• Estridge could be removed from board

    One Lancaster County councilman vowed July 27 to “challenge” a decision to remove him from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. board of directors during the middle of his term.

    The declaration from Councilman Jack Estridge during council’s meeting was just the latest development in a string of conflicts surrounding the LCEDC and the group’s bylaws, which have been in a state of flux for months.

  • Local BSA troop in transition

    Lancaster County is losing one of its more storied Boy Scout programs, but is gaining its first Trail Life USA troop as a result.

    “We are transitioning Troop 72 from Boy Scouts to Trail Life USA,” said the Rev. Dr. Kyle Sims, First ARP pastor. “We are in the process of being chartered and will most likely be S.C. Trail Life Troop 72. We don’t see this as dropping anything, but just transitioning.”

  • Traffic stop ends in drug arrest

    Gregory A. Summers


    A routine early morning traffic stop for a car with no headlights turned into much more when more than 75.44 grams of marijuana were found in the driver’s pockets and inside the vehicle.

    Derek Tyrek Buchanon, 19, 2813 Rolling Hills Road, was charged July 29 with two counts of marijuana possession with intent to distribute, and a passenger in his car, Samantha Brook Bell, 20, 403 W. Arch St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Spec building plans on hold

    Christopher Sardelli


    Plans for constructing a spec building in Heath Springs are indefinitely on hold following the suspension of a critical loan program that could have helped pay for the structure.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell said Thursday, Aug. 6, that the future of a proposed 50,000-square-foot building to be built in the Heath Springs Business Park is uncertain after learning Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s largest power producer, has suspended one of its loan programs.

  • County Council recognizes deputies

    Reece Murphy


    Lancaster County Council recognized three officers with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office for honors received from other organizations during its July 20 meeting.

    Recognized during the meeting\f the Year; Deputy Jason Leaphart, the American Legion Forty & Eight’s S.C. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; and crime scene investigator Ken Taylor, honored by Indian Land VFW Post 12136.

  • County receives $1M

    Christopher Sardelli


    There’s one word that came to Morris Russell’s mind when he learned last week Lancaster County had received a more than $1 million federal grant to help with the recruitment and retention of local volunteer firefighters – ecstatic.

    As director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, Russell has been anxiously waiting to find out if the county would be awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • Filing underway now for elections

    Gregory A. Summers


    Candidate filing has opened for the upcoming non-partisan Heath Springs Town Council and Kershaw Town Council races. Filing opened at noon Monday, Aug. 3, and closes at noon Aug. 14.

    In Heath Springs, where voters choose a mayor and four at-large seats, the two at-large seats now held by Eddie Moore and Iva LeeDrakeford are up for reelection Nov. 3.

    The Heath Springs mayor’s seat and the other two at-large seats will be up for reelection two years from now in 2017.

  • In with the new

    Gregory A. Summers



    As former Lancaster Fire Department member Hazel Cauthen stared at the city’s new high-tech Engine 4 parked inside Station 2 on Hubbard Drive, all he could do was shake his head and smile.

  • Bed race Saturday

    By Terri Ferguson Smith


    Beds will again race down Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 8, as part of a fundraiser for the United Way.

    It’s the return of the annual bed parade and race for the United Way of Lancaster County, according to Melanie Outlaw, executive director.

  • Indian Land VFW named All American

    Indian Land VFW Post 12136

    After only one full year of operation, Indian Land Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12136 not only took top honors in South Carolina, but also earned All American recognition from the national VFW.

    The Indian Land post, chartered Feb. 22, 2014, began full operations July 1, 2014.

    It now boasts a 100 members, along with an active Ladies Auxiliary.

    The post garnered All State honors, the highest award a VFW post can receive at the S.C. VFW state convention June 6.