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  • Kershaw’s new garbage truck on the way

    KERSHAW – Before the end of summer, the town of Kershaw will have a new, much-needed 15-ton garbage truck.
    After looking a several options, Kershaw Town Council opted to buy a 2016 Freightliner chassis from Christopher Trucks in Greenville.
    The chassis was ordered May 1 and will be taken to Amick Equipment Co. in Lexington, to be outfitted a garbage platform, toolbox, water cooler and strobe lights required to work onsite at Haile Gold Mine.

  • Firefighters going door-to-door checking carbon monoxide alarms

    Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, members of the Lancaster Fire Department will go door-to-door to homes in the University Drive and East Gay Street areas to make sure carbon monoxide alarms have been installed and are working properly.
    Fire Marshal Tom Lever said the one-day blitz is funded through a joint grant from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.  
    The 11-year-old Williams died from noxious gas poisoning while staying in a Boone, N.C., hotel room in June 2013.

  • First Steps wins $6M grant for infants, toddlers

    A federal grant of more than $6 million will allow First Steps of Lancaster County to better prepare at-risk infants and toddlers for school by partnering with local child-care centers and setting up an Early Head Start program.  

  • Ambulance wreck injures first responders

    A Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services paramedic and EMT were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital after an accident with a pickup on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in front of Walgreens at the intersection of Gillsbrook Road.
    Injured in the accident were paramedic Timothy Clemmer of Lancaster, driver of the ambulance, and EMT April Sims.

  • Prosecutor: Killers stole marijuana from Tran

    David Kucinski and three other defendants in the Indian Land murder of Randy Tran killed the 20-year-old student in a plot to steal six pounds of marijuana from him, prosecutors alleged at a bond hearing Monday.
    Lancaster County investigators found Tran’s body about 7 p.m. April 5, shot once in the back of the head and partially covered in the woods off Rocky River Trail, after neighbors who saw Kuckinski trying to put the body in a car called 911, Sixth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Lisa Collins told the court.

  • Skyrocketing health premiums plague city

    The city of Lancaster and its 170-plus employees will pay 35 percent higher health insurance premiums next year, after a recent handful of large individual payouts to city employees worsened Lancaster’s rating with the state’s public-employee insurer.
    The city staff and Lancaster City Council are taking a close look at the changes, which take effect Jan. 1, 2017, as the municipality works through the proposed 2016-17 fiscal budget. By law, the city cannot pass along the entire increase to employees. It will be paying 35 percent more, just like them.

  • Indian Land may face trash fees

    Work still hasn’t started on Indian Land’s convenience center, and now Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County, which Panhandle residents have used for free since 2013, plans to start charging them fees July 1.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said it’s uncertain whether the long-awaited Indian Land trash-disposal site will open by July 1.
    He said county officials were meeting with the project’s sole bidder Friday in the hopes of moving forward with the contract.

  • Asbestos in burned-out buildings

    KERSHAW – For the second time in six months, asbestos removal has become an issue for the town of Kershaw.
    Asbestos has been found in the flooring of the charred remains of the two burned-out buildings on East Marion Street. The buildings burned March 1, 2015.
    The cleanup contract was originally bid in February, but was rebid in mid-April because of the asbestos. Those new bids were due Thursday.
    Lancaster County Building and Zoning has been assisting with the bid process, since Kershaw has no building standards department.

  • Barr Street campus to get historic designation?

    In theory, getting the old Barr Street High School campus on East Meeting Street placed on the National Register of Historic Places is a fitting gesture, considering its place in Lancaster County education.
    Members of Lancaster City Council think so and unanimously approved a $3,000 request at their April 26 meeting to fund 120 hours of extensive research required for the application process.

  • ‘My mom saved my life, more than once’

    Most of us who are still blessed to have our mothers will likely buy a card this weekend and maybe take our moms to lunch.
    Bobbie Johnston can't do that and hasn't been able to since Mother's Day 2008. This year she put pen to paper, wrote a letter and tucked it in the door of The Lancaster News. She wanted to share her mom's story with someone.