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  • Entries sought for vets parade

    Now that the route has been established and other kinks worked out, organizers of this year’s Veterans Day parade are primarily concerned about participation.

    Linda Blackmon, Lancaster County Veterans Affairs officer, said registration has been considerably low thus far for the Nov. 7 parade. She believes a lot of people have been hesitant to commit amidst concern that the event would not happen.

    Due to construction of the new courthouse and new statewide guidelines regarding parades and festivals, organizers have been forced to change their plans.

  • What does agreement mean?

    On Tuesday, Red Ventures, an Internet marketing and sales company, announced plans to relocate its headquarters from Charlotte to Indian Land.

    As part of its relocation, the company plans on investing more than $20 million in a facility at the 521 Corporate Park, just north of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160. It also intends to bring 1,000 new jobs to the county within five to seven years.

  • Hot dog benefit to raise funds to help deputy

    Law enforcement officers and firefighters are coming together Friday to help a fellow officer in need.

    The Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and The Sworn Few Motorcycle Club are sponsoring a hot dog lunch for Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy John Jost.

    Jost, 54, was diagnosed two weeks ago with a brain tumor, said Kristen Grant, president of Sworn Few.

    He will undergo surgery to remove the tumor, which is pressing on his optic nerve and causing vision problems, Thursday.

  • Heath Springs man faces multiple burglary charges

    A Heath Springs man is in jail, charged with three September burglaries.

    Olen Dean Easler II, 29, of 3582 Stoneboro Road, is charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Easler is linked to a burglary at a Woodland Drive home in Lancaster on Sept. 11, during which a safe and cash were taken.

    The safe contained cash and coins, three car titles, a deed to the home and a will. Another $1,400 in cash was taken from a jewelry box.

  • 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.”