• Van Wyck frets over details of town plan

    Six months ago, Van Wyck residents were urgently pursuing incorporation plans, trying to become a town before Indian Land’s proposal to incorporate almost the entire Panhandle could swallow the rural community.
    The Van Wyck petition effort succeeded, and the proposal is awaiting legislative approval before going back to Van Wyck for a public vote.

  • Haley orders coastal evacuation

    With Hurricane Matthew targeting the Carolinas, Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday ordered 1.1 million coastal residents to evacuate beginning at 3 p.m. today and alerted Lancaster County officials that their assistance might be needed.
    The county held a joint meeting late Tuesday involving public safety, public works, the school district, and parks and recreation to determine the local response, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • State champ John Elliott has big ring on his finger

    John Elliott’s heart was racing as he pushed hard through the finish line of the 100-meter wheelchair race at the 2016 state track championship this past spring.
    The crowd was cheering him on. He had just made history.
    The 2015-16 academic year was the first time S.C. students in wheelchairs could compete against each other at regular high school track meets.

  • No holding back 4 Buford buddies with ambition

    Four businessmen are making moves to get tastier ice cream at Buford Elementary School, and those entrepreneurs happen to be fourth graders with firm handshakes and a trusty partnership.
    Robbie Johnson, Riley Deese, Isaac Prakin and Wyatt Ghent scheduled a business meeting this month with BES administrative assistant Gayle Caskey, who is the purchaser for the school’s canteen. Robbie is 10. The others are 9.
    The four decided to write a letter to request ice cream sandwiched between two cookies. But they had to decide who had the best handwriting first.

  • 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

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  • 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

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