• 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.”

  • 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.