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Today's News

  • Fire destroys Kershaw home

    KERSHAW – Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a Sunday afternoon blaze that destroyed a Kershaw home.

    Firefighters responded to a call about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and saw flames and smoke coming from a house on Rochester Avenue.

    Moments earlier, neighbors went to the house to see if anybody was inside.

    Nobody came to the door, though they were able to free a dog from the back porch, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office  incident report.

  • Utility to change water-treatment method

    A year after county residents learned about high levels of contaminates in the water supply, a new water treatment process will be initiated that aims  to deplete those contaminates.

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District will change how it treats water at its Catawba River water plant starting in September. The treatment plant will replace free chlorine in its water with chemicals called chloramines.

    The change is being made primarily because of Environmental Protection Agency regulations and is intended to improve the water disinfection process.

  • ILES adding more mobile units

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Elementary School is bracing itself for yet another spike in student enrollment for the upcoming year.

    Principal Beth Blum said her staff expects about 1,200 students when school starts in August. That will be 100 more than the nearly 1,100 the school housed in 2008-09.

    So far, 1,165 have enrolled for the 2009-10 school year.

    To address the growth, the school will be using four more outdoor mobile units as classrooms – bringing the total number of what Blum calls “learning cottages” at the school to 10.

  • Officials quiet on slaying death

     Authorities still aren’t releasing much information about a shooting that left a Lancaster man dead last week.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Tuesday that autopsy results have come back on the body of Larry Curtis Duncan, 26, who was fatally shot and found lying in the front yard of a North Willowlake Road home early Friday.  

    However, Morris said he would not disclose the cause of death or any related information because the shooting remains under heavy investigation.

  • City won't fund center

    Lancaster City Council decided not to provide funding for a center named after a  council member who died last year, though it’s planning to honor him in another way.

    Council discussed Tuesday the $77,950 that had been requested for the Preston Blackmon Family Success & Career Center, which opened earlier  this year.

    Blackmon served on City Council more than 30 years. He was the city’s first black police officer and the second black elected to City Council. He died Aug. 2, 2008, at age 82.

  • State UMC passes Paulson's slavery resolution

    INDIAN LAND – About two years ago, while Bob Paulson was on vacation, he began reading a book that would soon change his life.

    Paulson, an Indian Land resident and editor of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Decision magazine, was reading a book called “Terrify No More” about the issue of human trafficking.

    The book detailed the efforts of the International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that deals with slavery and oppression around the world, and was written by that organization’s president Gary A. Haugen.

  • Boys shot at on Miller Street

    A 12-year-old boy told Lancaster police he was shot at Wednesday afternoon while walking home on Miller Street.

    The boy said he and two other boys were walking between Sycamore Run Apartments and Miller Grove Apartments about 7:20 p.m. when gunshots were fired from a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The shots came from a back-seat passenger, who appeared to be aiming at the Miller Grove Apartments office building, the boy told police.

  • County looks for deputy administrator

    As Lancaster County Administrator, Steve Willis is often swamped with more duties than he can handle during a normal work week. Sometimes, he works seven straight days without a break.

    That’s why he asked for some help.

    “(County) Council had been talking about adding a deputy administrator for quite some time,” Willis said. “From a personal standpoint, my wife would tell me she would like to see me at home on the weekends and after church. Just the amount of paperwork, trying to stay in control, that’s the biggest thing for me.”

  • Heath Springs considers raising water, sewer rates

    HEATH SPRINGS – The water system in Heath Springs has undergone many improvements over the past several years, improving water service to residents.

    Many of the improvements, which include the installation of modern water lines, have been grant funded.

    But that doesn’t come without a cost to the small town – the grants in most cases need matches from Heath Springs.

    During Town Council’s July 21 meeting, Mayor Ann Taylor said the town has committed to spending $378,322 of its own money.

  • Woman left with just a tent

    VAN WYCK – When Rosemary Fann lost her husband, Randy, in early 2007, little did she know that two years later she’d lose her home as well.

    Fann, 61, used to live in a trailer off Van Wyck Road in Van Wyck. Set back from the road and nestled beneath several trees, the Fanns lived there for nine years.

    The property holds several memories for her, from the bountiful garden full of cucumbers and pumpkins that grew in her backyard, to the ramp her husband built for her after health concerns made it difficult for her to climb the stairs.