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  • Woman upset about ripped American flag

    Renee Bozeman’s sister bought her an American flag for her birthday, July 8, last year.

    When Bozeman moved to Lancaster County three years ago to be close to her daughter and grandchildren, she always said the only thing missing from her Springdale Road home was a flag.

    Bozeman said her twin sister, Roxanne, came down from Pennsylvania last year to celebrate their birthday and the Fourth of July together.

  • Chester County development still on go, says Graham

    CHESTER – Developer Melvin Graham said Monday that Montrose, a planned multi-billion dollar development off Interstate 77 in Chester County, is for sale, as was reported last week.

    However, Graham said that doesn’t mean the property’s status is any different than it has been for the past four years.

    “Nothing has changed with Montrose,” Graham said. “Of course, it is for sale. I’m a real estate developer. Everything I’ve ever owned is for sale.”

  • Fireworks a bang-up business

    While many businesses have seen a sharp drop in sales due to the sour economy, local fireworks dealers say they are doing quite well.

    David Smith, manager of Phantom Fireworks in Indian Land, said business took a slight dip in 2009, but this year, sales have been steady. “Buy one, get one free” discounts and membership to a discount group called the Phantom Club have proved to be attractive to customers.

    Smith believes business will continue to improve.

  • Communities to host Fourth of July parades

    From Rich Hill to Heath Springs to Charlesboro, the southern portion of Lancaster County plans to show its patriotism with Fourth of July parades.

    Only this year, the communities will hold their parades on July 3, due to July 4 being on a Sunday.

    Heath Springs

    The town of Heath Springs has held a Fourth of July parade since 1990, when the town celebrated its centennial, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

  • Six candidates to vie for two seats in Heaths Springs town election

    HEATH SPRINGS - The town of Heath Springs is gearing up for its regular election next month.

    Two Town Council seats are up for grabs in the election, which will be held July 13 at Town Hall.

    Heath Springs Town Council seats are at-large, so the two candidates who receive the most votes will win. The election is non-partisan.

    The two incumbents, Jannette Hilliard and Eddie Moore, are running for re-election. They face Iva Lee Drakeford, Frankie Melton, Joey Plyler and Wilma Jean Turner. Filing began on June 1 and ended June 15.

  • Paving to begin today on S.C. 160

    INDIAN LAND – Motorists can look forward to a smoother drive as construction crews get ready to pave a portion of S.C. 160 in Indian Land.

    Kenneth Wilson, S.C. Department of Transportation construction engineer for Lancaster County, said crews will begin paving a segment of S.C. 160 between Barberville Road and Possum Hollow Road at 7 p.m. today.

  • Council to look at additions to budget

    County Council will discuss a few possible additions to the county’s 2010-11 budget at its Tuesday meeting.

    As council prepares for final reading of the budget, County Administrator Steve Willis said several council members have asked to review two additions to the county’s magistrate court system.

  • UW falls short of campaign goal

    The board of the United Way of Lancaster County set its sights high for its fundraising goal for the 2009-10 campaign.

    The campaign raised $344,484, falling short of the $425,000 goal.

    But board chairman Steve Sherill said he’s still pleased with the results, especially since the organization lost an executive director during a tough economy.

  • Fire guts home in Buford

    Lightning may have been the cause of an early Saturday morning house fire in the Buford community.

    Firefighters received a call from a passerby just before 4 a.m. that a two-story home in the 4700 block of Stacks Road was on fire.

    Capt. Billy Lloyd of the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze started in the garage, spread to the attic and mostly damaged the second floor.

    Nobody was inside the home when the fire started, as the residents were on vacation, Lloyd said.

  • Graham puts 6,200 acres of Montrose up for sale

    CHESTER – The 6,200-acre tract of land that was to have been the site of Montrose in Chester County is now for sale.

    In October 2006, developer Melvin Graham, a nephew of evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, announced his intention to build Montrose, which he hoped would eventually include thousands of homes (some in gated communities) and townhouses, shopping malls, golf courses, schools, churches and other amenities.