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  • Kershaw considers raising town’s garbage fee

    KERSHAW – Kershaw town officials are looking into increasing what it charges for garbage pick-up.

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said the town ended the last fiscal year $25,000 over budget in the sanitation department. Money was borrowed from the water department to cover the overage.

    The town also needs $35,000 in revenues from the department annually for the next several years to pay for a new garbage truck, expected to cost more than $150,000.

  • Businessman concerned about theft of utility trailers

    Business has been tough for Scott Sistare, who runs two small businesses in the city of Lancaster.

    He’s the owner of Scott Sistare Landscaping and Maintenance and Edwards-Scott House Catering, and in the past couple months, he’s lost two equipment trailers loaded with items he uses to conduct business.

    The most recent theft happened Oct. 22, between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sistare’s landscaping equipment trailer was stolen from his lot beside the Lancaster County School District building on Catawba Street.

  • Remnants of Ida soak county, causing a few minor problems

    Lancaster County dodged the worst of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which swept through the area with lots of rain and wind over the past few days.

    The storm caused minor street flooding and downed some power lines. On Thursday morning, Duke Energy reported five power outages across the county.

    According to the rain gauge at the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant, the city received 4.1 inches of rain between 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, said plant director Mack McDonald.

  • IL Rescue Squad celebrating its 15th anniversary

    INDIAN LAND – After several incarnations and 70 different members, the Indian Land Rescue Squad is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week.

    What began as a small rescue squad run out of a local fire department on Nov. 1, 1994, has blossomed into a full-fledged rescue group with its own building located in front of the Lancaster County Recreation Center on U.S. 521.

  • McGriff 'moving forward' after win

    Charlene McGriff breathed a sigh of relief after learning she’d won Tuesday’s special County Council District 2 election.

    Waiting with her daughter, Michelle, and her 6-year-old granddaughter, Caiyla, at her office, McGriff heard about her victory about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

    This wasn’t supposed to be an election that would cause McGriff worry. Officially, she was uncontested, as there was no Republican candidate on the ballot.

  • Police search for rock pelters

    Police are on the hunt for those responsible in a series of rock-throwing incidents that have damaged vehicles on the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    The latest incident happened about 7 p.m. Friday as a motorist was driving past The Bonus Room self-storage center on the bypass. The driver reported to the Lancaster Police Department that a rock hit the hood of his truck. Damage to the truck is estimated at $500.

  • District looks to control political activity

    The Lancaster County School District is taking measures to prevent certain political activity from occurring on school grounds.

    The school board voted unanimously Oct. 20 on first reading of a policy that will prohibit campaigning and the distributing of campaign material on district property.

    The policy has to pass one more reading before it is adopted.

  • Mulvaney kicks off U.S. House race

    Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney said he will run a “very simple, straightforward kind of campaign” against U.S. Rep. John Spratt.

    Mulvaney made it official Monday and announced his campaign for the 5th District Congress seat, held by Spratt, a Democrat who has served in Congress for 27 years.

    The 5th Congressional District includes Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Marlboro, Newberry and York counties and parts of Florence, Lee and Sumter counties.

  • Police: Woman filed false report

    Only days after reporting an armed robbery, a Lancaster woman has been charged with filing a false felony report.

    Sylvia Criminger Stacks, 59, of 1205 Claredon Dr., was arrested on Nov. 15 and charged with filing a false report of armed robbery two days earlier.

    According to an incident report, Stacks told police on Nov. 13 she was at work about 7 p.m., cleaning the Comporium building on North White Street.

    Stacks said she was in front of the building cleaning up cigarette butts when she was approached from behind, the report said.

  • Scouts to collect food on Saturday

    Clayton Homes of Lancaster is teaming up with local Boy Scouts to produce what they hope will be the largest food drive in recent memory.

    The Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves Boy Scouts in five districts in upstate South Carolina, including Chester and Lancaster counties, participates yearly in “Scouting For Food,” in which scouts encourage residents in their communities to leave canned goods outside their door steps to be donated to charity.