• Mayor’s 1st chemo treatment goes well

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard began chemotherapy treatments for lung cancer Thursday while continuing to battle pneumonia at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville. 
    “He had his first round of chemo and is tolerating it well,” Karon Howard, the mayor’s wife, said by phone. “He’s doing well with the pneumonia and doing breathing treatments for that.”
    She said he’s hoarse from those treatments but still talking about City Hall business and fretting about being away from the job.

  • Motive a mystery in Peach Stand killing

    A Lancaster man has been charged with murder in Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a cashier at Fort Mill’s landmark Peach Stand.
    Christopher Benjamin Méndez, 28, of 1701 Pardue St., is accused of killing 19-year-old Karson Bailey Whitesell of Rock Hill.
    Maj. Bryan Zachary of the Fort Mill Police Department said investigators served Méndez with warrants Wednesday afternoon for murder and possession of a handgun during the commission of a violent crime.
    He is being held at the York County Detention Center without bond on both charges.

  • Women bond in ‘Steel Magnolias’

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County brings another well-known drama to life this weekend with an adaptation of the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias,” the story of small-town women bonding at Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, La.
    “It was a very iconic film, with some of the best stars of the ’80s,” said the play’s director, Sheri Marvin. “You really will laugh until you cry then cry until you laugh. It’s the funniest, most heartwarming show in a very, very long time.”

  • Officers from across region salute slain York Co. deputy

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and about 50 of his deputies joined officers from across the region Monday at the funeral of a York County sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty last week.
    Detective Mike Doty, 37, died Jan. 17, one day after he and three other officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call on Farrier Lane outside York.

  • County officials will run IL incorporation election

    Members of the newly appointed commission tasked with overseeing the Indian Land incorporation vote have opted to let Lancaster County organize and run the special election.
    Although no date has been set for the election, the commission met with local election officials Tuesday to discuss the matter.
    Melvin Threatt, one of three Indian Land incorporation election commissioners, said he and fellow commissioners Mike Sykes and Ryan Potter were meeting with county Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson to discuss how to proceed.

  • Battling state’s opioid crisis with information

    Counseling Services of Lancaster is rolling out a new campaign aimed at getting the public involved in the statewide crusade against the opioid epidemic.
    The campaign, called Just Plain Killers, is a project of the S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) under which Counseling Services of Lancaster operates as a local substance-abuse commission.
    The goal, both statewide and locally, is to raise and deepen public awareness of opioid use and abuse in the state while reducing the stigma placed on addicts.

  • Mayor Howard to begin cancer treatment

    Four months after being hospitalized with a stroke, Lancaster Mayor John Howard has been diagnosed with lung cancer, city officials said Tuesday.
    He was admitted to Springs Memorial Hospital on Jan. 16 suffering from pneumonia, after dealing with a respiratory illness for the past few weeks, according to City Administrator Flip Hutfles.
    Doctors found a tumor in one of his lungs, and he was transferred to the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville last Thursday. 

  • New card lets senior citizens attend sports events for free

    If you’re 65 or older and enjoy Lancaster County sports, you’re in luck.

    Lancaster County School District is now offering a sporting event pass called a Gold Card that will allow all senior citizens to attend school athletic events for free.

    “We’re excited to begin this program this year,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We believe it’s a great way to thank our seniors for all they do for our students and a great tool for increasing senior citizen support for our schools.”

  • Proposed Panhandle school attendance zones

    Building a new school in the Panhandle calls for attendance zones to be redrawn.

    That means some Harrisburg Elementary students will be moved to Indian Land Elementary and some ILE students will be going to the new Panhandle elementary to the south.

    Three proposed attendance lines for the Panhandle were presented to the school board Tuesday evening.

    Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Lancaster County School District superintendent, said switching students and teachers to different schools is a routine consequence of growth, but it’s sometimes difficult.

  • Fun night as chamber surprises honorees

    I arrived at Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual soiree at 6 p.m. to find a sea of business suits and other fine attire in the main hall of The Lodge at Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    Most gathered around a small table where rows of nametags were being picked up and clipped on, some adorned with ribbons that said Silver Sponsor or Gold Sponsor. Others went to the adjacent bar, where wine and beer were not in short supply.