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  • Groundbreaking for IL library set

    INDIAN LAND – The groundbreaking for the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

    The new library, to be built as an anchor to the Carolina Commons shopping center, is scheduled for completion in November 2008.

    Members of the Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Library Board of Trustees will be present at the ceremony. Rudy Carter, Council chairman, David McDonald, principal of Indian Land Elementary/Middle School, and Trish Douglas, lifelong resident of Indian Land, will offer short remarks about this event.

  • Mother waits for justice

    Losing a son is tough and Maxine Stradford said it's also tough knowing that the person who's been charged in his death hasn't been tried yet.

    It's been more than a year since Maxine Stradford's son, Elandro, was shot and killed outside the Lancaster Creamery on Memorial Park Road.

    Elandro Stradford was walking along a pathway behind the creamery when he was confronted by Michael Jerome Funderburk on Nov. 11, 2006, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

  • Birds and beavers and deer, oh my! And in the city, too

    Lancaster has gone to the birds, the beavers and the deer.

    A Woodland Drive woman recently worried that beavers in the creek near her house were going to cut through a large tree next to some power lines. The beavers had gnawed through most of the trunk of the tree, said the woman, who did not want to be named. She was afraid the tree would fall and take the power lines with it.

    "I won't let my grandchildren play in the yard," she said. "It looks like a danger to us."

    After a call to Duke Energy on Nov. 2, the tree came down later that afternoon.

  • USCL students explore unique career

    What is an actuary?

    A few students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster got the answer to that question and learned it's a well-paying profession a lot of people don't know much about.

    Actuaries are risk-management professionals who analyze the financial and emotional impact of events.

    They evaluate the likelihood of future events, design ways to reduce the likelihood of undesirable events, and work to decrease the impact of undesirable events that do occur.

  • 'The Boy of the Waxhaws' featured on 2007 ornament

    The manager of Andrew Jackson State Park loves See Lancaster's 2007 Christmas ornament.

    "This is the best one yet," said Kirk Johnston, adding his family has been collecting the See Lancaster ornaments for several years.

    This year's ornament features an emblem of "The Boy of the Waxhaws" statue at Andrew Jackson State Park.

    Kirk said that will be "good for the marketing of the park."

    The ornament was the center of attention Thursday night as Alpine Insurance Agency and the Purple Rooster in downtown Lancaster hosted a party to unveil it.

  • Council gives non-pressure washing business a variance

    After being told last month he must stop washing buildings because of drought-related, water-use restrictions, a local man took his case to Lancaster City Council and won.

    Jeff Wilson, owner of Wilson's Roof Cleaning, spoke during the public comment period Tuesday.

    He said the water-use restrictions should not apply to his business because he doesn't use that much water.

    He asked council to overrule Public Works Director Jerry Crockett and City Administrator Helen Sowell's decision to deny his request for a variance from the water-use restrictions.

  • Undercover operations result in 9 arrests

    In three separate undercover operations over the last three weeks, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office drug officers have arrested nine people on 19 charges and have seized almost $60,000 worth of drugs, two pistols and a vehicle.

    In the latest case, a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office investigator went undercover posing as a package delivery man and made a controlled delivery of 25 pounds of marijuana to a waiting man Wednesday, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • Heath Springs accepts $200,000 grant

    HEATH SPRINGS – The money keeps coming in the form of grants for the town of Heath Springs.

    Mayor Ann Taylor accepted a heavy cardboard cutout depicting a $200,000 check from S.C. Department of Transportation Commission Chairman Bobby Jones on Thursday afternoon.

    The grant will be used to extend sidewalks from Heath Springs Elementary School to the planned Heath Springs Industrial Park on the eastern side of U.S. 521, just north of town limits.

  • HOPE says thanks to its volunteers at banquet

    A night that included a banquet and several door prizes was one way that HOPE officials showed their gratitude for their tireless volunteers.

    HOPE, or Helping Other People Effectively, in Lancaster Inc. is a nonprofit agency that helps people who need food, shelter, clothing, utility money or other types of financial assistance.

    The organization has more than 60 volunteers. They were recognized during a dinner Nov. 8 at the First Baptist Church family life center.

  • Lancaster Leathernecks hope to spread joy with Toys for Tots drive

    Organizers hope this year's Toys for Tots campaign will yield more gifts than ever for Lancaster County children.

    The Lancaster County Leathernecks, the county's detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League, is sponsoring the toy drive for the fourth year. It began Nov. 2 and continues through Dec. 19.

    People can drop off new, unopened toys to a number of locations in Lancaster County, Great Falls, Fort Lawn and Pageland. The Leathernecks are working with Christian Services and the Department of Social Services to identify families with children in need of toys.