• Former Springs employees try to move on, find new jobs

    Tammy Roberts, who worked nearly 30 years at Springs' Grace Complex, never thought she'd see the day when she had to look for another job.

    She loved her role as an administrative clerk and thought her job would be around long after she retired. But for Roberts and hundreds of others, that's not the case.

    Springs Global, which has been phasing out jobs for years, announced this summer that it was shutting down the Grace Finishing and Grace Fabrication operations in Lancaster and the H.W. Close plant in Fort Lawn and relocating to Brazil.

  • Number of foster parents here at all-time low

    Lancaster County could use at least 10 new foster families, said a local Department of Social Services official.

    There are 23 foster families right now, who serve across many need areas for the department. The number of foster families here is at an all-time low, and some children are now staying in temporary facilities for extended periods of time, said foster care caseworker Craig Casey.

    "We need homes of all types," Casey said, noting that families from all areas of the county and people of all ages are needed to be foster parents.

  • Monroe man, 62, dies in S.C. 160 wreck

    INDIAN LAND – A Monroe man was killed in a head-on collision on S.C. 160 on Sunday.

    David Franklin Hobbs Sr., 62, died of abdominal bleeding about 4 p.m. at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.

    His wife, Bonnie Hobbs, 62, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The couple had to be extricated from their 2006 Chevrolet pickup, said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson.

  • 'Tis the season for mailing

    You may find that lines at the post office have been getting longer as Christmas nears.

    Monday marked the busiest mailing day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service, with nearly one billion pieces of mail entering the system – up from a daily average of 703 million pieces.

    And today is believed to be the busiest delivery day of the year.

    About 20 million pounds of mail is expected to be delivered to military installations around the world this holiday season.

    Deadlines, deadlines

  • County hires sound engineer to monitor plant

    A Charlotte firm has been hired by Lancaster County to look into the noise generated by the Blue Dot concrete plant in Indian Land.

    Dr. Noral Stewart of Stewart Acoustical Consultants will be doing the work for the county at a cost of about $17,000, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

    Residents of the Brookchase neighborhood have been complaining over the last several months about excessive noise coming from the concrete plant, which is behind the back yards of Cole Creek Drive residents. Residents say the plant also generates a large amount of dangerous dust.

  • Goodwill offers advice on making holiday donations

    Goodwill Industries is reminding donors to consider carefully the manner in which they donate used clothing and other household items this holiday season.

    The Charlotte area, like some other areas around the country, is seeing a sudden appearance of unattended collection bins. They are mostly red boxes that ask for "clothing and shoes."

  • 7 prospects eye former customer service center

    The buildings at Springs Global's Grace Complex may provide jobs once again to county residents.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell said seven projects are looking at the company's former customer service center, which once housed about 600 customer service representatives for the textile giant.

    Those prospects have come from leads from both the state Department of Commerce and the Charlotte Regional Partnership, a 16-county, nonprofit economic development organization based in Charlotte.

  • Once mighty textile company now employs only a few hundred here

    The once-mighty Springs Industries is just a shadow of itself in Lancaster County.

    For years, the Fort Mill-based company, now called Springs Global, was the largest employer in Lancaster, Chester and York counties, where the company was centered.

    It was also the largest taxpayer in South Carolina.

    At its peak about 20 years ago, the company employed 17,000 people in South Carolina, more people than any other company.

  • Greater New Hope opens soup kitchen

    It was cold and dreary Saturday morning, but joy seemed to warm the hearts of Greater New Hope Christian Association volunteers when they cut the ribbon to open the Hill area's new soup kitchen.

    Local dignitaries joined Greater New Hope Church members and the Rev. Ronald Cunningham, minister of the church, to open the soup kitchen.

    Opening the soup kitchen was the culmination of five years of work, turning the once "juke joint" location, where alcohol and drugs were sold, into a place of bodily and spiritual nourishment.

  • School conversion almost complete

    INDIAN LAND – David McDonald, principal at Indian Land Elementary/Middle School, will serve as administrator of two schools when the middle school population begins classes in a new building next semester.

    Crews have been working since the summer to convert the former Indian Land High School to the new middle school. Moving the middle schoolers to a separate building is another way to help deal with the population growth in the Panhandle.

    With nearly 1,300 students, the ILEMS population is the second-largest of any school in Lancaster County School District.