• Gregory receives highest state honor

    State Sen. Greg Gregory is among the latest state residents to be honored with the Order of the Palmetto award, South Carolina's highest civilian honor.

    Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell of Charleston presented Gregory, R-Lancaster, the award, recognizing him for his 16 years of service in the Senate.

    Gregory said he's proud to receive the honor.

    "It means a great deal to me," he said. "I have always taken great pride in this state."

    The Order of the Palmetto was created in 1971 by Gov. John West to recognize lifetime achievement and service.

  • Turkey vultures, cardinals top list of birds spotted here

    It's official. The numbers are in, and the winners are - the turkey vulture and northern cardinal.

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust held its Catawba River spring bird count on April 26, in Lancaster and Chester counties.

    The turkey vulture and cardinal had the highest totals at 33 for each species for Chester and Lancaster counties.

    Blue-gray gnatcatchers, American crows, eastern bluebirds and northern mockingbirds were also common species spotted in the Lancaster County area during the bird count.

    A total of 93 species were identified during the count.

  • Hawks on Main Street perform a captivating drama - Reporter's Notebook column

    We were driving down Main Street last Friday night when I saw some familiar figures perched on the steeple at First Presbyterian Church.

    The steeple served as a perch last July for a juvenile red-tailed hawk and its mother, who occasionally stopped by to check on her baby and feed it. The baby apparently wasn't quite ready to leave home.

    Two months before, I had watched as two hawks spiraled higher and higher into the air above White Street, the mating flight of red-tails in love.

  • Charlesboro, Heath Springs to host July 4 parades today

    Do you love a parade?

    Well, you're in luck today, as there will be two Fourth of July parades in the county – one in the Charlesboro community on Taxahaw Road and the other in downtown Heath Springs.

    The Charlesboro parade starts at 10:30 a.m. in front of New Haven Baptist Church and runs one mile to the Charlesboro Fire Station.

    The only requirement to participate in the parade is to display an American flag for entry.

  • Program gives Heath Springs seniors something to do in the afternoons

    HEATH SPRINGS – Senior Hilda Phillips is thankful that GoldenCare Adult Day Care is now coordinating an afternoon program at the Heath Springs Senior Center.

    If it didn't have it, Phillips said she'd be at home napping or would be bored during the afternoons.

    "I just like all the activities here and the friendliness," she said.

    Margaret Robinson is also pleased that GoldenCare is offering the program. She said last week she plans to start attending it because she "wants to be sociable with people."

  • Family, friends praise Twitty at his 90th birthday celebration

    To Gonze Lee Twitty, age is simply a number, not a state of mind.

    To this day, he still talks about his ability to work like someone much younger than himself on his Pleasant Hill farm. Twitty takes pride in his vitality.

    "He thinks he's still 50," said daughter Odessa White at a birthday celebration held in his honor Saturday at the Lancaster County Community Center.

    The crowd of a couple hundred people laughed.

    It was easy to tell who was the man of honor in the crowd.

  • Council OKs split of development fees

    County Council will help out the Lancaster County School District when it comes to building new schools.

    Council approved a resolution by a 4-2 vote Monday night to share development fees it collects with the school district to go toward building new schools.

    Council approved a 60-40 split of the money.

    That means if a developer agrees to contribute $10,000 per new house in a residential development, the county would receive $6,000 and the school district, $4,000.

    Council would also negotiate with developers for land donations to build new schools.

  • Badcock cuts ribbon on new store

    Badcock has been in Lancaster for 23 years, and now it's open at its new location at the old Wal-Mart at 1202 S.C. 9 Bypass.

    The new store has more than triple the space of the old store on South Main Street.

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw joined company officials to formally open the store at a ribbon-cutting last Thursday.

    The store is the 263rd that W.S. Badcock Corp's has opened under the "Badcock &more" moniker.

    The store opening is part of a corporate wide expansion initiative to grow into South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and other Southern states.

  • Council to tap reserves to give employees a raise, fund agencies

    County Council still had a lot to discuss about its proposed $30.9 million budget Monday night.

    Council has held two special meetings to talk about budget issues over the past month.

    But Monday's discussion lasted a while, as some council members tried to figure out a way to give employees a 2.85 percent cost-of-living raise and help fund some agencies without raising taxes.

  • Law officers to be out in force over July 4 holiday

    Law enforcement is gearing up for July 4 and planning to be on the lookout for impaired drivers and speeding violations, especially in and around local summer hot spots, beaches and mountain areas.

    The S.C. Department of Public Safety is preparing for motorists to begin travel on Thursday.