• Work continues on station

    Jesef Williams
    HEATH SPRINGS – Things are looking a lot different these days at the Heath Springs Fire Department station on Duncan Street
    New brick accents the outside of what will be quite an upgrade for the department when renovations are done. The project, which is about 70 percent complete, will give department members more than three times the space they’ve had in the past.
    Fire Chief Patrick Helms gave an update on the work during the Heath Springs Town Council’s meeting April 19.

  • USCL plans for new growth

    Reece Murphy
    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster has big plans for its campus — and it won’t be long now before the public begins seeing some of those plans take shape.
    First up, and most immediate, the school is finally moving ahead with plans for a 30,000-square-foot classroom building.
    “We should finally be making a decision on architectural and engineering firms on May 12,” USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano said.

  • Slowing down drivers

    Christopher Sardelli
    An Indian Land neighborhood will lower its speed limits thanks to a traffic study and the efforts of Lancaster County Council.
    Months after residents from the Brookchase neighborhood voted to create their own tax district to fund road repairs in the development, Council considered a recommendation to place a lower speed limit along those roads. The neighborhood is located in Indian Land along U.S. 521, not far from Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light.  

  • 2011 Red Rose Festival is slated for May 13-14

    Jesef Williams
    An impromptu game of hopscotch at the 2010 Red Rose Festival is the inspiration behind the promotion for this year’s festival.
    Over the last few weeks, you may have seen fliers for the 2011 Red Rose Festival, which is May 13 and 14 in downtown Lancaster. The event is considered the city of Lancaster’s signature event.
    The flier is highlighted by a huge red rose and two girls playing hopscotch, the popular children’s game often played in the streets or at playgrounds.

  • Bake sale to help pay for Andy’s surgery

    Christopher Sardelli
    A group of local stylists and cosmotologists are hoping a plethora of tasty treats will help raise money for a special-needs teen’s risky heart procedure.

  • City seeks support for arts

    The city of Lancaster is hoping to receive more corporate support to keep its Performing Arts Series running strong. 

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously at its April 12 meeting to apply for grant money from Wachovia (Wells Fargo) and Duke Energy Foundation. 

    The city has received money from those two institutions in years past. It is again requesting $10,000 from Duke Energy Foundation and $2,500 from Wells Fargo. 

  • Riley to speak at chamber lunch

    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce 

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will host a membership luncheon at noon Tuesday, April 26, at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center. 

    Guest speaker Pat C. Riley, president and COO of Allen Tate Co., will discuss “The Current State of the Real Estate Market in Lancaster County and Surrounding Areas.”  

  • Welcome center opens in restored courthouse

    Mary Brown

    For The Lancaster News

    Many feel spring is a time for new beginn1ings and that is just what is happening at Lanaster County’s newly restored historic courthouse. 

    The ground floor now houses the Welcome Center of Lancaster County, which is open for business.

    “The courthouse is absolutely gorgeous,” said welcome center specialist Sylvia Hudson. “It’s something to really be proud of.”

  • Kershaw golf course to be landing pad?

    Kershaw town officials have suggested a seemingly unusual location as a possible spot for a helicopter landing pad. 

    Earlier this year, Kershaw teen Talf Wrenn told Town Council about his Eagle Scout project, which involves building a landing pad within the town limits. The only favor he asked is that council provide a location. 

    At their April 14 meeting, council members suggested the landing pad be installed on the driving range at the Kershaw Golf Course. Previous options proved to be unsuitable. 

  • Council to discuss arming animal control officers

    Lancaster County Council will follow up on a number of issues from the past several months, including arming animal control officers, uses for the historic courthouse and the results of a recently released workforce study, when it meets Tuesday night. 

    As part of its long list of scheduled discussion items, council will consider a policy allowing animal control officers to arm themselves with long guns as protection from dangerous animals.