• Fancy Pokket breaks logjam

    After four frustrating years of delays and facing an ultimatum from county officials, Fancy Pokket has cleared its final hurdle and can fire up its ovens. 

    The state inspection of the bread-making plant's boilers was completed Wednesday, five days short of the county-imposed Halloween deadline.

  • Hey... did you hear that?

    Joe Timmons likes to explore a particular slice of Lancaster County’s history. His quest takes him down long-forgotten paths and deep into forbidding forests, often miles from the nearest living soul.

    Sometimes in the middle of the night.

    Timmons has managed to document 185 cemeteries in the county, including 23 that no one knew were there. He studies who’s buried where and chronicles the folklore of these places.

  • New route to jobs: Free training in 4 trades

    Under a pioneering new program, any adult in Lancaster County can get free training in four vocational trades through the school district, and three more specialties will be offered soon.

    The first class of 22 adults, ranging in age from 17 to 66, are already in the program, and signups for the next classes are under way. 

  • Coach draws fire from IL parent group

    The parents of an Indian Land High School football player have complained to the school district about ILHS head football coach Michael Mayer, saying a group of about 80 parents want him out of his job.

    They cited his losing record and his treatment of the team, “degrading our players daily with name calling” and “berating our players with foul language.”

  • PVFD celebrates 60th anniversary

    The last big celebration Pleasant Valley Fire Department held was on April 2, 2011, the grand opening of the department’s new modern 14,800-square-foot, $2.1 million Fire Station 14 on Possum Hollow Road.
    The department has come a long way since it first opened its single-bay door at a makeshift station on S.C. 160, and that was the reason the department celebrated again Oct. 15 during a community open house in honor of its 60th anniversary.

  • Duke Energy donates $100,000 to hurricane-relief efforts in S.C.

    Duke Energy has donated $100,000 to help charities providing S.C. disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. It gave $225,000 more in North Carolina and Florida.
    “While the men and women of Duke Energy have worked nonstop to restore power to customers in Florida and the Carolinas, we know our communities need more,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s president and CEO.

  • Priest awarded Order of Palmetto

    A local priest has received South Carolina’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Palmetto.
    Father Jeffrey Kirby, administrator of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Indian Land, received the award Oct. 11 in a ceremony in the central lobby of the S.C. State House in Columbia.
    Kirby joined the Indian Land church after the dedication of its new church building in August, taking over from Father John Guiliani, who oversaw the church’s construction. Kirby also serves as administrator of St. Joseph’s Parish in Chester.

  • Spat over pig’s feet leads to gunfire

    A Lancaster man has accused a relative of shooting at his home following an argument over pig’s feet.
    James Edward Mingo Jr., of 1517 Rope Lane, reported that he was in his garage with some friends about 7 p.m. Sunday when he walked back in the house and saw a relative peeking into Mingo’s pots on the stove, according to a Lancaster County sheriff’s report,

  • Parents are arrested after 2 kids test positive for drugs

    A Lancaster couple has been charged with child neglect after two of their preschool children tested positive for narcotics.
    Stanley Oneal McKinney, 36, and Morgan Kathleen Wilson, 25, both of 1556 Foxbrook Circle, face one count each of child neglect.

  • Gov. Haley, GOP throng back Faile

    Gov. Nikki Haley came to Lancaster County on Tuesday night to stump for Sheriff Barry Faile at a rally in Buford community.
    The governor received a warm welcome from about 650 GOP partisans at Hal and Tami Crenshaw’s home on Tabernacle Road. Under Faile, she said, the county’s crime rate has dropped, response times have improved, and gangs and drugs have been targeted.
    “The reason why I’m really here is he doesn’t call himself a public servant, he acts like a public servant,” Haley said.