Local News

  • Founders' new headquarters should be finished earlier than expected

    Founders Federal Credit Union’s new headquarters in Lancaster will be up and running sooner than what officials with the institution had expected.

    Work on the three-level building at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads is moving ahead of schedule, as all the employees should be moved in by the end of June, spokeswoman Nicki Nash said.

    The building’s basic framework has been up for a while. Crews are now painting, working on molding and installing audio and video connections, among other detailed tasks.

  • City rezones property where tax service business seeks to relocate its offices

    RB Tax, LLC will now be able to proceed will plans to relocate its business to Chesterfield Avenue.

    City Council voted unanimously Jan. 12 to give final approval of an ordinance to rezone property at 1209 Chesterfield Ave. from residential (R-6) to neighborhood commercial (B-2).

    RB Tax, which has been in business 10 years, has outgrown its South White Street location and needs another building to operate efficiently, said Greg Blackmon, who owns the business with Jim Robinson.

  • Owner gets dog back after rescue from creek

    INDIAN LAND – Polly is one lucky dog.

    On Jan. 3, someone called the Fort Mill Rescue Squad after hearing a dog howling nearby. Rescue squad members Anthony Villeneuve, Chris Robertson and Peter Ruckerl responded and discovered Polly, a 13-year-old chow, stuck in a deep creek.

    She was hopelessly trapped, with her front paws buried in quicksand-like mud.

    The team used swift water rescue techniques and their hands to painstakingly dig the dog’s feet out from hard mud while standing in frigid water for more than an hour.

  • DHEC tours Edenmoor 'canyon'

    INDIAN LAND ee" Edenmoor residents have dubbed the unique landmark the “Grand Canyon.”

    Formed from heavily eroded soil, what was once a vacant lot of red and brown dirt across from several homes in Indian Land’s Edenmoor neighborhood now resembles the Arizona state park.

    Large crevasses have developed, some opening into cave-like pockets that drop more than 10 feet. And just like sites used by prehistoric man, drawings adorn the walls of the caves, except these were done by local teenagers.

  • Spend $20 and help the local economy

    Several more local merchants have joined today’s $20 on the 20th promotion.

    The businesses, which include an automotive service and a nail salon, are just some of the many establishments running ads in today’s edition of The Lancaster News, promoting specials that cost $20 or less.  

    “These businesses heard about the promotion and wanted to be a part of it, too,” said Leigh Airington, advertising manager for The Lancaster News. “And these are businesses we hadn’t heard from before.”

  • Former VA officer to be honored

    A drop-in is being held for Linda Blackmon on Friday to recognize her for her work as Lancaster County’s Veterans Affairs Officer.

    The drop-in will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in County Council chambers on the second floor of the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 North Main St.

    The event, which is open to the public, will feature light refreshments.

    Blackmon, who had worked for the office nearly 14 years, retired last year as the county’s Veterans Affairs Officer. Her last official day was Dec. 31.

  • Four groups get city grants

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw repeatedly said during Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he’s opposed to council making adjustments to the proposed hospitality tax grant allotments.

    The city’s Hospitality Tax Grant Committee had recommended that just two of the four applicants be approved for funding during the second-quarter funding cycle, and that those two groups each get $20,000.

    But by the end of Tuesday’s meeting, all four of the prospective grantees found themselves receiving a share of the $40,000.

  • SPEND $20 ON 20th

    Based on the success of last year’s experiment, The Lancaster News is again offering its $20 on the 20th promotion.

    For $20, local businesses are running ads in the Wednesday, Jan. 20 edition of the newspaper promoting specials that cost $20 or less.

    The promotion benefits small businesses that cannot afford to advertise often. Newspaper staffers hope it will create goodwill with advertisers and help the local economy.

  • Events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

    Events are slated for today and Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ideals he fought for.

    The events include:

    • A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day service at 4 p.m. today at First Washington Baptist Church, 1300 W. Meeting St. Guest speaker is Bennie Webb. For details, call (803) 804-1076. The Lancaster Branch of the NAACP is the sponsor.

  • Council honors Soccer All-Stars

    It was a good day to be an All-Star on Jan. 4.

    That’s when County Council honored several young people from the county’s Parks and Recreation Soccer Mite All-Stars. The team, which recently competed in the state championships in the 11- to 12-year-old bracket, are the 2009 Mite soccer state champions.

    Council Chairman Rudy Carter congratulated the team and presented a special proclamation to the young athletes.

    “This is what I like to do,” Carter said. “I like to brag on our young people.”