• Humana balks over tests, kills library plan

    The Lancaster County Library and the county DSS office will not be moving to the vacant Springs Block downtown, after property owner Humana refused to allow environmental tests on the site that would be made public.
    County council had been exploring the option to relocate the library to a larger facility, and part of the process was what’s called a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment.
    But Humana wouldn’t agree to the assessment, which would check historical records of the property and include a site inspection.

  • Overdoses spike, often in public

    Second of four parts
    The men’s room at Twin Pines Convenience Store & Grill had been silent for 15 minutes by the time a deputy started beating on the locked door.
    The clerk shoved a screwdriver into the lock and turned the doorknob. The deputy’s hand hovered over his holstered weapon as the door eased open.
    On the floor sat an unconscious man in his 20s, slouched against the doorframe. Nearby lay a syringe with the remains of some brown liquid in it. On the sink above, the bottle cap that he cooked the heroin in.

  • Even without shoes, Railey wows judges

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    What do you do when you’re competing at the S.C. State Fair Pageant and you forgot your pageant shoes?
    If you’re 8-year-old Railey Hegler of Lancaster, you put on your jellies and carry on.
    The McDonald Green third grader won one of four age categories in the fair pageant during the Oct. 14 competition in Columbia. Her title is a mouthful – Division 2 Grand Supreme South Carolina State Fair Princess.

  • Community Foundation awards grants

    The Lancaster County Community Foundation has handed out its annual grants, totaling $9,600 this year.
    The foundation held a reception earlier this month to celebrate the eight local nonprofits that are receiving the money.
    The organizations include the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Christian Services, Classroom Central, HOPE in Lancaster, Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, Lancaster Promise Neighborhood, Palmetto Council-Boy Scouts of America and Samaritan’s Feet International.

  • Addiction's deadly allure

    First of four parts
    Chad Carpenter overdosed on heroin only once, and he remembers precisely how it felt.
    He was 26, alone in his bedroom. His parents were only a few steps away, watching TV in their Lancaster home.
    He dumped his usual $30 ball of black-tar heroin into a spoon of water, flicked a lighter and melted it down. He strapped a belt around his arm, pulled the dark liquid into a syringe and shot it into his vein.

  • Stevens Park hosts Nature & Art Day

    KERSHAW – You don’t have to go to the mountains this weekend to enjoy a relaxing fall hike and some family fun.
    You can do both from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the annual Nature & Art Day celebration at Stevens Park, 200 Close Circle.
    Now in its third year, Nature and Art Day is hosted by the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) and is one of its signature events.
    “We’re excited to be opening up the park for the community to learn and enjoy,” said KCPC General Coordinator Beverly Timmons.

  • Lancaster man acquitted in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man accused of sexually abusing a child two years ago was found not guilty during his trial in Lancaster County General Sessions Court last week.
    Michael Stephen Mobley, 38, formerly of 1948 Sunny Lane, faced a possible 25-year sentence in his Oct. 11 trial on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under age 11.

  • Booth brouhaha pits VTIL leader against Fall Fest

    A spat over booth space has broken out between one of the leaders in Indian Land’s incorporation effort and the Indian Land Fall Festival.
    Matt McCusker, a vice president of Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), accuses festival officials of intentionally blocking his group from renting a booth at the Oct. 28 event, Indian Land’s largest gathering of the year.
    But festival officials Mike Neese and Robin King Hensel say they did no such thing, noting that McCusker simply missed the deadline for applying for a booth.

  • State kicks in $40K for Kershaw playground equipment

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has received a $40,000 state grant to help replace the rotten playground equipment at Stevens Park, adding to a growing pot of money that will be used for the project.
    The grant was awarded Oct. 12 by the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The announcement was made at Monday night’s town council meeting.
    “It’s good news,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman, noting that the town plans to kick in an additional $10,000 in hospitality-tax money to construct new playground equipment.

  • Crash kills 18-year-old

    An 18-year-old truck driver from the Midlands was killed Thursday morning when he ran a stop sign south of Kershaw and slammed into an oncoming pickup.
    Zachary Blake Kirkland of Elgin, in the southern part of Kershaw County, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. His autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
    Emergency personnel responded about 9:30 a.m. to the intersection of Shop and Winterwood roads, about half a mile south of Kershaw. A Dodge work truck carrying Kirkland had overturned in a ditch at the intersection.