energy infused in that 1990s rap tune.

    Members of the chorus group Other Voices gave it their all Tuesday evening during their final practice before a free concert the singing group will be staging tonight.

  • Council targets oldest profession with prostitution-free zones

    Prostitutes will have to peddle elsewhere if County Council declares the Brooklyn, Memorial Park and Midway areas as prostitution-free zones.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said he's spoken with Sheriff Johnny Cauthen and Chief Deputy Barry Faile about declaring those areas, where several prostitution arrests have been made in the past, as prostitution-exclusion zones.

    The city of Charlotte has prostitution-exclusion zones, Willis told council members.

    Council discussion

  • Local support group helps Parkinson's patients

    KERSHAW – Harold Williams' hands sometimes tremble.

    It's a classic sign of Parkinson's disease, which Williams, 76, was diagnosed with 10 years ago.

    His Parkinson's condition is minor, but his symptoms were significant enough to affect his work as a barber. He retired from that business but stills oversees the car wash he owns in Kershaw.

    "I do just fine," Williams said. "But sometimes I get a little depressed."

  • Kershaw about ready to seek bids for new town hall

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has secured the services of a bond attorney to review its financial records and take that information to get proposals from banks on a loan to finance its new town hall.

    Paul Dillingham of the Spencer law firm in Rock Hill has finished his review and is representing the town in its pursuit of a loan.

    Once Dillingham has a final figure on how much the town wants to borrow, he will send the town's financial information to at least three banks and let them offer loan packages. Council will then vote on which one to accept.