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  • Interim dean Stan Emanuel:‘USCL is here to stay’

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster celebrated a milestone Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest building, Founders Hall.

    The $7.5 million, 40,000-square-foot classroom building, named in honor of major donor Founders Federal Credit Union, is going up between the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building and the Medford Library.

    In all, approximately 50 people attended the event braving freezing temperatures to witness the official start of a project conceived in 2005 and finally set to open in early 2014.

  • Fire burns home in Elgin community

    Fire destroyed the home of an Elgin family Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22, but the family is safe thanks to the quick action of its two youngest members.

    Elgin, Rich Hill and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the fire at 138 Woodside Drive about 3:30 p.m.

    When Elgin firefighters arrived at the tan doublewide minutes later, they found the family outside watching as flames licked through the home’s vinyl siding in spots along the right front side, the roof starting to sag above a burned-out bedroom.

  • Expect winter weather, freezing rain Friday

    Much of Lancaster County saw its coldest morning in almost a year Wednesday with a reported temperature of 18 to 19 degrees.

    But the cold Arctic air hasn’t quite worked its way out of the Carolinas.

    This week, forecasters have been tracking a potential winter storm that could affect this portion of the Piedmont between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

    The weather system should be small and quick-moving, said WCNC forecaster Larry Sprinkle.

  • All-county band festival canceled

    The Lancaster County School District announced Thursday, Jan. 24, it had postponed its all-county band festival due to possible bad weather on Friday afternoon. The two-day clinic for middle and high school band members, which was set for Friday and Saturday and would have included a concert Saturday afternoon at Lancaster High School auditorium, will be rescheduled at a later time. No date has been set. 

       

  • USCL breaks ground on Founders Hall

    University of South Carolina Lancaster officials and community members celebrated a milestone in the campus’ development Wednesday, Jan. 23, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Founders Hall.

    The $7.5 million, 40,000 square-foot classroom and faculty office building, which will be built between the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building and Medford Library, is slated for to open in 2014.

  • One dead, two injured at paper mill

    CATAWBA – A contractor was killed and two others injured Tuesday morning in an accident at Resolute Forest Products, the paper mill formerly known as AbitibiBowater.

    According to York County Emergency Management Director Cotton Howell and a Resolute spokeswoman, the accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday as three contractors were doing maintenance work inside a tank-like “scrubber” located behind the main production area.

  • County’s jobless rate ticks back up

    Like most Palmetto State counties, Lancaster County had a significant increase in its official unemployment rate from November to December 2012.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) released the statistics last week.

    Lancaster County’s December jobless rate was 11.6 percent in December – up from 11 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate for December 2011 was 12.7 percent.

  • Kershaw council splits on park request

    KERSHAW – The creation of a skatepark in Kershaw remains a divisive issue for town leaders.

    Town Council voted 3-3 at its Thursday, Jan. 17, meeting on a request of about $32,000 from the Kershaw Community Park Council. The money would go toward new surfacing on which to install ramps and other skateboarding equipment.

    Council members Michael Cook, Mayor Wayne Rhodes and Morris Russell voted in favor of the request. Council members Wade Hunter, Sonya Poole and Randy Seegars voted against it.

    Councilman Eddie Coates was absent.

  • Judge sentences man to 15 years in prison for firearm possession

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison on a firearms possession charge.

    Gary Davis, Jr., 25, 1225 Chesterfield Ave., was sentenced in federal court Jan. 18 for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

    U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie sentenced Davis to 15 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment, the release said.

  • Heath Springs judge requests software to aid record keeping

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials await more details before voting on whether to pay for computer software requested by town judge Johnny Steele.

    At its Jan. 15 meeting, Town Council had an item on its agenda to consider a piece of software provided by Nichols Business Systems that aids record keeping.

    Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor said the city of Lancaster and town of Fort Lawn use the same software.

    It’s expected to have an initial $2,000 fee, as well as a $200 monthly charge.