• MLK parade Saturday features 100+ floats

    If you thought last year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade was big, just wait until Saturday.
    This year’s parade is Lancaster’s biggest MLK parade ever, with more than 100 floats and 80 companies, organizations and charities signed up.
    This will also be the first year that a college band – Benedict College – will march in the parade. 
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris, chair of the parade organizing committee, is thrilled with the growth.

  • Child-support payment system changing

    Starting Feb. 4, about 3,000 Lancaster County parents will start making child-support payments through the S.C. State Disbursement Unit in Columbia instead of the local clerk of court’s office.
    Lancaster is one of 14 counties in the state to make the change in February, but it is a federal mandate that eventually will affect every county nationwide.
    Four counties – Aiken, Fairfield, Sumter and York – were the pilots for the S.C. changeover, making the switch in October.

  • Pressure builds to enact county impact fees

    For many months, county council has been kicking around the idea of enacting impact fees on all new residential and commercial construction north of S.C. 5 to help pay for capital needs.
    Now, with a rezoning request pending on a 500-home Indian Land subdivision, council members are feeling pressure to make a decision and require developers to pay at least some of the public infrastructure costs associated with their projects.
    Council member Terry Graham told his colleagues at Monday night’s council meeting that it’s time to take action.

  • Kershaw will credit customers for missed trash runs

    KERSHAW – Town council voted Monday night to credit garbage customers’ accounts for any pickups missed during Kershaw’s trash crisis over the holiday period.
    Council members unanimously backed Mayor Mark Dorman’s proposal to apply a prorated credit to garbage bills as early as next month. Council member Michael Cook was absent from the meeting.
    The town didn’t have the capacity to pick up all the trash for more than two weeks because the two town employees licensed to drive the garbage trucks called in sick.

  • More gold at Haile

    KERSHAW – An additional deposit of gold ore has been discovered at Haile Gold Mine, though the company won’t say exactly where it is or how much it’s worth.
    “A site has been located, but we’re not in any position at this time to discuss the specifics,” said OceanaGold’s David Thomas, who oversees the international mining company’s U.S. operation.

  • Fitness season

    Nearly 40 women filled the gym Friday morning at Burn Boot Camp Fort Mill in Indian Land – some of them returning to the six-week program and others new to it and trying to get healthier in the new year.
    Patsy Johnson, who works at the gym, said she was right where those ladies are two years ago.
    “It changed a lot,” she said of the program. “I can’t imagine my life without it now.”

  • 2 weeks to stock up before 10% hike in price of a stamp

    If you’re looking to save money on postage, now is the time to buy first-class stamps.
    On Jan. 27 the price of a Forever Stamp jumps from 50 cents to 55 cents, the largest percentage increase in three decades.
    The Postal Service is also increasing other prices. Flat-rate shipping boxes and envelopes will cost more. Priority Mail Express rates will increase 3.9 percent, and Priority Mail will increase 5.9 percent.

  • Case of whooping cough last month at Buford Elementary

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has reported a case of whooping cough at Buford Elementary School.
    School officials sent a letter out notifying parents of the case, and what precautions any possibly exposed individuals should take.
    The person, who was not identified in the letter, was diagnosed with the ailment before winter break and has since been cleared to be back at school. The letter didn’t say whether the person was a student or a staff member.

  • Kershaw garbage crisis should end Monday

    KERSHAW – The end is in sight for the town’s two-week scramble to get trash collected after both garbage-truck drivers went out sick at the same time.
    “We hope to have everything back on schedule after Monday,” Town Administrator Mitch Lucas said late Friday.  
    Kershaw’s normal residential trash pickups lagged behind by several days during the crisis, a disruption that caused a cacophony of complaints from the town’s residents.

  • Pothole woes

    Maddening, hazardous potholes have popped up all over Lancaster County – deep craters that evoke an asphalt moonscape – and highway crews are working overtime to repair the damage.
    “To be honest, it’s scary,” said Michael Jackson, who has been dodging the chasms along S.C. 522 in Rich Hill on his way to work in Camden. “There’s so many out there, you’ve got to slow down.”
    Last week, he couldn’t avoid hitting a big one, and now his Honda Civic has a badly bent rim.