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  • Plyler files for seat on Heath Springs Town Council

    With a special election looming this summer, only one man has stepped up to fill the spot Elaine Lehr left vacant when she stepped down from Heath Springs Town Council last month.
    Joey C. Plyler, 43, said he has always had an interest in what goes on in his hometown of Heath Springs and he is eager to make it an even better place to live.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Under departmental policy, when a deputy takes possession of the property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping while the sheriff’s office tries to reunite the items with their owners.
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • Kershaw moving to 4-day trash pickup

    KERSHAW – Big changes are coming to the way the town of Kershaw collects garbage to make it run smoother and reduce overall costs.
    Beginning April 29, depending on where you live in town, your trash could be picked up on a different day.
    And by May 17, customers who live outside the town limits will have to find a commercial hauler to pick up their trash. The town is not going to do it anymore.
    Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman called the changes a business decision that makes the town’s garbage service more efficient and less expensive.

  • Lupanu String Quartet returning to Lancaster

    A universal rule of thumb for event organizers is, “a hit performance calls for a repeat.” Such is the case with the Spring Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert coming up April 28. 
    Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Calin Lupanu will again lead his string quartet of symphony members in what is anticipated to be another memorable performance, featuring selections by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., in historic downtown Lancaster.

  • County risk management program wins state awards

    The S.C. Counties Workers Compensation Trust has recognized Lancaster County’s risk management program for keeping employees safe and impacting accident insurance rates.
    The county received awards for outstanding achievement, sustained excellence, reporting lag time and the state’s service award, which recognized county risk manager Ryan Whitaker for his overall job performance. 

  • Double blazes keep firefighters busy

    County firefighters were slammed with back-to-back fires Wednesday night, with one of the homes a total loss.
    The first fire happened a few minutes before 8 p.m. at a home on Sunnybrook Lane. With just a small grease fire in the kitchen, the damage was contained to just the one room, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said.
    While cleaning up from the first blaze, Camp Creek, Antioch and Shiloh-Zion volunteer firefighters were called out to another fire just three miles away.

  • County hires new planning director

    Lancaster County’s new planning director reported to his first day of work on Monday.
    Rox Burhans comes from Indian Trail, N.C., where he has served as planning director since November 2011. He said with the help of a strong and talented team in Indian Trail, he managed major rewrites of the town’s comprehensive plan and unified development ordinance, which developed better tools to respond to the high level of growth in the area.

  • Planning commission says no to IL subdivision

    The preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Patterson Preserve along Harrisburg and Barberville roads in Indian Land did not receive approval Tuesday from the Lancaster County Planning Commission.
    The proposed development would turn more than 100 acres of open and wooded land, with several streams and wetlands, into 181 single-family home lots.

  • Kershaw Citizen of the Year a ‘doer’

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce named Alan Sims as the town’s Citizen of the Year at its annual banquet April 9 at the country club.
    Sims, a social studies teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School who also writes part time for the Kershaw News Era, is heavily involved in the community. His wife, Christina, is a teacher at North Central High School. They have a son, Sailor, 3.

  • Friday last day to file for Heath Springs seat

    Friday is the last day for candidates to file for the open seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
    The filing period ends at noon April 19, said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    Heath Springs has five council seats, including mayor, and one of them was vacated last month when Elaine Lehr resigned.
    A special election will be held June 25 to fill her term, which runs through December 2021.