• Wintertime heat wave about to end

    It's unusual, but then again, it's not.

    Temperatures have been awfully warm the past few days – warmer than average – but fluctuating temperatures seem to be the norm for South Carolina winters.

    Highs reached the 80s earlier this week, and the mid-70s on Thursday, shattering records set in previous years that only reached the lower 70s.

  • Christmas Basket tally now more than $4,000

    More than $4,000 has been donated so far to the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund, which provides food vouchers to families who need support.

    The drive, which began Nov. 19, is sponsored by the local American Red Cross.

    Recipients receive $25 vouchers to use at local grocery stores.

    Christian Services, the Department of Social Services and the Lancaster County Council on Aging are identifying the families in need.

    Through Thursday, the grand total was $4,615.

  • Friends honor Joe Stephenson during a hero's memorial service

    Friends of Joe Lee Stephenson honored him earlier this month with a memorial service in front of his Laurel Court home.

    Joe Lee Stephenson, 60, died Nov. 11 after a bout with lung caner.

    The Lancaster resident served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger. A Vietnam veteran, Stephenson was awarded a Purple Heart after he was wounded during combat.

    His cancer had developed as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange while in service.

    Stephenson's funeral was Nov. 16 in Orange, N.J., and local friends held the memorial service for him Dec. 4.

  • Stage 4 water-use restrictions delayed

    It appears more stringent water-use restrictions can be delayed here with at least normal rainfall over the next few weeks.

    But with any less rain in that period, the county can expect to enter Stage 4 restrictions between mid-January and early February, officials say.

    Stage 4 restrictions would require residential and commercial users to reduce consumption by 30 percent.

  • HS center to retain senior programs

    HEATH SPRINGS – Seniors who visit the Heath Springs Senior Center for hot meals, special programming and recreation were distraught to learn that the Lancaster County Council on Aging would be pulling funds from the center starting in 2008.

    The likely result would be the center being vacated and seniors going to the Kershaw Satellite Senior Center.

    But the seniors who packed the fellowship hall at the center Wednesday morning didn't appear distraught.

  • Air filter firm to locate in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – A firm that makes specialized air filters is moving to Kershaw.

    Lancaster County Council approved paying $100,000 for building upgrades for ECN Inc., said Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.

    That's until the state Department of Commerce comes through with a grant to reimburse the county, Tunnell said.

    The money will never be paid to the owner of the company, but to MCON Construction as it completes the work at the building on Little Dude Avenue. The Department of Commerce will award the grant in March.

  • Founders Federal offers its members insurance services

    Founders Federal Credit Union has added a new division offering insurance services to its members.

    The new division - officially named Founders Insurance Services - brings three new employees to the credit union - Scott Blackmon, Michael Faile and Mark Blackmon.

    "We are truly excited to have this opportunity to better serve all of our members' financial needs," said Bruce Brumfield, president and CEO of Founders Federal Credit Union.

  • Officials slow in handling case?

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land woman who blew the whistle on problems at Indian Land High School dating back to 1999 is getting tired of waiting for justice.

    Donna McClennen, a former secretary at the school, is especially frustrated by how long it has taken 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield to decide whether charges should be filed against the school's former administrative assistant, whom McClennen says was wrongly paid more than $18,000 for days she did not work.

  • Four high school students hurt when van runs into stopped bus

    Four students were treated and released for minor injuries after the school bus they were riding in was hit from behind Monday morning.

    The bus was stopped on Chesterfield Avenue to pick up students when a 1999 green Chevrolet van struck it. The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. near the Nichols Road intersection.

    Lancaster police estimate that the van was traveling 20 mph in a 35-mph zone.

    The bus driver had all of the safety lights on when the van struck, according to a Lancaster Police Department accident report.

  • Kershaw may sell center

    KERSHAW – Unless a promising idea appears on how to make the Leroy Springs Recreation Center in Kershaw a well-frequented place by the community, the town of Kershaw will likely sell it.

    Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes said the town would like $300,000 for the center, which has a bowling alley, swimming pool and meeting space.

    He said Monday that the town, which has owned the facility since it was deeded to it in 2005 by the Leroy Springs Co., has received some interest of late but no commitments to buy.