Local News

  • 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.

  • Durham appointed to USCL commission

    Larry Durham Sr. was appointed to the Lancaster County Commission for Higher Education by Gov. Mark Sanford on July 20.

    Durham joins a board of eight community leaders – Thomas Barnes, Lisa Bridges, Bruce Brumfield, Charles Bundy, Stanley Johnson and Rosa Sansbury and two ex-officio members, Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore and Dr. John Catalano, dean of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Council to consider funds for grants writer position

    County Council will look at ways to reallocate county funds for a new economic development position at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Council will review recommendations from its finance committee about how to fund a new grant writer position at the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. The committee’s recommendations include reallocating funds from a vacant Building and Zoning position and from the Catawba River Task Force, which is not operating this year.

  • Always on call

    They serve because they care.

    Always on call. A most appropriate phrase to define the volunteer firefighters of Lancaster County. The men and women who answer the call for help – at all hours of the day and night, every day of the week and even on holidays.

    Becoming a firefighter is no simple task. It is very time-consuming. It takes about 18 months of training to become a certified firefighter. There are required meetings and training updates each month. No predictable hours. No pay.

    So, why do they do it? There is one constant – because they care.

  • ‘You call, we haul’

    Flames were shooting from her house. The homeowner, standing feet away from her home, was crying and yelling, “My baby. My baby is in there.”

    The firefighters donned their equipment and focused on their mission – saving lives. As they pushed their way forward into the burning structure a dog walked out. The woman scooped up her beloved pet.

    “My baby, you saved my baby,” she said, while hugging the dog.

    Just another day for the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department firefighters.

  • Indian Land residents want new fire district

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land resident Jan Tacy wants to find a better way to support fire services in her area as the area grows.

    Tacy, a member of the grass-roots Indian Land Action Council, spoke to several of her fellow residents recently about the creation of a proposed Indian Land Fire Protection District. The idea is to combine the Sun City Carolina Lakes, Belair and Edenmoor neighborhood special tax districts, along with the rest of the area covered by the Indian Land Fire Department, into a single fire protection district.

  • Spratt ‘in it to win it’

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, acknowledged that he’s facing a tough opponent in Republican Mick Mulvaney.

    Spratt made brief remarks at a barbecue held the historic Craig House on Friday night. Mulvaney, a businessman from Indian Land, is now serving as a state senator in District 16.

    Lindsay Pettus, a local historian, gave a brief introduction for Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982.

    “Of all the congressmen in the country, you deserve to go back to Washington,” Pettus said.