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  • Berry picked to head up IL library

    "Would you believe it?" she says, with a laugh. She minored in library science, and later received a master's degree in library science.

    Berry said she'll definitely miss the staff at the Lancaster library, which has become her second family. She's worked with county library director Richard Band since he started there 29 years ago. She'll also miss the Lancaster clientele.

  • Builders Supply Co. has adapted to change

    A hundred years ago, people would line Elm Street with their horses and wagons to get ice and coal from Lancaster Ice and Fuel Co. on French Street.

    "It was a really active business," said Chauncey "Bubber" Gregory Jr.

    It was the only ice plant in Lancaster County, and it provided ice and coal to Springs Cotton Mills during its early years.

    Gregory's grandfather, William Thurlow, operated the fuel and ice company.

  • Residents lose power in storms

    Nearly 430 Duke Energy customers lost power in Lancaster County on Wednesday evening as strong thunderstorms swept through the area.

    Most of the outages occurred in central Lancaster, Kershaw, Elgin and Tradesville, said Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan.

    Almost all customers had service back by early afternoon on Thursday, except for a "handful," she said.

    "We've basically restored everyone," she said.

    At about 1 p.m. on Thursday, only seven customers were out in Lancaster, with more than 1,400 out between the areas of the Carolinas where the major storms hit.

  • Political newcomer runs for City Council District 4

    A Lancaster native and political newcomer is vying for the Lancaster City Council District 4 seat.

    Tamara "Missy" Green announced her candidacy on Sunday with a get-together at a home on Willow Lake Drive, land that has belonged to her family through the years.

    Green said she deeply cares about the community.

    "It brings me back to my roots," she said Sunday. "This district is truly dear to me."

    About 30 people turned out for the gathering, also attended by former City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace, who is running for the District 3 seat on council.

  • Family pride shows at business

    Walk around Builders Supply and it's clear that the owners have altered the business with the times.

    Seven warehouses, a loading dock, a parking lot for company trucks, innovative "lumber trees" and an administration building coupled with a small retail business dot the 12-acre property, which has been situated in the heart of downtown Lancaster for 100 years.

    Strategically positioned next to the L&C Railway, the facility holds $3 million in inventory.

    A walk down the halls and around the conference room gives one a sense of family and legacy.

  • Kirk described as 'honest, fair'

    The plaques and awards that adorn the walls in James Kirk's home speak volumes about what he meant to Lancaster County.

    His daughter, Kathy Douglass, shed many tears Wednesday night while she read some of those accolades. The list is extensive.

    Kirk died Wednesday at age 92. He was a former Lancaster city councilman, a member of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Woman airlifted after Thursday crash in Elgin

    When Jesse McCain neared the intersection of U.S. 521 and Old Camden Highway, he knew there had been an accident. He just didn't know how bad of a crash it was.

    At 4:45 p.m. Thursday, moments before McCain arrived, two vehicles were involved in a wreck at the junction in the Elgin community.

    Linda Carol Reeves, 36, of Kershaw, was driving a 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser southbound on U.S. 521 when a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero pulled out from Old Camden Highway and turned left in front of her, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Families picking up the pieces after fires

    Simon Catoe juggled emotional attachment and job duties as he responded to his first-ever fire, which happened to be the blaze at his family's business early Saturday morning.

    Catoe, 18, who just completed the fire academy last month, was in Myrtle Beach with his dad, Marvin, when they got the call about the fire at Catoe's Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Wiring on S.C. 9.

    When they arrived at the business two hours later, the building was still engulfed in flames. Simon and Marvin Catoe suited up on the spot and joined their fellow Tradesville volunteer firefighters.

  • County headed toward cooler temps – sort of

    After a few days of sizzling heat, with temperatures topping out at 100 degrees Tuesday, forecasters are predicting a cool down of sorts for the area.

    According to a personal weather station in the Erwin Farm area in Lancaster County, the average temperature for the last three days was 99 degrees.

    High temperatures for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were 97, 99 and 100 degrees.

    With the combination of high heat and relative humidity, heat index values, or how the temperature feels to your skin, exceeded the 105 degree mark.

  • County says it won't take on roads in neighborhoods

    Lancaster County Council is keeping the status quo when it comes to accepting new roads in subdivisions – it won't.

    Council took a vote at its July 7 meeting on whether to accept new roads from the BridgeMill and Glen Laurel subdivisions in Indian Land. Accepting the roads would mean the county would be responsible for maintaining them.

    County road engineer Jeff Catoe said the roads in BridgeMill are quality roads built to county standards. But the county doesn't have the money to maintain them, he said.