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  • Gas prices rise as holiday season gets closer

    Prices at the pump have surpassed $3 per gallon for unleaded regular again and some local buyers aren't surprised.

    Thomas Barr, who was pumping gas into his pickup truck at AM-PM gas station on Lynwood Drive on Friday, thinks the price will hit at least $3.25 by Christmas and go even higher after that.

    Although resigned to paying higher prices for gas than he'd like, Barr looks for the cheapest gas he can find.

    "I go here (AM-PM) all the time probably because it's one of the cheapest places around," he said.

  • Police: Man robs shoe store after shopping for boots

    A man shopping for boots Thursday night left the store with more than just footwear.

    Police responded to a call about an armed robbery at The Shoe Department at University Place on S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Two store workers told police that a man came inside the store about 7:30 p.m. and began looking at shoes. He picked up two pairs of Timberland boots, took them to the counter and bought them, the report said.

    When the workers opened the register, the man pulled out a pistol, cocked it and demanded money, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Utility preps for tighter water-use restrictions

    It's going to take more rainfall and water conservation and less evaporation for the area to avoid tighter water-use restrictions.

    Stage 4 restrictions, the most restrictive water-use regulations, could be declared as early as mid-December if substantial rain doesn't fall in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.

    All water providers in Lancaster County draw their water from the Catawba River.

  • County salutes its veterans

    Music, cheering and a lot of red, white and blue set the patriotic mood Saturday morning as many residents gathered in downtown Lancaster to remember past and current veterans.

    All four of the county's high school bands marched, local politicians courted and candy was given out to spectators by civic groups that passed in vehicles and unique floats.

    "It's just so important that we honor our veterans," said regular parade attendee Jannette Hilliard, a member of Heath Springs Town Council. "This year, there is so much enthusiasm and variety."

  • Covenant Baptist commits to homeless shelter network

    The plan to establish a homeless shelter network among area churches is a step closer to becoming a reality.

    Local Interfaith Hospitality Network organizers met Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Lancaster for another organizational meeting with members of the local faith community.

    Covenant Baptist Church is the first area church to commit to the cause.

    "Well, somebody has to jump in the cold water and tell everybody else it's not that bad, come on in," said Dr. Burt Welch, minister of the church.

  • Drought good for school construction

    Drought good for school construction

    By Jesef Williams

    Reporter

    INDIAN LAND – While farmers, landscapers and probably most others wish for rain, the lack of precipitation has been great for crews working on a school conversion project in Indian Land.

    The building that once housed Indian Land High School is being renovated and turned into the new Indian Land Middle School.

    Dry weather has helped the project remain on schedule for the school to open in January, when students return for the beginning of the semester.

  • Fort Lawn agrees to sewer pact

    By Stephen Guilfoyle

    Landmark News Service

    Fort Lawn Town Council voted Tuesday night to join what it called a regional sewer plan proposed by City of Lancaster and Lancaster County Water and Sewer District officials.

    The council discussed the matter behind closed doors and voted in public on a resolution to go east, not west, for a solution to its sewer problem.

  • Boiler manufacturer still ponders move to Lancaster Business Park

    By Johnathan Ryan

    Reporter

    Despite an incentive package from Lancaster County and the state of South Carolina ready for the taking, a company that area officials have been courting to locate here has yet to make a decision.

    Metso Inc., a boiler manufacturing company headquartered in Charlotte, is still considering a move to the Lancaster Business Park on S.C. 9 Bypass. The company is also looking at sites in North Carolina, said Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell on Nov. 2.

  • Four-car wreck snarls bypass traffic

    Nancy Plyler was on her way home Thursday morning when she was part of a four-vehicle accident along S.C. 9 Bypass that sent three people to the hospital.

    She says the event was nerve-racking.

    Ruth Taylor Marjorie, 62, of Heath Springs was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on the bypass as Robert McCormick of Rock Hill was traveling in a 1994 Mazda sedan in the opposite direction, according to Lancaster police.

  • Max Caskey returns from Iraq war to join dad in Veterans Day parade

    By Jenny Hartley

    Senior Reporter

    Saturday will be a proud day for Lancaster dad Rick Caskey.

    His son, Max, 20, has recently returned to the United States from a U.S. Army deployment to Iraq. He will return to Lancaster today, the day before he will ride with his dad in the Lancaster County Veterans Day parade.

    The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    Max Caskey joined the Army when he was 18. He left for basic training on Sept. 21, 2005 and graduated from boot camp and advanced individual training in January 2006.