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  • County to hire engineer to monitor sound

    County Council has given County Administrator Steve Willis the authority to hire a sound engineer to monitor noise from the Blue Dot concrete plant in Indian Land.

    Blue Dot is in 521 Perimeter Business Park next to the Brookchase subdivision. The business park, zoned for light industrial businesses, was already established when Brookchase was approved.

    Residents of Brookchase and now Lakeview Landing, about a mile from the business park, are concerned about the noise and dust generated by Blue Dot.

  • Schools to host Christmas events throughout December

    Lancaster County School District schools will host many Christmas-related events this month.

    They include:

    Ongoing

    Andrew Jackson High JROTC cadets are assisting the Marine Corps League Detachment 1169 (the Lancaster Leathernecks) by collecting toys for the annual Toys for Tots drive.

    The Brooklyn Springs Junior Beta Club is heading up a school drive to collect small toys, candy and personal care items for children in Afghanistan. The items will be stuffed into socks and shipped there.

  • SUV overturns on bypass in single-vehicle wreck

    Rose Cauthen just finished paying her electric bill Friday when she saw an SUV land in a ditch upside down.

    She screamed and then got out of her car to help.

    Thomas Everett Baker, 62, of Rock Hill was driving a red 2000 GMC Jimmy SUV on the S.C. 9 Bypass when he ran off the road and landed in a ditch in front of the Townview Center strip mall.

    The wreck happened shortly after noon.

    Cauthen said Baker, who was traveling westbound on the bypass, swerved into the other side of the four-lane highway and was riding in the median momentarily.

  • Nurse spearheads effort to build park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw needs a children's park, says Beverly Timmons, who's hoping the community will get behind her efforts.

    Timmons, a volunteer with Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE), is working with a longtime friend to get the support and funding to build a park either in downtown Kershaw or revitalize an existing park just outside town limits.

  • Man, 29, dies in wreck

    A 29-year-old Lancaster man died early Saturday morning after a single-vehicle accident.

    Jason Shawn Payne, of 681 Adams Lane, Lancaster, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet pickup south on S.C. 522 in the Buford community when he veered off the road about 2:40 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Neal Bradley.

    "He ran off the right side of the road, overturned and was ejected from the vehicle," Bradley said.

    Payne was going between 70 and 75 mph in a 55-mph speed zone, Bradley said.

  • Oprah inspires girl to grow hair and then get it cut off

    Just wanting to help out other kids was the goal of 9-year-old Gabriella Plyler.

    Gabriella decided to participate in Locks of Love, where you grow your hair, then get it cut to make a wig for a child in need.

    "I want to help out the people that don't have any hair," Gabriella said.

    Gabriella learned about Locks of Love on an episode of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and decided that it was something that she wanted to do. It took her a year to grow her hair to the minimum six-inch ponytail that is required for making the wigs.

  • Murphy enjoys helping county residents

    A Lancaster County employee who has spent all of her career working in government was recently recognized as the county's employee of the quarter.

    Assessor's office employee Suzette Murphy received a plaque from County Council in November.

    Murphy has been working for the county for 18 years. Before that, she worked as assistant clerk for the town of Kershaw.

    It's helping residents that Murphy likes best about working in county government.

  • English professor's poetry focuses on everyday things

    There's no complex formula to her poetry. It's all about observing the world and taking note of the small things around you.

    Dr. Lisa Hammond, an English professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, recently had a book of her poetry, "Moving Houses," published.

    She has written poetry most of her life, but this is the first time she's had a collection of her work published.

  • 12-year-old boy impresses Heath Springs officials

    HEATH SPRINGS – It's not all the time you find a 12-year-old boy who would rather work instead of play video games and ride bikes, but Anthony Ledford is different.

    He's a boy who does a lot of volunteer work in Heath Springs.

    Ledford, a sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School, was recognized by Heath Springs Town Council on Nov. 19 for his work, mainly at the town fire department. He received a plaque for his volunteer work.

  • IL Action Council's first president calls it quits

    INDIAN LAND _ The Indian Land Action Council has a new president.

    Former president Mack McDonald recently resigned as president of the group, which was started by County Councilman Bryan Vaughn as an advisory board to him in his efforts as Indian Land's county representative.

    McDonald's reason?