• Fenced in but not safe

    Tears welled in Julie Dunn’s eyes as she recounted the day her horse, Pretty Girl, was shot and killed.

    After discovering the 25-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse shot in a field on her land last month, Dunn has been on a mission to revise the county’s laws regarding recreational shooting near homes. She passionately pleaded with Lancaster County Council at its Sept. 12 meeting.

  • Petition to halt tax hike

    As Lancaster County Council readies for final reading Monday of its amended budget, several residents are circulating a petition urging council not to increase property taxes. 

    Spearheading the charge is Sandy McGarry, chairwoman of the Lancaster County Republican Party. McGarry has spent the last week speaking with fellow residents and small business owners, asking them to join her in opposing council's latest stab at the 2011-12 budget.

  • Kitten rescued from certain death after falling in drain

    All too often, news stories of life and death rescues make you say things like, “tragic,”  “sad,” or “That’s horrible.”

    But not this one. This one’s gonna make you say, “Awwwwww ...”

    That’s because this is the story of Piper the kitten, saved from near-certain death after 30 hours in a sewer pipe in Rock Hill.

    Christina Carter and her husband, Chris, who own Carter Quality Plumbing in Lancaster, said they got the call Sunday, Sept. 18 about 11:30 at night.

  • Thurman Odell Faile Sr., 80

    Thurman Odell Faile Sr., 80

    Thurman Odell Faile Sr., 80, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at his home.

    Widower of Ruby Lee Melton Faile, he was born Jan. 13, 1931, in Lancaster, a son of the late Carl Foster Faile and Georgia Thelma Baker Faile. Mr. Faile loved his family and working in his garden. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and had retired from Springs Industries following twenty five years of service.

  • Double shooting leaves one dead, one injured

    Storm clouds rolled overhead as deputies strung a piece of yellow crime scene tape around a Kershaw street Wednesday afternoon.

    The scene, near the intersection of North Ingram and East Church streets, was chaotic, as investigators spoke with witnesses and a large crowd peered past patrol cars at the body of man lying in the street. A helicopter buzzed nearby. 

  • Boy brings gun to school

    A 13-year-old A.R. Rucker student has been charged for allegedly bringing a loaded pistol to school Thursday, a Lancaster County School District official said.

    District Director of Safety and Transportation Bryan Vaughn said a coach caught the eighth-grader with the gun around 11 a.m. while checking on students in the locker room.

  • HS fire station set for opening

    HEATH SPRINGS – Mark your calendars for Oct 16.

    That's when the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department will have the grand opening for its newly renovated station on Duncan Street. 

    Fire Chief Patrick Helms made the announcement at Tuesday's Town Council meeting. 

    The opening will take place at 3 p.m. that day. 

  • Mulvaney sits down to talk about time in D.C.

    His dealings on Capitol Hill are a lot different than his days at the State House in Columbia.  

    Mick Mulvaney, who’s more than eight months into his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, recently sat down with The Lancaster News to speak on a few current issues and reflect on his time thus far in Washington, D.C. 

  • Kershaw to buy street sweeper

    KERSHAW – Cleaning and maintaining roads in Kershaw will be a lot easier now. 

    Town Council voted unanimously Monday to buy a used street sweeper. The equipment, which costs $29,000, will come from a supply company in Monroe, N.C., said Kershaw town Administration Tony Starnes. 

    This will be the town’s first street sweeper, which will remove dirt and debris from streets, as well as take up grass that grows over curbs. 

    The town’s current clean-up process is a lot more tedious. 

  • School board rolls back millage at meeting

    The Lancaster County school board amended this year's general fund budget during Tuesday night's monthly meeting, giving county property owners a small break on their taxes.

    Board members also heard an update on the district's safety and security measures.

    Prior to the budget amendment, Lancaster County property owners expected to pay a total of 140.5 mills worth of taxes this year toward Lancaster County School District's $70.5 million general fund budget, which was approved in June.