• 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.

  • Shriner poker run Saturday

    Nancy Parsons

    Landmark News Service

    GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls-Kershaw Shrine Club will hold a poker run, “Rollin’ on the River,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Boats and bikes are welcome.

    Participants will pick up their cards at Creekside at Beaver Creek, Clear Water Cove Marina, Colonel Creek Boat Landing, 97 Kickstand, Wateree Creek at the mouth/red bank (boat on the water) and Dutchman Creek Marina.

  • Faulty motorcycle starts shop fire

    Gregory A. Summers


    In his years as a firefighter and captain for Lancaster Fire Department, Gonzie Mackey saw his share of house fires.

    But a late afternoon blaze on Monday, Aug. 3, hit close to home; really close to home.

    The workshop behind the retired firefighter’s residence on Glenwood Avenue was heavily damaged when an ill-running motorcycle parked inside of it started a fire.

  • Fourth suspect charged in armed robberies

    Kimberly Harrington

    Landmark News Services

    PAGELAND – The Pageland Police Department has made another arrest in the armed robbery of convenience stores in three Carolina counties.

    Yamilez Matos, 19, of Wingate, N.C., is now facing multiple charges.

    She is charged with armed robbery in connection to the July 7 hold-up of Kountry Korner on South Van Lingo Mungo Boulevard in Pageland.

  • Tax-free holiday Aug. 7-9

    David Kellin

    For The Lancaster News

    For parents trying to cope with high back-to-school expenses, some relief is on the way.

    From 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, to midnight Sunday, Aug. 9, they can buy school supplies and some household items without having to pay state sales tax. In Lancaster County, that is a savings of 8 percent.

    Exempt or sales tax free items include:

    u Clothing and clothing accessories, including, hats, scarves, hosiery and handbags, and footwear

  • IL man faces sex charges

    Reece Murphy


    INDIAN LAND – A man arrested in May is facing several charges of molesting a minor repeatedly for more than eight years.

    William Joe Craig, 60, of the 1100 block of Fort Mill Highway, is charged with 16 counts stemming from his early May arrest, along with two more counts added in late July, according to the online 6th Judicial Circuit Public Index.