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  • City official to host fraud seminar

    A number of Lancaster County residents have been victims of fraud, and a local elected official is trying to do something to prevent others from following prey to similar schemes.

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Sara Eddins is hosting a fraud seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers at City Hall.

    Eddins organized the seminar after receiving a suggestion from one of her constituents.

    All county residents are invited to attend the seminar, which will be facilitated by Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard.

  • Sports panel: Medal is Crawford’s

    Former Indian Land High School track star and Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford may not want the medal, but Olympic records will reflect Crawford is the silver medalist in the men’s 200 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Crawford’s finish was made final by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday.

    Netherlands Antilles sprinter Churandy Martina lost his appeal to be reinstated as silver medalist in the 200-meter race at the Beijing Olympics with the Court of Arbitration ruling.

  • MagicMasters to perform here Thursday

    Those high-flying basketball dunks and fancy passes you see on TV are coming to Lancaster as part of a high-energy exhibition promised to thrill all in attendance.

    The Harlem MagicMasters, who provide in-game entertainment similar to the Harlem Globetrotters, will be at Lancaster High School on Thursday to play against a team of community members. A halftime show will feature the local Tumble-N-Roll Elite All-Stars.

    The game will begin at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

  • Council suspends HOPE’s rent

    County Council voted  Tuesday to suspend charitable organization HOPE in Lancaster’s rent payments.  

    The issue, brought to full council’s attention by Councilman Rudy Carter and County Administrator Steve Willis, has to do with rent payments HOPE was making on two buildings, the group’s permanent building and its temporary headquarters.

    Council voted unanimously to suspend rent for the permanent location while the group is temporarily relocated.

  • Council hears economic development plan

    Several County Council members met Monday night to discuss the economic direction of the county.

    The majority of council, board members of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and other county officials met to discuss a strategic economic plan. Commissioned by the development corporation, the plan was developed by InSite Consulting of Greer.

    InSite Consulting has previously worked with clients such as the Palmetto Economic Development Corp. and Duke Energy, and has helped attract or worked with Mercedes, Honda and Michelin.

  • Kershaw begins work on town hall

    KERSHAW – Town officials are happy about progress being made on the construction of a new  town hall.

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said footings for the 6,000-square-foot building at 113 S. Hampton St, the town’s main drag, have been poured.

    The building should be complete in about eight months.

    “Surely, we hope to be in it by the end of the year,” Starnes said. “A lot of it depends on the weather.”

    Construction will cost about $695,000, Starnes said. P.F. and Perry L. Mungo Inc. of Pageland is doing the work.

  • Official apologizes for fire at old plant

    Franklin Truesdale was performing maintenance on his vehicle Feb. 23 when smoke filled the air.

    Truesdale, who lives on Brooklyn Avenue, later learned a fire had been burning and the smoke was coming from the old Springs Industries’ Lancaster Plant in the neighborhood.

    Truesdale worried the smoke could lead to breathing complications for people in the area.

    “The smoke got so bad, it was terrible at times,” he said.

  • Golf cart joins sheriff’s fleet

    INDIAN LAND –  The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office’s newest vehicle is equipped with blue lights, siren and a radio, and emblazoned with a reflective sheriff’s badge.

    But instead of a Ford Crown Victoria or the newer Chevrolet Impala, this vehicle is a souped-up golf cart customized and donated by Indian Land’s Plum Quick Motors on Tillman Steen Road.

    Carson Steen and his sons, Ricky and Robby, have operated Steen Products since 1981.

  • County doesn’t approve funds for auditor and treasurer

    Lancaster County Council refused to approve funding for the county auditor and treasurer at Tuesday’s meeting. Council was to consider covering around four months of costs for state cuts the officials received in their salary supplements.

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt made a motion to approve the measure, but no other council member seconded it and it subsequently failed.

    For more information, see Friday's edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Woodhurst retires after 25 years in service

    After a military career that included stops in more than 80 countries in 25 years, Lancaster native Melinda Woodhurst recently decided to call it quits.

    In November, Woodhurst retired from the U.S. Army, in which she achieved the rank of colonel and most recently served as chief of staff for the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Va.

    The support command handles logistical duties for the Army, such as selecting weaponry and determining where servicemen and women should be placed in the event of base consolidation.