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  • No more cheap facility rentals at local schools

    The Lancaster County School District has raised rental fees it charges the public for using school facilities – up to a tenfold increase – saying that under the old rates taxpayers were inappropriately subsidizing private groups.
    At the Nov. 13 school board meeting, the board unanimously approved raising rates for facility rentals across the district. The last time the rates were changed was in 1999.

  • Ready, set, go!

    Thousands of shoppers flocked to stores before the Thanksgiving turkey even had time to get cold Thursday, getting an early jump on Black Friday shopping.
    Some local stores, including Walmart and Dollar General, started Black Friday sales Thursday night, but others waited for the traditional early Friday kickoff to the Christmas shopping season.
    Ginny Smith-Sistare, owner of Anna Laura’s Boutique and Lancaster Jewelers, said business was booming Friday, and the retailer planned to extend its sales into Small Business Saturday, while supplies lasted.

  • Native American artisans featured at 6th-annual sale

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Just in time for the holiday season, see and shop for jewelry, Catawba pottery, baskets, quilts and more one-of-a-kind artwork at the sixth-annual Native American Art and Craft Sale, held in conjunction with Lancaster’s Christmas in the City event.
    The sale will take place at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

  • Again we honor Faulkenberry’s generous legacy

    Ward Faulkenberry and his fellow 472 American Legionnaires started a holiday food drive 59 years ago that has become a legacy of local yuletide giving.
    That effort – named the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket in his honor – kicks off this weekend.
    Led by HOPE in Lancaster, the annual fundraiser ministers to some of the county’s financially hardest-hit families. This year’s goal is $9,000.
    Bekah Clawson, HOPE’s executive director, calls the Christmas basket the perfect way to share the holiday spirit.

  • Kershaw's industrial users will pay more for water

    KERSHAW – Higher industrial water use has pushed Kershaw’s water purchases over 1 million gallons a day, which bumps the town into paying more per gallon, and town officials have been wrestling with how to pass along those extra costs to customers.
    This week they decided that only large industrial users will pay more, rather than also saddling residential customers with higher monthly bills.

  • MUSC buys Springs Memorial

    Springs Memorial Hospital has been sold to the Medical University of South Carolina, linking us to the state’s premier teaching hospital as it branches out beyond its campus in Charleston.
    The news prompted gleeful reaction among local leaders.
    “So many of our rural hospitals in S.C. have closed, and I’ve been concerned about that. This alleviates that worry,” said Mandy Powers Norrell, who represents Lancaster in S.C. House District 44. 

  • Hwy 55 owner, employees reach out to victims of Indian Land fire

    Local restaurateur Jason Hall is giving back to his community one family at a time – most recently, the victims of a devastating fire in Indian Land.
    Hall owns two Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries restaurants, one in Indian Land and one in Lancaster. Both locations often feature “percentage nights,” where for one night, a percentage of all revenues go to a charity, a church or a family in need.

  • We’re Top 10 in the country at attracting business talent

    A new national study ranks Lancaster County one of the Top 10 small counties in the nation for luring the best and brightest workers.
    Lancaster placed ninth nationwide for drawing new residents, new jobs, skilled workers and developing a more skilled and better-educated workforce, according to the third-annual Talent Attraction Scorecard published by labor-market researcher Economic Modeling LLC, also known as Emsi. The county was in the 5,000-99,000 population category.

  • Another 1,000-job prospect on radar

    Another company is eyeing Lancaster County for a corporate headquarters/customer service center that could create almost 1,000 high-paying jobs by 2024.
    Dubbed “Project Mustang” by Lancaster County Economic Development, the company is looking at multiple locations in the Charlotte area, including one here.
    “Mustang is Indian Land focused. That’s all I can say about the specifics at this time,” said Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.

  • Straight ‘saved so many from tragedy’

    Hundreds of firefighters and other emergency personnel filed into Second Baptist Church on Saturday, along with friends and family of Dennis Straight, to honor the assistant fire chief.
    Straight, 59, was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 on Nov. 7. He was the assistant chief at Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department and had worked there for 20 years. He was also an active community volunteer in Van Wyck, where he lived, and at Andrew Jackson State Park.