Local News

  • Repairs on I-77 bridges progressing rapidly

    Engineers at the S.C.  Department of Transportation report that the work to replace the northbound and southbound bridges on Interstate 77 at exit 62 in Chester County has progressed swiftly since beginning on Monday.

    The removal of both bridge decks was completed in two days.

    Crews began setting the 12 new beams on Wednesday. Four girders were put in place on that day.

    Four more girders were being set on Thursday.

    The final four steel beams will be put in place today.

  • Sheheen wins easily; Haley, Barrett in GOP run-off

    State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, whose district includes part of Lancaster County, easily won the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination Tuesday.

    He received nearly 59 percent of the votes in the primary, while Jim Rex, state superintendent of education, placed second with 23 percent of the votes, and Robert Ford got 18 percent of the votes.

    Although Sheheen won big, there was far greater interest in the four-way race in the Republican  gubernatorial campaign.

  • Police reports - June 11, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man said his car was hit by a bullet as he drove down Pardue Street about 10 p.m. June 6.

    The report said an officer was flagged down by the man in the parking lot of Kirk’s Quick Stop on Arch Street.

    The police department received calls about gunshots fired on Pardue Street about the same time, the report said. Officers checked the area but found no suspects or evidence and returned to help the man on Arch Street.

  • Suspect faces additional charge in staged robbery

    One of the suspects charged in a faked robbery attempt at a local check-cashing business has been charged with attacking an employee of the business.

    Damarcus Patterson, 21, of 745 Brooklyn Ave., Lancaster, was charged Tuesday morning with assault and battery, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said.

    Patterson is accused of pepper-spraying one of the employees of Check USA in Lancaster Square on North Main Street on Friday morning.

  • Council OKs budget with tax hike

    Library and recreation department services won’t be drastically cut, but residents will see a little extra on their tax bills next year.

    County Council approved a 1.7-mill tax increase during second reading of the county’s 2010-11 budget on Monday. The tax increase will add another $403,815, and it means that library and recreation services council members talked about cutting at first reading will remain in the budget. Council must have one more reading of the budget to finalize it.

  • Girl with Lancaster ties has unprecedented transplants

    Laura Margaret Burbach’s goal of attending Duke University to study public policy seems much more realistic now than it had a year or so ago.

    Burbach has a host of interests and lofty dreams, but those visions became clouded because of major health issues.

    The 16-year-old Madison, Ga., resident has been living with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID, a genetic disorder that weakens the immune system.

    With a weak immune system, a sickness such as the common cold can be fatal.

  • Eighth annual RAO Ride fundraiser is Saturday

    It’s time to fire up that Harley-Davidson or shine up the hot rod for the eighth annual RAO Ride.

    The charity motorcycle ride will be held Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive.

    Motorcyclists may register from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Cost is $25 for solo riders and $40 for two-up bikes, and includes a meal after the ride, a T-shirt and post-ride activities.

    The 85-mile ride begins at 11 a.m., with riders returning to the Dowling Center between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

  • Friends remember former city official

    Bill Melton was a caring man who came prepared to meetings and would always let you know where he stood on issues.

    Those who spent time around Melton through the years share those sentiments and more as they remember the life of the former Lancaster City councilman.

    Melton died Friday. He was 78.

    Melton served two stints on City Council – from 1979 to 1982 and then again from 1986 to 1990.

  • Sanford at groundbreaking

    Might Lancaster County be home to the company that may grow to be as large as Google, Starbucks or Adidas?

    Gov. Mark Sanford believes Red Ventures has the potential to do so, and said Tuesday’s ceremony was a big step toward that point.

    Sanford joined local officials and executives with Red Ventures, as the online marketing and sales company held a groundbreaking ceremony for its second building at its campus in the 521 Corporate Park in Indian Land.

  • Airport taxilane project moves forward

    The Lancaster County Airport is one step closer to the reconstruction of its cracked taxilane pavement.

    County Administrator Steve Willis recently presented a report to County Council about the status of a project to repair the airport’s taxilanes. Taxilanes are the portions of the ground on which aircrafts travel between taxiways and parking spaces or hangars.

    The repairs are part of the county’s approved 2010 Federal Aviation Administration grant project, which  calls for the taxilane pavement at the airport to be completely repaved.