• Money spent on concerts can’t be used to hire cops, firefighters

    The city’s Performing Arts Department has come under fire on budget issues over the past month, with city council just one vote short of eliminating the Performing Arts Series of concerts at its March 13 meeting.
    Council member Hazel Taylor, who voted to kill the concerts, commented in an interview after the meeting that the money should be used for other things like hiring police officers and firefighters.

  • Walking in serious shoes

    It seemed like business as usual at the coroner’s office Thursday – a white board full of notes on different cases and a determined sleuth to determine each cause of death.
    “Treat everything as a homicide until proven otherwise,” Jasmine Mills said as she wrote “domestic violence” under “homicide.”

    Jasmine had been solving cases for hours. And she’s just 13 years old.

  • Combining discovery, preservation

    Archivists are not known for getting down in the dirt.
    You often see them wearing white gloves, to avoid damaging the precious documents and other artifacts that it’s their job to catalog and safely tuck away.
    Brent Burgin has those white gloves, but he was just as comfortable in work gloves over several years, slogging away in the bottom of a pit at the Kolb Site archaeological dig near Darlington with his colleagues from USC Lancaster.

  • Teen without wheels no more

    Daquan Stevenson has a new ride.
    The Kershaw 17-year-old, whose car was totaled by an 18-wheeler in a hit-and-run accident two weeks ago, is back on the road, thanks to a Lancaster couple who read his story in The Lancaster News.
    Stevenson was stopped at the stop sign on West Hilton Street at North Matson Street in Kershaw on March 15 when the trailer of a turning semi slammed into the front end of his 1996 Honda Civic. The truck driver did not stop.

  • Estridge will not run for 5th term

    County council member Jack Estridge, first elected in 2002 to represent the southern part of the county, will not seek a fifth term in office.
    “I think I’ve served long enough, and others are willing to step up,” the 72-year-old Democrat said Friday.
    “I tell you, I have two little great-grandchildren who have really brightened up my life, and I just want to spend as much time as I can with them.”

  • Local Easter events have something for ‘Everybunny’

    Library egg hunt

    Lancaster County Library, 313 S. White St., Lancaster, will hold an Easter egg hunt from 10-11 a.m. March 30. For details, call (803) 285-1502 or e-mail aantonacci@lancastercountysc.net.

    HS Easter egg hunt

  • Fort Lawn fire takes life of well-known animal trainer Tim Seegars

    Landmark News Service

    Acclaimed animal trainer Tim Seegars of Fort Lawn died in a fire at his home this week.
    Fort Lawn Fire Chief Allen Culp said the fire department was dispatched to Seegars’ home at 1096 Seegars Road about 4:37 a.m. Sunday. An old barn on the property was ablaze. Culp said the cause of the fire appeared to be a space heater or electrical wiring. The home on the property was not damaged.

  • 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.”