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  • Funds being sought to clean former Lancaster Mill site

    Lancaster County Council is considering the benefits of a grant that could clean up the site of Springs Industries’ former Lancaster Plant.

    Federal brownfields grant funds are being sought from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the county would partner with the city of Lancaster on the project,  County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • Rex talks to teachers during visit to county

    South Carolina’s top education official visited Lancaster this week to talk about the good and the bad about the state’s public schools.

    Dr. Jim Rex, the state’s superintendent of education, was the keynote speaker Monday as Lancaster County School District teachers had a professional-development training day. Rex spoke twice – first to elementary teachers and then to secondary teachers.

  • Dollar Tree, Sally Beauty Supply broken in

    A safe was stolen from the Dollar Tree store at University Square after burglars apparently broke a large hole in the wall of the building.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, a sales clerk arrived at the Dollar Tree store about 8 a.m. Tuesday and found the store had been burglarized. The incident happened some time between 9:45 p.m. Monday and when the sales clerk arrived at the store on Tuesday.

    An officer found that the counter inside the store had been destroyed and the store safe had been stolen, the report said.

  • Official: Red Ventures is 'legit'

    A new company announces plans to come to town, with a promise to create 1,000 jobs.

    The governor and state Secretary of Commerce praise the company for its potential additions to the local economy. And residents’ hopes are raised about the promised new employment opportunities.

    This may be reminiscent of Tuesday’s announcement that Internet marketing and sales company Red Ventures is moving to Lancaster County, but it was actually the scene seven years ago when a company named FrontDoor announced its plans to locate in Lancaster County.

  • Organizers pleased with crowd, reception to barbecue festival

    KERSHAW – Hog Jam organizers say the fourth-annual festival honoring barbecue was a success.

    Organizer Joyce Adams said the town was pleasantly surprised by the 3,500 or so people who turned out for Friday night’s fun.

    “It was just phenomenal the people that were there,” Adams said. “We had great food, great fun and great entertainment.”

  • Nipper the goose loves people

    INDIAN LAND – Carol Carnes’ pet goose, Nipper, thinks she’s a human being.

    She dresses up, hates the color orange, enjoys being around people and can sense moods.

    “She senses people that are handicapped or in a wheel chair,” Carnes said. “They can do about anything they want with her and she will just stand there. I’ll set her on their lap and she will just lay there. Like I said, some of them don’t have muscle control, and she’ll just let them do whatever.”

  • Council debates waste tire issue

    How residents will dispose of old tires now that new state regulations are taking effect was discussed again by County Council on Monday.

    But a final decision hasn’t been reached yet.

    Jana White, a representative from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s solid waste division, talked to council Monday about restrictions recently put in place by DHEC that call for tracking the disposal of tires throughout the state. The requirements also require counties to count tires and verify who is dropping them off.

  • Turn lanes being built at S.C. 903 and Potter Road

    Construction barrels line the sides of S.C. 903 at Potter Road for a project that should be finished by next spring.

    Ken Wilson, an engineer with the S.C. Department of Transportation, said turn lanes north and south of Potter Road will be constructed on S.C. 903.

    “It’s considered a safety project,” Wilson said.

  • Group recently rescued 11 neglected horses

    VAN WYCK, Nestled among tree-lined creeks is a safe place where abused horses find healing.

    Healing Horses, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Project Halo in Charlotte, recently took in 11 neglected horses from a Lancaster County farm and took them to the organization’s 11-acre sanctuary in Van Wyck.

    Some of the horses were tied to trees, left to stand in their own waste, with very little to eat.

    But what shocked Healing Horses director Katie Holme the most recently was finding a stallion nailed into his stall. He was knee-deep in manure and muck.

  • City of Light reps: It’s all still coming

    INDIAN LAND – All eyes were on Dale Ardizzone as he answered questions about Inspiration Ministries’ 90-acre City of Light campus Sept. 21.

    Ardizzone, general counsel for the City of Light, attended an Indian Land Action Council meeting, hoping to allay concerns about the ongoing project. He was joined by developers Bryan and Skip Tuttle. The three spoke to a full house in the meeting room of Del Webb Library.