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  • Residents experience Internet slowdown

    Fred Jensen accesses the Web every day to check stocks and get news, but this week he said his Internet service has been non-existent.

    Jenson, who uses dial-up to connect to the Internet at home, wondered if the problem was related to the land-line issue local residents experienced earlier in the week.

    That appears to be the case.

  • Measure restricts what materials may be used on some commercial buildings in IL

    After almost two years, an ordinance to regulate commercial building exteriors in the Panhandle has passed.

    County Council voted 4-3 Monday night on final reading of an ordinance that prohibits metal, vinyl or cinder-block exteriors on commercial buildings that front S.C. 160 and U.S. 521 north of S.C. 75.

    Council has been debating the ordinance since early 2006. It was sent back to the planning department several times for changes.

  • New Santa to make parade debut

    Even when he's not wearing the red suit, some people do a double take when they see Lancaster resident David Brewer.

    Ever since he grew a beard, he looks so much like Santa.

    "Whenever we're out, like at a restaurant, children run to him, much to the amazement of their parents," said Brewer's wife, Barbara.

    The Brewers will play Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the Lancaster Christmas parade Saturday. Two of their grandchildren, Blake and Gabriel Brewer, will play elves.

    This will be David Brewer's first time playing Santa in the Lancaster parade.

  • Fuzzy Mabel specializes in yarns

    Cynthia Robinson's yarn shop has a unique name – Fuzzy Mabel.

    It's named after her two dogs, and she hopes its downtown Lancaster location will become a popular destination for people who like to work with yarns.

    "Yarn shops often become a local 'hangout' for customers who will come and bring their knitting to work on in the shop just for the enjoyment of the atmosphere and the companionship of people who like the same things," she said. "I hope that Fuzzy Mabel will become that kind of place for Lancaster."

    Robinson opened the shop here in mid-October.

  • Lancaster now 17th largest county

    Lancaster County is the 17th largest county in the state, according to revised Census estimates.

    Lancaster County appealed the 2006 estimated county population, which was 63,628 and showed a .9 percent growth rate. The county building and zoning department and assessor's office put in a lot of work to prove the estimate wrong, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

    "The estimated growth was just impossible," Willis said.

    Lancaster County has seen a major influx of newcomers in the last several years, most of whom are moving to Indian Land.

  • 2,000 have phone problems

    If you had trouble trying to place calls Monday, you weren't the only one.

    Some Lancaster County and Fort Lawn residents weren't able to place calls from their land-line phones. About 2,000 lines were affected Monday, said Glenn McFadden, Comporium Communications' executive vice president of operations.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office reported that some residents were unable to make 911 calls because of the problem.

    The problem was directly related to line upgrades and network rearrangements Comporium did early Saturday morning, McFadden said.

  • Kershaw residents oppose proposal to reroute 18-wheelers to Matson Street

    KERSHAW – Kershaw's Matson Street residents don't like plans to permanently re-route tractor-trailer traffic on their street, and they let Kershaw Town Council hear about it Monday night.

    An ordinance that proposed to permanently re-route 18-wheelers from Hampton Street to Matson Street was up for final approval, but many residents came to the meeting to express their objections.

  • Kershaw Town Council gives water department supervisor hiring power

    KERSHAW - Kershaw Town Council gave final approval Monday to a measure that will allow its water department supervisor to hire a full-time wastewater treatment plant operator.

    Council approved second reading of the ordinance, 4-2. Councilmen Harold Williams and Wade Hunter opposed the measure. Councilman Eddie Coates Jr., who voted against first reading of the ordinance at a special meeting Nov. 26, was absent.

  • Candlelight service allows parents to remember their deceased children

    Although many people associate the holiday season with happiness, for others it is a time of sadness as families mourn the loss of a child.

    On Sunday, local families may participate in a worldwide candle lighting to remember children who have died. U.S. Congress has designated the day as a national memorial day to remember these children. The observance started small on the Internet about 10 years ago, but has grown into a worldwide event.

  • Council rejects proposal for recycling center

    Concerns about noise and the condition of roads near a proposed construction materials recycling center helped defeat it Monday night.

    County Council voted unanimously against issuing a letter of need that would have allowed Bob Weeks to set up dumpsters and sort through discarded construction materials for recycling on Society Lane, which is off Harrisburg Road in Indian Land. The operation would not have needed approval from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    Weeks first addressed council Nov. 26.