• Per-capita incomes skyrocket in county

    Per-capita income in Lancaster County has shot up in the past five years, propelled mostly by gains in the fast-growing Panhandle.
    The county was last in the state on the 2011 income list, at $22,897 per person. This year’s figure is $38,043, up 66 percent in five years, according to a new report from the S.C. Department of Revenue and Towncharts.com.
    Lancaster now ranks ninth-highest among the 46 S.C. counties and well above the state average of $32,505.

  • Gilbert tweaks incentives

    The incentive package that helped land 1,500 CompuCom jobs is unlike any Lancaster County has offered before – molded by painful lessons from the Fancy Pokket deal and the experience of the county’s new chief business recruiter.
    “I want our community to be the most aggressive county in the state for local incentives,” said Jamie Gilbert, who has been county economic development director since July. “At the same time, we expect performance and accountability.”

  • 3 siblings needed a rescue

    Last Christmas, the Sendler family was busier than usual. That happens when you double your household.
    It was Shawn and Heather Sendler and their two kids, Addison, 8, and Baylor, 6. Plus three foster children, tight-knit siblings ages 9, 8 and 2, who had been staying with them for a few months.
    The home was overflowing with love and acceptance, but it wasn't a permanent arrangement.
    Now it is.

  • Christmas cheer, blankets for White Oak residents

    Two churches brought warmth and gifts to White Oak Manor Tuesday afternoon. Outside, skies were overcast with temperatures in the low 40s, but the mood inside was bright and cheerful.
    Christ Episcopal Church brought personal-care items and the Scrap Happy Quilters of Osceola United Methodist Church brought warm, colorful fleece blankets.
    “It means so much when people in the community visit, especially during Christmas,” said Jennifer Barton, the nursing home’s activity director.

  • Sun City angel tree fulfills holiday wishes

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
    For The Lancaster News

  • Jockeying for Mulvaney seat begins

    With Donald Trump’s nomination of Mick Mulvaney to be  White House budget director, speculation has begun over who might run for the U.S. House District 5 seat.
    Senate Democrats have said they intend to grill Trump’s nominees, but confirmation isn’t expected to be a problem for the Indian Land Republican, a budget hawk elected to his fourth House term last month.

  • The scoop on Santa

    The Santa experts have finally spoken.
    They’ve given the inside scoop on what a Christmas Eve sleigh ride around the world really entails.
    They know exactly how many presents are loaded onto Santa’s sleigh before he takes off. His favorite cookie to eat and what he does after making his Christmas Eve rounds.
    These experts can be found in the classrooms of North and Brooklyn Springs elementary schools.

  • Kershaw cuts rental rate on ballroom

    KERSHAW – It’s now cheaper to rent the ballroom at Kershaw Country Club.
    Members of Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Monday night to cut the rental fee from $500 a day to $350. For the first time, half-day rentals will be available, for $250.
    The previous $100 deposit for reserving the ballroom has been slashed to $25. The deposit has been, and remains, refundable if the renter cleans up the room after using it.

  • Garbage hauling gets fancy in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – There’s nothing glamorous about picking up garbage, but the county’s smallest town is now doing it in grand style.
    Heath Springs last week took delivery on a $142,000, state-of-the-art 2017 Kenworth/Pak-Mor 20-yard residential garbage truck.
    “I gotta tell you, I like it,” said town employee Dan Knight. “This is something we needed.”
    Heath Springs doesn’t have property taxes to generate municipal revenue, so the truck’s $142,000 pricetag was no small matter.

  • 6 school buses spray-painted with profanities

    Six school buses were vandalized early Tuesday morning in the bus parking lot beside Lancaster High School's football stadium.
    Vandals spray-painted profanities on buses and bus license plates, said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District.
    Vaughn said the damage was done between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday to three state and three county buses.
    The vandalism caused problems for some Southside Early Childhood Center students.