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  • Firefighting just part of what Gooches does

    Battling house fires is just part of the job of being a firefighter.

    The members of the Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department assist in a variety of ways that contribute to the betterment of their community. The work they did recently on a Laurel Avenue home was a prime example.

    Several of the department’s 19 members spent part of their day on Aug. 21 building a wheelchair ramp on the porch for a community resident.

  • Howey steps down from Adult Education

    Jimbo Howey’s plan was to end his career in education the same way it began – with little or no fanfare.

    Howey, who was director of Lancaster County Adult Education for 12 years, retired this summer. And if he had his wish, this story about him wouldn’t have been written.

    He even asked Lancaster County School District personnel to not have a drop-in for him to honor his 33 years in education. He said he doesn’t like the attention.

  • Oct. 3 is Family Promise Day in county

    Families with nowhere to go have been able to turn to Family Promise for help getting back on their feet.

    Family Promise of Lancaster County, a network of churches that provide housing for the homeless, has served 11 families (41 individuals) since it began February 2009.

    Now a day, Oct. 3, has been established to recognize the success of the organization, thank those who’ve helped and let the community know that continued assistance is needed.

  • Council to consider resolution pledging to raise USCL millage

    County Council will consider supporting the addition of a new classroom building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster at its Tuesday meeting.

    As part of its agenda, council will look at adopting a resolution to help the college in its efforts to build a new general education classroom building on its campus. The resolution is in response to a presentation at last week’s meeting from Dr. John Catalano, dean of USCL.

  • County Council approves plan to shore up jail

    County Council has agreed on a short-term solution to make repairs at the county’s historic jail in downtown Lancaster.

    Council unanimously approved hiring a structural engineer to design a temporary shoring and bracing plan for the top floor and ceiling of the jail. This was the latest of several options council has considered after cracks were discovered in the jail’s ceiling this summer.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented the new option to council at its Tuesday meeting.

  • Camp Creek chief: ‘You have to trust each other’

    It still works. If you look just above the roof line of the Camp Creek Volunteer Fire Department, you’ll see it. It’s a metal cylinder with a louvered, triangular metal cap. The siren.

    Bill Blackmon Jr., assistant fire chief, opened the cabinet door marked “CD.” He pressed a button then flipped the switch activating the siren.

    In the late 1950s and early 1960s, that’s how volunteer firefighters were notified when there was a fire in the community.

  • Commission says conditions ripe for wildfires in state

    COLUMBIA –  The S.C. Forestry Commission is urging residents and visitors to the state to be aware of favorable conditions for wildfire ignition over the Labor Day weekend.  

    Due to low humidity, dry conditions and increased outdoor activity, the chance of fire in all counties statewide increased Friday, the commission said.

    The Forestry Commission is operating at a reduced capacity due to recent budget cuts.  

  • Still time to sign up for state chili championship

    INDIAN LAND – Plans for the first S.C. Chili Championship are progressing as the cook-off date of Sept. 25 approaches.

    Organized by the Indian Land Rotary Club, the cook-off will be held in conjunction with the fifth annual Indian Land Fall into Fun Festival at Indian Land Middle School.

    The winner of the state championship qualifies for the international championship to be held at Terlingua, Texas, in November.

  • Community remembers Peter Barry

    After more than 37 years of teaching history at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, Dr. Peter Barry became an important part of the college’s history himself.

    Barry, one of the most-senior members of USCL faculty and also member of the Lancaster County school board, died Friday at his home in Lancaster after a sudden illness. He was 69.

    USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano was in shock after hearing the news Friday afternoon.

  • Love helped young beauties pick perfect pageant dresses

    Many people remember seeing Anasue Love walking her beloved dog, Trooper, around town.

    But many women in Lancaster will remember Love, retired owner of The Dianne Shop, for the role she played in the lives of girls competing in beauty pageants.

    Love died Friday morning. She was 86.

    Love was the owner and buyer of The Dianne Shop in Lancaster, having inherited the children’s clothing shop after the death of her mother, Beulah Mae Roddey, in 1992.