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  • Veteran officer retires – sort of

    Tim Witherspoon has been involved with law enforcement since he was 9.

    Back then, he was part of the Lancaster Police Department's youth patrol and later became a police cadet, in which he was able to ride around with officers to get a first-hand look at police life.

    He knew then that law enforcement was his calling.

    Nearly 30 years later and a full cop career behind him, Witherspoon has decided to retire. His last day was Jan. 3.

  • Laid-off Springs' workers not bitter in NPR interviews

    National Public Radio "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep was surprised to hear that a Springs Industries job was much more than, well, a factory job to many former Springs workers.

    On Monday and Tuesday, Inskeep was in Lancaster with NPR producer Emily Ochsenschlager and production assistant Nicole Beemsterboer to talk with former Springs workers about the plight of textiles and how they've coped since they lost their jobs.

  • Spratt talks about national debt, presidential race Democrat Club

    The mounting national debt, congressional progress and the presidential race were front-burner topics for U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, when he spoke Jan. 8 in Indian Land.

    Spratt met with about 125 people at an event sponsored by the Democrat Club of Sun City Carolina Lakes at The Lake House.

  • Former FrontDoor CEO files suit

    A Charlotte businessman has opened the door to a court case in Lancaster County.

    Robert M. Davis Jr., former chief executive officer of the failed FrontDoor Communications, has filed a lawsuit against Carroll Edwards and Dean Harrell.

    Harrell asked County Council last year to authorize $300 million in bonds for development at Catawba Ridge, which is in western Lancaster County along the Catawba River.

    Davis is suing Harrell and Edwards, Harrell's business partner, for breach of contract.

  • Recent rainfall helps with drought, but water-use restrictions continue

    Late December rainfall has likely delayed Stage 4 drought restrictions a bit longer, officials say.

    While he expects an official update from Duke Energy on Catawba River and lake water levels early next week, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District Manager Mark Knight said his hunch is that recent rain has brought another delay to Stage 4 restrictions, which would require at least a 30 percent reduction in water use from all customers.

  • 4 planning commission members resign

    The Carolina heelsplitter flexed its muscle again, leading to the resignation of four Lancaster County Planning Commission members on Thursday night.

    Chairman Frankie Faile, who represents District 5, Val Marz of District 1, Tim Hinson of District 7 and Bobby Hegler of District 3 all resigned during the commission's monthly work session.

    "Needless to say, we were a little shocked," said county Planning Director Chris Karres.

  • Veteran patrolman to oversee state telecommunications unit

    A veteran Highway Patrolman has been promoted to oversee the state's 175 telecommunications officers.

    Lancaster native Michael Oliver has been promoted from lieutenant to captain to serve as the commander of the Highway Patrol telecommunications unit, which includes the command center in Blythewood and five other centers statewide. The telecommunications centers serve as a vital link between the motoring public and the troopers.

  • Firm breaks ground for $13.5M plant

    State, county and city of Lancaster officials stood united in their welcoming of Metso Power Corp. to the county at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday in the Lancaster Business Park.

    Players involved in the $13.5 million investment gathered under a big white tent on the 21.5-acre site for the ceremony. Metso is expected to bring at least 50 new jobs that will pay between $15 and $30 an hour. Keith Corp. of Charlotte is developing the site.

  • Students' project benefits school

    KERSHAW - Thanks to a service learning project, teachers and students at Andrew Jackson Middle School can enjoy the outdoors while eating lunch or having class.

    About 20 students took on the task last semester of building eight picnic-style tables that now sit on a grassy area behind the school-s gymnasium. In the past, when a teacher wanted to have class outdoors, everyone usually had to sit on the ground.

  • Bowles says there was no way to keep jobs here

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the legacy of Springs Industries at its annual meeting Thursday night.

    About 300 people attended the meeting, held at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club. The theme for the evening was Thanks for the Memories.

    The chamber recognized its volunteer and small business of the year, and gave out a citizenship award. Silent and live auctions were also part of the fun.

    Bowles speaks

    But the draw of the evening was likely retired Springs Global's CEO Crandall Close Bowles, the evening's speaker.