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Today's News

  • Families picking up the pieces after fires

    Simon Catoe juggled emotional attachment and job duties as he responded to his first-ever fire, which happened to be the blaze at his family's business early Saturday morning.

    Catoe, 18, who just completed the fire academy last month, was in Myrtle Beach with his dad, Marvin, when they got the call about the fire at Catoe's Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Wiring on S.C. 9.

    When they arrived at the business two hours later, the building was still engulfed in flames. Simon and Marvin Catoe suited up on the spot and joined their fellow Tradesville volunteer firefighters.

  • County headed toward cooler temps – sort of

    After a few days of sizzling heat, with temperatures topping out at 100 degrees Tuesday, forecasters are predicting a cool down of sorts for the area.

    According to a personal weather station in the Erwin Farm area in Lancaster County, the average temperature for the last three days was 99 degrees.

    High temperatures for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were 97, 99 and 100 degrees.

    With the combination of high heat and relative humidity, heat index values, or how the temperature feels to your skin, exceeded the 105 degree mark.

  • County says it won't take on roads in neighborhoods

    Lancaster County Council is keeping the status quo when it comes to accepting new roads in subdivisions – it won't.

    Council took a vote at its July 7 meeting on whether to accept new roads from the BridgeMill and Glen Laurel subdivisions in Indian Land. Accepting the roads would mean the county would be responsible for maintaining them.

    County road engineer Jeff Catoe said the roads in BridgeMill are quality roads built to county standards. But the county doesn't have the money to maintain them, he said.

  • Dixie AAA, Junior stars rolling

    The Lancaster AAA all-stars stayed unbeaten in the state tournament, taking a 6-3 win over Hartsville on Monday night.Lancaster forged a 6-0 lead and held on for the three-run win over the host team.Zachary Todd squeezed home Austin Rape for a 1-0 lead in the third. An inning later, Scottie Moser ripped a two-run single for a 3-0 lead.In the fifth inning, Gunnar Lucas’ sacrifice bunt scored Alex Brasington who had tripled. Brasington had two hits on the night.

  • Harris Teeter, CVS under construction

    INDIAN LAND – When the dust settles at Carolina Commons, Indian Land residents should see a CVS/pharmacy, a medical office building, a Harris Teeter grocery store and more.

    The 25-acre commercial development is on U.S. 521 just outside Sun City Carolina Lakes and across the street from the Cornerstone development. It will offer 190,000 square feet of retail and office space.

    "We're under way with what is definite," said contractor RED Partners spokesman Hall Johnston. The CVS, medical building and Harris Teeter are all under construction now.

  • Work starts at Kershaw park

    KERSHAW – In nearly 100 degree heat on Tuesday, volunteers came together to start construction of a playground in Kershaw.

    The project is called the Haile Gold Mine Playground because of the recent $50,000 donation from Romarco Minerals Inc. Romarco Minerals is redeveloping Haile Gold Mine. The 6,000-square-foot playground should be completed by Saturday, in time for a public ribbon cutting at 6 p.m.

  • Writer asks managers to hire if there are job openings

    Like a lot of people in Lancaster County I have been out of work for more than a year. We apply left and right for jobs. The majority of the jobs have to be applied for online. That’s OK. I understand that. The problem is the potential employers.

    For example, I applied at a local department store. I applied online just like they asked. After completing the application, I was asked to schedule an appointment, which I did. When I went for my appointment, the computer was down.

  • Lancaster Debs claim sportsmanship award
  • Full moon makes good night for racing at LMS

    A full moon Saturday night made for an exciting night of racing at Lancaster Motor Speedway.- In the young guns main event, it was Andrew Blackwood and Josh Langley sharing row one.Before the race got rolling, Blackwood’s night started out terrible.

  • Bicyclists grateful for new S.C. law

    If you’re an avid bicyclist, you’re probably aware of the new law that state lawmakers passed in June – the Bicycle Safety Act. The law has won praise from cycle enthusiasts in the state, such as Charleston attorney Peter Wilborn of www.scbikelaw.com, who has called the new law “state of the art.”

    That’s especially noteworthy because South Carolina isn’t a state known for being a leader for the legislation it passes.