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  • Dianne Pardue 'tickled' by employee honor

    As an administrative assistant at Lancaster County’s Public Works department, Dianne Pardue often spends hours fielding questions and complaints from county residents. So, she was pleasantly surprised to hear some good news recently.

    That was when she discovered she’d been named Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter.

    “I only found out when they sent the paper out that I had won,” Pardue said. “I still have it up here on the board.”

  • Kershaw council votes to add entrance, exit to Town Hall

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council voted to spend an extra $42,000 on the new Town Hall, which will be completed soon.

    The extra money will pay for the construction of an entrance and exit from Hampton Street in front of the new building. The plans originally called for one entrance from Hampton, with an exit at the back of the building.

    The extra construction will cost about $37,000, Town Administrator Tony Starnes told council members Monday night.

  • Man robs gas station on U.S. 521

    An armed man robbed the Raceway Express gas station on U.S. 521 on Saturday, getting away with cash, a pack of cigarettes and a can of beer, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to an incident report, the clerk told sheriff’s deputies that a man came into the store about 7:30 a.m. and got a 24-ounce can of Bud Light. The clerk said the man approached the counter and asked for a pack of Newport cigarettes and then pulled out a large, black handgun and a plastic bag.

  • Council decides on waste tire plan

    After considering several plans to overhaul the county’s waste tire disposal rules, Lancaster County Council decided on a modest plan Monday.

    Council agreed to continue to allow residents to dispose of waste tires at all convenience sites in the county, except for the Lynwood Drive location.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said that location is heavily used, and since it’s only a few miles from the Public Works Center on Pageland Highway, it may be easier if tires were dropped off there instead.

  • Spratt, Mulvaney clash on health-care bill

    The 5th District race for Congress heated up this week after state Sen. Mick Mulvaney condemned  incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt for his vote Saturday night on a federal health-care bill.

    The bill narrowly passed on a vote of 220 to 215, with House members voting heavily along party lines.

    Only one Republican (Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao of Louisiana) voted for the bill. Thirty-nine Democrats voted against the bill.

  • City of Lancaster receives good audit

    The city of Lancaster is in good financial standing and has sound accounting practices, according to its most recent audit conducted in August and September.

    Blair, Bohle & Whitsitt of Charlotte audited the 2008-09 budget for the city, which had a total fund balance of $8.2 million at the end of that fiscal year (June 30) – a $400,000 increase from the previous year.

  • Lawmakers to speak at chamber breakfast

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative breakfast Dec. 1 to provide members with an opportunity to hear the issues leaders will tackle in 2010.

    The breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    S.C. Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl will outline the state chamber’s 2010 competitiveness agenda and discuss the top priority issues of businesses throughout the state.

  • Teen accused of threatening local detention center officer

    A Lancaster teenager in jail on armed-robbery charges has been charged with threatening a detention center officer.

    Dendrel Latavis Campbell, 17, of 1515 Carmel Road, has been charged with assault on an employee of a correctional facility, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • Iraq vet at home for celebration

    Wearing his dress blues, local Marine Lance Cpl. David West saluted his fellow service members outside the American Legion building Saturday morning.

    For West, 21, this year’s Veterans Day celebration was different.

    It was his first local veterans parade since joining the Marines and shipping off for boot camp in October 2007. Since then, he was stationed in Hawaii and then spent seven months serving in Iraq.

  • H1N1 vaccine being given

    The H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine is available, and health officials expect to receive more doses of the vaccine for those wanting it.

    More than 604,000 doses have been ordered thus far in South Carolina by the state’s public health departments or hospitals and other private providers, said Adam Myrick, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    The vaccine comes in either a nasal spray or an injectable form, and the majority of the doses have been the latter type.