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  • DeVenny falls for Father Frost

    Father Frost has a special place on the DeVenny mantle.

    The wooden figurine, carved from birch, reminds Susan DeVenny of her trip to Russia at the end of summer.

    The Santa-like carving holds a miniature pine tree, and his robe is painted with a sledding scene with two children.

    That reminds DeVenny of winters in Connecticut, sledding with her sister.

    DeVenny, director of S.C. First Steps, bought her Father Frost in Uglich, Russia, a place famous for its clock and watch making.

  • House move causes headaches

    A house became a headache for many drivers on U.S. 521 early Thursday morning.

    David and Ashley Chiluck bought the Montgomery home on Charlotte Highway a couple of months ago and planned to move the home to Niven Road.

    The first part of the couple's plan went OK. But moving a house is a much more difficult task than David Chiluck imagined.

  • City, county to study joint trash disposal

    Lancaster City Council will study whether transferring garbage to a landfill for Lancaster County will be beneficial to both the city and county.

    City Council unanimously voted Dec. 11 to pay half the cost of an engineering study to see if it's workable for the city to collect county trash at its Lynwood Drive transfer station and then haul to a Lee County landfill. The county will pay half of the cost of the $15,000 study.

  • Officers on look out for drunk drivers

    Local law enforcement agencies will be on the hunt for drunk drivers through the New Year's holiday.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol kicked off its Sober or Slammer campaign last weekend, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson. The goal of the campaign is to get drunk drivers off the roads.

    Johnson said more than 50 percent of traffic deaths on South Carolina highways are alcohol-related. The state has one of the top rates for alcohol-related traffic deaths in the nation.

  • Last of Springs manufacturing workers seek benefits

    It was the Wednesday before Christmas and the last of Springs Global manufacturing workers in South Carolina were signing up for unemployment benefits.

    The 11 employees seemed upbeat and ready to start a new chapter in their lives at the S.C. Employment Commission transition center, located at the nearly vacated Springs Grace Complex, which once employed 2,500.

  • Christmas Basket tally tops $7,000

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund has raised more than $7,000 since the campaign began Nov. 19.

    The drive, sponsored by the local American Red Cross, provides $25 food vouchers to families in need of support. Recipients can use the vouchers at local grocery stores.

    Christian Services, the Lancaster County Department of Social Services and the Lancaster County Council on Aging identify the families in need.

  • Woman, 87, in serious condition after running car into house

    An 87-year-old Lancaster woman was involved in an unusual one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning after she placed mail in the outside post office drop box.

    Virginia Flowers was leaving the Lancaster Post Office about 9:30 a.m. in her 1991 Chevrolet Corsica. She crossed Leroy Street to First Palmetto Savings Bank.

    She drove through the bank's parking lot, over the wall separating the sidewalk and landed in the middle of Main Street. She then drove into a house across the street, according to Anthony James, who witnessed the accident.

  • Heath Springs counil acted on bad info?

    HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man appealed to Town Council on Tuesday night to cast another vote for his rezoning request.

    Last month, the Heath Springs council denied Howard Martin Jr.'s request for a zoning change from R-15 classification to R-30. The zoning change would allow him to place a mobile home on the part of his property that lies within the town. Part of his property is outside the town.

  • Former Springs employees try to move on, find new jobs

    Tammy Roberts, who worked nearly 30 years at Springs' Grace Complex, never thought she'd see the day when she had to look for another job.

    She loved her role as an administrative clerk and thought her job would be around long after she retired. But for Roberts and hundreds of others, that's not the case.

    Springs Global, which has been phasing out jobs for years, announced this summer that it was shutting down the Grace Finishing and Grace Fabrication operations in Lancaster and the H.W. Close plant in Fort Lawn and relocating to Brazil.

  • Number of foster parents here at all-time low

    Lancaster County could use at least 10 new foster families, said a local Department of Social Services official.

    There are 23 foster families right now, who serve across many need areas for the department. The number of foster families here is at an all-time low, and some children are now staying in temporary facilities for extended periods of time, said foster care caseworker Craig Casey.

    "We need homes of all types," Casey said, noting that families from all areas of the county and people of all ages are needed to be foster parents.