• Christmas Basket tally tops $7,000

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund has raised more than $7,000 since the campaign began Nov. 19.

    The drive, sponsored by the local American Red Cross, provides $25 food vouchers to families in need of support. Recipients can use the vouchers at local grocery stores.

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

  • Woman, 87, in serious condition after running car into house

    An 87-year-old Lancaster woman was involved in an unusual one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning after she placed mail in the outside post office drop box.

    Virginia Flowers was leaving the Lancaster Post Office about 9:30 a.m. in her 1991 Chevrolet Corsica. She crossed Leroy Street to First Palmetto Savings Bank.

    She drove through the bank's parking lot, over the wall separating the sidewalk and landed in the middle of Main Street. She then drove into a house across the street, according to Anthony James, who witnessed the accident.

  • Heath Springs counil acted on bad info?

    HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man appealed to Town Council on Tuesday night to cast another vote for his rezoning request.

    Last month, the Heath Springs council denied Howard Martin Jr.'s request for a zoning change from R-15 classification to R-30. The zoning change would allow him to place a mobile home on the part of his property that lies within the town. Part of his property is outside the town.

  • 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.