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  • Chamber may move its offices downtown

    Dean Faile began his 10th year as president of the Lancaster chamber Thursday night urging the group to relocate its offices to downtown and join in the revitalization of the city’s business core.
    Faile spoke to more than 200 chamber members and guests at the group’s largest gathering of the year, the annual meeting, dinner and awards ceremony at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building.

  • Paving hassles ahead

    A major repaving project begins Monday in downtown Lancaster, as state, city, utility and contracting crews give the entire length of four-lane White Street a facelift.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation will try to inconvenience folks as little as possible during the project, said Ken Wilson, resident engineer with the SCDOT.
    “But drivers can expect flagmen, and occasional detours if needed, while crews are working,” he said. “We want to get in and out as soon as we can.”

  • Stroble gets board seat without vote

    Melvin Stroble of Indian Land will take the Lancaster County school board District 1 seat next month, since no candidates filed during the 14-day write-in period.
    Stroble was the only candidate to file, which will save the Lancaster County School District the estimated $6,000 cost of a special election.

  • Honoring 5 who excel in business, community

    Hundreds of business people, civic leaders and elected officials hobnobbed into the evening at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s packed Bradley Building during the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and soiree.
    The festivities continued past press time Thursday night, but the chamber released an advance copy of the awards that were to be given out at the end of the evening. The honorees were Susan Rowell, Mike Dial, Stan Johnson, Lisa Hallman and Keith Harris.
    Rowell was named Business Person of the Year.

  • Wreck kills Lancaster woman

    Well-known Lancaster hairdresser Leslie Porter Saldana died Wednesday and four children were injured when the SUV she was driving ran off S.C. 903 and slammed head-on into a tree.
    The 4:15 p.m. single-vehicle accident happened about 3 miles east of Lancaster, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller.
    Keller said Saldana, 47, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated. She was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

  • IL rallies around Grace Trumpower

    Indian Land High students are now giving back to junior Grace Trumpower, who has been a “guiding light” in the school and community, despite her own disability.
    The ILHS National Honor Society and teenILead, an organization built on addressing issues in the Indian Land area, have partnered to host a fundraiser at Friday’s home basketball game to raise money for Trumpower’s stem-cell therapy, which will cost more than $40,000.
    A separate online fundraising effort has already raised more than $22,000 to help with the medical costs.

  • State hearing on Van Wyck incorporation is postponed

    A legislative committee scheduled to make a recommendation on Van Wyck’s incorporation proposal in Columbia last Thursday deferred hearing the matter after the day’s session ran long.
    A group of 33 Van Wyck residents attended the hearing by the seven-member Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation, a long-awaited meeting the community had been anticipating since submitting its incorporation proposal in March.

  • Kershaw man charged in girlfriend’s 2015 death

    A Kershaw man has been charged with reckless homicide in the December 2015 death of his girlfriend, who was run over by his pickup truck.
    William Bryan Reese, 45, of 636 Scout Cabin Road, was arrested in the death of Rae Marie Brewer. The charge is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
    Brewer, 45, died Dec. 16, 2015, while en route to Palmetto Health Richland due to blood loss from internal injuries received when Reese’s Ford F350 rolled over her.

  • MLK parade, tributes

    Bishop Herbert C. Crump Jr. told those attending the local “I Have A Dream” celebration on Saturday that getting to Dr. Martin Luther King’s oft-spoken  “promised land” of social equality takes everyone doing their part.

  • Paid firefighters add to capabilities of Fort Lawn Fire Department

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Like most small firefighting operations, the Fort Lawn Fire Department struggles with having firefighters at the station to cover fires during the daylight hours, when most volunteers are at their jobs.
    A new initiative started by the department is designed to meet that challenge. The Fort Lawn Fire Board has agreed to provide the funds for a firefighter to be on duty during the day, said Fort Lawn Fire Chief Allen Culp.