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  • Santa visits Indian Land homes via shiny firetruck

    INDIAN LAND ee" Santa rode into town Christmas Eve on a red, shiny firetruck. For 18 years, the man in the red suit has made Indian Land an early stop with the help of local fire departments.

    The local Explorer Post 14, along with the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments, delivered food and gifts to 14 area families.

  • Spratt dismisses media reports, says he plans to seek re-election in 2010

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, has dismissed recent media reports that said he would not seek re-election in 2010.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee has been sending press releases since November suggesting Spratt is retiring or should retire. There have also been some speculative reports on the washingtonpost.com and Politico.com, suggesting that Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982, would not seek re-election next year.

  • Petroski leaving local United Way

    The interim director of the United Way of Lancaster County is resigning to pursue a lifelong interest in music.

    Carolyn Petroski has served as interim United Way director since January. She was expected to hold the position for a year to 18 months to help the agency with some restructuring.

    Petroski plans to take a music course at Winthrop University. She plays piano and sings, and also composes music. She has considered going into therapy, ministry or education involving music.

  • Expect stepped up patrols on New Year's

    If you’re going to party on New Year’s Eve, you’d better make sure you have a designated driver to get you home as local law enforcement officers plan to be out in force on county roads.

    Agencies across the state, including the S.C. Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol and State Transport Police, are participating in the Sober or Slammer DUI enforcement campaign. The campaign began Dec. 16 and runs through Sunday.

  • Blaze guts home one day after Christmas

    HEATH SPRINGS – Electrical problems are believed to be the cause of a blaze that damaged an Old Camden Highway home Saturday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Elgin, Heath Springs and Rich Hill volunteer fire departments were called to the home about 9:15 p.m.

    Deputies spoke with a man who said he was driving down Kershaw Camden Highway and saw the home on fire. He said he stopped at the home and found another man had also stopped at the home.

  • Basket Fund tops $16,000

    Christmas has come for a local charity that will help struggling families in Lancaster County buy food for the holidays.

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund, operated by HOPE in Lancaster, collected a total of $16,446.60 through Wednesday, said HOPE director Elaine Adkins.

  • Artisan Center gets a seasonal makeover for New Year's bash

    A ballerina adorned in lights. A fairy tale carriage.

    These sights fill the windows of the Artisans Center on Main Street, part of the center’s theme for New Year’s Eve ee" Winter Wonderland.

    The Artisans Center, 119 S. Main St., will formally celebrate its grand opening with a New Year’s Eve bash from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday.

    The bash is also a fundraiser that Artisans Center founder and director Christina Chastain hopes will get an after-school arts program for all ages off the ground in the spring.

  • Two men face heroin charges

    Two Lancaster County men were arrested on heroin charges after drug officers conducted surveillance on Tuesday.

    Tristan Charles Mungo, 22, of 1789 University Park Lane, was charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with trafficking heroin and distribution of heroin.

    Daniel Elijah Weeks, 27, of 615 W. Hilton St., Kershaw, was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.

  • Council opposes property tax bill

    Members of Lancaster County Council are hoping a proposed state bill that would cap residential property taxes will not pass when it heads to the state Senate in January.

    Council voted Nov. 30 to oppose S.C. House Bill 3272, which passed the state House last year and is awaiting reading on the state Senate floor. The proposed legislation would remove point of sale valuation and eliminate increases in property tax revenue for schools, municipalities and counties.

  • Kershaw raises its garbage rates

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents will see an increase in their garbage rates in the new year.

    During its first meeting at its new town hall on Monday night, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed final reading of an amendment to the town’s budget.