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  • Businesses facing hardships can apply for ARC loans

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Small Business Administration recently began accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital. 

    “ARC” loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a bridge for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship – to keep their doors open until they get back on track.

  • New group to study U.S. 521

    A new committee has begun looking at future plans for U.S. 521.

    The group, called a Project Advisory Committee, was formed to address traffic flow concerns along U.S. 521, as well as to look at economic development in the area.

    Made up of several local officials, the committee includes representatives from Lancaster County Council, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, Lancaster County School District, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and Indian Land Action Council.

  • A fiery debate at council meeting

    After almost two hours of heated discussion Monday, Lancaster County Council voted to consider closing the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its next meeting.

    Council chambers was packed with Pleasant Hill residents Monday night, most who were against a proposal to close the fire department.

    The discussion was in response to the Lancaster County Fire Commission’s 12-5 vote in June to close the Pleasant Hill department. The commission is an advisory board to County Council. The final decision on the issue rests with council.

  • Council approves bonds for Pleasant Valley Fire District

    Lancaster County Council approved an ordinance Monday that will assist with the construction of a new Pleasant Valley fire station.

    The ordinance authorized the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds not to exceed $2.5 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used for constructing and equipping a fire station in the Pleasant Valley Fire Protection District. No one spoke at a public hearing held before the vote on the bonds.

    Council gave final reading of the ordinance by a vote of 5-1.

  • A good year for local Habitat for Humanity

    With several projects almost completed and many more on the way, Traci Carnes says the local Habitat for Humanity is having a good year.

    Carnes, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County, says work on the organization’s Caskey Lane project in Lancaster should be complete within the next six to eight weeks. The organization has been building two single-family homes in the neighborhood.

    Carnes was impressed with the more than 30 volunteers who showed up during the Habitat affiliate’s first “build day.”

  • Teen charged in blazes awaits trial

    The courthouse fire and a second arson at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office across the street a few days later last August had local law enforcement officers working around the clock.

    The urgency to find a suspect was compounded by a series of armed robberies outside the U.S. Post Office on Main Street and other downtown businesses in the weeks following the fires.

    The fires and robberies had the Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the State Law Enforcement Division and other authorities working long hours side by side.

  • Fire destroys Kershaw home

    KERSHAW – Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a Sunday afternoon blaze that destroyed a Kershaw home.

    Firefighters responded to a call about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and saw flames and smoke coming from a house on Rochester Avenue.

    Moments earlier, neighbors went to the house to see if anybody was inside.

    Nobody came to the door, though they were able to free a dog from the back porch, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office  incident report.

  • Utility to change water-treatment method

    A year after county residents learned about high levels of contaminates in the water supply, a new water treatment process will be initiated that aims  to deplete those contaminates.

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District will change how it treats water at its Catawba River water plant starting in September. The treatment plant will replace free chlorine in its water with chemicals called chloramines.

    The change is being made primarily because of Environmental Protection Agency regulations and is intended to improve the water disinfection process.

  • ILES adding more mobile units

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Elementary School is bracing itself for yet another spike in student enrollment for the upcoming year.

    Principal Beth Blum said her staff expects about 1,200 students when school starts in August. That will be 100 more than the nearly 1,100 the school housed in 2008-09.

    So far, 1,165 have enrolled for the 2009-10 school year.

    To address the growth, the school will be using four more outdoor mobile units as classrooms – bringing the total number of what Blum calls “learning cottages” at the school to 10.

  • Officials quiet on slaying death

     Authorities still aren’t releasing much information about a shooting that left a Lancaster man dead last week.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Tuesday that autopsy results have come back on the body of Larry Curtis Duncan, 26, who was fatally shot and found lying in the front yard of a North Willowlake Road home early Friday.  

    However, Morris said he would not disclose the cause of death or any related information because the shooting remains under heavy investigation.