• Red Cross volunteers return from providing wildfire relief

    Lancaster American Red Cross volunteers have returned home after a roughly two-week trip to Southern California to aid victims affected by wildfires.

    Two weeks of wildfires destroyed more than 2,000 homes across a swath of Southern California stretching from north of Los Angeles to south of San Diego.

    According to the Red Cross, volunteers provided 24,000 overnight stays in shelters and 114,000 meals for those affected by the wildfires. The 6,000 Red Cross workers who responded hailed from all 50 states.

  • Development of new USCL master plan moves ahead

    Dorms, a dining hall and more classroom buildings may all come to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in the future, and a firm is now trying to see where they should be built.

    USCL is in the middle of a study in which the Boudreaux Group, a Columbia architectural firm, is developing a conceptual master plan for the campus.

    USCL officials say more facilities will be needed to accommodate the increase in student enrollment and expansions of programs and services.

  • Authorities charge one in car tampering

    KERSHAW – Sheriff’s deputies say one man was responsible for going into several unlocked cars in the Kershaw area between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Jeffrey Douglas Faulkenberry, 47, of 301 S. Hampton St., Kershaw, was charged Wednesday with tampering with a vehicle. Faulkenberry was charged with just four counts because three of the victims later decided not to press charges. Here is a round-up of the incidents, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:-Someone took $5 from a 2004 Mazda truck parked in a South Matson Street yard.

  • Paris fundraiser rakes in $34,000 for LIFT

    The Learning Institute for Tomorrow held its third annual gala fundraiser Oct. 27 at the Lancaster Golf Club's Fairway Room.

    This year's theme was An Evening in Paris.

    Participants were treated to dinner and had the chance to browse through a Paris flea market, a French boutique and taste French wines.

    About 200 people attended the event, which raised more than $34,000, LIFT executive director Kathy Wilds said.

    "I couldn't be any more pleased," Wilds said. "We're certainly grateful for all the sponsors and the support from the community."

  • County looks at visitors tax

    Hotel and motel visitors in Lancaster County may get charged an extra 3 percent for their stay.

    Lancaster County Council on Monday passed the first of three readings of an ordinance to charge an accommodations tax to hotel and motel visitors.

    If given final approval, the tax will be kept in a special, separate fund, and will be used for marketing, promotions and tourism purposes, according to state law. The tax is similar to the hospitality tax the city of Lancaster charges at restaurants.

  • Students may apply now for Springs loans

    Applications for Leroy Springs student loans are now available for students seeking assistance for college costs for the spring semester. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

    The Springs Close Foundation Inc. has made 113 interest-free loans so far this year to college students in the Lancaster County, Chester and Fort Mill areas. Funds advanced will total $345,946 for an average of $3,061 per student. This includes loans made to students attending York Technical College, for an average of $1,500 per student.

  • Catawba festival draws crowd to USCL

    About 2,500 people from the Carolinas, Georgia and beyond gathered Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building to celebrate Yap Ye Iswa, or Day of the Catawba.

    The cultural festival, which began in 1989, returned after a two-year hiatus.

    Yap Ye Iswa, usually celebrated on the tribe's reservation in York County on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was halted in 2005 due to funding and other issues that forced the tribe to take time to better format and present the festival, said tribal chief Donald "Red Cloud" Rodgers.

  • Chad's Game Room, a place for teens to go

    Business name: Chad's Game Room

    Owner: Harriett and Mendel Wilson

    Hours:1 p.m. until

    Address: 2459 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster

    Phone: 283-3580

    E-mail: chadsgamerm@comporium.net

    What do you offer? Pool tables, foosball, video games, music, dance floor and a variety of snacks and drinks, including smoothies, milk shakes and non-alcoholic beverages.

    What would you say is special about your business? Clean, fun, friendly nightlife environment, featuring entertainment without alcohol or drugs

  • Kershaw council agrees to buy fire truck

    KERSHAW – It's almost a done deal for the Kershaw Fire Department in its search for a new engine to replace a 1991 one that's increasingly a liability.

    Lancaster County Emergency Services Director Morris Russell told Town Council members Monday the news some had been waiting to hear: Lancaster County will assist in the town in buying a new $432,000 truck. Russell is also a captain in the Kershaw Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Developer gets first OK to change Queensgate zoning to commercial

    Queensgate is taking on a new design, as well as a new name.

    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Monday night to rezone 36 acres of a planned development district once known as Queensgate, at the corner of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160. The Tuttle Co. of Rock Hill wants the property rezoned from planned development district to general commercial.