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  • ‘Food Court Wars’ features Van Wyck’s Jason Vaughan

    A Van Wyck native is making an appearance tonight, July 14, on the Food Network.
    Jason “JV” Vaughan is the owner of the Taco Spot, a Charleston based restaurant with two locations – downtown Charleston and West Ashley.
    Vaughn, a 1996 graduate of Johnson and Wales in Charleston, opened the West Ashley location in 2008.
    “Fresh and local, made to order,” said Vaughn’s cousin, Lori Williams, also a Lancaster native who lives in Pawleys Island.

  • Council debates firefighter grant

    Could compensation for a tank of gas or an hour of training help recruit or retain members of the county’s volunteer fire departments?
    That’s the idea behind a potential Federal Emergency Management Agency grant brought to Lancaster County Council’s attention during its July 8 meeting.
    Morris Russell, director of the county’s Emergency Management and Fire Service office, spoke to council Monday night and requested they allow the Fire Commission to move forward with applying for a Recruitment and Retention grant.

  • Heavy downpours lead to flooding

    Imagine coming home to find your basement look more like a swimming pool.
    This was the case for Lancaster resident Karen Ormand when she got back to her West Barr Street house just after 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
    The heavy rainfall that day did a number on her basement, which is on the higher end of a slope. Because the ground outside couldn’t absorb all the precipitation, the water found its way indoors.
    The site was unwelcoming.

  • Desperately Seeking Sadie

    Joe Manning never had the chance to meet Sadie Pfiefer (Phifer). But he knows there is more to her life than gets told through a 100-plus year-old photograph and Manning is desperately trying to find out about her.
    The caption in the Lewis Hine photo simply reads, “Sadie Pfiefer, 48 inches high, has worked half a year. One of the many small children at work in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Nov. 30, 1908. Location: Lancaster, South Carolina.”

  • Desperately Seeking Sadie

    Joe Manning never had the chance to meet Sadie Pfiefer (Phifer). But he knows there is more to her life than gets told through a 100-plus year-old photograph and Manning is desperately trying to find out about her.
    The caption in the Lewis Hine photo simply reads, “Sadie Pfiefer, 48 inches high, has worked half a year. One of the many small children at work in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Nov. 30, 1908. Location: Lancaster, South Carolina.”

  • Delicate River Dance

    If you’ve ever driven out of Lancaster along Great Falls Highway and crossed the Tom Mangum Memorial Bridge, you’ve seen the Fishing Creek Dam off to the right.

    Seventy-five feet high and 1,770 feet long, the nearly 100-year-old dam is massive, appearing almost serene in its immovability most days, as quiet eddies swirl away from its powerhouse heading down the Catawba River.

  • Fishing Creek Dam amazing feat of century-old engineering

    Fishing Creek Dam is an amazing feat of early 20th century engineering.

    Built in 1916, the dam originally included only a spillway, instead of the 22 massive 25-feet tall by 45-feet wide, spill gates, which were added in the mid-1920s.

    The dam is 75 feet high and 1,770 feet, or approximately one-third of a mile in length, and contains a 3,112-acre reservoir.

    The water on the reservoir side at the back of the dam is approximately 55- to 60-feet deep, while the “bridge side” is approximately 40-feet deep.

  • City Council selects contractor for Air-Rail Park sewer work

    The city of Lancaster has selected which contractor will install the water and sewer infrastructure at the Air-Rail Industrial Park.

    At its Tuesday, July 9 meeting, City Council unanimously voted to award a bid to Dellinger Inc. of Monroe, N.C.

    The company’s work will include the placement of sewer lines and a water pump (lift) station at the new park near the county airport off S.C. 9.

    State Utility Contractors of Monroe, Trussell Bros. of Columbia and Turner Murphy of Rock Hill also submitted project bids.

  • Three arrests made in separate burglaries

    A few eagle-eyed neighbors helped deputies track down and arrest three men in two separate burglary cases early this month. 

    Franciso Coleman Torres, 17, 9942 Woodville Lane, Indian Land, and Johnathan Casey Deese, 23, of Pageland, are each charged with second-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into a home in the 8300 block of Taxahaw Road on July 2.

    Dennis Bernard Talford, 36, 1503 Chandler Place, is also charged with second-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into a home in the 1600 block of Summit Avenue on July 6.

  • Two arrests made in armed robbery

    Two men are now behind bars in connection with the brazen, daylight armed robbery of a man in the University Place (Walmart) parking lot Monday, July 8. 

    Malcolm Shaquille Williams, 18, of Rock Hill, was charged Tuesday evening, July 9, with  armed robbery and possession of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime, according to a press release from Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.