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  • Mulvaney challenges Spratt on budget, taxes

    State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, a businessman from Indian Land, challenged U.S. Rep. John Spratt on Thursday to take a position on middle-class tax hikes and the federal budget. And on Friday, Spratt, a Democrat from York, released a statement on tax cuts and the budget.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, is challenging Spratt for the 5th District congressional seat, which Spratt has won in every election since 1982.

  • City OKs change in Streetscape plans

    Hal Crenshaw said he is satisfied with the compromise reached regarding the city of Lancaster’s Streetscape beautification project and his business, Crenco Food Store on South Main Street.

    In April, Crenshaw expressed concern about the Streetscape plans, which called for greenery, lighting and curbing to be installed along the South Main Street side of his business, located at the Brooklyn Avenue intersection.

    He said the planned curbing would greatly hurt his business, as motorists would have less space to access gas pumps from Main Street.

  • Volunteers tackle home rehab projects

    INDIAN LAND – With specks of white paint splattered on her hands and clothes, Angie Weeks takes a step back to admire the newly plastered walls and ceilings she and her fellow campers have installed.

    Weeks, a member of Grover United Methodist Church in Grover, has only been in Indian Land for about three days, but she’s already learned how to paint a room, repair holes in a wall and dig a trench for water pipes. And judging by the smile on her face, it’s been a good week.

  • Barbara ‘Cookie’ Reeves Helms, 57

    CATAWBA – Barbara “Cookie” Reeves Helms, 57, died Friday, June 26, 2010.

    Born in Rock Hill, she was the daughter of Shirley Haire Reeves and the late J. P. Reeves. She was married to Vick C. Helms Jr.

    Survivors include her mother of Rock Hill; her husband; and her brothers, J. P. “Buddy” Reeves Jr. and Charles Reeves, both of Rock Hill.

  • City will tap reserve funds to pay for raises

    City of Lancaster employees will get a pay increase while the city’s residents will not see a spike in their taxes.

    Lancaster City Council passed final reading of its 2010-11 budget Tuesday. The $22.39 million budget includes a 2 percent across-the-board raise for employees.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilman John Howard was not at the meeting.

    Last week, the city’s finance committee, chaired by Howard, recommended that council approve a tax increase of 2.8 mills to help offset the already-proposed salary increases.

  • More hot temps in forecast

    To all the Lancaster residents lamenting about the frigid temperatures back in January – be careful what you wish for.

    Many folks asked for summer to return during those chilly days, and now summer is back with a vengeance.

    It has been in the 90s in Lancaster County since June 9, according to the S.C. Climatology Office. By definition, the state is experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures reaching 98 degrees or more for more than two days, said Wes Tyler of the climatology office.

  • Haley locks up Republican nomination for governor

    Lancaster County voters helped state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington secure the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday.

    The three-term lawmaker is the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor in South Carolina.

    She easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster, getting about 65 percent of the votes across the state. According to S.C. Election Commission, Haley received 233,371 votes while Barrett received 125,429 votes.

  • City awards hospitality tax grants

    Hope on the Hill is getting another grant from the city of Lancaster to assist in its renovation of the old Barr Street school.

    The local youth-serving organization, which wants to turn the building into a community and family life center, will receive $25,000 from the city in the last quarter of hospitality tax grant awards for 2009-10.

    Two other groups – New Arts Movement and New Jack Enterprises – both requested $25,000, but the grant advisory committee recommended that neither group receive any funding.

  • Heath Springs chooses firm to renovate station

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council has chosen a construction firm to make renovations to its volunteer fire department.

    Major renovations are planned for the department, through a $976,000 Assistance to Firefighters fire station construction grant. The grant is from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. The federal stimulus money was awarded to the fire department last fall. No match from Lancaster County or the town of Heath Springs was required.

  • Corridor study makes recommendations

    Chris Karres wants to make sure the county takes advantage of the years of planning and months of research that went into the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study.

    Karres, planning director for the county, recently assembled a prioritized list of recommendations developed during the corridor study for County Council to review.