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  • Egg recall does not include SC

    So far, South Carolina has managed to avoid the nationwide recall of tainted eggs.

    However, state officials continue to closely monitor the situation, said Stephen Hudson, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Agriculture.

    “We’ve not seen any of them here, at least, not yet,” Hudson said.

    A few local grocers are letting consumers know the eggs they sell are safe.

    Signs reading “Eggs that Bi-Lo carries are not involved in the recall” are posted at the egg cases of its Lancaster stores.

  • Durham appointed to USCL commission

    Larry Durham Sr. was appointed to the Lancaster County Commission for Higher Education by Gov. Mark Sanford on July 20.

    Durham joins a board of eight community leaders – Thomas Barnes, Lisa Bridges, Bruce Brumfield, Charles Bundy, Stanley Johnson and Rosa Sansbury and two ex-officio members, Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore and Dr. John Catalano, dean of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Council to consider funds for grants writer position

    County Council will look at ways to reallocate county funds for a new economic development position at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Council will review recommendations from its finance committee about how to fund a new grant writer position at the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. The committee’s recommendations include reallocating funds from a vacant Building and Zoning position and from the Catawba River Task Force, which is not operating this year.

  • Always on call

    They serve because they care.

    Always on call. A most appropriate phrase to define the volunteer firefighters of Lancaster County. The men and women who answer the call for help – at all hours of the day and night, every day of the week and even on holidays.

    Becoming a firefighter is no simple task. It is very time-consuming. It takes about 18 months of training to become a certified firefighter. There are required meetings and training updates each month. No predictable hours. No pay.

    So, why do they do it? There is one constant – because they care.

  • ‘You call, we haul’

    Flames were shooting from her house. The homeowner, standing feet away from her home, was crying and yelling, “My baby. My baby is in there.”

    The firefighters donned their equipment and focused on their mission – saving lives. As they pushed their way forward into the burning structure a dog walked out. The woman scooped up her beloved pet.

    “My baby, you saved my baby,” she said, while hugging the dog.

    Just another day for the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department firefighters.

  • Indian Land residents want new fire district

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land resident Jan Tacy wants to find a better way to support fire services in her area as the area grows.

    Tacy, a member of the grass-roots Indian Land Action Council, spoke to several of her fellow residents recently about the creation of a proposed Indian Land Fire Protection District. The idea is to combine the Sun City Carolina Lakes, Belair and Edenmoor neighborhood special tax districts, along with the rest of the area covered by the Indian Land Fire Department, into a single fire protection district.

  • Spratt ‘in it to win it’

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, acknowledged that he’s facing a tough opponent in Republican Mick Mulvaney.

    Spratt made brief remarks at a barbecue held the historic Craig House on Friday night. Mulvaney, a businessman from Indian Land, is now serving as a state senator in District 16.

    Lindsay Pettus, a local historian, gave a brief introduction for Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982.

    “Of all the congressmen in the country, you deserve to go back to Washington,” Pettus said.

  • Moore: ‘It is inexcusable’

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said Lancaster County School District officials will not tolerate the type of assault made last week against Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Bill Farrar.

    Farrar was punched multiple times in the face Monday during an open house at the school. The accused assailant – Rodney Thompson, 44 – has been charged with assault and battery in the incident.

  • Police reports - Aug. 29, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Sammie Terrell Catoe, 26, of 1648 Billings Drive, was charged Aug. 11 with simple possession of marijuana and a seat belt violation.

    • Joshua William Deaton, 23, of Great Falls, was charged Aug. 12 with simple possession of marijuana, operating an uninsured vehicle and violation of open container violation.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Several storage units at H&H Chevrolet in Kershaw were broken into between Aug. 20 and 23.

  • With a few more renovations, a new center for middle and high school students, will open on East Gay Street.

    Ro and Akio Harris have started the Blessed to Care program, and are remodeling the office building at 405 E. Gay St. to accommodate an after-school program and computer lab for children in grades six through 12.

    During the summer, Blessed to Care provided education assistance, youth development workshops and supervised social functions for teens, Ro Harris said.