• Howard: Financial perfect storm

    The honeymoon is over for Lancaster Mayor John Howard.
    After eight months as mayor, and 32 years in city government, Howard says Lancaster faces a perfect storm of financial problems, and he sees no easy way out.
    The city must find as much as $12 million more to comply with federal orders to fix its aging sewer system. Its largest taxpayer – Duracell – is leaving town. And it has chronic staffing problems that all boil down to money.

  • Lancaster’s Stewart named DNR officer of year – again

    From release

  • Archaeologist to talk about his research on S.C. coast

    From release

  • No more 'survival mode'

    Harrison Thomas Mann showed up 113 days early and weighed 21 ounces at birth.
    He was as long as a Barbie doll. His head was the size of a tennis ball, his feet 1 inch long.
    The doctors offered little hope to his parents, Dawn Hill and Thomas Mann of Lancaster.
    "The doctors told us you can hold him now and let him die in your arms or put it off until later," Hill recalls.
    No, they said. We'll try everything first.

  • What makes creative geniuses tick?

    Creative genius. What is it? And how do you know if you’ve got it? What did creative geniuses like Steve Jobs, Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein have in common?
    Whitney Anthony, a performance speaker with a passion for creativity, crafted the following list containing surprising qualities of creative geniuses. In my last column, I wrote about 1-7 on his list. Here are numbers 8-15:
    ◆ Creative geniuses have cognitive flexibility.

  • Red Cross holding disaster response boot camp Oct. 15

    From release

  • Man picks up dropped keys, steals car

    Authorities are seeking help to identify a man in his early 30s who allegedly stole a car from the parking lot at Lancaster’s Walmart last week.
    According to an advisory from the Lancaster Police Department, the car, a black 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited with gray interior, was stolen from the parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass West between 3 and 11:30 p.m. Sept. 22. The car has an S.C. license plate with the last three digits 283.
    Video surveillance taken inside Walmart shows the suspect picking up a set of keys accidentally dropped by the victim.

  • Arson suspected in Southside fire

    Authorities believe a fire that destroyed a vacant home in the Southside community early Wednesday was intentionally set.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter called the fire suspicious and said the department’s special operations division and the SLED Arson Unit are investigating the blaze at 507 Ballard St. The home is off Hampton Road near Deliverance Word of Faith Church.
    Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan said firefighters responded to the blaze at 4:48 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Trump leads presidential race in latest Winthrop Poll

    From release

  • Newborn taken into protective custody

    An infant born Wednesday at Springs Memorial Hospital has been placed in emergency protective custody because his mother’s blood had earlier tested positive for multiple drugs.
    The S.C. Department of Social Services took custody of the boy, and he is showing signs of drug withdrawal, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. The child is under the care of hospital staff.