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  • Unity firefighters answering calls since 1950s

    Training counts – especially when you’re a firefighter.

    Jay Hayes and Mark Steele, both volunteers with the Unity Volunteer Fire Department, are quick to point that out. And the reason is obvious – firefighting is dangerous work.

    “They say if you’re ever not scared when you walk into the door of a burning house, then you better turn around and walk the other way,” Hayes said.

  • Man, 24, charged in kidnapping

    A man wanted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on kidnapping and sexual assault charges has been arrested.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Demarkeo Jamar Wright, 24, of 313 Robinson Road, Lancaster, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in connection with a Sept. 10 incident.

    Wright is accused of breaking into the home of his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend and dragging her by her hair and arm out of the house.

  • Honeycutt, Tilman vie for District 4 seat

    Job creation and economic development are top issues in the only contested County Council race on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    Democratic incumbent Larry Honeycutt will face Republican newcomer Philip Tillman in the District 4 contest. The district includes several neighborhoods north of the city of Lancaster, near the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and north along U.S. 521.

    District 2 incumbent Charlene McGriff and District 6 incumbent Jack Estridge, both Democrats, face no opposition as they seek re-election.

    Honeycutt

  • Heath Springs has one of oldest departments

    HEATH SPRINGS – A single firefighter – Joey Plyler of the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department – was the initial responder to a fire at the American Wax plant.

    The day was July 25, 2001.

    Flames were shooting out of the building when Plyler arrived, and he radioed 911 dispatchers for more manpower. They asked him what he needed.

    “There’s plenty of fire for everyone,” he radioed back.

  • Brookchase residents OK bonds for neighborhood improvements

    Residents from the Brookchase neighborhood overwhelmingly voted for the creation of a new tax district on Saturday.

    As part of a special vote, Brookchase residents voted 76-5 in support of creating the Brookchase Special Tax District to generate funding for repairs to roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood. The Brookchase neighborhood is located in Indian Land off U.S. 521, not far from Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light.

  • Three candidates vying for IL school board seat

    Don McCorkle is seeking a second term on the Lancaster County school board, while Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton are each looking to become representatives for the first time.

    The three men are vying for the school board’s District 1 seat, which covers Indian Land.

    Election Day is Nov. 2.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

    Leland Hughes

    Hughes, 65, decided two years ago that he would run for the District 1 seat. He said he wants to serve his neighbors and friends, and has a “deep dedication” to teaching.

  • Up-close and personal lessons for Erwin Elementary students

    An up-close look at bees and talks about ecosystems were just some of the hands-on experiences for students at Erwin Elementary School as the school held its Environmental Discovery Day.

    Dozens of agencies and other community members visited the school Friday to talk about various aspects of science and the environment.

    Booths featured 24 different exhibits, with more than 100 people playing a part in the event.

  • 3 to run for school position

    Three men will try to succeed Dr. Peter Barry as the District 4 representative on the Lancaster County school board.

    Ronald Burke, Al Simpson and Bill Sumner filed to run for the seat, vacated by Barry’s death last month.

    The special election will be Nov. 30.

    Ronald Burke

    Burke, 67, moved to Lancaster six years ago from Ohio, where he had worked in education for 30 years.

    He said his experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent will serve him well as he vies for the District 4 seat.

  • 12 candidates set to take part in forum

    INDIAN LAND – The stage is set for a spirited candidates forum in Indian Land next week.

    A dozen candidates for local, state and national offices have confirmed that they will take part in the Oct. 14 forum sponsored by Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway.

    The Before You Vote 2010 Candidates Forum is from 7  to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel.

    The forum will feature these races and candidates, in the following order:

    • U.S. Senate – Write-in candidate Mazie Ferguson

  • Woman hit in Walmart parking lot

    A Lancaster teenager was charged with reckless driving after police say she hit a woman in the parking lot of Walmart on Wednesday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers responded to the parking lot about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Officers found Taqueshia Patrice Boyd, 17, of 765 W. Brooklyn Ave., seated in a 2001 Honda. She appeared shaken and upset, the report said.