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  • AARP again offering residents free tax help - Included Printable tax documents

    AARP is again offering its free service this year to elderly and low- to moderate-income earners in Lancaster County.

    It started Monday at the Lancaster County Community Center, 500 E. Meeting St., Lancaster, and will be offered between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through April 14, said local program director Nancy Mobley. No appointments will be made as the program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Mobley asks that people bring last year's return, all W-2s, 1099s, Social Security and interest income statements to make for a quick filing process.

  • Sistare to seek District 7 seat on County Council

    A Potter Road woman believes her experience in management and business will make her a good county councilwoman.

    Kathy Sistare, 54, has announced that she intends to run for the County Council District 7 seat as a Democrat. The seat is held by one-term Councilman Wayne Kersey, also a Democrat.

    "I'm getting more excited by the day," said Sistare, who announced her candidacy in newspaper ads over the weekend.

  • Judge: Building could use another courtroom - Virtual Tour!

    If the new magistrates' office building were a little larger, more trials and preliminary hearings could be held there, Magistrate Jackie Pope told County Council on Monday night.

    Last year, council acted quickly in buying the old Good Kia dealership on S.C. 9 Bypass, voting to spend up to $1 million on the building and renovations.

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  • Local United Way at 92 percent of its fundraising goal

    United Way of Lancaster County is closing in on its fund raising goal for 2007-08.

    The local office has collected more than $367,000 in contributions from individuals, businesses and other groups as of Thursday.

    That amount is about 92 percent of the $400,000 goal.

    "We're very confident we'll make our goal this year," United Way executive director Denise Keating said. "I feel very positive about where we are right now, especially due to the economic challenges we've had."

  • Bantam Chef draws a crowd

    KERSHAW – The Bantam Chef, meaning either "feisty" or "small" chef, has been a downtown Kershaw institution for years.

    When locals David and Sue Sullivan bought the restaurant from Frank and Dot Evans in 2006, they kept Evans' classics, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue, but added the all-you-can eat buffet and opened seven days a week.

    "We've kept exactly what Frank had, but we have added," said Sue Sullivan.

    The Saturday breakfast buffet offers large portions of the traditional Southern breakfast fare.

  • DHEC fines housing developer $15,000

    INDIAN LAND _ Lawson's Bend LLC, developer of Indian Land's Edenmoor subdivision, was recently fined $15,000 after conferences last year with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control regarding inspections at the work site.

    The fine was received in early January and Lawson's Bend spokesman Sean Calloway said Jan. 30 that it will be paid within two weeks. He said, however, that contractor BRS will actually pay the fine since it was responsible for placing silt fences on the site, which were used to control sediment and silt run-off during sewer construction.

  • Seniors push state to continue funding

    An effort is under way to get state lawmakers to buck Gov. Mark Sanford's request to remove funding that's helped seniors get hot meals and transportation.

    Sanford eliminated a $2.9 million request from his proposed $6.8 billion state budget that would go to the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging. In a supplemental funding bill that passed last year, the $2.9 million was distributed to senior centers across the state in 2007-08.

  • County Council's agenda is short for Monday's meeting

    County Council has a short agenda for Monday night's meeting.

    The action items on the agenda are consent items, which means council members approved first and second readings of them already, and these items won't be discussed.

    One action item on the agenda is final reading of a development agreement between Greenwood Development Corp. and the county related to the Liberty Hill Farms development on the Catawba River.

    Final approval to rezone property for the York Development Group for a commercial development, the Village at Doby's Bridge Road, is also on the agenda.

  • Plyler recognized as a dedicated county worker

    Though she could retire, Irene Plyler isn't ready to give up her job in county government.

    Plyler, 63, serves as clerk to Lancaster County Council and assistant to the county administrator, a post she's held for 30 years. She was recognized Monday night as the county Employee of the Quarter.

    "I like working, I like my job," Plyler said. "I don't think I would like staying at home."

  • Hagwood's cousin offers her the kidney she needs

    There's a photo album inside Crystal Hagwood's apartment that reminds her of all the things she used to do.

    When she attended Lancaster High School, Hagwood was a member of the cheerleading squad and loved to play basketball. She even did some part-time modeling.

    Hagwood enjoyed exercise and never thought twice about going from place to place. Now her health requires her to stay indoors a lot.

    Hagwood, 26, suffers from diabetes and kidney failure. The diabetes has resulted in anemia, restless leg syndrome, high blood pressure and poor circulation.