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Today's News

  • Turn lights improve traffic light

    A few weeks ago, people could be seen jumping for joy while in the cars, pickups and SUVs at the S.C. 9 Bypass and Clinton Avenue.

    Folks were so joyous, they couldn’t contain their glee. The S.C. Department of Transportation had reworked the traffic lights – finally installing left-turn signals on both sides of Clinton Avenue.

    OK, we’re exaggerating. We saw no one literally jumping for joy after the new signals were put into operation. But we know motorists who travel that way regularly were sure happy about the move. We certainly were.

  • Reader appalled by dog shooting

    I was absolutely appalled and very angry to read the story “Dog owner doggone mad” in the May 30 edition of The Lancaster News.

    There are numerous events that seem to have occurred throughout this horrible ordeal that simply reek of overwhelming inadequacies in our local animal control and law enforcement ranks, not to mention a lack of some basic Southern hospitality.

  • Agriculture Safety Day draws more than 200 kids

    The giant mowing pan on the SCDOT tractor parked in the hay field at Ben Snipes’ farm off Riverside Road immediately grabbed Clay Coley’s attention during Tuesday’s 4-H Agriculture Safety Day.Sitting under an awning beneath a shade tree to beat the heat, Coley, 6, listened as Bryan Baker, trade specialist for the local SCDOT right-of-way and vegetation management, explained how the tractor’s mowing pan can throw debris more than 300 feet.“That’s as long as a football field,” Baker said.“I like that tractor

  • Help make children’s park reality

    Organizers are hoping a children’s park in Kershaw becomes a reality in July. Members of the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) have been meeting, collecting donations and planning for Build Week, set for July 21-26.

  • Swim team rolls to win over Camden

    The Lancaster County swim team upped its record to 2-0, dunking Camden 452-87 in summer swim league action Tuesday at the Lancaster County Pool.Jory Pettit led the LCST with four firsts in the individual competition.Gracie Scott, Coulter Jackson, Emily Durant, Chandler Hinson and Pagan Glenn each had three firsts. Jonah Faile, Ashley Abbott, Cody Brown, Tanner Knight, Kailee Glover and Marshall Jackson each had two firsts.The Sharks visit to Camden on Saturday for a 9 a.m. meet.

  • Humane Society opens its office in downtown

    The Humane Society of Lancaster County now has an office.

    And, no, the AFLAC duck in the window is not up for adoption.

    The Humane Society has been working since late last year to establish a fostering and adoption program to reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter each month.

    The Humane Society is hoping one day for the donation of land or money to build a low-kill shelter of its own, said Dawn Wagner, the society's publicity and fundraising director.

    Until then, its central location is 126 S. Main St.

  • Making left-hand turns gets easier at local intersection

    Toby Shute is glad that one particular junction in Lancaster now has a turning signal. Every day there was a disaster waiting to happen, he said.

    The Lancaster resident said he dodged nearly 20 separate vehicle collisions while at the S.C. 9 Bypass and Clinton Avenue intersection. McDonald's, Hardee's and CVS pharmacy are at the intersection.

  • $8 M upgrade almost complete at wastewater treatment plant

    The city of Lancaster's wastewater treatment plant upgrade, a nearly $8 million project intended to improve the quality of treated water released into the Catawba River, is nearly complete.

    The expected completion date is July 14. That's within the prescribed time frame, and the project is within budget, said Mack McDonald, wastewater treatment plant director.

    The city has about $40,000 remaining in a contingency fund for change orders. McDonald said that's excellent for a $7.85 million project.

  • A new gold rush in Kershaw?

    KERSHAW – A Nevada-based company has struck gold at the historic Haile Gold Mine in Kershaw.

    The firm says the site has great potential to produce gold in the years to come.

    "It is a darn good mine – a very good property," said Kenneth Brunk, chief operating officer of Romarco Minerals Inc., which has been drilling at the site, about three miles north of Kershaw, since December.

    "This is a world-class gold mine. Don't let anyone tell you any different," Brunk said.

  • DHEC: City shouldn't have dumped at site

    The city didn't get a permit to dump leaves at the old Lancaster Plant site, as it apparently did for about a year.

    Frances Pittman, who lives on the south end of the once mighty Springs Industries plant, found the pile of leaves the city left on the site annoying. It smelled and was a haven for snakes and rats, she said.

    Earlier this month, the pile stood about 25 feet tall and stretched about 50 yards. A stench also pervaded the pile's surroundings.

    But that was a good day, said Pittman's caretaker, Tim Steele.