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  • 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.

  • Walmart hiring for new Indian Land store

    Walmart is hiring about 350 associates to work at the new Indian Land Supercenter, slated to open Aug. 18.

    To facilitate applications, the retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at 9789 Charlotte Highway, Suite 200 in the Shoppes at 521.

    The Walmart hiring center began accepting applications  June 1 and will continue accepting applications from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Interested applicants can also apply online at http://walmartstores.com/Careers/7745.aspx.

  • Keeping a dying trade alive

    It’s about as hot inside Elliott’s Shoe Repair and Sales on Main Street as it is outside.

    A metal fan whirs in the corner near the front door, and shoe repairman Lee Williams, 72, shoots the breeze with a friend to pass the time on a slow day just before summer officially begins.

    On most days, a group of men comes to visit around “dinner time” to eat and talk.

    “If we had a potbelly stove and a checker board, I believe we’d have us an Andy Griffith scene,” Williams said, with a smile.

  • Chester County sheriff uses Facebook as a tool

    CHESTER – Social networking Web site Facebook began in February 2004 as a tool for college students to meet new friends while keeping in touch with old ones.

    In its initial stage, users were required to have an e-mail address ending with .edu to prove their student status. Since then, Facebook has garnered much praise, and some criticism, for changing the way that people communicate.