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  • LHS band playing 'Motown Woodstock' this season

    The Lancaster High School marching band members played their instruments with force and pride. They marched with precision and even went back to fix mistakes that may have occurred.

    Everything seemed normal at a recent marching band practice – except one thing: The man guiding the ship was missing.

    Band director John Rhodes has been out on sick leave for the last few weeks. Despite his absence, the band remains determined to perform well this competition season.

  • Water disinfection process on hold

    The start of a new water treatment process designed to eliminate contaminates in the county water supply has been delayed.

    Mike Bailes, director of Catawba River Water Treatment Plant, said the new treatment process, originally scheduled to begin in September, has been delayed due to problems in obtaining a permit from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to allow the plant to install special waterlines to accommodate the new process.

  • Barbecue the featured attraction at Hog Jam

    KERSHAW – The wooden, pink piggy signs are everywhere, reminding folks with a taste for barbecue to attend Kershaw’s Hog Jam on Friday and Saturday.

    The fourth annual barbecue festival will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The cook-off event will not be held this year, due to a low response from the teams that compete for prize money, organizers say.

    But all barbecue cookers who wish to set up as a food vendor are invited, and a trophy will be given to the top four people’s choices, based on a panel of anonymous judges.

  • Duke celebrates 100th anniversary of station tennial

    GREAT FALLS - An eagle hovered above the Catawba River as a large crowd gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rocky Creek hydroelectric station on Sept 24.

    The celebration was attended by past and present Duke Energy employees, town, county and state officials and others.

    The Rocky Creek station is the second power plant to be built by the Southern Power Company, the predecessor of Duke Power Co. and Duke Energy.

  • Barbecue vendors to jam in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Tune up your hog-calling skills and head down to the Kershaw Hog Jam this weekend.

    The fourth annual barbecue festival will be from 6 to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    Nine barbecue vendors have signed up, and a trophy will be given to the top four people’s choices, based on a panel of anonymous judges. In all, there are nearly 60 vendors at the festival, said organizer Joyce Adams.

  • Former Fort Lawn officer awaits investigation results

    CHESTER ee" Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield has transferred a case involving an investigation of Robert Cauthen, a former Fort Lawn Police officer, to another solicitor.

    Cauthen, who is now Chester County chief, has been on unpaid leave since Aug. 7.

  • Suspect returns to face charges in armed robbery

    GREAT FALLS – A former Lancaster woman was released from the Horry County Detention Center and transferred to the Great Falls Police Department recently to face charges in connection with the Great Falls Pharmacy robbery on July 30.

    Great Falls Police Chief Steven Rice said Kimberly Payne Arnold, 26, of 924 Sunset Ave., Clemmons, NC, was charged with armed robbery and grand larceny. She is being held at the Chester County Detention Center on a $75,000 surety bond.

  • Parenting sessions set to begin on Monday

     A nationally recognized parenting class has started at Andrew Jackson High School.

    Creating Lasting Family Connections, a five-week course for students and their parents, began Monday at AJHS and will begin Oct. 12 at Indian Land High School.  

    The course is free and open to any family who has a student attending that respective school, said Amy Kirkley, character education coordinator at AJHS and ILHS.

    Topics to be discussed include peer pressure, alcohol and drugs, study habits and budgeting.

  • Transportation service coming to Lancaster

    A transportation service that will help county residents make it to their medical appointments is set to debut.

    The Lancaster Area Ride Service (LARS) will have its unveiling 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Lancaster County Administration Building on Main Street.

    LARS, a result of planning among more than 20 local groups, has been in the works for over a year. The service will be used to transport non-Medicaid recipients to appointments to licensed medical providers by calling (803) 285-6956.

  • Fire Expo is Saturday

    Celebrate National Fire Safety Week with the Lancaster Fire Department at the 15th annual Fire Safety Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart parking lot.

    More than 20 fire trucks from the city of Lancaster and the county fleet will be on display. Firefighters will be on hand to talk to visitors who may walk through a fire safety house and watch a simulated automobile rollover. You’ll also be able to learn how to fireproof your home for the holidays during the expo.