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  • Bowater lays off 40 workers

    Abitibi Bowater has let go of more of its employees.

    The paper mill located in Catawba just across the county line laid off 20 workers on March 26 and another 20 on Wednesday, said Barry Baker, the mill’s human resources manager.

    The reductions were made in all operating departments throughout the mill, he said.

    “This is part of our reorganization to lower costs and become more efficient as we emerge from bankruptcy protection,” Baker said. “These were some very good employees and we regret having to take these steps.”

  • District layoffs possible

    Teachers will be laid off and classroom sizes will increase next year, according to officials with Lancaster County School District.

    Tony Walker, the district’s finance director, says the district is expecting to receive a funding reduction of between $8 million and $10 million for the 2010-2011 school year.

    To make up for the shortfall, officials are looking at layoffs, furloughs, fee increases and program restructuring as possibilities, Walker said.

  • Heath Springs Rodeo

    There was action aplenty at the Heath Springs Rodeo on Saturday night. Katie Justice gives an all-out effort in the breakaway division.

  • Probation office looking for sex offender

    The Lancaster S.C. Probation, Parole and Pardon Services office is looking for a convicted sex offender who may be on the run.

    Agent-in-charge Lynn Oliver said her office is looking for Delrico Lamar McDow, 21, whose last known address is 780 Montecrest Drive.

    McDow was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2002.

    He was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet for life in February after he violated his probation, Oliver said.

    McDow is not on probation now, but is being monitored by Probation and Parole because of the monitoring bracelet.

  • Council debates Brooklyn contract

    Lancaster County Council wants more justification before allowing a North Carolina company to begin sidewalk construction on Brooklyn Avenue.

    Council discussed the awarding of work for the Brooklyn Avenue Community Development Block Grant project at its Monday meeting. The project would consist of replacing sidewalks and installing crosswalks along segments of Brooklyn Avenue in Lancaster.

  • Big Thursday checks presented to two groups

    Despite a slumping economy, the Big Thursday of Lancaster committee is still raising money to help local students attend college.

    Each year, a golf tournament is held in which local businesses and other groups pledge monetary support.

    The money generated is split evenly between the Lancaster County Clemson Club and the Educational Foundation of USCL, to provide scholarships for Lancaster County students attending either Clemson University or the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Auditor not happy with county proposal

    Lancaster County Auditor Cheryl Morgan is not pleased with a proposal by Lancaster County Council to change the county’s form of government.

    Morgan asked council at its Monday night meeting to rethink a proposed measure that would change the county’s form of government from an administrator to a manager form of government. The proposed change comes as county Treasurer Dick Rowell has decided not to run again after his term expires in 2012.

    “This would affect my job drastically,” Morgan said.

  • Truck burns at restaurant

    Morris Lowery says his tractor-trailer is unable to pass by JoMars restaurant without stopping.

    So, on Wednesday afternoon, Lowery said he took a break from his job as a driver for Reaves Enterprises Inc. The company is based in Conway.

    He talked on his cell phone in the cab of the truck, which he parked in the lot between McDonalds and JoMars. He stood outside the restaurant, known for its country buffet that offers fatback, and smoked a cigarette.

  • Edenmoor residents speak out

    Ernie Holmes wants answers.

    As one of the first homeowners to move into the Edenmoor neighborhood in Indian Land, Holmes has waited for county officials to address problems with crumbling roads and sinking potholes near his home. Frustrated with the lack of response, Holmes joined several residents as they voiced their concerns at Lancaster County Council’s March 29 meeting.

    Holmes told council he moved into the neighborhood early in its development, and watched as the owner, Lawson’s Bend LLC, went into default several months later.

  • Fees possible for coroner's reports

    Lancaster County Council discussed ways to generate money for an administrative assistant at the county Coroner’s Office at its Monday meeting.

    With an ever-increasing caseload, County Coroner Mike Morris told council the difficulty he and his deputy coroner have in processing paperwork and responding to calls. Morris said his office has already dealt with 110 cases this year.

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said each death case the office handles can take at least eight hours, followed by a significant amount of paperwork.