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  • A night from hell - 1984 church fires

    Older members of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department remember where they were in the wee hours of July 13, 1984.      

    After a late-night electrical storm on July 12, much of the Buford area was quiet because of a power outage.

    But all of that changed about 1:45 a.m. when the county sheriff’s department received a call that Pleasant Plain Baptist Church on Shiloh Unity Road was on fire.

  • Community Playhouse receives nominations for regional awards

    A dark comedy about Southern living has garnered the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County nine award nominations from the Metrolina Theater Association.

    The play has been nominated for outstanding production in the regional (South) category.

    Several Playhouse actors have been nominated for their roles in “Sordid Lives.” They are:

    • Wayne Carter of Indian Land, for outstanding direction

    • David Hensley of Rock Hill, outstanding performance by a supporting male actor, for his role as Ty Williamson

  • County may reduce operating hours at more convenience sites

    The experiment worked, and now the county may reduce operating hours at more convenience sites.

    Darin Robinson, director of the county’s public works department, spoke to County Council on Tuesday to present the results of a test the county has conducted at two convenience sites since January. Convenience sites are where residents dump their trash and recyclable materials.

  • City Council candidate disputes residency claim

    Lancaster City Council District 1 candidate Anthony Elder says his opponent, incumbent Kenny Hood, has spread a false rumor that he doesn’t live at his listed address.

    Elder, who’s running for elected office for the first time, has a listed address of 707 Miller St. Extension. But ever since he filed to run for the District 1 seat, The Lancaster News has received several calls from anonymous residents who say Elder doesn’t live there.

  • Jury awards family $3 million

    A jury awarded $3 million last week to the family of a man who was killed after he ran into the back of a S.C. Department of Transportation dump truck in 2004.

    John L. “Johnny” Thompson, 59, of 926 Hope Place, died of head injuries after running into the back of the dump truck. SCDOT workers had stopped the truck in the middle of a lane of S.C. 903 to pick up a deer carcass on the side of the highway.

  • Miles misses out on liver transplant after tangling with 'Tasmanian devil'

    Jody Miles laughs as she tells the story of being attacked by a Tasmanian devil, which landed her in the hospital with an infection, where she thought she was going to lose her sight and was then put on medication, which doctors said could cause hearing loss.

    Oh, yes, and while she was in the hospital, she missed out on the liver transplant that she’s been waiting for.

  • Council approves new grant writer position

    County officials have approved funding for a new economic development position.

    County Council unanimously approved funding at last week’s meeting for a grant writer position at the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. The new position will cost $60,000.

    With the county’s 2010-11 budget already finalized, council had to determine where to cut that funding from somewhere else in the budget. And since this is not a one-time expense, council must plan this as a recurring item in future budgets.

  • Council rebuffs buffer ordinance

    County Council wants more time to look at how a proposed change in the buffer space between homes and businesses could impact the county.

    Council unanimously tabled an ordinance last week that would have set new buffer requirements between residential and non-residential developments.

    Under the proposed ordinance, buffers would be based on the size and proposed use of the lot to be developed, as well as on development on adjacent parcels. The county Planning Commission had already unanimously approved of the change, though council has final say on the change.

  • A break in the hot weather, finally?

    The past couple of weeks have offered Lancaster County a reprieve from sizzling temperatures in the upper 90s with high humidity, which made those days feel even hotter.

    Recent daytime highs have been in the upper 80s to low 90s, with lower humidity, and temperatures in the 60s, rather than the 70s, at night.

    It should come as no surprise, but South Carolina had its hottest summer on record this year.

    While no data is available for Lancaster County, cities such as Greenville, Columbia and Charleston had their hottest summers on record.

  • Man faces attempted murder charge

    A Lancaster man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police responded to a stabbing on McCardell Street on Monday.

    Daniel Thomas Strain, 22, of 206 McCardell St., was held at gunpoint until officers could get him handcuffed, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

    Officers were called to a fight involving a knife about 1:20 p.m. Monday, the report said.