• New pastor leads VW Methodists

    The Rev. Tim Espar is the new pastor at the Church of the Good Shepherd and Van Wyck United Methodist churches.
    Since last fall, Espar, 68, who transferred from pastoral ministry in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, has been working with local Methodist officials to relocate near his new Indian Land home. He began as minister July 2.

  • Bluegrass & barbecue

    What is better than a night out with good food and good music?
    Knowing you are supporting a good cause at the same time, say organizers of Habitat for Humanity’s fifth-annual “Bluegrass, Barbecue & Building,” set for this Saturday, 5-9 p.m. at USCL’s Bundy Auditorium and the Arnold Special Events Room.
    This year’s lineup features Nashville recording artists the Larry Stephenson Band, along with the Hinson Girls and Flatland Express. The Sun City Cloggers will clog between band performances.

  • Let’s just get married right after the eclipse

    Travis and Samantha Dry will have no trouble remembering the date of their wedding – Aug. 21, the Great American Eclipse Day.
    It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Buford couple got engaged last week, almost exactly one year after they became reacquainted at their 10-year high school reunion.
    On Saturday, they talked about when the wedding might be, and Travis threw out the idea of getting married on the 21st, the anniversary of their first date. When they realized the astronomical significance of Monday, it seemed like a celestial sign.

  • Motorcycle club raising money for HOPE

    The S.C. Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association will host its sixth-annual charity ride and auction fundraiser for HOPE in Lancaster this Saturday.
    The event, which plans to raise $10,000, is 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at HOPE in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway, with the charity motorcycle ride at 10 a.m.
    HOPE Executive Director Bekah Clawson said this will probably be the last year the event is held at the location on Pageland Highway, since HOPE and Christian Services have joined together to purchase the Lancaster Bowling Alley.

  • Graham touts his health-care plan

    Sen. Lindsey Graham is not ready to give up on repealing Obamacare just yet, and his name is on a new plan that may draw the spotlight when Congress reconvenes after its summer break.
    The S.C. Republican met with local leaders in Lancaster last week as he traveled around the state. He said the “fatally-flawed” Affordable Care Act is sending a disproportionate chunk of federal money to four states.

  • $394K plan for custom playground equipment

    KERSHAW – The effort to replace the centerpiece of Kershaw’s Stevens Park – a condemned mass of rotting playground equipment that has sat idle since April – took a couple of steps forward this week.
    The nonprofit Kershaw Community Park Council proposed a $394,000 replacement project, saying it has applied for grants to fund the design and construction. The town council voted Monday night to give the KCPC until Dec. 31 to line up the financing.

  • Toast of the town

    It only took one day – Aug. 25, 2016 – for Brandy and Don Geraghty to get past the new-business jitters.
    “I’m not gonna lie…. We were scared. No, more like terrified,” said Don Geraghty, who with his wife owns The Craft Stand at the corner of Gay and Main streets. “But after Day One and the reaction we got, we weren’t scared anymore.
    “You know, I can’t believe it’s been a year,” he said.

  • Panel issues no decision on IL incorporation

    COLUMBIA – A legislative committee questioned Indian Land incorporation proponents for nearly two hours Friday, but ended the hearing with no decision, saying it would meet again at some unspecified date.
    About 17 people representing both sides of the incorporation issue attended Voters for a Town of Indian Land’s (VTIL) hearing before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation in Columbia. If the committee approves, voters get to decide the issue.

  • 17-year-old shooting victim dies

    Daquan Blackmon, a 17-year-old shot Friday night on East Arch Street in downtown Lancaster, has died at Carolinas Medical Center.
    Blackmon suffered a single gunshot wound in the incident, which happened within sight of the Municipal Justice Center, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday it hasn’t received paperwork confirming what day Blackmon died.

  • Spectacular!

    Protected eyes turned skyward Monday afternoon across South Carolina as the moon slowly covered the sun in the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years.
    In Lancaster, where the eclipse wasn’t quite total, the slow dimming stopped at about 2:36 p.m. It was like dusk, with an odd yellowish tint. A crescendo of crickets and frogs rose and then fell off quickly as the light returned.
    Columbia, in the path of totality, drew huge crowds of astro-tourists.