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  • USCL dean hopes to have new classroom building in 3 years

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is moving forward with its goal to expand, but it has temporarily put the brakes on its fundraising plans due to the sour economy.

    USCL, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has rolled out a long list of plans for the campus.

    Perhaps the biggest aim now is a new classroom building, which Dr. John Catalano, dean of the campus, would like to see opened in the next few years. About $2 million has already been raised for the project.

  • Man dies, 6 hurt in Kershaw wreck

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw County man was killed early Monday morning after he was thrown from the bed of a pickup truck that his mother was driving.

    Daniel Bennett, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight.

    Daniel Bennett was riding in the bed of a 2003 Ford dual-cab pickup truck, driven by his mother, Deloris Bennett, 53, of 3252 Old Georgetown Road West, in Kershaw County.

  • Some residents rush to file returns on Tax Day

    Darlene Scott sat patiently for about an hour Wednesday at the Lancaster County Community Center, waiting to see someone who could prepare her tax return.

    This year, the Lancaster resident decided to use AARP’s free tax service. She figured she’d end up owing taxes this year and didn’t want to spend more money paying a tax preparer.

    Because she thought she owed money, Scott waited to the last day to file. She wasn’t alone.

    Wednesday was Tax Day, the last day to file your returns for the 2008 tax year or to request an extension.

  • Aeration may improve your pastures

    Are you looking for a way to improve pastures and hay fields without disturbing existing grass? Do you want to improve grass growth and hay yields? Do you want to increase the effects of fertilizer?

    Aeration may be your answer.

    Soils in pastures and haylands can become packed over time by livestock and equipment. The surface layer becomes so hard that the water will not move into the soil.

    This means the fertilizer or lime you spread can’t get into the soil to help your grass.

  • Kershaw council to meet Thursday

    KERSHAW – The power to hire and fire within the town’s water and sewer department will likely be returned to the town’s administrator.

    At its April 6 meeting, Kershaw Town Council gave first approval to an ordinance to repeal Ordinance 122, which gave the power to hire and fire to utility supervisor Don Rutledge. Rutledge resigned from his position last week, Town Administrator Tony Starnes said.

  • Mayor, councilwoman exchange barbs

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw and Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace exchanged verbal jabs near the end of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

    Council members were about to vote to enter closed, or executive, session.

    That’s when Shaw questioned the need for the closed session, which was to discuss a state Ethics Commission opinion on whether Councilman John Howard’s position as an agent for KMG Insurance constituted a conflict with his role on council.

    KMG Insurance offers services to city employees.

  • Tax protesters express their anger at local TEA Party

    Clutching a handmade sign that read “No Public Money for Private Failure,” Dr. William Duke was one of about 300 people to protest federal policies, especially the recent $787 billion federal stimulus and bank bailout bills, at a Tax Day protest held here Wednesday.

    Modeled after several other protests being held throughout the United States, Lancaster’s TEA Party was a forum where people could protest against taxes and government spending.

  • Recycle your gas lawn mower Saturday

    ROCK HILL – In a joint effort to keep the air clean, residents in Lancaster, Chester and York counties are being asked to trade-in their old gas-powered lawn mowers at the Mow Down Pollution/ Lawn Mower Exchange on Saturday.

    The event, part of the 2009 Earth Day Birthday Celebration, is sponsored by Duke Energy, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.  

    Gas-powered lawn mowers produce air pollutants and increase the likelihood of spilling gasoline, which can harm both air and ground water.

  • About 100 attend local GOP convention

    Stacks of paper ballots. Passionate speakers and miniature American flags. Dozens of people adorned with political stickers.

    That was the scene as the Lancaster County Republican Party held its 2009 convention Tuesday.

    Winston Smith, the county party’s chairman, was surprised by the turnout at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. Smith said he counted at least 100 attendees, most seated at tables throughout the room.

  • Students promise to be careful on prom night

    Nathan Poore grimaced and winced Thursday afternoon while watching a special video from the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Poore, an 11th-grader at Lancaster High School, joined the rest of the school’s juniors and seniors inside the auditorium for this year’s Prom Promise program.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the Highway Patrol showed a graphic video depicting fatal vehicle wrecks.