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  • Council supports Richburg Fire Department for grant

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Services

    RICHBURG – Chester County Council voted to support the Richburg Fire Department’s application for a $50,000 USDA grant to aid the department in preparing for the future.

    Richburg Fire Chief John Agee appeared before council at its recent meeting and asked for its support as the department applies for the grant.

  • Local Habitat breaks ground on 15th house

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County broke ground on its 15th home at 1123 Ten Oaks Drive on July 14. For the local Habitat, which is celebrating its 25th year, this is the first home to be built outside of the city limits. Wells Fargo’s donation made the groundbreaking a reality.

    This is the first four-bedroom home and the first home built to handicap (ADA) standards. It is also the first home to be built in almost 20 years using the Habitat model, instead of a partnership.

  • Club adopts new Habitat home

    Staff reports

    The Mums and Poppies Club adopted the home Habitat for Humanity is about to start, to help with landscaping cost and labor.

    Past president Carol Williams, who is a master gardener, organized a garden tour of Sun City homes on June 6 to raise money for the project.

    Admission to the tour was free, but donations were accepted from residents and guests in attendance to help with landscaping material cost.

  • Richburg Council approves resolution to deal with blight

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Services

    RICHBURG – At it July meeting, Richburg Town Council authorized Mayor James Harris to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) and its entity, the Catawba Regional Development Corp. to remove blighted properties in the town.

  • Blackmon center seeks $50,000 in city funds

    In the wake of controversy about a faith-based group being approved for a $10,000 donation from the city of Lancaster’s general fund, another former religious-affiliated ministry, now reorganized, has requested five times the amount for its community services.

    At the Tuesday, July 14,Lancaster City Council meeting, the Rev. George Williams and Anthony Elder came before council to request financial assistance for the Preston Blackmon Family Success & Career Center.

  • Authorities seek to locate car used in attempted armed robbery

    Staff reports

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, along with Crime Stoppers, are asking for the public’s help in the unsolved shooting/attempted armed robbery at a local convenience store.

    Authorities say about 4 p.m. July 12, four suspects entered M&R Mini Mart, 6152 Pageland Highway, and one of them shot a customer during an armed robbery attempt.

    Nothing was taken from the store and the suspects then fled in what is now believed to be a silver or gray Kia Soul.

  • School district maintenance projects moving forward

    To the untrained eye, the massive exposed ceiling inside the Lancaster Career Center adjacent to Lancaster High School, with its dangling coils of wiring and various pipes and beams, may look like a mess, but to David Small, it represents progress.

  • SMH new home to White cardio rehab clinic

    In December 2013, the fate of the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s John Morrison White Clinic and its popular cardiopulmonary rehabilitation center was uncertain.

    The university, moving forward with plans to close its remaining community health services programs, had begun talks with Springs Memorial Hospital about taking over its operation, but the deal was tentative.

    The message from USCL was clear: if SMH didn’t take it over, the clinic would close.

  • Kidnapping suspect enters guilty plea to sexual conduct charge

    Kimberly Harrington

    Landmark News Services

    PAGELAND – Harlan Donnell Melton, a Mt. Croghan man charged with kidnapping his stepdaughter in February, recently pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and two counts of second-degree assault and battery from an earlier case.

    Fourth Circuit Solicitor Will Rogers and Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks announced the plea, which was made July 8 in Chesterfield County General Sessions Court.

  • SCDNR closes Sunrise Lake for restocking

    Two lakes managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are closed for renovations and restocking.