• Soft-spoken trailblazer Eddie Moore

    “I don’t want to be the first black mayor. I want to be the first black mayor who does well and helps grow the town.”
    – Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore

    HEATH SPRINGS – When some politicians enter a room, all eyes turn to them, and conversations pause so the speech can begin.
    Eddie Moore isn’t one of those.

  • Column: ‘My Black Is...,’ a prelude to Black History Month

    More than 550 people attended “My Black Is…,” a production of original skits, monologues and choreographed dance routines that enlightened the audience on the contributions of African Americans to history.

    Held at the Lancaster High School auditorium last Saturday, it served as the prelude to events the Lancaster community will host in observance of Black History Month. 

  • S.C. flu deaths doubling by the week

    The flu continues to clobber South Carolina, with another 30 people dying from it last week, nearly twice as many as the week before, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.
    Were any of those fatalities in Lancaster County? That’s not easy to figure out.
    Springs Memorial Hospital will not say. It must report any flu deaths to DHEC, but the hospital will not release the information to the public.

  • Norman, wife uninjured in Va. Amtrak accident

    Rep. Ralph Norman and his wife escaped injury Wednesday when an Amtrak train carrying GOP members of Congress to a conference hit a trash truck on the track in Virginia, killing one person.
    Norman, the 5th District congressman from Rock Hill, was traveling with other U.S. House members and their families to a retreat in West Virginia when the train collided with the truck outside Crozet, Va., about 11:20 a.m., killing the driver.

  • ‘Rabid’ fan favorites

    Each year, Forbes Magazine ranks each NFL team to determine which has the most rabid fan base.
    The Forbes pecking order is based on five criteria:
    ◆ Hometown crowd reach – This is determined by the percentage of metropolitan area hometown fans who attended an NFL game, or watched a broadcast on television or listened to their team on the radio.
    ◆ Three years of Nielsen television ratings.
    ◆ Three years of stadium attendance based on seating capacity.
    ◆ Three years of merchandise sales from NFLShop.com.

  • Duke workers battle terrain to restore Puerto Rico power

    Elizabeth Leland
    Duke Energy Illumination

    The devastation in Puerto Rico is beyond anything Craig Mustard imagined before arriving on the island with other Duke Energy linemen.
    Houses are in tatters, and tangles of electrical lines and utility poles still lie where Hurricane Maria tossed them in September.

  • Will lower litter fines help clean up roads?

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. House passed a bill Tuesday that substantially cuts fines for littering in the Palmetto State.
    Rep. Chandra Dillard, (D-Greenville) pushed for the reduction.
    Instead of a $450 fine for tossing less than 15 pounds of litter, the bill passed Tuesday drops the fine for littering to $25 to $100. However, it increases some of the penalties for illegal dumping, or large quantities of trash.
    “I am open to anything that would start making our highways and byways look a little better,” Dillard told The State newspaper.

  • County gets half of region’s DOT projects

    This is shaping up to be a banner year for local road improvements.
    Lancaster County is getting half of the S.C. Department of Transportation road projects slated for the Catawba region  – Lancaster, York, Union and Chester counties.
    DOT ranks the projects each year based on feedback from each county, with counties grouped by district.
    And yes, a healthy dose of politics usually plays into the decision, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • Drastically fewer cats euthanized

    A year ago, 80 to 90 percent of the cats that came into the Lancaster County Animal Shelter had to be euthanized to make room for the continuous influx of new animals.
    In the last quarter of 2017, only 12 percent were put down, thanks to the overwhelming success of the county’s TNR (trap, neuter and return) program.
    December’s numbers were especially striking, with only 21 cats euthanized because of lack of space. Cats are sometimes put down for other reasons, such as sickness or injury.

  • Reid Pointe faces big road repairs

    Residents are breathing easy in eight of the nine Indian Land subdivisions that received a county ultimatum two months ago about the deadline for getting their streets accepted into the county maintenance system.
    Not so in Reid Pointe, where nearly 80 percent of the streets are in “desperate need of repair,” County Attorney John Weaver said at Monday’s county council meeting.