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  • Candidates forum Tuesday

    Local residents will soon be able to hear from the three men hoping to become the next District 16 state senator.
    Democrat Keith Brann, Republican Greg Gregory and Libertarian Stan Smith will appear at the Before You Vote candidates forum March 29 at the Bradley Arts and Science Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    There will be a meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m. The forum is slated to run from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Rick Jiran, district manager for Duke Energy, will moderate the forum, which is free and open to the public.

  • Doster sculpture chosen for North Georgia exhibit

    From Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio

    Van Wyck sculptor Bob Doster’s “Rising Star No. 2” has been chosen for exhibit by the annual North Georgia Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Dahlonega, Ga.
    The 10-foot high sculpture, made of recycled materials, was inspired by a commissioned design Doster created and installed on Greenville’s Main Street.

  • S.C. 160 resurfacing to begin Sunday night

    The S.C. Department of Transportation is set to begin roadwork on one of Indian Land’s busiest roads next week.
    Lancaster County resident construction engineer Ken Wilson said DOT crews will begin repaving a half-mile stretch of Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160) on Sunday, March 27.
    The project is expected to take about a week to complete, Wilson said, with most work scheduled at night, between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
    Wilson said the project area extends about half a mile from Barberville Road west to the Sugar Creek bridge between Lancaster and York counties.

  • Chamber to hold legislative breakfast Friday

    It’s a new year for the U.S. Congress and the S.C. Legislature and both are considering significant statewide and national issues that will impact the Lancaster County business community in the future.
    In order to provide members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce an opportunity to hear first-hand the issues local elected leaders are now tackling, the chamber will host its annual Legislative Breakfast, with presenting sponsor Duke Energy, to hear about state and federal hot topics.

  • 4-H offers youth opportunity to raise chickens

    From Clemson Extension Service

    Raising baby chicks from day one to egg-laying age can be a rewarding experience for 4-H youth in Chester, Lancaster, York and Union counties. For the past several years, 4-H has offered this particular animal project to youth between ages 5 and 19. With the success of recent years, 4-H will again be conducting the project through the local Clemson Extension Office.
    This has been one of 4-H’s most popular projects, and one that does not require too much time, or expense, other than feed and shelter.

  • States still debate Jackson’s birthplace

    Andrew Jackson was born March 15, 1767, in a log cabin.
    That’s the one thing about the birth of the seventh president of the United States that North and South Carolinians agree on.
    They don’t even dispute that Old Hickory’s scars on his head and left hand came from a British officer’s saber after the young Jackson refused to shine the redcoat’s boots.
    However, when it comes to the exact location of the log cabin Jackson was born in, the two Carolinas still bicker over which state has a valid claim as his birthplace.

  • Spring comes early this year

    On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in Gobbler’s Knob, Pa.     
    When the world’s most famous groundhog didn’t see his shadow, its supposedly a sign that warm weather is on the way.
    According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil has been correct 39 percent of the time and has predicted an early spring 15 times.
    Based on blooming forsythia, jonquils, crocus, winter daphne, Bradford pears and flowering cherry trees, Phil just may be right.

  • County Action Council holds first official meeting

    They came from all across the county to have their voices heard at the first Lancaster County Action Council meeting March 7.
    Bonnie and Edward Cox drove from their new home in Kershaw to attend the meeting, held at the Springdale Recreation Complex in Lancaster. They joined more than 100 other residents who turned out to learn more about the group.
    After hearing the ruckus over a proposed landfill, which was planned for a site off S.C. 903, the couple wanted to learn what they could do.

  • Jobless rates decline

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate dropped in January, a trend that mirrors job growth statewide.
    According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, unemployment in Lancaster County fell to 14.6 percent in January, a 1 percent drop from December’s rate of 15.6 percent.
    Lancaster County had the state’s 12th highest unemployment rate in January.
    The newest reported rate is 3 percent less than January 2010’s unemployment rate of 17.6 percent.

  • County offices to play musical chairs?

    Lancaster County officials provided more details last week for a plan to relocate the offices of at least six county departments.
    During Lancaster County Council’s March 1 meeting, county staff narrowed down plans for moving around several departments and groups, including the assessor’s office, finance department and Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    The discussion began last month as County Council discussed what to do with the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp, whose building on West Gay Street is prone to mold and water leaks.