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  • Buford educator Corbett Carnes was ‘big as life’

    American psychiatrist Karl Menninger once said, “What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”

    No one knows that better than long-time residents of eastern Lancaster County whose lives were touched by the late Corbett Carnes.

    A former Buford High School teacher, Tradesville farmer and active community leader, Carnes died Thursday. He was 99 years old.

  • County officials bang gavel at new courthouse

    That was how S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal summed up the county’s new courthouse building Thursday afternoon. 

    Toal joined several local and state leaders, as well as architects, engineers and contractors, for the building’s unofficial grand opening. 

    “It is functional and fitting and right and not over the top,” Toal said from the back steps of the new building, as she looked out onto a crowd of more than 100 people, many of whom had a hand in creating the building. 

  • Fire claims Lancaster Home

    Local firefighters believe a fire at a home on Oakwood Avenue in Lancaster Friday morning began in the kitchen.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters from four area fire departments responded to the fire shortly after 10.

    “We believe they left something on the stove,” Blackwelder said. “When we got there it was well involved; the kitchen was all involved and it had burned a hole in the roof over the stove.

  • Car flips over, clips utility pole

    Police are searching for the driver of a car that flipped over May 7 and clipped a utility pole. 

    While on patrol about 8:45 p.m. May 7, two Lancaster Police Department officers heard what sounded like a transformer exploding, according to an incident report. The officers heard a second bang a few moments before lights on South Catawba and West Arch streets went out. 

    As they searched for the source, the officers found a green 1997 Buick LeSabre  overturned at the intersection of Elm and South Catawba streets. 

  • ‘Mini Hugo’ makes its mark - Severe thunderstorm pelts county

    The storm that swept through Lancaster County late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning has triggered memories of Hurricane Hugo. 

    Thousands of residents lost electricity. Major damage occurred to personal property and roads were temporarily closed as fallen trees blocked thruways and intersections. 

    Wind and heavy rain, along with thunder and lightning, highlighted the storm, which came through the area near midnight – affecting Lancaster and neighboring counties. 

  • City OKs rezoning for USCL housing

     It appears Lancaster County and city officials will work together to enhance property targeted for housing for college students. 

    Lancaster City Council voted 6-0 on final reading at its Tuesday meeting to rezone .85 acres of land from on Brook Drive residential (R-15) to multi-family (MF). Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris arrived at the meeting after the vote was taken. 

    Wayne McBride, who owns the property, wants to build apartment homes that would be occupied exclusively by University of South Carolina Lancaster students. 

  • Is end of Edenmoor saga now in sight?

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    A Charlotte-based real estate group that won a bid to buy troubled Indian Land residential development Edenmoor has until Tuesday to present an acceptable contract to the Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission or risk losing the contract to a competitor. 

    The development’s purchase would come as long-awaited good news for Edenmoor residents who have watched their neighborhood fall into severe disrepair since developers stopped work on the project nearly two years ago.

  • Police charge two in Relay for Life fight

    Two girls were arrested for fighting last weekend at an event meant to raise money and awareness for cancer research. 

    As local residents gathered Friday night for the annual Relay for Life event at the University of South Carolina Lancaster on May 6, several Lancaster police officers responded to a fight behind Medford Library. 

    The fight involved two young girls – ages 12 and 14 – according to a police department incident report. 

  • Landfill debated again at council meeting

    In the ongoing saga regarding a proposed sanitary landfill off S.C. 903, several county residents renewed their opposition at Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting. 

    The discussion came during resident comments about an hour before council unanimously approved second reading of an ordinance to move landfill buffer zones back to 1 mile. The residents who spoke were reacting to comments by county staff about documents released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request by the Lancaster County Action Council. 

  • Invincibles flag returns to county

    A small piece of history was returned to Lancaster County last month.

    With a tug of a sheet, Pat Willis unveiled the newest addition to the new county museum – a battle flag from the Lancaster Invincible militia, which fought during the American Civil War.