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  • City Council modifies the way hospitality grants are considered

    The city of Lancaster has changed the way hospitality grant applications will be considered.

    City Council voted 6-1 on March 24 to allow all grant applications for hospitality tax funding to go through a special committee before council gets involved.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissented.

    Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director, spoke at the meeting about the Hospitality Tax Grant Committee’s duties.

    The committee has been meeting once or twice a year to review and recommend grant applications.

  • Business After Hours is Tuesday

    This month’s Business After Hours is different from most.

    It’s both a Business After Hours and a small business fair, featuring 10 area small businesses that belong to the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

    The businesses are: Carolina Pharmacy, CBs Limited, Creative Enterprising, Hutchens, Moore and Associates, Legacy Computer Repair, Palmer’s Refinishing, Rollins Pest Control, Senior Helpers, The Scrub Shop and Wagz & Wishes Deli-Café.

  • Council resolution objects to proposed cut in state funds

    Lancaster County Council will discuss on Monday tax burdens that could be imposed by the state.

    Council will vote on a resolution to oppose any act of the Legislature that could transfer tax burdens to Lancaster County residents.

    This comes as the state Senate is debating Bill H 3581, legislation that could cut the county’s local government fund.

    Money in this fund goes to pay solicitors and public defenders and funds state agencies located in county buildings, such as the Department of Social Services.

  • Teens face charges after truck smashes race car

    The S.C. Highway Patrol worked an unusual case early Sunday morning – at the Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    Two men were arrested after a pickup truck belonging to one of them crashed into a parked race car.

    Michael D. Culp, 19, of Edgemoor, was charged by the S.C. Highway Patrol with driving under the influence, Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said.

    Jake M. McDermott, 18, of Rock Hill, was charged with reckless driving.

    Gaskin said a trooper responded to the speedway, off U.S. 521 on Shiloh Unity  Road, about  12:55 a.m.

  • City not ready to fund center

    Christina Chastain will have to wait at least a few more weeks before a decision is made about her funding request.

    Chastain, a local artist, has asked Lancaster City Council for $24,000 for startup costs for The Artisans Center, a building planned to house arts classes, studio space, performances and exhibits that showcase local art.

    Its location will be the old Badcock furniture store on Main Street. Chastain hopes the center will eventually own the building.

  • Rain dampens spring festival at IL school

    INDIAN LAND – Brianna Malinowski was persistent in her aim to toss a small bean bag into a bucket Saturday.

    After a few unsuccessful tries, Brianna, 7, made two tosses in a row. As she went to claim her game prize, you could detect her satisfaction and the joy that came along with it. Similar smiles and laughs could be found all around during the 11th annual Indian Land Elementary/Middle School Spring Festival.

    Because of rain, the festival was held inside the elementary school. But that didn’t put a damper on the mood at all.

  • Critical Need Response Fund awards three grants

    Three Lancaster County nonprofit groups will receive the final grants from the Lancaster Critical Need Response Fund.

    A total of $16,767 has been awarded since January to shelter, feed, clothe and keep warm those in need.

     The following organizations will receive the grants:

    - $2,008 to HOPE in Lancaster Inc. for electricity and gas assistance and food, rent and mortgage payments

    - $2,500 to Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange Inc. for shelter,  electricity, gas and kerosene assistance

  • Fish fry to raise funds to help Miles with medical expenses

    Two local men will be frying up fish this weekend to raise money for a Lancaster resident who needs a liver transplant.

    Jody Miles, 56, who has served as director of Christian Services for 17 years, contracted hepatitis C in the 1980s from a blood transfusion, and the disease has damaged her liver.

    The fish fry will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Justice Park, next to the Lancaster Police Department on Arch Street.

    Plates cost $6 and include fish, slaw, beans and bread. Drinks and dessert cost $1 each.

  • ILHS color guard unit to compete Saturday

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School’s winter guard group has a chance to end its season on a high note as it will compete in the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association championships Saturday.

    The 12-member Indian Land group is scheduled to perform at 8:21 a.m. at the championships, which are being held in Rock Hill, band director Mathew Willis said.

    The Warriors are competing in the CWEA’s Scholastic Regional A.

    This is the first year Indian Land has fielded a winter color guard group.

  • Veterans event will explain benefits

    COLUMBIA " Members of the military and their families will have the opportunity to learn more about their benefits at an upcoming event sponsored by the state Veterans Affairs office.

    The “Welcome Home Event” will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. at the Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia.

    Registration for the drop-in event will take place in Building 106, Room D100. The event is open to any Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, active duty service members or their families.