Local News

  • $3.5M bond issue on council table

    After brief discussion Tuesday, County Council gave first approval to the issuance of $3.5 million in bonds to support local projects.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the money would be used for several county projects, including recouping $520,000 in costs for the new county coroner’s office and for costs associated with a potential new Emergency Medical Services station in Buford.

    It may also be used for a third project, but Willis won’t talk about that.

  • Buford department started in old cannery

    Just about everyone remembers where they were at 8:46  a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacking terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City.

    But that’s not today’s “Do You Remember?” question.

    The question is whether you can recall where you were the morning of Nov. 8, 2008.

    Robbie Clanton, 19, sure can.

    He was on his way to Buford High School from his Coot Sistare Road home when he saw a dark black plume of smoke coming from Pageland Highway.

  • A night from hell - 1984 church fires

    Older members of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department remember where they were in the wee hours of July 13, 1984.      

    After a late-night electrical storm on July 12, much of the Buford area was quiet because of a power outage.

    But all of that changed about 1:45 a.m. when the county sheriff’s department received a call that Pleasant Plain Baptist Church on Shiloh Unity Road was on fire.

  • Community Playhouse receives nominations for regional awards

    A dark comedy about Southern living has garnered the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County nine award nominations from the Metrolina Theater Association.

    The play has been nominated for outstanding production in the regional (South) category.

    Several Playhouse actors have been nominated for their roles in “Sordid Lives.” They are:

    • Wayne Carter of Indian Land, for outstanding direction

    • David Hensley of Rock Hill, outstanding performance by a supporting male actor, for his role as Ty Williamson

  • County may reduce operating hours at more convenience sites

    The experiment worked, and now the county may reduce operating hours at more convenience sites.

    Darin Robinson, director of the county’s public works department, spoke to County Council on Tuesday to present the results of a test the county has conducted at two convenience sites since January. Convenience sites are where residents dump their trash and recyclable materials.

  • City Council candidate disputes residency claim

    Lancaster City Council District 1 candidate Anthony Elder says his opponent, incumbent Kenny Hood, has spread a false rumor that he doesn’t live at his listed address.

    Elder, who’s running for elected office for the first time, has a listed address of 707 Miller St. Extension. But ever since he filed to run for the District 1 seat, The Lancaster News has received several calls from anonymous residents who say Elder doesn’t live there.

  • Jury awards family $3 million

    A jury awarded $3 million last week to the family of a man who was killed after he ran into the back of a S.C. Department of Transportation dump truck in 2004.

    John L. “Johnny” Thompson, 59, of 926 Hope Place, died of head injuries after running into the back of the dump truck. SCDOT workers had stopped the truck in the middle of a lane of S.C. 903 to pick up a deer carcass on the side of the highway.

  • Miles misses out on liver transplant after tangling with 'Tasmanian devil'

    Jody Miles laughs as she tells the story of being attacked by a Tasmanian devil, which landed her in the hospital with an infection, where she thought she was going to lose her sight and was then put on medication, which doctors said could cause hearing loss.

    Oh, yes, and while she was in the hospital, she missed out on the liver transplant that she’s been waiting for.

  • Council approves new grant writer position

    County officials have approved funding for a new economic development position.

    County Council unanimously approved funding at last week’s meeting for a grant writer position at the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. The new position will cost $60,000.

    With the county’s 2010-11 budget already finalized, council had to determine where to cut that funding from somewhere else in the budget. And since this is not a one-time expense, council must plan this as a recurring item in future budgets.

  • Council rebuffs buffer ordinance

    County Council wants more time to look at how a proposed change in the buffer space between homes and businesses could impact the county.

    Council unanimously tabled an ordinance last week that would have set new buffer requirements between residential and non-residential developments.

    Under the proposed ordinance, buffers would be based on the size and proposed use of the lot to be developed, as well as on development on adjacent parcels. The county Planning Commission had already unanimously approved of the change, though council has final say on the change.