• Tug-of-war over IL incorporation

    More than 600 people met Tuesday night in Indian Land to hear supporters and opponents of the Panhandle’s two incorporation efforts explain their differences on the region’s most contentious issue.
    Taking the stage for the event at Transformation Church were members of the pro-Panhandle incorporation group Voters for a Town of Indian Land, the Incorporate Van Wyck Committee, and anti-incorporation group No Town of Indian Land.

  • Senior Farmers’ Market nutrition program returns

    From release

    The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is coming back to Lancaster County.
    The goals of the program are to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and to support South Carolina’s small farmers.

  • Letter carriers picking up food next Saturday

    The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger! food drive May 13.

  • Community’s donations go to Burgess family

    Nearly $3,000 raised across the community over the past month was delivered to Jim Burgess on Tuesday.
    R.L. Parham and Burgess met in the front yard of his damaged home on S.C. 9, which was crushed by a huge oak tree during a storm April 6. Burgess’ wife, Coleen, died in the wreckage that evening.
    Parham handed Burgess a check for $2,871 and a $100 Visa gift card. Ryan’s Tree Service and Bethany Presbyterian Church equally split the $1,000 to pay for the crane and tree removal.

  • LASS raises $13K for animal shelter

    Animal lovers raised $13,000 at The Ivy Place on Sunday in a fundraiser sponsored by the Sun City group Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters.
    More than 250 people attended the event, including county council members Larry Honeycutt, Terry Graham and Billy Mosteller.
    Arlene McCarthy, LASS president, and cofounder Sue White shared the story of the group and how it grew in four years from two concerned women to a community of activism and inspiration.

  • Unknown virus shuts down animal shelter

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been shut down and quarantined, and it will accept no strays until further notice, County Administrator Steve Willis said Tuesday.
    He said the shelter has been working for about two weeks to contain an outbreak of some undetermined respiratory virus, but has not been successful.
    "We are closing the shelter, not taking any dogs or cats in and not letting any dogs or cats out," he said.

  • Finance chief Absher quits, mayor blames petty squabble

    The city of Lancaster is losing its finance director in the middle of budget season, and Mayor John Howard is unhappy about that, calling the departure “devastating” and blaming it on petty squabbling by city council members.
    James Absher Jr., who has been in the position since 2010, submitted his resignation May 3 in a letter to Howard, city council members and City Administrator Flip Hutfles. His last day is June 5.

  • Legislative panel OKs Van Wyck town vote

    The Van Wyck incorporation question is heading for the ballot box, after the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation approved the community’s effort during a hearing in Columbia Tuesday.
    Incorporate Van Wyck Committee spokeswoman Linda Vaughan said legislative committee members voted unanimously to approve the plan after grilling incorporation supporters for more then an hour on details of the plan.

  • Another grieving family hopes for peace, closure

    The last time Ketta Evans saw her son Mar’Quise was three years ago, just before she went to prison for attempted armed robbery.
    Last month, still incarcerated, she got word that Mar’Quise Evans, 19, had been shot to death at the Caroline Court public housing complex. She wasn't allowed to attend his funeral.
    “I threw the phone…. All I could do was cry,” she said. “All he wanted was for mama to come home."

  • Community takes stand against violence

    Two community events brought residents together to stand against violence, both at the Barr Street Community Center. On Saturday, a family event was held in the gymnasium and a prayer vigil was held in the auditorium on Monday.

    The new group Save the Streetz held public events Saturday at the Barr Street campus, aimed at employment opportunities and family activities. Turnout was light due to rain, but co-organizer Porsha Mungo said the group is committed to stopping gang violence in Lancaster.