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  • Heath Springs council wants time to consider USCL funding request

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council members want a little more time to decide whether they’ll donate to USCL’s building fund.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is planning a 30,0000-square-foot building that will house classrooms and cost between $6 million and $6.5 million.

    At the council’s August meeting, Dr. John Catalano, dean of USCL, Stan Johnson, chairman of USCL’s 50th anniversary committee and former County Councilwoman Polly Jackson addressed council about funding issues with the new building.

  • Annual audit says county in good financial shape

    Lancaster County received a good rating during its annual audit for 2008-09.

    Sheila Morgan, a certified public accountant with the accounting firm McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at County Council’s Dec. 7 meeting.

    Morgan issued the county an unqualified opinion, meaning the county is considered in good financial shape.

    “It’s important for us to have a discussion about this,” Morgan said. “We don’t get a chance to come before council often.”

  • Police reports - Dec. 20, 2009

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Police have made no arrests in a shooting incident on Nov. 21 in the area of Waffle House and Jameson Inn on the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    According to an incident report, police responded to the businesses about 4 a.m. that day after several callers reported shooting was going on at both.

    Police found that two bullets went through the wall of Room 101 at the inn. Officers also found 9 mm shell casings in the hotel parking lot. Damage to the wall was estimated at $500.

  • Faulkner files for vacant District 2 board position

    Tyrom Faulkner said he wants to help children in a different way by serving on the local school board.

    The Lancaster native is the only person to file for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County school board. The seat was vacated last month by Charlene McGriff, who now serves on County Council.

    Filing for the open seat ends at noon Monday.

    Faulkner made his bid official on Dec. 11, the first day of filing.

    He said he prayed hard about it. And after speaking with family and close friends, he decided it was the right thing to do.

  • Council to hold special meeting Monday

    County Council will hold a special meeting Monday night to finalize ordinances related to a new hardwood flooring company coming to the county.

    Council held its last regular meeting Dec. 7, but will hold an extra meeting to consider final reading on two ordinances for Greyne Custom Wood Co.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said council wanted to finalize the ordinances before the end of the year to allow the company to begin its move to the county.

  • Driver of log truck cited in S.C. 9 wreck

    The driver of a logging truck was cited in a crash that blocked both westbound lanes of S.C. 9 Bypass for a few hours on Tuesday.

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard said Dewayne Jovon Anthony, 27, of 317 W. Hammond St., Lancaster, was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

    According to an accident report, Anthony was driving a logging truck owned by Kerwest of Westville west on S.C. 9 Bypass about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Two charged in BI-LO purse-snatching

    Two Kershaw residents were arrested after a purse-snatching at BI-LO at the Lancers Center on Dec. 5.

    William Lessie Gainey, 38, of 3670 Goldmine Highway, and Misty Dobson, 34, of 3424 Roll Lane, were charged by the Lancaster Police Department with purse snatching, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said.

    According to a police department incident report, a woman told officers she was in the meat department of the store when she was approached by Dobson about 9 p.m.

  • Warm food makes for warm souls

    Plates full of turkey, rice and string beans were received with gratitude by those at the Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen on Wednesday afternoon.

    A few hundred people visited the kitchen on Ferguson Street in Lancaster to not only get a hot meal, but also receive some holiday cheer at Greater New Hope Christian Association and Outreach Ministries’ Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner. It was open to anyone in the community who wanted a meal.

  • Council lets business license idea die

    Half a year has passed since Lancaster County Council last discussed the idea of business licenses, but absence has not made some council members’ hearts grow fonder.

    Councilman Larry McCullough, who brought the idea of business licenses to the table in May, presented the issue again at council’s Dec. 7 meeting. With no progress made on the issue after so many months, McCullough said it was time for council to make a decision on whether to move forward with plans for business licenses or not.

  • County Council District 3 residents form action group

    More than 20 people showed up Tuesday for the first meeting of District 3’s new action council.

    Formed by County Councilman Cotton Cole, the group of residents met at Cotton Cole Auctions for its inaugural meeting. Inspired by the Indian Land Action Council, a grassroots organization in the county’s Panhandle, Cole formed the group to give residents a voice in county issues.