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Today's News

  • Economic advisor: Next six to nine months will be tough

    A state economic advisor painted a gloomy forecast for Lancaster Rotary Club members at their weekly lunch meeting last week.

    John S. Rainey, chairman of the board of economic advisors for South Carolina, spoke to club members Thursday. Rainey’s board advises the state Budget and Control Board on economic trends and revenue expectations.

  • New IL library a crowd-pleaser

    INDIAN LAND – “The Johnstown Flood.” “The Phantom Stallion” series. “Larry and the Meaning of Life.”

    Book lovers can’t wait to get their hands on these shiny, new books at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    The library had an unpublicized opening on Jan. 5, but residents and county officials gathered Sunday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Group starts critical needs fund here

    A local foundation has stepped up to the plate to help those in need in Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster County Community Foundation, an endowment established 20 years ago, has organized a special fund to award grants to agencies in the county that provide aid to residents.

    Foundation board members plan to award grants through its new critical needs response fund until March.

    Board chairwoman Jodie Plyler said the foundation has raised $10,000, but is asking the community for more donations.

  • 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.