• IL man pens self-help book

    From release

    Local author Chris R. Korte has taken his experience and life-long passion for personal improvement and condensed everything he has learned in a new book titled, “I Wish I Knew Then…”
    In the book, Korte draws on his work experience, 30 years of marriage, three adult children and the hundreds of self-help books he has read.

  • Last KVLT speaker – Josh Arrants

    Naturalist Josh Arrants will wrap up this year’s Katawba Valley Land Trust Speaker Series on Thursday at USC Lancaster.

    Arrants will speak at 7 p.m. in the Carole Ray Dowling building about how the military and industries manage wildlife and biodiversity on their properties. He will also share his own stories from two decades of experience as a naturalist and ornithologist.

    Arrants said he wants Thursday’s audience to understand conservation is important.

  • 10-year term for DUI crash that killed son

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday on charges related to a 2015 drunk-driving accident that killed one of his sons and injured another.
    Lonnie Eugene Patterson, 36, of 1350 Camp Drive, pleaded guilty to felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and child endangerment.
    At the Fairfield County Courthouse in Winnsboro, Circuit Judge Dan Hall sentenced Patterson to 10 years on each count, to run concurrently. He was facing a maximum of 52.5 years in prison, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said.

  • Man dies in Buford house fire

    A Buford man is believed to have died early Sunday in a fire at his home on Mary Lee Lane.
    The victim tentatively has been identified as 33-year-old Eric Thomas Belk, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Belk, a 2002 Buford High School graduate, was known as “Dank” to friends and family. He worked for Keywell Metals in Monroe and as a well-known soccer referee for Lancaster County Parks and Recreation for more than a decade.

  • Blackmon seeks $35K from Harris, county

    Linda Blackmon is asking that Jackie Harris and the Lancaster County Election Commission pay her attorney fees and other costs from the election protest filed by Harris in 2016.
    Blackmon’s attorney Robert Tyson filed a legal motion in the civil court case Oct. 13, seeking $30,000 from Harris and $5,000 from the commission.
    “When there’s a statute, or contractual provision, that allows for the prevailing party to seek costs incurred when the allegations are frivolous in nature, then we will do just that,” Tyson said.

  • Home for heelsplitters

    The population of Lancaster County’s endangered Carolina heelsplitters increased significantly Tuesday.
    Federal workers precisely hand-placed 300 of the federally protected mussels along a stretch of Gills Creek between Pageland Highway and Langley Road east of Lancaster.
    “There’s no big method to the madness,” said Morgan Wolf, an endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
    Since 2012, Wolf has been overseeing improvements to the Gills Creek basin to improve heelsplitter habitats.

  • Catawba Riverkeeper releases smartphone app

    From release

  • Solicitor drawing together nonprofits to help drug addicts repair their lives

    The new Sixth Circuit Adult Drug Court Program is partnering with the United Way of Lancaster County to coordinate a network of services to help defendants turn their lives around.
    As part of the effort, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman is inviting all agencies interested in receiving program referrals to a network meeting and lunch at noon this Tuesday.
    The meeting will be in the Lancaster’s City Council chambers at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St. Those interested in lunch are asked to RSVP by noon Monday to Ben Dunlap at ben.dunlap@scsolicitor6.org.

  • New wrinkle for Promise Neighborhood

    Lancaster Promise Neighborhood has knocked on the federal government’s door for the second time after not getting the answer it wanted last year, but this time it’s using a new approach.
    This year’s application requesting nearly $20 million in federal funding – up from last year’s $12 million request – was completed classifying the Clinton Elementary attendance zone as a rural area. Last year we competed in the general category.

  • End of inmate labor will cost county plenty

    Lancaster County is about to lose its only access to low-cost inmate labor, and officials are scrambling to come up with a plan that will avoid hiring county employees to do the work at an annual cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    “It’s going to be a hit,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper, noting the local impact of the November closing of the Catawba Pre-Release Center in Rock Hill.