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  • New transportation service now rolling

    Blue and green are the colors now officially linked to a new avenue for transportation in the county.

    The Lancaster Area Ride Service, or LARS – which has been in the works for four years – had its unveiling Tuesday morning at the County Administration Building.

    LARS will transport non-Medicaid recipients to appointments to licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. The service is available to people of all ages, with fares as low as $2.

  • Participation up for Veterans Day parade

    All the loose ends have been tied and organizers expect strong participation at Saturday’s Veterans Day parade, which will run through downtown Lancaster.

    This year’s parade will begin at White and Arch streets, then to Main Street and end at the American Legion building on South Main Street.

    The parade will start at 10 a.m., with lineup at 9 a.m. at the Humana (Kanawha) parking lot on Arch Street. After the parade, a program will follow at the American Legion Building.

  • Memorial to be rededicated

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs will rededicate the Blue Star Memorial in Lancaster during a service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Building on South Main St., Lancaster.

    A veteran from every war from World War II to the present will speak at the ceremony. Speakers will include Margaret “Peggy” Howell Heath, U.S. Navy; Carl Parker, U.S. Army;  Edward Coy Williams, U.S. Air Force, Scott Cato and William “Bill” Summer, National Guard.

  • Jobs forum set for Oct. 31

    Local legislators and the S.C. Employment Security Commission have joined forces to help put people back to work.

    A jobs forum will be held Oct. 31 at York Technical College’s Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., has been organized by state Rep. Deborah Long, R-District 45, state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16,  state Rep. Jimmy Neal, D-District 44, and employment security commission staff from Lancaster, York and Chester counties.

  • ILVFD gets $1.6 million grant

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded more than $1.6 million in federal funding, which should allow for increased staffing and improved facilities.

    Department Capt. Mike Magette found out Oct. 2 the department had won $1,669,808 in funding through a national program called Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grant Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The department was one of only 96 fire departments in the country to be awarded funding through the grant.

  • Tucker, Horton joined the U.S. Navy together

    Not getting a 3-cent raise sent childhood friends Ward Tucker and G.W. Horton into the U.S. Navy during World War II.

    The two worked at the Springs Mill plant in Kershaw in 1941. Horton said he’d quit if he didn’t get that raise. Tucker told Horton he’d follow if Horton quit first.

    The two wanted a different life than the mill could offer, with its 12-hour days for six or seven days a week, for just $6 a week in wages.

    After they quit their mill jobs, they hitchhiked to Columbia with $3.86 to enlist in the Marines.

  • Cyclist dies after crash with school bus

    INDIAN LAND – A 56-year-old Indian Land man died after he crashed into the back of a Lancaster County School District bus loaded with elementary school students Thursday afternoon.

    Thomas Lee Pecklinpaugh died from head and chest injuries, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. He was wearing a helmet.

    No children were hurt in the crash, authorities said. The bus driver, Michael Thompson, 51, was not injured.

    The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. on U.S. 521 North near the Thousand Oaks subdivision.

  • H1N1 vaccine not yet widely available

    Despite receiving shipments of several thousand doses, state health officials are not yet administering the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine.

    Earlier this month, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it had begun receiving shipments of the vaccine, which are allotted by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

    At that time, more than 26,000 doses had arrived and officials had ordered an additional  27,000 doses, said DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick.

  • City Council votes down measure to hike trash fee hike

    City residents won’t be required to pay extra garbage-collection fees.

    City Council voted down an ordinance last week that would have raised the trash rollaway fee from $15 to $16 per month. The vote was 2-5, with Mayor Joe Shaw and Councilman John Howard voting in favor of the measure.

    Councilwoman Sara Eddins said it would be unfair to ask residents to pay more for any service, given the sour economy.

  • Tire disposal issue on County Council agenda

    County Council may decide on a waste tire disposal plan Monday.

    Council has debated several options for a new tire disposal plan since the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control implemented new restrictions to help track the disposal of tires throughout the state.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said council on Monday will consider yet another option, which would accommodate residents who may not be able to drop tires off at the Public Works Center at 1980 Pageland Highway.