• Low-cost rabies vaccine clinics scheduled locally

    Faulkner Animal Hospital kicks off its month-long spring vaccination clinics April 2 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Buford community.
    The animal hospital will hold clinics at nine locations across the county through April 30. All clinics are planned from 6-7:30 p.m. Rabies vaccines cost $6. All other vaccines, including canine distemper/parvo and kennel cough, and feline 4-way FVRCPP and leukemia, cost $16.

  • Pet-adoption trailer to help shelter place more animals

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter now has a vehicle in its fleet to make pet adoptions easier for those who can’t get to the facility on weekdays.
    A new, $24,000 mobile-adoption trailer that carries dogs and cats to pet-adoption events is now on the road.
    “If we can get the animals out, we can get the traffic and get a lot more moved,” said County Administrator Steve Willis.
    The aluminum trailer has viewing areas for 12 dogs and eight cats, as well as an interior workstation.

  • Heath Springs special election set for June 25

    HEATH SPRINGS – The special election to fill Elaine Lehr’s vacated term on Heath Springs Town Council will be held June 25.
    Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson said candidate filing will run from noon April 12 to noon April 19.
    The 68-year-old Lehr, who took office 14 months ago, resigned her seat Tuesday. She cited the unusual way she was elected – with her name never appearing on the ballot – as well as conflicts on town council and lack of transparency in the way the town’s official business is being conducted.

  • Blackmon will appeal decision by ethics panel

    Linda Blackmon plans to appeal the S.C. Ethics Commission’s Feb. 28 decision against her, along with the accompanying $2,700 civil penalty.
    According to the commission, the Lancaster City Council member intends to appeal the commission’s ruling that she violated the state ethics statute by voting to give herself $6,750 in back pay for the 11 months when an election challenge kept her from taking office.
    Reached Tuesday, Blackmon declined to comment on the appeal.

  • The Fish Hook gets fast start in Buford

    Spencer Horton
    For The Lancaster News
    BUFORD – Bobby Craig loved to eat at the Fish Hook in Rock Hill until it closed, so when Jojo McManus of Jojo’s BBQ in Buford suggested that the two of them open a restaurant, Craig knew exactly what he wanted to name it.
    On Jan. 25, Craig opened The Fish Hook at Buford Crossroads with the help of his wife, Trisha, and Jojo and his wife, Tracy.

  • N. Main Street repaving begins

    North Main Street in Lancaster may be a bit backed up over the next few months.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation began a repaving project there Monday. It stretches from Barr Street to just north of Woodland Drive and has a completion date of no later than June 30.
    SCDOT resident construction engineer Kenneth Wilson said to expect temporary lane closures and flagging operations.
    According to Wilson, roads are ranked using a data-driven approach, and these rankings dictate which roads are chosen for resurfacing each year.

  • Borbonio gets 8-year term in Byrdic death

    Abel Olivo Borbonio was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday for running off the road and killing Chuck Byrdic in front of his Lancaster home last summer.
    Borbonio, 43, an undocumented immigrant who spoke through an interpreter, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons. The maximum possible sentence was 10 years.
    Awaiting the sentence with his head hanging low, Borbonio said: “I am very sorry for the trauma that I have caused this family.”

  • Kershaw gets downtown library

    After a seven-month struggle to work out the details, Kershaw is getting a new library branch in the heart of downtown.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously voted Monday night to buy the vacant Wells Fargo Bank building on Hampton Street for $80,000. The bank, which had refused to donate the building to the county, instead offered to sell it for a small fraction of its value.
    Council members jumped at the opportunity.
    “We have a chance to get a $642,000 building at 12.5 percent of its value,” said county council member Billy Mosteller.

  • Elaine Lehr quits just 14 months into council term

    HEATH SPRINGS – Elaine Lehr resigned her town council seat Tuesday just 14 months into her term, citing disagreements over priorities and a lack of transparency in the handling of official business.
    In particular she mentioned the five-month dispute over the town’s landscaping contract, which has mushroomed into a crisis over the past four weeks.

  • Reboot off to a strong start at VW Elementary, Puckett says

    VAN WYCK – Last spring, Van Wyck Elementary School Principal Steven Puckett planted the first seeds for Reboot, a program designed to help students with behavioral challenges. This spring, he’s seeing the fruits of his labor.
    “We’ve come a long way, considering that this program didn’t exist this time last year,” Puckett said Friday. “We currently have nine students enrolled in the program, and you couldn’t ask for a better environment for kids.”