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  • Firefighters here mostly white men

    The county fire service is predominately male and white.

    There are 12 female firefighters among the 283 in the fire service, Lancaster County Fire Service Director Morris Russell said. Eleven are certified and one is a new recruit.

    There are seven black, one Hispanic and one Asian male firefighters in the service.

    Russell encourages all  who are interested in joining the fire service. They must pass a background check and then commit to the rigorous training courses required to fight fires.

  • IL candidates forum Thursday

    INDIAN LAND – A dozen or more candidates for local, state and national offices will take the stage at a local candidates forum Thursday.

    The Before You Vote 2010 Candidates Forum, sponsored by Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway is from 7  to 8:30 p.m. at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel auditorium.

    The forum will feature candidates for these races:

    • U.S. Senate – Write-in candidate Mazie Ferguson

  • Fire chiefs from all over S.C. gather in Lancaster

    There will be quite a few fire servicemen and women from across the state in Lancaster this week.

    For the first time, Lancaster is hosting the S.C. Fire Chiefs Association conference.

    The annual event gives chiefs statewide a chance to come together for several days of training, education and exposure to new fire service-related products.

    Nearly 300 visitors are expected to attend the conference, which runs today through Saturday at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Uniform ISO will lower insurance costs

    A new countywide insurance rating will soon save residents money on their property insurance bills.

    Lancaster County Fire Service Director Morris Russell said he recently learned that the county had received a favorable countywide Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating.

    The rating is based on several factors, including fire services, which can drastically affect insurance premiums for homes and businesses.

  • Sheriff, others remember dispatcher

    Law enforcement officials remember a late dispatcher as not only a good coworker, but a good friend as well.

    Jack Usher, 50, died Thursday after a sudden illness. He was an emergency 911 dispatcher at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Usher came to work for the sheriff’s office as a deputy in 1981. In 1985, he left for four years and worked in loss prevention for Sears and Belk department stores before returning to the sheriff’s office in 1988. He worked as a deputy and then as a dispatcher after his return.

  • Friends of Del Webb Library win contest

    INDIAN LAND – Clare McConaughey has one word for the award her group of Indian Land library volunteers just won – amazing.

    McConaughey and her fellow volunteers from the used book shop at the Del Webb Library took the top prize in the WSOC-TV Nine Who Care Awards. Run by the Friends of the Del Webb Library, the book shop sells donated used books, at prices ranging from 25 cents to $2, to fund new book purchases at the library.

  • City firefighters epitomize brotherhood

    DUI checkpoints. Fatal car crashes. Traffic control at major college football games.

    Daren Jenkins’ job as a trooper with the S.C. Highway Patrol is quite involved, requiring him to work odd hours and travel from county to county regularly.

    And when he finally takes off his trooper’s uniform, his work isn’t over.

    Jenkins, a Lancaster County native, also volunteers with the Lancaster Fire Department – an organization he’s been affiliated with since 1999.

  • Soup, crackers and performances on the menu

    The culinary and performing arts will collide with the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ first Soup Studio on Friday.

    Soup Studio will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Those attending will get a light lunch provided by several local restaurants, and entertainment from Lancaster County School District student groups and King’s Cause, a local gospel group.

    Tickets are $10, with 300 tickets available.

  • Oct. 2 last day to register to vote in Nov. election

    The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election is quickly approaching.

    Saturday is the last day to sign up, and the Lancaster County Voter Registration office, at the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon that day.

    New registrants need to bring a driver’s license with their correct Lancaster County address on it and have their Social Security number, said county voting official Cassie Stump.

  • Sheriff to take on white-collar crime

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has a white-collar crime investigator among its ranks now.

    The department received a $111,491 federal grant that will fund the salary, equipment, vehicle, training and travel for the investigator, who will investigate forgeries, scams, identify theft and credit card fraud.

    “Any investigation involving a person using deceit rather than force to obtain financial gain,” Sheriff Barry Faile said.