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Today's News

  • Work to start on court building

    Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond has chosen a builder to do renovations at the former Springs Industries’ Wamsutta store building, which will serve as a temporary courthouse.

    Lancaster County bought the 27,100-square-foot building on S.C. 9, across from Springs Global’s Grace Complex, for $825,000 late last year. The money came from funds reserved for temporary court expenses.

    The county needs a temporary courthouse after an arsonist set fire to the historic Lancaster County Courthouse on Main Street last August.

  • Council to look at salary study at special meeting

    New County Council members will be brought up to speed on two county issues at a work session Monday night.

    Dennis “Cotton” Cole, Larry McCullough and Kathy Sistare were sworn in for their council duties on Jan. 5.

    Council has two items on its agenda for Monday’s meeting, which begins at 4:30 p.m.

    A study has been done of county employees’ salaries, and the results were presented to council members in October. The new members haven’t reviewed the study.

  • Data on local youth given at breakfast

    Did you know that since 2003, underage drinking in Lancaster County has decreased 29 percent and marijuana use is down 33 percent?

    But during that same time, a study found that 22 percent of stores sold tobacco to underage customers.

    A wealth of local statistics, good and bad, related to local teen behavior was shared Friday morning at the second annual Lancaster County Legislative Breakfast.

  • Police reports – January 11, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    – Someone stole two Dell laptop computers between midnight and 12:15 a.m. Tuesday from The Surgery Center on Lengers Way in Indian Land.

    There were no signs of forced entry, the report said.

    The computers are valued at $4,000, the report said.

    – Antwan Shedale Barnes, 19, 5733 Pageland Highway, was charged Dec. 27 with possession of cocaine and minor in possession of beer.

  • Business owner designs winning logo for conservation district

    A downtown business owner recently won a logo contest held by the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District.

    A logo designed by Debbie Norris, owner of Hawk Valley Trading on Main Street, beat several other entries to become the newest logo for the conservation district. Besides winning $250, her design will be featured on the organization’s Web site and marketing material.

  • Breaking NewsGovernor proposes closure of USCL in budget

    One local state legislator said he’s not concerned about the University of South Carolina at Lancaster closing, even though Gov. Mark Sanford has proposed phasing out the successful campus beginning in 2009-10.

    The Republican governor unveiled his $5.8 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year last week.

    It calls for shutting down USCL and the USC campuses at Union and Salkehatchie.

  • School leaders discuss goals, challenges of ’09

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said budget issues will be his biggest concern in 2009. 

    As the district deals with another state funding cut – this one for $2.4 million – officials are exploring ways to save money. Moore said the district is dipping into special revenues, such as equity and savings, to make up for the shortfall in what was originally a $78 million budget.

  • Christmas Basket drive tops $16,000

    For a charity drive that was almost nonexistent six weeks ago, the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has now collected more than $16,000.

    The fund collected $850 since Dec. 30, bringing the total amount collected to $16,631. This amount far exceeds last year’s total of $9,250 and has also surpassed the amount collected in 2001, which was over $15,000.

  • Tranparency in government matters

    Our governor got a lot of attention a week or so ago when he threatened to refuse to borrow unemployment benefits money from the federal government until the South Carolina Employment Security Commission provided some details on how it operates.

    And while the details of that move could make a good column in itself, I think it is worthwhile to use it as an introduction into the issue of “government transparency,” which promises to be a hot topic when the Legislature returns to Columbia this week.

  • Compromise on tower a winning solution

    Ever since the announcement that a new water tower would be built near the Indian Land schools, there has been controversy surrounding it.

    First, people were concerned about the safety of the 1-million-gallon elevated storage tank because of its proximity to the elementary and middle schools.

    Then, once construction got under way, it was labeled a “landmark wart” by Scott Bruntmyer, who lives in the Lakeview Landing neighborhood, which has, unfortunately, a clear view of the tower.