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  • Contest season begins for marching bands

    Fall is the season of cooler weather and changing leaf colors. It’s also when marching band season is in full swing.

    The four Lancaster County high school marching bands have been practicing all summer and many days after school in an effort to perfect their shows for this year.

    The Buford High and Indian Land High marching bands kick off their official seasons Saturday at a competition in Boiling Springs.

    Andrew Jackson High’s Volunteer Regiment and Lancaster High School’s marching band will both start their contest seasons on Oct. 3.

  • City Council gets updated on various projects

    Expansion of the solid waste transfer station was one of several projects city of Lancaster officials were updated on at the Sept. 22 City Council meeting.

    Brian Tripp of W.K. Dickson & Co. Inc., which provides engineering services to the city, gave a presentation that brought officials up to speed on work on the transfer station off Lynwood Drive, a pump station, the wastewater treatment plant and the South Main Street Streetscape project.

    Tripp said the city has been awarded a total of between $2.3 million and $2.4 million so far for all the projects.

  • County to search for funds for courthouse floor project

    Lancaster County Council plans to search for available funding before approving significant flooring renovations to the county’s historic courthouse, which is being restored after a fire there a year ago.

    Council decided Monday to delay allocating $40,000 for a new basement floor until an appropriate funding source is located.

    Council members discussed installing a brick paver floor on the bottom level of the courthouse. The basement floor is now made up of cement and tile.

  • Sanford gets a good response at Sun City

    INDIAN LAND – Unlike many of the town hall debates that have erupted into shouting matches across the country, the mood was calm as Gov. Mark Sanford spoke in Indian Land on Thursday afternoon.

    Sanford, the state’s embattled two-term Republican governor, covered everything from health care to education funding as he spoke to a crowd of more than 100 Sun City Carolina Lakes residents at the community’s Lake House.

  • Are you ready for the fair?

    With temperatures dropping and leaves beginning to change colors, it can only mean one thing. It’s almost time for the annual Lancaster County Fair.

    Fair-goers will be treated to plenty of tasty foods and exciting attractions this year, said George Rollings, a fair organizer and member of the American Legion, which sponsors the event.

    The fair will be held Oct. 13-17 at the American Legion grounds on South Main Street.

    Smokey Mountain Amusements of Robbinsville, N.C., will once again be bringing in rides and other midway attractions.

  • Man accused of bringing gun to coaches’ meeting arrested

    KERSHAW – The man accused of bringing a gun into a football coaches’ meeting at Andrew Jackson High School last week has been arrested.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Randy Clyburn, 46, of 1006 Overbrook Road, Kershaw, with threatening the life of a public official and carrying a weapon on school grounds, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Clyburn turned himself in at the sheriff’s office Thursday.

  • Sheriff's office joins Crimestoppers

    Lancaster County residents have a new way to report crime to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff Barry Faile said Lancaster County is now a part the state’s Crimestoppers program.

    For the public, the use of a single Crimestoppers telephone number for all areas in the county will be a significant step forward in simplifying the process of anonymously aiding law enforcement in the fight against crime, officials say.

    The toll free number is 1-888-Crime SC or 1-888-274-6372.

  • AJ High School band to march toward its 'destiny'

    KERSHAW – You may not recognize the songs the Volunteer Regiment plays this year, but the messages infused are ones you can hold onto for a lifetime.

    The Andrew Jackson High School marching band’s show theme for its 2009 season is “Every Passion Has It’s Destiny.”

    Band director Scot McGuire said the four-phase show focuses on accomplishing your goals and overcoming obstacles. The songs and the marching drill were written specifically for the Volunteer Regiment.

  • Breaking News Firm could bring 500 jobs

    Hundreds of jobs may soon be on the way to Lancaster County.

    Officials from Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. have been trying to bring an undisclosed company to the county for several months.

    County Council unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to enter into a fee agreement with the company at a special meeting Thursday. The vote was 5-0. Councilman Larry Honeycutt was absent.

    The name of the company has not been released, but the county is labeling it “Project Colorado” for now.

  • Police reports - Oct. 4, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • A Lancaster man stopped for speeding was arrested on a drug charge on Oct. 1.

    James Horace Watts, 54, 2311 Sunshine Road, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

    The report said a deputy stopped a Nissan Frontier for speeding on Pageland Highway. The deputy smelled marijuana inside the car, the report said.