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  • School bus catches fire while returning home from field trip

    A school field trip ended in flames for some South Middle School students on Friday.

    Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District, said the 1990s model Thomas Built bus caught fire on Woodland Drive near Laurel Court about 7 p.m.

    The bus was returning from a choral event at Carowinds.

    The bus driver, Tim Bailey, noticed smoke coming from the back of the bus and pulled over, Vaughn said.

    Bailey then noticed heavier smoke and  flames and evacuated the 33 students and three teachers from the bus.

  • Local candidates needed for watershed directors

    Voters in Lancaster County will elect four watershed directors in the November general election " two for Cane Creek Watershed District and two for Little Lynches Watershed District.

    Watershed districts in Lancaster County oversee the maintenance and operation of five large flood-control dams that protect the city of Lancaster and the town of Kershaw.  

  • Countdown to Relay

    Before Tijhmir Glasco released six purple and white Relay For Life balloons into a blue Carolinas sky on Friday afternoon at Carolina Christian Academy, he was holding the past and the present in his hands.

    Each biodegradable balloon was tagged with the name of a cancer victim or a cancer survivor.

    But he was also looking to the future as he watched the wind pick up the balloons and blow then out of sight.

  • Where does Relay For Life money go?

    Debbie Crenshaw is looking forward to spending this weekend walking in support of cancer research.

    Crenshaw, owner of Mane Street Hair Designs, will be one of many Lancaster County residents participating in the 15th annual Relay For Life, an overnight event held to raise local awareness of cancer prevention, treatments and cures, while also honoring survivors and raising money for research. Teams will begin walking at 5 p.m. on Friday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and will continue until 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • HS fire station project moving forward

    HEATH SPRINGS – Progress is being made on renovations at the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department station.

    Major renovations are planned for the department, through a $976,000 Assistance to Firefighters fire station construction grant. The grant is from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. The federal stimulus money was awarded to the fire department last fall. No match from Lancaster County or the town of Heath Springs was required.

  • Deputies find elderly man who wandered off from home

    KERSHAW – A search for an 81-year-old man ended well in Kershaw early Saturday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a Fork Hill Road resident told deputies that he noticed about midnight that the back door of his home was shut but unlocked. He told them he knew he had locked the door due to his elderly father having Alzheimer’s disease.

    The man said he called another family member and the sheriff’s office when he couldn’t find his father.

  • Council OKs contract for Brooklyn Avenue sidewalk project

    County Council reluctantly approved a North Carolina company to do sidewalk construction on Brooklyn Avenue.

    Council discussed the contract at several meetings, but was waiting for clarification from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments before it approved a firm.

    Council questioned why a North Carolina construction firm should be allowed to work on the Brooklyn Avenue Community Development Block Grant project, which consists of replacing sidewalks and installing crosswalks along segments of Brooklyn Avenue in Lancaster.

  • Breaking News Teen dies from injuries in Saturday car crash

    An Andrew Jackson High School student has died from injuries he sustained in a car accident on Saturday.

    Daniel Sullivan, 16, was in a crash in Kershaw County on Saturday. He died Wednesday, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Another AJHS student was injured in the crash.

    Troopers were still working on the crash report on Wednesday afternoon, and further details were not available.

    Sullivan was active in the school's drama program, AJHS Principal Mary Barry said.

  • Teen injured in fall from car

    A Lancaster teen will need reconstructive surgery on her face after falling from a moving car Monday night.

    The 17-year-old was getting picked up by a friend on Clark Place when she jumped on the driver’s side window with her right hip resting on the door, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The teen told the driver to drive forward. The teen then felt a push on her hip, which startled her and caused her to fall, the teen told police.

  • Measure would allow larger rear decks in Sun City Carolina Lakes community

    Residents who live in the Sun City Carolina Lakes neighborhood in Indian Land may soon be allowed to have bigger decks on their homes.

    County Council discussed a possible change to the guidelines that govern the Sun City community, now made up of almost 2,000 homes. The guidelines include requirements for everything from landscaping to appropriate signage, though several residents have recently asked for a change to rules regarding decks.