Local News

  • Hinson: Decision to leave AJ ranks high among toughest coaching moves

    KERSHAW – Former Andrew Jackson High School head football coach Brian Hinson said his choice to resign the Volunteers’ post 16 days after he took the job ranks as one of his toughest coaching decisions.

    “I’d put it in the top three,” said Hinson, who spoke by phone from his Salisbury, N.C., home early Thursday night after attempts to reach him earlier in the day by The Lancaster News failed.

  • Buford High: ‘Our job to change the world for the better’

    Buford High School salutatorian Kaylee Mahaffey’s speech talked about a certain slow animal – the turtle.

    Mahaffey said she chose to talk about the turtle because it has to stick its neck out to go through life, and cannot hide in its shell.

    She said high school has been but a passing act in the students’ lives. Graduation is a sad but exciting time, and the class of 2010 has been properly prepared for the next act, so there is no reason to fear the future.

  • Councilwoman says husband will operate business

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace says changes are in the works with her business, Blackmon-Brace’s Bonding Co.

    Blackmon-Brace, who’s owned and operated the Lancaster business for about 14 years, returned her bail bonding license to the S.C. Department of Insurance on May 14.

    In January, the department found that her position on City Council posed a conflict with the business.

  • Carolina Christian Academy: ‘Always make time for friends and family’

    Tim Stevens asked each Carolina Christian Academy graduate to compare him or herself to a fined-tuned violin.

    That instrument is worthless if it goes years and years without being touched. But if it’s played for others to hear, it will have served its purpose.

    Stevens urged the graduates to live their lives as if they were that violin.

    Stevens, administrator at Grace Christian School in West Columbia, gave the commencement address at Carolina Christian Academy’s 2010 graduation, held May 21 in CCA’s gymtorium.

  • Benefits company to create 60 jobs

    For the second time this week, a company has announced plans to move to Lancaster County.

    Strategic Outsourcing Inc., a professional employer service, announced Thursday its plan to create between 60 and 80 new jobs here. The company, which is moving its corporate office from Charlotte to the URS building in Indian Land, will also transfer about 160 current employees.

  • Store owner still concerned about city’s Streetscape plan

    Hal Crenshaw, president of Crenco Oil Co., is still concerned about the city of Lancaster’s  Streetscape project.

    The project, which has made its way to the southern end of the city, brings new curbing, lighting, greenery and sidewalks to Main Street. Work began nearly two months ago and is expected to be completed in August.

    Crenshaw said the planned curbing will limit vehicle access to his business, Crenco Food Store, located on South Main Street at the Brooklyn Avenue intersection.

  • Kilburnie celebrating 10th anniversary with Business After Hours

    Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, by hosting the next Business After Hours on Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  

    The special celebration will also honor the conclusion of the chamber’s two-week membership campaign, and all new members will be recognized as special guests at the event.

  • Great Falls clinic to remain open

    GREAT FALLS " Chester Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Craig Walker and Dr. Sam Stone have signed on the dotted line.

    Their signatures pledged support to keep the Great Falls Clinic open and Dr. H.P. Snead Jr. and family nurse practitioner Terry Sims available to patients.

    About 150 people gathered in the Great Falls Middle School gym last Thursday night to show their support of the local clinic and its staff after talk surfaced about the possible merger of the clinic with the hospital’s Richburg clinic.

  • Spratt denounces Republican statement

    WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Spratt is denouncing a recent statement by the National Republican Congressional Committee that referred to him as “Amnesiac John Spratt.”

    “The NRCC accuses me of ‘amnesia,’ a sly, underhanded reference to the fact that I am in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease,” said Spratt, the 14-year term congressman who represents South Carolina 5th District. “I found their assertions beneath contempt.”

  • Defense Venture Group CEO dies while abroad

    The president and chief executive officer of Indian Land-based company Defense Venture Group has died.

    John M. Zinn died Tuesday after suffering an accident while on a business trip in Amman, Jordan, according to the company.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense sector companies, hasn’t released any more information about the incident.

    Zinn was 33.