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Local News

  • Schools face another budget cut

    Local school officials are exploring ways to deal with another budget cut handed down by the state.

    The state’s Budget and Control Board recently announced 5 percent across-the-board spending cuts – a $238.2 million reduction to help offset lower-than-expected tax collections thus far.

    That equates to about a $1.5 million reduction for the Lancaster County School District, said Tony Walker, the district’s finance director.

    This is the second wave of cuts to come through since the school year stated.

  • Tunnell: Kershaw, Heath Springs need spec buildings for industry

    Lancaster County continues to miss out on economic development opportunities because it does not have buildings for companies that are considering a move here.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell updated Kershaw and Heath Springs town council members on economic development projects in the southern portion of the county at the towns’ November council meetings.

  • Family loses home in fire

    Travis McManus and Monica Bass awoke to find the kitchen of their mobile home on East North Corner Road on fire late Monday night.

    Bass said McManus, her fiance, was heating grease on the stove when he fell asleep. They were both asleep in the living room when the fire started.

    Bass said she was having a dream about not being able to breathe and she woke up to find McManus yelling and trying to put out the fire.

    Bass said it was so smoky she had to feel her way along the walls to her daughters’ rooms.

  • Christian Services appeals for donations to Angel Tree

    Christmas gifts for needy children in Lancaster County aren’t coming into Christian Services as quickly as Marcine Bufford would like them to.

    Bufford is the coordinator for Christian Services’ Angel Tree program, which collects the gifts. Those who wish to contribute to the effort may get a tag from a tree at area businesses such as Walmart, First Citizens Bank, Curves and Gus’ Family Restaurant.

  • Truck spills logs on bypass

    A logging truck hit a car on S.C. 9 Bypass about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the tractor-trailer blocking both westbound lanes.

    Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said the drivers of the car and logging truck were taken by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services to Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Neither appeared to have life-threatening injuries, White said.

    Police were still investigating the crash Tuesday afternoon. Neither of the drivers’ names were available.

  • Flooring firm to invest $4.75M here

    A hardwood flooring company is set to bring 35 new jobs and invest $4.75 million in Lancaster County.

    Greyne Custom Wood Co., a Charlotte-based high-end hardwood flooring manufacturer, has been in talks with county officials for several weeks and plans to relocate to the county in January.

    The company, which creates custom-designed, hand-scraped floors, has agreed to create 35 new jobs for the county within the next three years.

  • Sanford visits Indian Land for Red Ventures ceremony

    INDIAN LAND – Looking out at the large crowd gathered around Red Ventures’ new Indian Land facility on Wednesday, Ric Elias couldn’t believe how far his company had come in just nine years.

    Elias, chief executive officer of the company, said he’s amazed how Red Ventures has grown steadily, from a small business in his basement in 2000 to a company with more than 700 employees in several countries. Red Ventures is an Internet marketing firm that works with companies such as ADT and DirecTV.

  • ILES students recognized for their eco-friendly efforts

    INDIAN LAND – The recycling program at Indian Land Elementary School is going strong and students are cultivating gardens on the campus.

    ECOWARRIORS is spearheading these eco-friendly efforts and more at the school and in the community. ECOWARRIORS is a student group devoted to promoting environmental awareness in their school and the Indian Land community.

  • City votes 5-2 to hire two more police officers

    Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White got his wish for more officers to help fight gang and drug activity in the city.

    White spoke Tuesday to City Council, seeking permission to hire two officers to specifically work narcotics and criminal-gang activity. That addition will cost the city $90,000 a year, which includes training and benefits.

    Council voted 5-2 to in favor of the request. Mayor Joe Shaw and Councilman John Howard voted against it.

    The money will come from the city’s general fund.

  • Store gives old books a second chance

    Books fill the shelves at the Second Glance, Second Chance bookshop on Dunlap Street in Lancaster.

    There’s a wide range of genres that readers of all ages can come explore, including fiction, history, art or health.

    When you visit, you’ll see that book browsing isn’t the only thing you can take advantage of.