Local News

  • 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.

  • House fire sparked Shiloh-Zion community

    John Rollins vividly recalls what he saw from a school bus window in 1958.

    Rollins, 10 at the time, was on his way home from school. When the bus stopped to allow members of the Gay family to exit, they found something tragic at their home. The Heath Gay home, on present-day Shiloh-Unity Road, was ablaze.

    “The fire was so hot, you could feel the heat on the bus,” Rollins said. “We really weren’t there long, but that’s what I remember.”

    The house was destroyed, but no one was killed, Rollins said.

  • Fatherhood Project honors top participants

    More than 20 area fathers have been recognized for the strides they’ve made to take a more active role in the life of their children.

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, an agency that provides an array of services to low-income, non-custodial fathers, held its annual recognition ceremony Aug. 26 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • 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.