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  • Battlefield in Buford to get $16K in upgrades

    The Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield and Lancaster County are teaming up to make some significant improvements to the historic site and put it on the national map.
    “We want to make this so people come from other areas to see it,” said Ken Obriot, president of the friends group. “There’s a mass gravesite out there with 84 revolutionary war soldiers buried there, and they need to be honored and people need to know the story.”

  • Muddied waters

    Growth can be good, but sometimes it’s messy.
    That has certainly been the case for Milton Hood, 61, a retiree who owns a roughly 30-acre homestead he has dubbed Falling Springs, located just off U.S 521 at the extreme southern edge of Indian Land.
    The outstanding feature of Hood’s property is a 2-acre pond, fed mainly by a nearby stream, an idyllic spot for fishing, family activities, or just quiet reflection and relaxation.

  • County officials attend D.C. conference, make key contacts

    Local officials flew to the nation’s capital this week for a Palmetto State-focused conference on issues ranging from opioids to the economy.
    “This is something that’s never been done before for us at the county level. It’s very important, given some of the things the Trump administration is trying to pull together and get down to the state and local government for everyone’s benefit,” said Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes.

  • Governor declares state of emergency as storm path aims at Carolinas

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon with the looming possibility that a hurricane could make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas next week.
    “This storm is too powerful and its path is too uncertain to take any chances,” McMaster said of Tropical Storm Florence. Spinning out in the Atlantic Ocean, the storm is expected to be approaching hurricane strength again late Saturday.

  • Library’s new pre-K program offering prizes

    From release

    The Lancaster County Library is launching a new program for preschoolers – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – with an information session next Thursday.
    1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early-literacy program designed to help young readers reach a goal of reading 1,000 books before entering kindergarten. The program also aims to promote parent-child bonding time through reading together. 

  • ‘Stompy’ Horton at 92: Beloved in his hometown

    At age 92, retired physician Pierce “Stompy” Horton Jr. is the first to admit he’s no longer a spring chicken, but his smile still beams and his eyes shine.
    A bit frail, the beloved doctor who practiced in Lancaster for 33 years is showing his age. Nearly all of his childhood friends here are gone.
    It’s been decades since he hung up his stethoscope, but he’s still one of the most recognizable faces in Lancaster. He drew a long standing ovation from his Lancaster Rotary Club friends last week, celebrating his Aug. 30 birthday.

  • LSPCA rescues burned pit bull

    A pit bull mix was found on a roadside south of Lancaster on Monday with painful burns all over her back, shoulder and tail.
    A sheriff’s deputy took her to the county animal shelter, where the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took over and rushed her to Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Rock Hill.
    Diana Knight with the LSPCA said the dog was sedated and her burns were cleaned in Rock Hill, and she was brought to Faulkner’s Animal Hospital in Lancaster Tuesday.
    LSPCA members gave her a new name – Phoenix.

  • County government holding 1st job fair

    With Lancaster County’s low jobless rate and an influx of economic activity, employers are having a hard time filling many positions. 

    The county government is organizing its first-ever job fair for later this month to round up applicants for its own vacancies, which number about 20. 

  • Gilbert to become master in his field

    Some might rightfully say Jamie Gilbert has already become a “master practitioner” of economic development, but soon he could have a piece of paper certifying it.

    Gilbert, Lancaster County’s economic development director, has been approved for a new and highly selective program for senior-level economic development leaders that should only burnish his skills, and potentially help the county accrue even more business investment in coming years. 

  • ‘Deal with it and get the job done’

    Between the four of them, these Lancaster County public servants have spent nearly 200 years fighting fires and rescuing victims. They are among 13 active volunteer firefighters in the county who are 70 or older.

    Up and down stairs during jail fire
    Howard Gainer, 73, who works for Belltown Volunteer Fire Department, started running to fire calls when he was 18.
    He joined the Lancaster Fire Department as a volunteer, then moved out to Belltown when they organized in 1976.