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Today's News

  • Heath Springs has one of oldest departments

    HEATH SPRINGS – A single firefighter – Joey Plyler of the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department – was the initial responder to a fire at the American Wax plant.

    The day was July 25, 2001.

    Flames were shooting out of the building when Plyler arrived, and he radioed 911 dispatchers for more manpower. They asked him what he needed.

    “There’s plenty of fire for everyone,” he radioed back.

  • Spratt has country's interest at heart

    Jack Simpson’s guest column in the Oct. 1 edition of The Lancaster News attacking John Spratt is a model of wild assertions and misguided perceptions.

    He claims Spratt voted for “federal control over almost every facet of our lives.” What bill was that in?

    The failed incomprehensible bailouts he mentioned must be the complex federal support that stopped the collapse of our free market financial system, most of the funds for which have been paid back at a profit to the taxpayer.

  • Spratt has lost sight of people's needs

    Joblessness continues to rise in South Carolina while U.S. Rep. John Spratt votes 98.2 percent with the Washington cartel: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

    From July to August, joblessness rose from a terrible 10.7 percent to a horrific 11 percent. Unemployment was 4.6 percent when Mr. Spratt and his party took control of Congress in January 2007.  The Dow was 12,621.

    Last month, the private sector, which pays the taxes that Mr. Spratt loves to spend, just lost another 2,200 jobs in South Carolina.

  • Brookchase residents OK bonds for neighborhood improvements

    Residents from the Brookchase neighborhood overwhelmingly voted for the creation of a new tax district on Saturday.

    As part of a special vote, Brookchase residents voted 76-5 in support of creating the Brookchase Special Tax District to generate funding for repairs to roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood. The Brookchase neighborhood is located in Indian Land off U.S. 521, not far from Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light.

  • Three candidates vying for IL school board seat

    Don McCorkle is seeking a second term on the Lancaster County school board, while Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton are each looking to become representatives for the first time.

    The three men are vying for the school board’s District 1 seat, which covers Indian Land.

    Election Day is Nov. 2.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

    Leland Hughes

    Hughes, 65, decided two years ago that he would run for the District 1 seat. He said he wants to serve his neighbors and friends, and has a “deep dedication” to teaching.

  • Up-close and personal lessons for Erwin Elementary students

    An up-close look at bees and talks about ecosystems were just some of the hands-on experiences for students at Erwin Elementary School as the school held its Environmental Discovery Day.

    Dozens of agencies and other community members visited the school Friday to talk about various aspects of science and the environment.

    Booths featured 24 different exhibits, with more than 100 people playing a part in the event.

  • 3 to run for school position

    Three men will try to succeed Dr. Peter Barry as the District 4 representative on the Lancaster County school board.

    Ronald Burke, Al Simpson and Bill Sumner filed to run for the seat, vacated by Barry’s death last month.

    The special election will be Nov. 30.

    Ronald Burke

    Burke, 67, moved to Lancaster six years ago from Ohio, where he had worked in education for 30 years.

    He said his experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent will serve him well as he vies for the District 4 seat.

  • Think Lancaster First campaign aims to help local businesses

    Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, hopes that group’s new Think Lancaster First marketing campaign can help give local businesses a better chance to stay open.

    The campaign, which was launched Sept. 28, will feature posters, fliers and other materials encouraging Lancaster County residents to think about Lancaster County businesses before heading outside the county to shop, dine or get other services.

    Faile believes the campaign is a “component of a strategy” that can prevent local small businesses from closing.

  • 12 candidates set to take part in forum

    INDIAN LAND – The stage is set for a spirited candidates forum in Indian Land next week.

    A dozen candidates for local, state and national offices have confirmed that they will take part in the Oct. 14 forum sponsored by Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway.

    The Before You Vote 2010 Candidates Forum is from 7  to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel.

    The forum will feature these races and candidates, in the following order:

    • U.S. Senate – Write-in candidate Mazie Ferguson

  • Can downtown thrive?

    Fresh food at affordable prices was the name of the game at Wagz & Wishes in downtown Lancaster.

    The South Main Street deli-cafe opened in October 2008 and quickly developed a following of customers who came to enjoy their soups, sandwiches, salads, coffees and made-from-scratch baked goods.

    Its laid-back atmosphere was a major attraction, too.

    “Downtown was missing a place to eat and socially gather,” owner Dawn Wagner said. “It became a nice social hub for Lancaster.”