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  • Firm seeks to build incinerator

    FORT LAWN – An incinerator company that turns waste into electricity is eying a site in Chester County, but needs two county boards to approve zoning changes to allow it to operate.

    Covanta Energy intends to buy 100 acres in the L&C Railroad’s “L” track, west of the town of Fort Lawn and next to Mount Ararat AME Zion Church. The company is planning to invest $300 million to $500 million in a plant and hire as many as 50 people.

  • AJ, IL bands to compete in state finals

    The marching bands from Andrew Jackson High and Indian Land High schools will each vie for state championships on Saturday.  

    AJ’s Volunteer Regiment will compete for the Class 2A state title at Batesburg-Leesville High School just outside Columbia.

    The Indian Land marching band will vie for the Class 1A title at Woodmont High School in Piedmont.

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    The Volunteer Regiment earned a berth to the state finals after finishing fifth in the 2A Upper State preliminaries last weekend in Boiling Springs.

  • City votes on police fitness policy

    Lancaster police officers will be held to the physical standards that were initially suggested in a policy proposal earlier this year.

    Lancaster City Council voted 3-4 against a motion to accept a revised version of the Lancaster Police Department’s Physical Abilities Test.

    Last year, Police Chief Hugh White was allowed to begin implementing the testing program, which had been set to take effect this July. But before that effective date, council members Tamara Green and Kenny Hood asked for the policy to be revised.

  • Faile makes presentation at national sheriff's conference

    Sheriff Barry Faile recently told 24 sheriffs from across the nation about his agency’s initiative to create an information database with York County and nine North Carolina counties around Charlotte.

    Faile attended the 97th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute, sponsored by the National Sheriffs Association and National Institute of Corrections, from Sept. 20-26 in Longmont, Colo. The training and travel costs are free to attending sheriffs.

  • New transportation service now rolling

    Blue and green are the colors now officially linked to a new avenue for transportation in the county.

    The Lancaster Area Ride Service, or LARS – which has been in the works for four years – had its unveiling Tuesday morning at the County Administration Building.

    LARS will transport non-Medicaid recipients to appointments to licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. The service is available to people of all ages, with fares as low as $2.

  • Participation up for Veterans Day parade

    All the loose ends have been tied and organizers expect strong participation at Saturday’s Veterans Day parade, which will run through downtown Lancaster.

    This year’s parade will begin at White and Arch streets, then to Main Street and end at the American Legion building on South Main Street.

    The parade will start at 10 a.m., with lineup at 9 a.m. at the Humana (Kanawha) parking lot on Arch Street. After the parade, a program will follow at the American Legion Building.

  • Memorial to be rededicated

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs will rededicate the Blue Star Memorial in Lancaster during a service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Building on South Main St., Lancaster.

    A veteran from every war from World War II to the present will speak at the ceremony. Speakers will include Margaret “Peggy” Howell Heath, U.S. Navy; Carl Parker, U.S. Army;  Edward Coy Williams, U.S. Air Force, Scott Cato and William “Bill” Summer, National Guard.

  • Jobs forum set for Oct. 31

    Local legislators and the S.C. Employment Security Commission have joined forces to help put people back to work.

    A jobs forum will be held Oct. 31 at York Technical College’s Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill. The event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., has been organized by state Rep. Deborah Long, R-District 45, state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16,  state Rep. Jimmy Neal, D-District 44, and employment security commission staff from Lancaster, York and Chester counties.

  • ILVFD gets $1.6 million grant

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded more than $1.6 million in federal funding, which should allow for increased staffing and improved facilities.

    Department Capt. Mike Magette found out Oct. 2 the department had won $1,669,808 in funding through a national program called Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grant Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The department was one of only 96 fire departments in the country to be awarded funding through the grant.

  • Tucker, Horton joined the U.S. Navy together

    Not getting a 3-cent raise sent childhood friends Ward Tucker and G.W. Horton into the U.S. Navy during World War II.

    The two worked at the Springs Mill plant in Kershaw in 1941. Horton said he’d quit if he didn’t get that raise. Tucker told Horton he’d follow if Horton quit first.

    The two wanted a different life than the mill could offer, with its 12-hour days for six or seven days a week, for just $6 a week in wages.

    After they quit their mill jobs, they hitchhiked to Columbia with $3.86 to enlist in the Marines.