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  • Gulf oil spill inspires local artist

    Television footage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico inspired Fran Gardner’s latest artwork.

    Gardner’s work was on exhibit at the Florida Museum for Women Artists last month. Gardner, who works in fiber arts, created pieces using thread and fabric. The pieces featured the many shore birds affected by the spill and seen on TV covered in oil.

  • Police reports- Sept. 10, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after he was discharged from the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room Tuesday.

    Timothy Wayne Doster, 45, 1704 Parkman Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and threatening the life of a public official.

    According to the report, officers received a call that Doster was being disorderly and refused to leave the ER.

  • Council commits to USCL resolution

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster received a little help from the county this week to fund a new classroom building on its campus.

    County Council voted unanimously Tuesday on a resolution to help provide funding for a general education classroom building at USCL. The resolution states council’s intent to support the project by providing for 1 mill of property tax beginning in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

    The vote comes a week after USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano enlisted council’s help in funding the new building.

  • Sept. 24 deadline to apply for fund from Farm Bill programs

    Sept. 24 is the deadline to apply for financial assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service for two of its Farm Bill programs.

    NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help South Carolina landowners address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality and protect wildlife habitat on property they own or control. The cost-share funds are available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), both administered by NRCS.  

  • USCL, district look to fill void left by Peter Barry’s death

    In the wake of Dr. Peter Barry’s death last week, officials with the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and the Lancaster County School District have been working to determine how they’ll fill his respective roles.

    Barry, a history professor who had been tied to USCL for nearly 40 years, was teaching three classes this semester, with another set to begin in October.

    Dean Dr. John Catalano said a fellow history professor is picking up one, while the other three classes are being covered by adjunct, or part-time, professors.

  • Former resident stabbed to death

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – A former Lancaster resident was found dead on the floor of a Wilmington apartment early Wednesday, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

    Reginald B. “Reggie” Bunton, 42, was stabbed to death early Wednesday, police said. His most recent address was a shelter in Wilmington, said Lucy Crockett, public affairs officer for the Wilmington Police Department.

    Haneef Adib Rahamann Jr., 57, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery.

  • Ride service doing well in county in its first year

    After almost a year of success, Sally Sherrin is looking at expanding the county’s medical ride service.

    Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging, helps to operate and oversee the Lancaster Area Ride Service, which transports non-Medicaid recipients to appointments with licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. Because the service has more than doubled its ridership since its debut last October, Sherrin sees a bright future in it.

  • City reports sewage leak in Bear Creek

    A sewer line broke Friday morning near Plantation Road in Lancaster, causing more than 5,000 gallons of raw sewage to flow into Bear Creek.

    The spill was discovered at 8:30 a.m. Friday.  

    Mark Harmon, wastewater collection supervisor for the city of Lancaster, said a large tree fell on top of the sewer line, which is located in the creek. The line broke and sewage began to flow into the creek.

    The S.C. Department of Heath and Environmental Control (DHEC) requires that all sewage spills of 5,000 or more gallons be reported to the local media, Harmon said.

  • Man, 22, flees license checkpoint in stolen car

    A Lancaster man racked up nine charges after police say he sped away from a driver’s license checkpoint in a stolen car Saturday.

    Rashad Demon “Shorty Cake” Johnson, 22, of 408 Pardue St., has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with possession of a stolen vehicle, second-offense driving under suspension (DUI-related), second-offense simple possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, possession of a controlled substance, violation of ABC law, resisting arrest and alighting from a moving vehicle.

  • Chief can’t forget sight of children watching their home burn in 1974

    A family of five stood outside their 11th Street home in the freezing cold and watched their home burn.

    It was a windy night in February 1974, and that wind added a formidable element, as the flames blew, threatening to catch the neighboring houses on fire.

    Wayne Bryson, fire chief at Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, remembers it clearly. He said that house fire stands out the most to him of all the fires he’s fought in his more than 30 years of fire service.