Local News

  • McGriff fends off Funderburk in District 2 race

    Councilwoman Charlene McGriff will likely keep her District 2 seat on Lancaster County Council for the next four years.

    In the only locally contested primary race, McGriff won with 585 votes over Blondale Funderburk, who received 330.

    McGriff said she is passionate about representing the residents of District 2, and that running for council is not something one does on a whim.

    “I feel good about it,” McGriff said shortly after the votes were tallied Tuesday. “This is a position you have to prepare yourself for.”

  • City still working with store owner on exemption

    Lancaster City Council has a little more time to decide how it will treat a store owner’s request to be exempt from the city’s Streetscape project.

    Hal Crenshaw, owner of Crenco Oil Co., said the efforts to install new curbing and sidewalk along South Main Street would hurt his business, Crenco Food Store. The beautification project has already started along that section of Main Street, but Crenshaw has asked that his convenience store be exempt from the project.

  • Two men face trespassing charges after crashing on local race track

    The truck sped up and rounded a turn when the driver lost control and struck the concrete barrier in turn two.

    This might sound like a description of Saturday night at the races at the Lancaster Speedway.

    But instead, the high-speed action was Tuesday when employees of a sprinkler service company decided to drink beer and take a turn on Lancaster’s dirt track, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Multi-Cultural Information Center announces 2010 board of directors

    The Multi-Cultural Information Center (MCIC) has announced its 2010 board and capacity-building activities.

    The following volunteers will serve as leadership for MCIC for the coming year:

    • Kim Richardson, University of South Carolina at Lancaster, president

    • Monica Diaz, Brooklyn Springs Elementary School, vice-president

    • Evelyn Jennette, Morphis Pediatric, secretary

    • Crystal Fields, Lancaster County School District

    • Jose L. Gutierrez, Haddon House Food Products

  • 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.