Local News

  • Volunteers, paid firefighters on same team in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Firefighter Marty Waters of the Kershaw Fire Department remembers driving up to a huge fire at a vacant industrial building on Little Dude Avenue back in March.

    The building wasn’t exactly vacant. It was full of combustible materials.

    The roughly 200-foot by 100-foot building was being used for storage and had been condemned in 2006. Kershaw, Flat Creek and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments were first called to the fire, and Elgin Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster Fire Department responded with ladder trucks.

  • Local boys enjoy chance to be on TV

    INDIAN LAND – The Koch family of Indian Land got more than it expected out of a two-night stay in Gettysburg, Pa., this summer.

    While driving to New York for the Fourth of July, the family stopped in Gettysburg to check out the battlefield during the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1-3, 1863.

    The morning after they arrived, they met the film crew – Zak Bagans,  Aaron Goodwin and Nick Groff – for Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” during breakfast at their hotel.

  • Woman tells police she was robbed

    A Lancaster woman told officers she was robbed near Southside Early Childhood Center on Hampton Road early Saturday as she sat in a car.

    The woman told police that she was riding with a male friend about 3 a.m. and they stopped in the area of Burns Alley.

    The woman told police that her friend pulled into a driveway at a home where all the lights were off.

    He got out of the car, and a few moments later, the passenger side door opened, and a man put a gun to her head and took her money, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

  • Sanford on education funding: ‘It’s messy and it’s going to get messier’

    As his term in office winds down, Gov. Mark Sanford had some final words for Lancaster residents Tuesday night about education, the economy and the gubernatorial race.

  • Man charged with assaulting nurse at Springs Memorial

    A Heath Springs man was charged Sunday with assaulting a nurse at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Thomas Anthony Woodward Jr., 40, of 1548 Flint Ridge Road, was charged with third-degree assault and battery.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, hospital personnel called officers about 7:30 p.m. Sunday because of a disorderly patient.

    Hospital staff told officers that the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office brought Woodward to the emergency room to be checked out, but Woodward was not under arrest.

  • Paper, ILAC seek forum questions

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway newspaper are seeking your questions for the candidates who will appear at their  Before You Vote 2010 candidates forum.

    The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel’s auditorium.

    The full slate of candidates that local voters will see on their ballots – school board, governor, state and national House and Senate – has been invited to participate.

  • Thanks to LHS, SAT scores in district rise

    A significant jump in SAT scores at Lancaster High School led to an increase in Lancaster County School District’s overall performance this year on the college-entrance exam.  

    The College Board released results this week.

    District high school seniors had an average composite score of 1388 on the SAT’s three sections of critical reading, math and writing. The district’s 2009 average was 1360.

  • Faulkenberry believes he owes his life to divine intervention

    Claude “Red” Faulkenberry doesn’t profess to being a real religious person. But he’s quick to give credit where credit is due.

    From his hospital bed in his den he pointed to the ceiling.

    “It’s the man above,” he said. “I don’t go to church regularly, but me and him do talk. I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for him and ‘Hillbilly.’”

    “Hillybilly” is John Hill, Faulkenberry’s friend and fellow hunting club member.

  • Flat Creek’s strength is dedicated volunteers

    One minute Ferris Phillips was standing inside the burning house fighting the fire. The next minute he was pinned under a fallen chimney.

    Fellow firefighters Bill Robinson and Doug Stroud watched as the terrifying scene unfolded. They feared for their friend covered beneath a rubble of bricks.

    “I was sick,” Robinson said.

    “One minute he was standing,” Stroud said. “Then he was out of sight.”

    Phillips spent 28 days in the hospital. His injuries included three crushed vertebrae and two mangled legs.

  • United Way kicks off 2010-11 campaign

    The United Way of Lancaster County wants to raise $400,000 help a number of area service agencies this year.

    The local United Way held its 2010-11 fundraising campaign kickoff Tuesday morning at the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The event was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

    Dr. Gene Moore, this year’s United Way board chairman, spoke of the group’s $400,000 goal. The money brought in this year will be given to 16 agencies.