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  • Ablaze in color

    It started out as a plan to slap a fresh coat of paint on the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department – maybe something imaginative like… white.
    A month later, the little building is exploding with bright colors and images, thanks to Christina Chastain, Deah Stogner and their small army of helpers.

  • Get set for Kershaw’s 40th annual spring fest

    KERSHAW – The 40th annual Spring-A-Thon is Friday and Saturday in downtown Kershaw.
    “How about that? Four decades is proof of a good tradition. That tells us that folks in the Kershaw area look forward to coming out and enjoying themselves. Everybody has a good time,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. 
    Organized by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, the weekend of family fun kicks off from 6-10 p.m. Friday on Hampton and Cleveland streets.

  • 2 new fast-food chains arrive soon in Lancaster

    It’s time to lay the rumors to rest. The big red-clay construction site across U.S. 521 from Bojangles’ in Lancaster will soon become two restaurants – Captain D’s and Church’s Chicken.
    Both eateries are slated to open this summer. Franchisee Shawn Eby, CEO of Goalz Restaurant Group LLC, said 55 to 60 workers will be hired at each location.
    Headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyo., Goalz Restaurant Group owns another franchise in Denver, N.C., just northwest of Charlotte.

  • Rite Aid on Main Street closing
  • HS sewer project cost rises $10K

    HEATH SPRINGS – Replacing one of its aging sewer lift stations and repairing two others will cost the town about $10,000 more than anticipated.
    “It’s going to be little a more than we thought,” said Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore.
    The original construction cost was estimated at $490,000, but the low bid of came in at $595,500.
    But the town doesn’t have to pay the entire amount for the lift stations – high-voltage pumps that move wastewater uphill.

  • County’s credit rating upgraded

    Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Lancaster County’s credit rating to the second-highest level, which will lower the interest rates the county pays when it borrows money by issuing bonds.
    The rating agency moved the county’s status to Aa1 from Aa2 on April 30.
    “The local economy continues to diversify, with a growing financial services, technology and healthcare industry presence,” a Moody’s news release states.
    The new score should lower borrowing costs in the future.

  • Don’t forget letter carrier food drive

    The 27th-annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Food Drive is this Saturday.
    The U.S. Postal Service is partnering with United Way of Lancaster County to collect non-perishable food donations for HOPE in Lancaster.
    This week, letter carriers will leave Stamp Out Hunger bags in mailboxes. Residents are asked to leave a donation of non-perishable food items next to their mailboxes for letter carriers to collect Saturday as they deliver mail along their routes.
    The bags are then taken to the post office on North Main Street to be sorted and delivered to HOPE.

  • Local murder convict tries prison break in Greenville

    Thirteen years after he drew national attention in a Lancaster murder, convicted killer David Rollings Cauthen tried to escape from a Greenville County correctional facility Sunday.
    Cauthen, 54, was missing from his cell Sunday morning but was soon found hiding under a storage container for construction materials inside the institution, according to Chrysti Shain, spokesperson for S.C. Department of Corrections.
    He is serving a life sentence at the Perry Correctional Institution for the 2004 murder of his girlfriend Brenda Steen.

  • County GOP holds annual convention

    From release

    The Lancaster County Republican Party held its annual convention April 25, electing officers and also delegates to the state convention.
    About 95 people attended the meeting at Mike Williams Builders in Lancaster, which county Chair Sandy McGarry called one of the local party’s largest turnouts ever.

  • Helpless dog dragged behind SUV

    Panicked 911 calls started flooding in about 6 p.m. Sunday – a Chevy Tahoe was dragging a dog behind it down South 200 leaving Lancaster.
    By the time sheriff’s deputies got to Airport Crossroads, the driver had been flagged down by a passing motorist and was weeping hysterically on the side of the road.
    Her 7-month-old pit bull had critical injuries, with toes missing and its sternum and other bones exposed.