Local News

  • County seeks more info on business licenses


    With their sales declining due to the struggling economy, and facing competition from Internet businesses than can offer products at lower prices, both Ira Bailey Jr. and John Plyler worry that a business license fee could irreparably harm their businesses.

  • City budget passes first reading


    There are no across-the-board raises for employees or tax increases planned for residents as part of the city of Lancaster’s proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    City Council voted unanimously Thursday on first reading to adopt the $20 million budget, which is 6.1 percent less than the $21.3 million budget this year.

    The budget has to pass two readings before it is adopted.

    Taxes and rates

  • Saddle up for Riverside Rodeo

    It’s time for the stampede of hooves at Ben Snipes’ farm off Riverside Road once again.

    The Riverside Rodeo, presented by Diamond S Rodeos, will be held Friday and Saturday starting at 8 p.m.

    Gates open at 5 p.m., said organizer Ben Snipes.

    The rodeo is held at the arena at his farm at 1504 Caskey Lane, just off Riverside Road outside Lancaster.

    Events include bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, goat tying, pole bending and barrel racing.

  • AJ seniors receive words of advice at baccalaureate

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School seniors left their baccalaureate service Thursday with a wealth of advice to take as they move forward.

    Dr. Anita Bozardt, pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kershaw, was the keynote speaker for the service, held in the AJHS auditorium.

    Bozardt told the graduating class to be aware of all their freedoms in life but also realize that freedom is not absolute and exists in “prescribed limits.”

    She told the group to make sound and informed choices.

  • County may ax Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department

    The Lancaster County Fire Commission is set to vote on a recommendation to close the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its monthly meeting Thursday.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said discussions about disbanding the 12-member department began May 7.

    “I made my recommendation based on ISO and economics,” Russell said Monday.

    ISO stands for Insurance Services Organization. ISO ratings are given to fire departments and set insurance rates in fire districts.

    ISO ratings

  • Graduation day nears for more than 800 students

    Andrew Riner remembers getting his tonsils taken out when he was 6 or 7.

    The operation happened during the summer, so he didn’t have to miss any school.

    Through the years, Riner, who will graduate Buford High School on Friday, rarely got sick. In fact, he never missed a day of school in 12 years.

    He’s one of only two graduating seniors in the Lancaster County School District to achieve perfect attendance throughout his school years.

    The other is Demetrius Stinson, who will graduate from Indian Land High School on Friday.

  • Council to hold budget hearing Monday

    The public will have a chance to comment on the county’s proposed 2009-10 budget at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said County Council will hold off on the third reading of the budget, but will hold a hearing to receive comments.

    “We’re moving forward with the hearing and we invite the public to come up and make comments,” Willis said.

  • Fort Lawn to adopt budget Tuesday

    FORT LAWN – The town of Fort Lawn will give final approval to a budget that keeps the same level of taxes as the past year.

    Mayor Clif Ferguson said the public can weigh in on the budget at a public hearing at 7     .m. Tuesday, June 2.

    The budget and the town’s two major projects are moving along.

    The town is finishing the legal paperwork to join a regional sewer system with the city of Lancaster and the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District.

  • Will event have impact?

    Christopher Sardelli


    If every resident of Lancaster County spent $20 on May 20, could it help boost the local economy?

    That’s the question on many people’s minds as local businesses launch the Spend $20 on the 20th experiment. The purpose of the event is to encourage local residents to spend $20 at county businesses, which could hopefully inject much-needed funds into the local economy.

  • Economist to present 2009 forecast at forum

    National economist Steve Rick will address the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce membership at a special economic forum Thursday morning.

    The meeting will be held at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club beginning with a buffet breakfast at 8 a.m. The program will start at 8:30 a.m.

    Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union, the forum will be geared toward assisting business and leaders to plan for the near future.

    Rick will present information on current economic conditions and an outlook for the remainder of 2009.