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  • Fort Lawn fire station to get much-needed repairs

    FORT LAWN – The Fort Lawn Fire Department has a decrepit ceiling at its fire station that is threatening three fire apparatus housed inside but county officials have initiated the process to make the long-needed improvements, said Chester County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey.

  • FOIA change may be in the works

    A bill recently pre-filed in the S.C. House of Representatives would amend the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to make government much more transparent and responsive.

     This is the second attempt by Rep. Bill Taylor (R-Aiken) to reform the FOIA. 

    Last spring his similar bill won approval in the House by a 101-1 vote, but stalled in the State Senate in the final days of the legislative session.

  • Investigators on scene of deadly fire in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators are on the scene of a deadly fire in Kershaw today, the second in Lancaster County since Friday.

    According to Lancaster County officials, firefighters from the Kershaw, Heath Springs, Black Creek and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments were dispatched to a home on Marion Street around 10:30 a.m. Where they later discovered a body inside the home.

    The identity of the deceased has yet to be identified.

  • Heath Springs Atown Council delays decision on smoking ordinance

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials will wait to see how the county’s new anti-smoking ordinance is received before they take any action on the measure.

    Last month, Lancaster County Council adopted an ordinance to ban smoking inside all public-access places, including bars and restaurants.

    The measure, though, only applies to unincorporated areas, as Lancaster County’s three municipalities will have to approve their own ordinances for the ban to truly be countywide.

  • Heath Springs Town Council delays decision on smoking ordinance

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials will wait to see how the county’s new anti-smoking ordinance is received before they take any action on the measure.

    Last month, Lancaster County Council adopted an ordinance to ban smoking inside all public-access places, including bars and restaurants.

    The measure, though, only applies to unincorporated areas, as Lancaster County’s three municipalities will have to approve their own ordinances for the ban to truly be countywide.

  • County receives good audit

    Following years of solid financial reports, Lancaster County once again received a good rating during this year’s annual audit.

    Sheila Morgan, a CPA with accounting firm McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at the Lancaster County Council meeting on  Dec. 10. Morgan issued the county an unqualified “clean” opinion, meaning it was in good financial shape.

    “We’re pleased to say we encountered no difficulties during the audit,” Morgan said.

  • Dr. Richard Wescoat, former Lancaster physician passes away at age of 89

    Dr. Richard Wescoat, a general practitioner whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the age of 89.

    Wescoat was born in Summerville and opened a medical practice in Lancaster in 1950 after attending Clemson University and the Medical College of South Carolina, from which he graduated in 1947. 

    Shortly after, he served as an U.S. Army captain in the Medical Corps and did a tour of duty in Korea, working in a MASH unit. His service earned him a Bronze Star with a V for Valor designation. 

  • Sherrin updates County Council on LARS

    Two weeks after the kick-off of the Lancaster Area Ride Service‘s  (LARS) new county-wide public transportation system, Lancaster County Council heard an update on the new operation.

    Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging, which operates LARS, presented facts and figures about the service to council, including its previous success as a medical transportation system.

  • Firefighters contain yard debris blaze on Cauthen Street in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS –Firefighters from two volunteer fire departments and the state forestry commission contained a grass fire on Cauthen Street on Sunday, Dec. 23 that burned through two yards and threatened the woods near a home.

    Though damage was relatively minimal, Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Patrick Helms said the fire illustrates the importance of local fire ordinances and is a reminder to stay vigilant when burning trash.

  • Police investigate armed robbery

    Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. 

    Grant said investigators interviewed at least eight people on Thursday about the case.