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Today's News

  • County won’t make up salary cuts of auditor, treasurer

    County Council decided Tuesday not to move forward with a proposal to make up for state cuts in the county auditor and treasurer’s pay.

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt made a motion to approve the measure, but no other council member seconded the motion, which means the measure didn’t make it to the table for a vote.

    S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom informed county Auditor Cheryl Morgan and Treasurer R.E. “Dick” Rowell in December that the state would be reducing the supplement it pays to their salary in 2009.

  • County Council votes 6-1 to suspend blue laws

    With little discussion, Lancaster County Council voted Tuesday night to repeal the county’s blue laws for the next four years.

    Three residents spoke before council voted 6-1 to repeal the laws.  Councilman Jack Estridge dissented, as he had on first and second reading of the ordinance.

    This was final reading of the ordinance to suspend the blue laws through June 30, 2013.

    Estridge spoke once more before the vote. He said he realized, despite his objections, council would most likely repeal the laws.

  • Harris Teeter to open

    INDIAN LAND – Seven years after Harris Teeter left Lancaster County, a new location is opening in Indian Land.

    Harris Teeter will celebrate its grand opening March 18 at the Carolina Commons shopping center off U.S. 521 at Sun City Carolina Lakes. The 48,000-square-foot store, which is larger than average, will feature a pharmacy and a Starbucks coffee shop.

    Harris Teeter had a store in Lancaster for many years, but it closed in February 2002. The store, located at 409 W. Meeting St., shut its doors after almost 40 years  due to declining sales.

  • ZF Lemforder lays off almost 50

    A company that produces automotive suspension systems in Lancaster has laid off almost 50 of its employees.

    ZF Lemforder, located in the Lancaster Business Park, has laid off 47 employees. Those employees were not laid off all at once, but were phased out over the last two weeks.

    “We are, in fact, having a reduction in workforce,” confirmed Ranny Adams, regional human resources manager for ZF Industries.

  • YouthBuild students build HOPE

    After just a month on the job, Byron Stevens has already assembled baseboards, laid brick, painted walls and installed crown molding. But he’s not your typical construction worker.

    Stevens is an 18-year-old student from Lancaster who is mastering skills for his future career.

    Stevens was hard at work recently backfilling, the process of shoveling and replacing dirt around recently laid brick to prevent moisture from seeping in.

  • See Lancaster now on Facebook, Twitter

    See Lancaster, the nonprofit group responsible for marketing and promoting Lancaster County, has embraced the social media phenomenon by establishing itself on the popular Web sites, Facebook.com and Twitter.com.

    The Web sites allow users to communicate with each other using status updates, a quick sentence explaining what the user is doing at any given moment. The sites have become extremely successful in the past few years, particularly with the increased speed of the Internet and the capability of downloading information onto cell phones.

  • Display Crawford memorabilia

    A few weeks ago, I attended a basketball game at the new Indian Land High School gym. I try to attend as often as possible to show support for relatives and friends, as well as the school and community.

    Upon entering the high school gym foyer and seeing memoribilia displayed of other former students athletes, I was completely stunned  and in shock that nothing was displayed representing our own hometown hero, 2004 Olympic gold and silver medalist Shawn Crawford, who graduated from Indian Land High in 1996.

  • How will repeal of blue laws affect businesses?

    Now that the blue laws that restricted retailers from selling many goods until after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday have been repealed here, businesses and organizations are wondering how it will affect them.

    Ann Curtsinger, co-manager of Wal-Mart in Lancaster, said she’s not sure how the repeal will affect sales at her location.

    “I don’t know how quickly it will create more jobs, it’s really hard to gauge,” she said.

    In terms of increased sales, she expects there to be a delayed reaction as residents become adjusted to the new hours.

  • Habitat’s success depends on support

    The Lancaster County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is back, and the group is planning projects to help families in the community. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action, according to its Web site, www.habitat.org.

  • Spratt has become Pelosi disciple

    Since the 2006 congressional elections when the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, it is abundantly clear that Congressman John Spratt has become a disciple of Nancy Pelosi and her out-of-control spending.

    Not one time since Pelosi became Speaker of the House has Mr. Spratt stood up and opposed Ms. Pelosi and her radically left wing agenda for America.