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  • County to search for funds for courthouse floor project

    Lancaster County Council plans to search for available funding before approving significant flooring renovations to the county’s historic courthouse, which is being restored after a fire there a year ago.

    Council decided Monday to delay allocating $40,000 for a new basement floor until an appropriate funding source is located.

    Council members discussed installing a brick paver floor on the bottom level of the courthouse. The basement floor is now made up of cement and tile.

  • Sanford gets a good response at Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – Unlike many of the town hall debates that have erupted into shouting matches across the country, the mood was calm as Gov. Mark Sanford spoke in Indian Land on Thursday afternoon.

    Sanford, the state’s embattled two-term Republican governor, covered everything from health care to education funding as he spoke to a crowd of more than 100 Sun City Carolina Lakes residents at the community’s Lake House.

  • Are you ready for the fair?

    With temperatures dropping and leaves beginning to change colors, it can only mean one thing. It’s almost time for the annual Lancaster County Fair.

    Fair-goers will be treated to plenty of tasty foods and exciting attractions this year, said George Rollings, a fair organizer and member of the American Legion, which sponsors the event.

    The fair will be held Oct. 13-17 at the American Legion grounds on South Main Street.

    Smokey Mountain Amusements of Robbinsville, N.C., will once again be bringing in rides and other midway attractions.

  • Man accused of bringing gun to coaches’ meeting arrested

    KERSHAW – The man accused of bringing a gun into a football coaches’ meeting at Andrew Jackson High School last week has been arrested.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Randy Clyburn, 46, of 1006 Overbrook Road, Kershaw, with threatening the life of a public official and carrying a weapon on school grounds, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Clyburn turned himself in at the sheriff’s office Thursday.

  • Sheriff's office joins Crimestoppers

    Lancaster County residents have a new way to report crime to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Lancaster County is now a part the state’s Crimestoppers program.

    For the public, the use of a single Crimestoppers telephone number for all areas in the county will be a significant step forward in simplifying the process of anonymously aiding law enforcement in the fight against crime, officials say.

    The toll free number is 1-888-Crime SC or 1-888-274-6372.

  • AJ High School band to march toward its 'destiny'

    KERSHAW – You may not recognize the songs the Volunteer Regiment plays this year, but the messages infused are ones you can hold onto for a lifetime.

    The Andrew Jackson High School marching band’s show theme for its 2009 season is “Every Passion Has It’s Destiny.”

    Band director Scot McGuire said the four-phase show focuses on accomplishing your goals and overcoming obstacles. The songs and the marching drill were written specifically for the Volunteer Regiment.

  • Breaking News Firm could bring 500 jobs

    Hundreds of jobs may soon be on the way to Lancaster County.

    Officials from Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. have been trying to bring an undisclosed company to the county for several months.

    County Council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to enter into a fee agreement with the company at a special meeting Thursday. The vote was 5-0. Councilman Larry Honeycutt was absent.

    The name of the company has not been released, but the county is labeling it “Project Colorado” for now.

  • Police reports - Oct. 4, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • A Lancaster man stopped for speeding was arrested on a drug charge on Oct. 1.

    James Horace Watts, 54, 2311 Sunshine Road, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

    The report said a deputy stopped a Nissan Frontier for speeding on Pageland Highway. The deputy smelled marijuana inside the car, the report said.

  • Sanford drops by USCL; talks to Rotary members

    It took an 18-year-old University of South Carolina at Lancaster student to ask what other Rotarians may have been thinking as they listened to Gov. Mark Sanford speak during their lunch meeting on Thursday.

    Sanford talked about restructuring state government and spending and encouraged Rotarians to get involved and act on political energy to accomplish objectives. He said he’s touring the state to conduct “roving town hall meetings” to get residents’ feedback and input on how to make a difference in South Carolina.

  • McGriff thankful for win

    Gathering with family, friends and volunteers on Tuesday night, Charlene McGriff anxiously waited for the results to the special Democratic primary for Lancaster County Council’s District 2 seat.

    About 9 p.m.,  a few of her volunteers, who had been following the results at the County Administration Building, rushed over to tell her the good news. McGriff had won the race against Blondale Funderburk, 371 votes to 345.