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  • Fire guts home in Buford

    Lightning may have been the cause of an early Saturday morning house fire in the Buford community.

    Firefighters received a call from a passerby just before 4 a.m. that a two-story home in the 4700 block of Stacks Road was on fire.

    Capt. Billy Lloyd of the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze started in the garage, spread to the attic and mostly damaged the second floor.

    Nobody was inside the home when the fire started, as the residents were on vacation, Lloyd said.

  • Graham puts 6,200 acres of Montrose up for sale

    CHESTER – The 6,200-acre tract of land that was to have been the site of Montrose in Chester County is now for sale.

    In October 2006, developer Melvin Graham, a nephew of evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, announced his intention to build Montrose, which he hoped would eventually include thousands of homes (some in gated communities) and townhouses, shopping malls, golf courses, schools, churches and other amenities.

  • Mulvaney challenges Spratt on budget, taxes

    State Sen. Mick Mulvaney, a businessman from Indian Land, challenged U.S. Rep. John Spratt on Thursday to take a position on middle-class tax hikes and the federal budget. And on Friday, Spratt, a Democrat from York, released a statement on tax cuts and the budget.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, is challenging Spratt for the 5th District congressional seat, which Spratt has won in every election since 1982.

  • City OKs change in Streetscape plans

    Hal Crenshaw said he is satisfied with the compromise reached regarding the city of Lancaster’s Streetscape beautification project and his business, Crenco Food Store on South Main Street.

    In April, Crenshaw expressed concern about the Streetscape plans, which called for greenery, lighting and curbing to be installed along the South Main Street side of his business, located at the Brooklyn Avenue intersection.

    He said the planned curbing would greatly hurt his business, as motorists would have less space to access gas pumps from Main Street.

  • Volunteers tackle home rehab projects

    INDIAN LAND – With specks of white paint splattered on her hands and clothes, Angie Weeks takes a step back to admire the newly plastered walls and ceilings she and her fellow campers have installed.

    Weeks, a member of Grover United Methodist Church in Grover, has only been in Indian Land for about three days, but she’s already learned how to paint a room, repair holes in a wall and dig a trench for water pipes. And judging by the smile on her face, it’s been a good week.

  • Barbara ‘Cookie’ Reeves Helms, 57

    CATAWBA – Barbara “Cookie” Reeves Helms, 57, died Friday, June 26, 2010.

    Born in Rock Hill, she was the daughter of Shirley Haire Reeves and the late J. P. Reeves. She was married to Vick C. Helms Jr.

    Survivors include her mother of Rock Hill; her husband; and her brothers, J. P. “Buddy” Reeves Jr. and Charles Reeves, both of Rock Hill.

  • City will tap reserve funds to pay for raises

    City of Lancaster employees will get a pay increase while the city’s residents will not see a spike in their taxes.

    Lancaster City Council passed final reading of its 2010-11 budget Tuesday. The $22.39 million budget includes a 2 percent across-the-board raise for employees.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilman John Howard was not at the meeting.

    Last week, the city’s finance committee, chaired by Howard, recommended that council approve a tax increase of 2.8 mills to help offset the already-proposed salary increases.

  • More hot temps in forecast

    To all the Lancaster residents lamenting about the frigid temperatures back in January – be careful what you wish for.

    Many folks asked for summer to return during those chilly days, and now summer is back with a vengeance.

    It has been in the 90s in Lancaster County since June 9, according to the S.C. Climatology Office. By definition, the state is experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures reaching 98 degrees or more for more than two days, said Wes Tyler of the climatology office.

  • Haley locks up Republican nomination for governor

    Lancaster County voters helped state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington secure the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday.

    The three-term lawmaker is the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor in South Carolina.

    She easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster, getting about 65 percent of the votes across the state. According to S.C. Election Commission, Haley received 233,371 votes while Barrett received 125,429 votes.

  • City awards hospitality tax grants

    Hope on the Hill is getting another grant from the city of Lancaster to assist in its renovation of the old Barr Street school.

    The local youth-serving organization, which wants to turn the building into a community and family life center, will receive $25,000 from the city in the last quarter of hospitality tax grant awards for 2009-10.

    Two other groups – New Arts Movement and New Jack Enterprises – both requested $25,000, but the grant advisory committee recommended that neither group receive any funding.