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  • County looks at visitors tax

    Hotel and motel visitors in Lancaster County may get charged an extra 3 percent for their stay.

    Lancaster County Council on Monday passed the first of three readings of an ordinance to charge an accommodations tax to hotel and motel visitors.

    If given final approval, the tax will be kept in a special, separate fund, and will be used for marketing, promotions and tourism purposes, according to state law. The tax is similar to the hospitality tax the city of Lancaster charges at restaurants.

  • Students may apply now for Springs loans

    Applications for Leroy Springs student loans are now available for students seeking assistance for college costs for the spring semester. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

    The Springs Close Foundation Inc. has made 113 interest-free loans so far this year to college students in the Lancaster County, Chester and Fort Mill areas. Funds advanced will total $345,946 for an average of $3,061 per student. This includes loans made to students attending York Technical College, for an average of $1,500 per student.

  • Catawba festival draws crowd to USCL

    About 2,500 people from the Carolinas, Georgia and beyond gathered Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building to celebrate Yap Ye Iswa, or Day of the Catawba.

    The cultural festival, which began in 1989, returned after a two-year hiatus.

    Yap Ye Iswa, usually celebrated on the tribe's reservation in York County on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was halted in 2005 due to funding and other issues that forced the tribe to take time to better format and present the festival, said tribal chief Donald "Red Cloud" Rodgers.

  • Chad's Game Room, a place for teens to go

    Business name: Chad's Game Room

    Owner: Harriett and Mendel Wilson

    Hours:1 p.m. until

    Address: 2459 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster

    Phone: 283-3580

    E-mail: chadsgamerm@comporium.net

    What do you offer? Pool tables, foosball, video games, music, dance floor and a variety of snacks and drinks, including smoothies, milk shakes and non-alcoholic beverages.

    What would you say is special about your business? Clean, fun, friendly nightlife environment, featuring entertainment without alcohol or drugs

  • Kershaw council agrees to buy fire truck

    KERSHAW – It's almost a done deal for the Kershaw Fire Department in its search for a new engine to replace a 1991 one that's increasingly a liability.

    Lancaster County Emergency Services Director Morris Russell told Town Council members Monday the news some had been waiting to hear: Lancaster County will assist in the town in buying a new $432,000 truck. Russell is also a captain in the Kershaw Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Developer gets first OK to change Queensgate zoning to commercial

    Queensgate is taking on a new design, as well as a new name.

    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Monday night to rezone 36 acres of a planned development district once known as Queensgate, at the corner of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160. The Tuttle Co. of Rock Hill wants the property rezoned from planned development district to general commercial.

  • New doctor to come to Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Another family doctor is coming to Kershaw.

    Dr. James Koon has been hired by Springs Memorial Hospital to lead a new family practice started by the hospital at 206 S. Matson St. It will open Nov. 19.

    Koon will offer the traditional spectrum of family care, ranging from young children to the senior population, said Janice Dabney, assistant chief executive officer at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    "Usually, we'll start with one physician and see if we can build from that with more," Dabney said.

  • Former USCL student survived house fire that killed seven

    When Tripp Wylie returns to the University of South Carolina at Columbia, he'll see many familiar faces, places and things, but a big piece of his college experience won't be there.

    Wylie, who formerly attended USC at Lancaster, lost seven friends, also USC students, in the beach house blaze in Ocean Isle Palm, N.C., on Oct. 28.

    His girlfriend, Cassidy Pendley, was among those killed in the fire. The last time he saw her was when he checked on her while she was asleep. She was wearing his Dale Earnhardt Jr. racing jersey.

  • Man shot in leg leaving restaurant

    A Lancaster man was treated and released after being shot Thursday morning outside Goodtime Charlie's on West Meeting Street.

    A motorist was driving by the business about 5 a.m. and saw a Chevrolet Impala speeding out of the parking lot, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. The witness went inside and saw the shooting victim seated near the bar with a gunshot wound to his upper left thigh, the report said.

  • Officials question request to rezone Riverside Road land

    County Council will consider rezoning a heavy industrial site along the Catawba River on Riverside Road for a residential development at Monday night's meeting.

    LGI Land wants to develop 2,000 acres along the Catawba River and build about 1,000 homes there. The land only has water service, and would require a septic tank system. Lots would range from less than an acre to more than 2 acres and cost $100,000 to $125,000.