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  • IL resident wants new fire district

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land’s growing population has prompted some residents to ask if the area’s emergency services have become too strained.

    That was one of the hot topics at the Indian Land Action Council’s Nov. 16 meeting. Leading the discussion was Belair resident Linda Singer, who outlined problems facing the county’s emergency responders, as well as a potential solution.

    “While we have some of the lowest tax rates in the country, we do not have the needed standard of emergency services that we should,” Singer said.

  • Hot Box debuts Saturday

    From rock music to symphony sounds, music lovers will eventually discover them all at The Hot Box, Lancaster’s newest music venue.

    Located at 106 Elm St. in downtown Lancaster, The Hot Box will serve as a music venue at For Amusement Only, with a second building on the property that may eventually feature performances.

    For Amusement Only is a partnership between Dennis and Lorrie Brewer and Robin and Sal Estrada.

    The Estradas ran another business, Estrada Extreme Sports, at the location.

  • Lanes thankful for help, support from friends

    John “Red” and Grace Lane do a celebratory dance when they receive good news.

    The routine involves face-to-face hand slaps and a chest bump. It’s similar to those done by sports teams.

    Lately, they’ve performed the dance quite often.

    Considering strides they’ve made with bouts with cancer and widespread support from the community, the Lancaster couple has a lot of reasons to be thankful this holiday season.

    Cancer diagnoses

  • A trip of a lifetime for 90 World War II vets

    A crowd is gathered at a gate at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

    Cub Scouts are holding handmade posterboard signs with pictures colored in markers that read, “Thank you, veterans.”

    Men and woman in fluorescent green Honor Guard Ground Crew T-shirts make sure a pathway from the gate is open to let the special guests through.

    Finally, the first veteran enters the airport from flight 9090 from Columbia in a wheelchair. A cheer rips through the crowd and everyone starts waving American flags.

  • Council nixes changes to sign ordinance

    Despite pleas from business owners and residents, Lancaster County Council shot down a proposed change to the county’s temporary sign ordinance Monday, though it may consider the issue again later this year.

    Council debated first reading of an ordinance Monday that would have relaxed the county’s temporary sign regulations for a year. The proposed ordinance would have increased the number of temporary signs allowed per business from one to four and eliminate fines for those who violate the ordinance.

  • McGriff to be sworn into County Council

    Lancaster County Council gains a new member Monday night as Charlene McGriff is set to take over as representative for District 2.

    McGriff recently won a special election for the seat vacated by former council chair Fred Thomas, who left this summer to become a magistrate court judge.

    McGriff bested local business woman Blondale Funderburk in a special Democratic primary for the nomination in September.

  • Officials: S.C. jobs priority

    Economic development was on a lot of people’s minds at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative breakfast on Tuesday.

    State House Reps. Deborah Long and Jimmy Neal, and state Sens. Mick Mulvaney and Vincent Sheheen participated in a panel discussion at the meeting. Otis Rawl, president of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, outlined challenges facing the state in economic development.

  • Police still investigating Pardue Street shooting

    The man shot in the head Saturday morning at Pardue Street Apartments was released from Springs Memorial Hospital the same day, Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    Howard said no arrests have been made in the shooting, which was reported about 9 a.m. Saturday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the 21-year-old victim said he was walking on Pardue Street, headed toward the 1400 block and talking on his cell phone with his girlfriend.

  • Cauthen: 'I never cut or stabbed nobody'

    Murder suspect David Cauthen told a jury Thursday that he found the body of his estranged girlfriend Brenda Steen in the trunk of her car, but didn’t know how it got there.

    Cauthen is charged with murder in the stabbing death of Steen, his on-again, off-again girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. Authorities say Steen, 36, was killed Oct. 17, 2004. Her body was found in a culvert under Camp Creek Road on Oct. 19, 2004.

  • KVLT director receives fellowship

    Austin Jenkins, executive director of the Katawba Valley Land Trust, has been selected to lead an initiative to help increase local conservation.

    Jenkins is one of 40 people nationwide selected as a 2009 TogetherGreen fellow.

    The fellowship – through a partnership between Toyota and conservation group Audubon – offers specialized training in conservation planning and execution and the chance to work and share practices with conservation professionals.