Today's News

  • Council rebuffs buffer ordinance

    County Council wants more time to look at how a proposed change in the buffer space between homes and businesses could impact the county.

    Council unanimously tabled an ordinance last week that would have set new buffer requirements between residential and non-residential developments.

    Under the proposed ordinance, buffers would be based on the size and proposed use of the lot to be developed, as well as on development on adjacent parcels. The county Planning Commission had already unanimously approved of the change, though council has final say on the change.

  • A break in the hot weather, finally?

    The past couple of weeks have offered Lancaster County a reprieve from sizzling temperatures in the upper 90s with high humidity, which made those days feel even hotter.

    Recent daytime highs have been in the upper 80s to low 90s, with lower humidity, and temperatures in the 60s, rather than the 70s, at night.

    It should come as no surprise, but South Carolina had its hottest summer on record this year.

    While no data is available for Lancaster County, cities such as Greenville, Columbia and Charleston had their hottest summers on record.

  • A time to sow

    September and October are the best months to plant cool-season grasses.

    “Labor Day is the time to really start thinking about getting that fall seed out there,” said Brian Beer, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service agent for Lancaster County.

    But before you get out the seed broadcaster and unroll the garden hose, there’s a little homework to do.

    And this assignment goes a long way in stretching your dollar as well as protecting both time and money.

  • Man faces attempted murder charge

    A Lancaster man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police responded to a stabbing on McCardell Street on Monday.

    Daniel Thomas Strain, 22, of 206 McCardell St., was held at gunpoint until officers could get him handcuffed, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

    Officers were called to a fight involving a knife about 1:20 p.m. Monday, the report said.

  • House fire sparked Shiloh-Zion community

    John Rollins vividly recalls what he saw from a school bus window in 1958.

    Rollins, 10 at the time, was on his way home from school. When the bus stopped to allow members of the Gay family to exit, they found something tragic at their home. The Heath Gay home, on present-day Shiloh-Unity Road, was ablaze.

    “The fire was so hot, you could feel the heat on the bus,” Rollins said. “We really weren’t there long, but that’s what I remember.”

    The house was destroyed, but no one was killed, Rollins said.

  • Fatherhood Project honors top participants

    More than 20 area fathers have been recognized for the strides they’ve made to take a more active role in the life of their children.

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, an agency that provides an array of services to low-income, non-custodial fathers, held its annual recognition ceremony Aug. 26 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Gulf oil spill inspires local artist

    Television footage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico inspired Fran Gardner’s latest artwork.

    Gardner’s work was on exhibit at the Florida Museum for Women Artists last month. Gardner, who works in fiber arts, created pieces using thread and fabric. The pieces featured the many shore birds affected by the spill and seen on TV covered in oil.

  • Police reports- Sept. 10, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after he was discharged from the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room Tuesday.

    Timothy Wayne Doster, 45, 1704 Parkman Ave., was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and threatening the life of a public official.

    According to the report, officers received a call that Doster was being disorderly and refused to leave the ER.

  • Council commits to USCL resolution

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster received a little help from the county this week to fund a new classroom building on its campus.

    County Council voted unanimously Tuesday on a resolution to help provide funding for a general education classroom building at USCL. The resolution states council’s intent to support the project by providing for 1 mill of property tax beginning in the 2012-13 fiscal year.

    The vote comes a week after USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano enlisted council’s help in funding the new building.

  • Sept. 24 deadline to apply for fund from Farm Bill programs

    Sept. 24 is the deadline to apply for financial assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service for two of its Farm Bill programs.

    NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help South Carolina landowners address natural resource concerns, promote environmental quality and protect wildlife habitat on property they own or control. The cost-share funds are available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), both administered by NRCS.