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  • Riverside ‘struggling’ with manpower issues

    Riverside Volunteer Fire Department was at a crossroads.

    The year was 2005. The issue was the future of the department.

    Jeff Walden, then the assistant chief and now the chief, set up a meeting. He called it a “commitment meeting.”

    “We were struggling with manpower, struggling to keep the doors open,” Walden said. “There was a lot of grumbling going on about changes in county, state and federal requirements.”

    Walden wanted everyone there to commit to moving the department forward.

  • Local input sought on Thread Trail

    Lancaster County is hosting sessions this month to solicit input from residents as the initial step in a countywide master planning process for the Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread).

    The Thread is a network of trails, greenways, blueways and conservation corridors linking 15 counties in North and South Carolina. It offers opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing, paddling and connecting with nature. 

    The Thread is made up of segments that are designed, built and owned by the counties and municipalities through which the trail network is woven. 

  • The Springs Co. to sell L&C Railway

    One of the last vestiges of Springs Global – the L&C Railway Co. – is being sold to a Tennessee-based railroad company.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday, Gulf & Ohio Railways Inc., and L&C Railway Co., headquartered in Lancaster, announced the pending sale. Gulf & Ohio is based in Knoxville.

    The sale is expected to be finalized by November, the release said.

  • USCL gets grant for TRiO program

    First-generation college students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster will continue to receive guidance as they make the transition from high school to college.

    Last month, USCL received a $265,025 federal grant that will go to the campus’ TRiO program.

    The federally funded program provides services for first-generation college students, low-income students and students with disabilities. It has been at USCL since 1997.

    USCL’s TRiO program will receive $265,000 each of the next five years, said program director Thelathia Bailey.

  • Teen airlifted to hospital after beating

    Police are trying to figure out who assaulted a 17-year-old boy they found bleeding from a severe cut to the back of his head on Sunday.

    Police responded to the Market Store on South Market Street about noon and found the teenager, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

  • Two L&C train cars derail in downtown Lancaster

    A train derailment tangled up downtown traffic shortly before the workday ended Friday.

    A failure in the tracks or trucks that carry railway cars occurred near the Market Street crossing for the L&C Railway about 4:45 p.m., Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery said.

    That caused two cars to tip to the side near the Main Street railroad crossing. Rail cars blocked both the Market and Main street crossings.

  • One dies in wreck on U.S. 521 in crash with trooper

    A Lancaster woman was killed after the van she was riding in pulled onto U.S. 521 North and was hit by an on-duty state trooper late Wednesday night, authorities say.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release, Laxiben Parshottambh Patel, 81, of 1201 S.C. 9 Bypass East, was killed in the crash.

    The release said S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Eugene “Buck” Kennington, 36, was headed north on U.S. 521 about 11:30 p.m. in a marked Ford Crown Victoria. He was headed to a car crash near Steele Hill Road.

  • LHS assistant principal assaulted

    A man assaulted Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Bill Farrar on Monday evening at an open house event on campus.  

    The accused assailant – Rodney Thompson, 44, 2751 Pineview Drive – has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with second-degree assault and battery. He has been released on bond.

    Farrar needed three or four stitches to stop the bleeding from a wound that resulted from the assault.

  • Carry-over funds will go to city raises

    The city of Lancaster will use a surplus from the 2009-10 budget to pay for employee raises for the current budget year.

    On Tuesday, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance amending the previous budget, which ended up with a $31,000 increase on both the expense and revenue sides.

    Finance director James Absher said the city collected about $400,000 more in business license fees than what it had projected for 2009-10. Of that total, $31,080 was used to balance last year’s budget and the remainder will go toward the city’s reserve (carry-over) fund.

  • Egg recall does not include SC

    So far, South Carolina has managed to avoid the nationwide recall of tainted eggs.

    However, state officials continue to closely monitor the situation, said Stephen Hudson, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Agriculture.

    “We’ve not seen any of them here, at least, not yet,” Hudson said.

    A few local grocers are letting consumers know the eggs they sell are safe.

    Signs reading “Eggs that Bi-Lo carries are not involved in the recall” are posted at the egg cases of its Lancaster stores.