Local News

  • Council debates waste tire issue

    How residents will dispose of old tires now that new state regulations are taking effect was discussed again by County Council on Monday.

    But a final decision hasn’t been reached yet.

    Jana White, a representative from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s solid waste division, talked to council Monday about restrictions recently put in place by DHEC that call for tracking the disposal of tires throughout the state. The requirements also require counties to count tires and verify who is dropping them off.

  • Turn lanes being built at S.C. 903 and Potter Road

    Construction barrels line the sides of S.C. 903 at Potter Road for a project that should be finished by next spring.

    Ken Wilson, an engineer with the S.C. Department of Transportation, said turn lanes north and south of Potter Road will be constructed on S.C. 903.

    “It’s considered a safety project,” Wilson said.

  • Group recently rescued 11 neglected horses

    VAN WYCK, Nestled among tree-lined creeks is a safe place where abused horses find healing.

    Healing Horses, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Project Halo in Charlotte, recently took in 11 neglected horses from a Lancaster County farm and took them to the organization’s 11-acre sanctuary in Van Wyck.

    Some of the horses were tied to trees, left to stand in their own waste, with very little to eat.

    But what shocked Healing Horses director Katie Holme the most recently was finding a stallion nailed into his stall. He was knee-deep in manure and muck.

  • City of Light reps: It’s all still coming

    INDIAN LAND – All eyes were on Dale Ardizzone as he answered questions about Inspiration Ministries’ 90-acre City of Light campus Sept. 21.

    Ardizzone, general counsel for the City of Light, attended an Indian Land Action Council meeting, hoping to allay concerns about the ongoing project. He was joined by developers Bryan and Skip Tuttle. The three spoke to a full house in the meeting room of Del Webb Library.

  • No one stung in sting

    A recent alcohol enforcement sting by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office turned out not to be a sting at all because no one got stung.

    Sheriff’s deputies conducted an operation on Sept. 21 to see whether local convenience stores were checking the identification of people trying to buy alcohol. A person underage working undercover with the sheriff’s office attempted to buy alcohol at stores in the county.

  • H1N1 vaccine will be available soon

    Julie Graham can tell you about the nasty effects of H1N1, or swine flu.

    The Van Wyck resident was diagnosed with the virus right after her two young children came down with it.

    Her daughter, Rachel, 2, and 7-month-old son, Stuart, both experienced fatigue and high fever. Graham herself suffered from a high fever and a headache like she never felt before.

    “It felt like I got hit by a brick wall,” Graham said. “My head hurt horribly.”

  • Kershaw officials hope to move in new Town Hall next month

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilman Wade Hunter said the town’s new Town Hall will be something its residents will enjoy for years to come.

    There will be the convenience of the drive-through on one side of the building. At the old town hall, built on the same spot on Hampton Street, customers had to get out to pay their water bills.

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes and his staff will no doubt enjoy their new digs, where the floors won’t flood and the roof won’t leak when it rains.

  • How much has been spent on two courthouse buildings?

    The sight of orange cones, construction equipment and crews at work on two courthouse projects in downtown Lancaster have some residents wondering: How much do these projects cost?

    County Administrator Steve Willis fielded that question at County Council’s meeting Monday.

  • LHS band playing 'Motown Woodstock' this season

    The Lancaster High School marching band members played their instruments with force and pride. They marched with precision and even went back to fix mistakes that may have occurred.

    Everything seemed normal at a recent marching band practice – except one thing: The man guiding the ship was missing.

    Band director John Rhodes has been out on sick leave for the last few weeks. Despite his absence, the band remains determined to perform well this competition season.

  • Water disinfection process on hold

    The start of a new water treatment process designed to eliminate contaminates in the county water supply has been delayed.

    Mike Bailes, director of Catawba River Water Treatment Plant, said the new treatment process, originally scheduled to begin in September, has been delayed due to problems in obtaining a permit from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to allow the plant to install special waterlines to accommodate the new process.