• Families picking up the pieces after fires

    Simon Catoe juggled emotional attachment and job duties as he responded to his first-ever fire, which happened to be the blaze at his family's business early Saturday morning.

    Catoe, 18, who just completed the fire academy last month, was in Myrtle Beach with his dad, Marvin, when they got the call about the fire at Catoe's Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Wiring on S.C. 9.

    When they arrived at the business two hours later, the building was still engulfed in flames. Simon and Marvin Catoe suited up on the spot and joined their fellow Tradesville volunteer firefighters.

  • County headed toward cooler temps – sort of

    After a few days of sizzling heat, with temperatures topping out at 100 degrees Tuesday, forecasters are predicting a cool down of sorts for the area.

    According to a personal weather station in the Erwin Farm area in Lancaster County, the average temperature for the last three days was 99 degrees.

    High temperatures for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were 97, 99 and 100 degrees.

    With the combination of high heat and relative humidity, heat index values, or how the temperature feels to your skin, exceeded the 105 degree mark.

  • County says it won't take on roads in neighborhoods

    Lancaster County Council is keeping the status quo when it comes to accepting new roads in subdivisions – it won't.

    Council took a vote at its July 7 meeting on whether to accept new roads from the BridgeMill and Glen Laurel subdivisions in Indian Land. Accepting the roads would mean the county would be responsible for maintaining them.

    County road engineer Jeff Catoe said the roads in BridgeMill are quality roads built to county standards. But the county doesn't have the money to maintain them, he said.

  • Harris Teeter, CVS under construction

    INDIAN LAND – When the dust settles at Carolina Commons, Indian Land residents should see a CVS/pharmacy, a medical office building, a Harris Teeter grocery store and more.

    The 25-acre commercial development is on U.S. 521 just outside Sun City Carolina Lakes and across the street from the Cornerstone development. It will offer 190,000 square feet of retail and office space.

    "We're under way with what is definite," said contractor RED Partners spokesman Hall Johnston. The CVS, medical building and Harris Teeter are all under construction now.

  • Work starts at Kershaw park

    KERSHAW – In nearly 100 degree heat on Tuesday, volunteers came together to start construction of a playground in Kershaw.

    The project is called the Haile Gold Mine Playground because of the recent $50,000 donation from Romarco Minerals Inc. Romarco Minerals is redeveloping Haile Gold Mine. The 6,000-square-foot playground should be completed by Saturday, in time for a public ribbon cutting at 6 p.m.

  • Former county risk manager charged with embezzlement, forgery

    Lancaster County's former risk manager has been accused of taking $15,000 from county funds.

    The State Law Enforcement Division charged Donna Gail Robinson, 36, of 2703 Norfolk Road, on Tuesday with 12 counts of forgery less than $5,000, two counts of embezzlement $5,000 or more and two counts of breach of trust over $1,000 but less than $5,000.

    According to a SLED press release, Robinson is accused of embezzling about $15,000 in public and employee funds from county government departments.

  • Clerk reports being robbed after leaving work Friday

    A Riverside Express store clerk was reportedly robbed by two men Friday night while walking home from work.

    The clerk told Lancaster County sheriff's deputies he was in front of Payne's Garage on Echo Woods Drive about 9:45 p.m. when the men approached and asked for his money.

    After the clerk refused, the men pulled out black semi-automatic handguns and forced him away from the road, according to an incident report.

    One of the attackers hit the clerk in the back of the head with the gun and fired a shot, which didn't hit anyone.

  • Residents using checks with care

    Lancaster County residents polled are using their economic stimulus checks carefully, by paying bills or saving the federal funds.

    As of June, the federal government has sent 112 million checks out, totaling $91 billion in relief. But June sales figures only showed very small growth in stores besides car dealerships, gas stations and restaurants, at just .2 percent, according to the National Retail Federation.

  • Reunion planned for USCL, York Tech nursing students

    An event is being planned to unite former nursing students at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and York Technical College.

    All nursing graduates from the two schools' Cooperative Learning Program are invited to an alumni-only reunion from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill.

    This is the first time a reunion is being held for the program, which was started in 1976 and has since graduated more than 1,000 students.

  • Man accused of 2000 shooting death to await trial in custody

    A man who pleaded guilty to a shooting death in 2001 and then had the conviction overturned was denied bond Thursday.

    Demario Mingo, 28, who is accused of the shooting death of Rodney O'Neal Jordan on July 15, 2000, was denied bond during a hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield asked Judge Roger Couch to deny Mingo bond.

    Authorities say a dispute about marijuana on Jordan's 21st birthday led to the shooting.