• Firefighters learn to save victims of trench mishaps

    This month’s heavy rains turned a simple training exercise into real-life danger for firefighters trudging through muddy 8-foot-deep, 25-foot-long trenches.
    The trenches, dug out in the visitors’ parking lot next to Lancaster High’s football field, resembled those often dug around the county by the public works department or businesses such as Comporium. They were used during a trench-rescue class March 20-21, to teach firefighters how to put in protective systems that are used in trenching and excavation during construction.

  • 5th District candidate comes with unusual bio

    A former Ringling Bros. circus clown is running for the 5th District congressional seat, targeting the laughingstock Washington establishment.
    “They joke that the president and Congress are all clowns,” Steven Lough said in an interview with The State. “Well, in my professional opinion, they are the worst clowns I’ve ever seen.”
    Lough, a Camden native, threw his funny hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination last Friday. The seat is held by freshman Republican Ralph Norman of Rock Hill.

  • 788 unused names for IL town

    It’s a moot point, since the Panhandle incorporation flat-lined in Tuesday’s referendum, but more than half the voters would’ve named the new town Indian Land.
    Other conventional write-in names on the ballots included Belair, Carolina Lakes, Fort Mill Proper, Harrisburg, Pleasant Valley and Possum Hollow.
    Then there were the smart alecks.

    “Fort Thrill,” wrote one voter. “Anything but Indian Land,” said another. A query: “What were we thinking.”

  • Woodland Drive traffic restored beside LHS

    Eight months after broken underpinnings shut the road down, the rebuilt Woodland Drive bridge near Lancaster High School opened Thursday, restoring traffic to one of the city’s busiest east-west thoroughfares.
    No one was happier than Stephanie Faulkenberry, who can see the new bridge from her backyard.
    “You just can’t imagine,” said Faulkenberry, whose family lives on Laurel Court near the orange barricades that the S.C. Department of Transportation used to block off Woodland last July.

  • Dillon rabies case spurs alert

    State officials warned pet owners this week that the transmission of rabies virus is still an issue in the Palmetto State, after four people in Dillon County were exposed to a rabid bat.
    The bat, which tested positive March 21, was found in a bedroom where someone was sleeping.
    David Vaughan of the state Bureau of Environmental Health Services said the four people were referred to health-care providers for post-exposure treatment.

  • Last chance for matching gifts to Community Foundation drive

    From release

    This is the last week for the Quality of Life Challenge Match, under which the J. Marion Sims Foundation, Founders Federal Credit Union and Springs Memorial Hospital are matching all gifts to the Lancaster County Community Foundation, up to a total of $17,500.
    March 31 is the deadline for the matching program. Several generous gifts have come in, but there is still work to do to meet the $17,500 goal, organizers said.

  • City will give Builders Supply 2 road sections

    The Lancaster City Council has voted unanimously to give parts of French Street and City Avenue to Builders Supply Co., a move to improve safety and deter crime.
    The two streets, on the south end of downtown, cut through the middle of the 110-year-old business, which is run by C.D. “Bubber” Gregory and his son, Sen. Greg Gregory.

  • County OKs building solar farms in Buford

    The Lancaster County Council voted 4-3 Monday to allow construction of two solar farms in the Buford community that could generate $200,000 in county taxes each year.
    Council members Brian Carnes, Jack Estridge, Terry Graham and Steve Harper voted to grant the two conditional-use permits required for the project.
    Harper said Tuesday he voted for the permits because he thought he had no legal alternative.

  • IL incorporation loses big

    After two years of contentious debate, voters in Indian Land soundly rejected a ballot referendum Tuesday that would have incorporated most of the Panhandle.
    The vote was 1,853 in favor and 9,086 against incorporation, which would have created a town of about 50 square miles with 25,000-plus residents.

    The “No” vote was 83 percent and the “Yes” vote was 17 percent, a more than 4-to-1 margin.

  • Early Easter celebration

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    The chaos of happy children filled Wilfredo and Ismary Alvarenga’s yard last weekend.
    Mothers with babies watched as laughing kids ran in circles, the atmosphere full of joy and friendship. “I won, Mom!” a little boy shouted after one game, excitedly running across the grass.