Today's News

  • 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.

  • Eddins family donates 21 acres to land trust

    Sara and Mack Eddins of Lancaster have donated 21 acres to the Katawba Valley Land Trust.

    The property, intersected by Plantation Road, is located at the confluence of Gills and Bear Creek.

    The tract runs 2,100 feet along Bear Creek, which flows into Cane Creek and then into the Catawba River. It is comprised of bottomland hardwoods, including sycamore, sweetgum, hackberry and red maple.

  • Bust yields $87,000 in pot at Richburg Waffle House

    RICHBURG – Chester County drug agents arrested a Charlotte man over the weekend who they say was carrying a significant amount of marijuana.

    Luis Roberto-Bororquez Ventura, 29, of 6616 Rollingridge Road, Charlotte, was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Waffle House in Richburg.

    The Chester County drug team was working with the State Law Enforcement Division and had received a tip from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office that Ventura would be in the area and possibly holding an illegal substance.

  • Out of the ashes: One year later

    Local historian Lindsay Pettus remembers his reaction when he was called with the news that the historic Lancaster County Courthouse was on fire.

    “I cried,” Pettus said on Friday. “It was just devastating. When I rode down here and saw the immensity of it and saw the flames shooting out of the roof, it really struck home. The most historic building in Lancaster County was on fire.”

    Firefighters and law enforcement officers responded to the fire about 5:15 a.m. Aug. 4, 2008.

  • Pay your traffic ticket online

    Paying traffic tickets just became a little easier in Lancaster County.

    A new online payment system became available in June for motorists who have been issued traffic tickets within the 6th Judicial Circuit, which includes Lancaster County. The system, which can be accessed at http://publicindex.sccourts.org/lancaster/onlinepayments/, allows motorists to type in their last name and case number to access their information and pay their fine.  

  • Artisans Center to hold yard sale fundraiser

    If you’ve got some extra housewares, books or other items taking up space at your house, consider donating them to an indoor yard sale to benefit the Artisans Center on Saturday.

    The Artisans Center, 119 S. Main St., is a nonprofit arts center, with funding recently approved by  Lancaster City Council and County Council.

    A variety of art classes, ranging from music, theater, visual arts, creating writing and dance, will be taught there.

    The yard sale is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be available.

  • ZF Lemforder to close plant

    A company that has produced automotive suspension systems in Lancaster since 1999 will close its operations here within the next 13 months.

    ZF Lemforder, located in the Lancaster Business Park, announced Wednesday its intention to consolidate with a ZF plant in Gainesville, Ga. The 90,000 square-foot plant will slow down production next year and plans to close completely by September 2010.

    There are now 108 employees at the facility.  

    The company will work with the employees on severance packages and possibly relocating

  • McKinney hopes to save dealership

    David McKinney Jr. is usually busy at his car dealership in Lancaster, but Tuesday was a little different.

    He spent much of the day in Washington, D.C., knocking on the doors of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

    McKinney, owner of Lancaster Dodge Chrysler Jeep Inc., went to the nation’s capital hoping to give some perspective on the problems car dealers are facing across the country.

  • Boy, 11, drowns in pool

    An 11-year-old boy drowned in the family pool Friday after apparently becoming entangled in the pool’s cover.

    Charles Matthew “Matt” Schumpert was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital at 7:42 p.m., Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said.

    Morris said Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services was called to Schumpert’s home in the Buford community about 6 p.m.

    EMS workers attempted to revive him and took him to the emergency room where rescue attempted continued.