• Kanawha CEO retires

    Stan Johnson has bid farewell to the company where he spent half of his career in the insurance industry.

    Johnson, 64, stepped down at the end of 2007 as chief executive officer and president of Kanawha Insurance after 22 years.

    "It has been an interesting career," he said from his nearly empty office in downtown Lancaster, where Kanawha has been headquartered since 1958.

    "My significant accomplishment is that the company continues, has grown and is still in downtown Lancaster," Johnson said. "We also have a good future with Humana."

  • Readers can access Gateway online

    The Carolina Gateway is online at www.thelancasternews.com in a temporary form until the Gateway's new Web site is completed this year.

    Carolina Gateway readers will be able to download an Adobe PDF file or view the site in Acrobat Reader.

    Users of The Lancaster News' Web site may now use an archive search on the site. An application is on the site as a beta test.

    Readers will be able to search the archives for any story published after Oct 17, 2007. A more extensive archive of stories and obituaries from The Lancaster News is planned for later.

  • Mussel still a cramp to development

    County Council will take a vote Monday night on a new zoning district designed to protect an endangered mussel.

    County officials have been meeting with developers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work on an overlay zoning district to protect the Carolina heelsplitter. The proposed overlay district would only affect property in the Six Mile Creek basin in Indian Land.

    A small number of heelsplitters were found in the creek in early 2006. Since then, officials have been grappling with how to deal with the federally protected species in a high-growth area.

  • Mulvaney to serve on Judiciary Committee

    The 2008 Legislative Session begins this week, and it is shaping up to be a busy year for District 45 Rep. Mick Mulvaney.

    "Last year, I asked our leadership to give me as much as they thought I could handle, and evidently they took me seriously," Mulvaney said.

    Last month, House Speaker Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston and Dorchester counties) placed Mulvaney on the Judiciary Committee.

    Mulvaney sees it as an opportunity, and one that has strong ties to the past in his district.

  • Officers arrest 12 in drug roundup

    You may have seen a helicopter hovering over areas of Lancaster County on Friday.

    It was the S.C. National Guard, helping the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office look for criminals from the sky as part of Operation Rolling Thunder.

    Friday's operation was the final phase of a six-month drug operation, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

  • Plans for new Kershaw town hall unveiled

    KERSHAW - Plans are now complete for the new Kershaw Town Hall, a project that has been on the town's wish list for some time.

    While interior decorating details haven't been determined yet, the bulk of the 6,400-square-foot building has been.

    "It's very basic, but very nice" said the building's architect Ed Bowers.

    Bowers is an architect with Millennium 3 Architects of Charlotte.

    The building will include space for administration, law enforcement and court officials.

  • Simpson to chair state board

    A Lancaster resident will be chairman of the S.C. Board of Education in 2008.

    Al Simpson has served on the board since 2006 and was elected as the 2008 chairman later that year.

    The state board chooses its chairman a year in advance.

    "I appreciate the confidence my colleagues on the board have put in me," said Simpson, the representative for the state's 6th Judicial Circuit, which includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties. "I'm somewhat humbled by it."

  • Two Iraq War veterans in the family

    HEATH SPRINGS - Patriotism runs deep in the Martin family of Heath Springs, and it shows in the military commitments of one man and his stepson.

    Howard Martin Jr., 37, is a sergeant in the Palmetto Thunder unit of the Army National Guard and his stepson, Tracy Denkins Jr., 20, is a specialist in the U.S. Army. Both have served in Iraq, and both men are proud to continue the family's military legacy.

  • A.R. Rucker teams prep for state contest

    Some local students have been using Lego building blocks to learn more about technology and their environment.

    A.R. Rucker Middle School has fielded two teams that are participating in this year's South Carolina FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge.

    FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

    Each team had to build and program a robot that can complete various tasks in pit areas that tie into energy use. This year's theme is Power Puzzle.

    A.R. Rucker Middle's two teams are called the Hot Robots and the Yellow Jackets.

  • City, county may buy property together

    City and county officials are working together to buy land that could possibly be home to several local functions.

    County Council will vote on a resolution Monday night to commit to buy land where Perry's Texaco and Mullis Brothers Real Estate are on Main Street.

    Eventually, the city and county would like to see a welcome center that would house the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and See Lancaster.