• Charity ride reaps $10K, 1,843 pounds of food for HOPE

    The S.C. Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association, with the help of the Black Sheep Jeep Club, delivered 1,843 pounds of food to HOPE in Lancaster on Aug. 26 with its sixth-annual charity drive.
    The ride included stops at Barron Masonic Lodge in Heath Springs, Camp Creek, Flat Rock, Indian Land, Jackson, Macedonia in Jefferson and Wannamaker masonic lodges.
    Supporters also raised $10,158 through an auction and raffled off several door prizes donated by local businesses that stepped up to help. There was also a cake auction and a hot dog lunch with all the trimmings.

  • Rich Hill fire station expansion expedited

    The county will front Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department $250,000 from the General Fund so that planned upgrades at the department’s rural fire station can move ahead.
    County council unanimously approved the expenditure Monday night.
    “This is a good way for us to show our support of the fire service,” said Lancaster County Councilman Larry Honeycutt, noting that the money is ultimately coming from the resale of 18 used fire trucks owned by the county.

  • IL post office site generates friction

    U.S. Postal Service officials got more feedback than expected from Indian Land residents Thursday during a raucous two-hour meeting about a proposed Panhandle post office.
    The meeting at York Technical College’s Indian Land Center on Rosemont Drive drew a standing-room crowd of more than 80 people for the first step in the community feedback and solicitation process.

  • $6M plant to be built just outside Lancaster

    The state has lured another overseas manufacturer and this one is coming to an under-development industrial park in Lancaster County.
    Gov. Henry McMaster announced late Thursday that Don Construction Products (DCP) is launching its first U.S. manufacturing plant at KCH Industrial Park on Kershaw Camden Highway.
    The initial project, which is expected to create 21 jobs, is a $6.2 million capital investment.
    Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper said he couldn’t be more pleased by the company’s decision to come here.

  • A deadly night on Arch Street

    About this story: Lancaster’s most disturbing news this year has been street shootings that have left five young men dead, others wounded and neighborhoods terrorized. Scott Grant, police chief since March, often patrols the streets late at night. Reporter Hannah L. Strong was riding with Grant at the moment 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon was gunned down. This is the story of that night.

  • ‘Momma Carolyn,’ Dabo hit it off

    Few people can divert a college football coach, a national championship coach at that, away from a practice in preparation for the season opener in defense of the national title.
    Count Lancaster native and ardent Clemson fan Carolyn Starnes, 83, in that limited number.
    Starnes recently visited a Clemson Tigers football practice and drew the full attention of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
    Swinney, while at the workout, stopped by and spent time with Starnes, a former University of South Carolina Lancaster instructor and longtime Clemson fan.

  • IL Fall Festival moves to schools complex

    The Indian Land schools campus will serve as the new location of the Indian Land Fall Festival on Oct. 28.
    At The Reservation football stadium, there will be a kids’ play zone, sports zone and large music stage. The training field on the grounds will host the community, farm and faith zones with vendors and churches. The VFW Car Show will take over the student parking lot beside the high school.

  • 40 years for shooting girlfriend in the face

    WINNSBORO – A 32-year-old man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday after jurors convicted him of shooting his girlfriend in the face while her two young children watched.
    Larry Cornish was found guilty in the attempted murder of Ashley Mickle after a three-day trial prosecuted by Assistant Sixth Circuit Solicitor Croom Hunter.
    Cornish was also convicted of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a weapon by a person previously convicted of a violent crime.  

  • Chesterfield County school bus driver charged with DUI

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    A Chesterfield County school bus operator was charged with driving under the influence this week after her blood-alcohol level was measured at nearly four times the legal limit.
    Angela Caldwell of Jefferson was arrested Monday after witnesses called 911 saying they saw her driving her bus erratically near Airport Road and S.C. 265, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Gas prices skyrocket as Houston shuts down

    Prices at local gas pumps have jumped as much as 40 cents a gallon this week as Hurricane Harvey’s 50-plus inches of rain swamped South Texas and closed oil refineries in the Houston area, and shortages are possible.
    The worst rain event in U.S. history has jolted gas markets just before the busy Labor Day travel weekend, and local and national fuel-industry experts say it’s uncertain how long the disruption to supplies will last, or how high prices will go at the pumps.