• 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.

  • Pedestrian hit by SUV, dies from her injuries

    A Lancaster woman has died after a vehicle struck her Tuesday night on Baker Street near Springdale Road in Lancaster.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 43-year-old Patricia Morgan Pate.
    According to Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, the victim was trying to cross Baker Street when she was struck by an SUV driven by 56-year-old Kendra Joy Melton of Lancaster.
    Gooches Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County EMS responded to the scene shortly after 7 p.m.

  • Tombstone just appears out of nowhere

    Who are Elise and Norville Grant, and how did their tombstone end up dumped in the woods off Zion Road north of Lancaster?
    Dennis McAteer, who stumbled onto it at some property his girlfriend owns, would really like to know. Finding no answers himself, he called in the sheriff’s office, but they got no leads either.

  • Library board’s inaction draws fire

    Lancaster County Council members are turning up the heat on the library board for dragging its feet on plans to spend $8 million in voter-approved funds upgrading facilities in Lancaster, Kershaw and Indian Land.
    “We’ve been talking about the library and library board for a year now,” said frustrated council member Terry Graham.
    County Library Director Rita Vogel gave council members an update on the facilities plan during the Jan. 9 meeting of the council’s Infrastructure & Research Committee.

  • Firefighters save deer trapped in fence

    Toby Roberts and Paul Blas, both full-time employees of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, were riding around Buford on Wednesday checking the roads for ice when they found a deer trapped in a wire fence on Tabernacle Road.
    The deer had one of her hind legs caught up in the top strand of a type of wire fence usually used for goats. Roberts said they thought at first she was dead because she wasn’t moving.
    “I backed up because I wasn’t going to leave her hanging there, even if she was dead,” Roberts said.

  • 'Best snow day'

    Little traces of snow were still on the ground Thursday evening as Wednesday’s snowfall melted away.
    Lancaster County, as well as some upper state and midland counties, were under a winter storm warning and winter advisory Wednesday. Snow accumulation ranged from 3 inches in Indian Land to a half-inch in Lancaster to 2 inches in Elgin.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, said Wednesday was one of their easiest snow days.