• $2.2M for mentoring college prospects

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation, Furman University and The Duke Endowment on Monday launched a $2.2 million mentoring program for prospective college students in Lancaster and Chester counties.
    The five-year program will be the Palmetto State’s first participant in the College Advising Corps (CAC), a one-on-one mentoring program in 15 states, and will start in August.
    The Sims Foundation and The Duke Endowment will fund the initiative.

  • Rotting playground wood prompts safety shutdown at Kershaw park

    KERSHAW – The Haile Gold Mine Playground at Stevens Park has been closed until further notice after repeated inspections deemed it as unsafe.
    “It was recommended that we close it, and I closed it,” Kershaw Administrator Mitch Lucas said at a special called meeting of the town council Monday night. “We have $115,000 out there that can’t be used right now.”

  • Weekend Recap: April 10, 2017

    A Saturday evening accident on Memorial Park Road claimed the lives of a Kershaw couple, David McIsaac, 61, and Dana McIsaac, 45. For details, see the full story posted on our website or see Wednesday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Kershaw couple killed in motorcycle accident

    A Saturday evening motorcycle accident claimed the lives of a Kershaw couple.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as David McIsaac, 61 and Dana McIsaac, 45.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis said the accident happened about 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Memorial Park Road as the McIsaacs were riding westbound on at 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

  • Andrew Jackson VI to speak in Lancaster

    As part of Lancaster County’s celebration of Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday this year, Tennessee Judge Andrew Jackson VI will speak at the Cultural Arts Center this Thursday.
    Judge Jackson is a frequent lecturer on Andrew Jackson at schools, civic groups and at The Hermitage, the seventh president’s historic Tennessee home in Nashville.

  • Lancaster man pleads guilty in federal straw-purchase case

    A Lancaster man has followed his girlfriend’s example and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to his role in a plot to straw-purchase a firearm.
    Adam Tyler Shrader, 22, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Columbia to one count of conspiracy to make a straw purchase of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Beth Drake said in a release.
    U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis will sentence Shrader after reviewing a presentencing report from the U.S. Probation Office, Drake said.

  • Cops, jailers reaching out to understand mentally ill

    Once, when Melanie Odom was at Clemson University, she thought she had discovered a mathematical way to predict the future, and that the government was coming to steal it.
    As a professor was trying to get her some help, she was in an auto accident. She ran across four lanes of traffic, still clutching the sandwich she had been eating.
    “Why are you fleeing the scene of an accident!” yelled a police officer at the scene. As he approached her, she began tearing the sandwich into little pieces and throwing them at him.

  • Those moved by her death place stone at Soren’s grave

    When they learned that Soren Chilson’s grave had no marker, Lancaster County’s law enforcement community passed the hat and bought a pink granite memorial to honor her short life.
    It was installed Tuesday in the cemetery at Antioch Baptist Church.
    “I think the thing that moved a lot of people with Soren was the fact that she’s a child, and the manner in which she was killed, what she went through,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Campbell, who spearheaded the effort.

  • Somber duties end in prayer

    Coleen Burgess will be remembered for the simple pleasures she enjoyed and bestowed.
    She liked to drink coffee with her daughter-in-law every morning, sitting in her recliner, a Chihuahua balanced on each leg – Splash and Dixie.
    Saturday mornings were for “yard-sale-in’.” And any day was for family and friends around the table. She was a fabulous cook, and every meal seemed to have at least three courses.

  • Suspicious fire at local child-care center

    Local authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at a child-care center on Airport Road early Monday morning.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters responded to Freshly Anointed Child Care at 2376 Airport Road about 4:16 a.m. They found a fire on the outside of the building that had nearly burned itself out.
    He said no one was inside the center and no one was injured, and the building suffered virtually no structural damage.