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Today's News

  • Heath Springs OKs 2009-10 budget of nearly $500,000

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council voted on first reading of its 2009-10 budget with little discussion.

    The budget includes $445,590 to cover general operations, the town’s senior center, law enforcement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, recreation and fire departments and the sanitation and street department.

    The town’s largest expense comes from its water and sewer departments, which total $692,350.

  • Kershaw woman charged in Wal-Mart bomb threat

    PAGELAND - A Wal-Mart Distribution Center employee was arrested and charged last week with making a bomb threat against the business.

    A woman’s need for attention spawned the May 15 phone call that halted work at one of Pageland’s largest employers for more than a hour, said Sheriff Sam Parker.

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office charged Jackie Jordan Barrett, 36, of 311 Old Georgetown Road, Kershaw, with conveying a bomb threat after she reportedly confessed to making the telephone call that shut down the facility.

  • Lt. 'Smiley' retires from police dept. - in a way

    If officers under Lancaster Police Department Lt. Alice “Smiley” Spratt-Wactor learned anything from her, it was not to disturb the paperwork on her desk.

    The more experienced officers often sent in a rookie to “look through” the reports or punch cards on her desk.

    “I learned real quick – don’t mess with the paperwork, cards or anything,” said Pfc. Ricky Funderburk, one of the younger officers at the department.

  • Birders count 113 species during springtime count

    Nearly 20 birdwatchers participated in the Katawba Valley Land Trust’s annual spring bird count in April.

    They cataloged species that use local protected properties as migration routes during the spring. 

    The birders counted 113 different species during the event.

    Significant sightings included a Swainson’s warbler, a rose-breasted grosbeak and a Northern waterthrush, none of which actually live in the area in summer or winter, but pass through during spring migration.

  • Jobless rate still at 19 percent

    South Carolina’s unemployment rate edged upward in April to 11.5 percent, one-tenth of a point above the March rate of 11.4 percent, the State Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

    It’s the highest jobless rate in South Carolina since the state started keeping records in 1976.

    The old mark of 11.4 percent was reached in March and in January 1983.

    The state has the nation’s third-highest unemployment rate. Michigan holds the country’s highest jobless rate at 12.9 percent, followed by Oregon at 12 percent.

  • 3 file to seek mayor's post in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Filing closed Monday for a special election to fill seats on Town Council vacated by several resignations in April.

    Wayne Rhodes, who has served on Kershaw Town Council before, and Pam Johnson have each filed to run for mayor. Jody Connell, who ran for a seat on Town Council in March during the regular election but was defeated, is also running for mayor.

    Genny Hendrix, who has served on council before, and Sonya Poole, have filed to run for the at-large seat. Michael Cook and Sherry Hunter have filed to run for the District 2 council seat.

  • Courthouse builder shares info

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    The company in charge of building the new county courthouse held an information session Monday night to share building opportunities for subcontractors.

    Standing in front of a three-dimensional model of the new courthouse, representatives from BE&K Building Group of Charlotte spoke to a crowd of more than 30 people at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • Lupus hindered but hasn't stopped Katey Coley

    Since she was diagnosed with lupus in 2003, Katey Coley has been working hard to keep both her grades and spirits up.

    While in middle school, doctors told Coley she had systemic lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s cells and affects how the body fights off diseases.

  • City Council considers going paperless

    Lancaster City Council may not follow the lead of two other local governing bodies in terms of its paper usage for meetings.

    At its May 26 meeting, council members discussed using electronic agendas instead of the paper agendas they use now. The possible switch is billed as a cost-saving measure.

    County Council and Lancaster County school board have both moved toward electronic agenda packets.

    “I thought we should follow the lead of what County Council is doing,” City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace said.

  • 19th century ax unearthed during courthouse reconstruction project

    More than 200 years after John Adams served as the second president of the United States, another man of the same name uncovered a piece of the county’s past at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    John Adams, foreman on the courthouse restoration project, was working beside employee Isaac Wright, yanking up old floorboards on the second floor of the courthouse when he made the find on Wednesday.

    The work of pulling up damaged and water-worn boards near the front entrance was going smoothly when Wright called out to his boss.