• Joe Ghent Jr. wins state award for leadership in conservation

    From release

    Joe Ghent Jr., a third-generation leader in Lancaster County’s conservation community, has been named Outstanding Commissioner of the Year by the S.C. Association of Conservation Districts.

    Ghent has been a Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner for 16 years and currently serves as chairman. He received the state award Feb. 27 during the 2018 Conservation Partnership Conference in Columbia.

  • Clinking glasses: Renovation wraps up at ‘Best Craft Beer Bar in S.C.’

    The Craft Stand celebrated its post-renovation grand reopening this month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a room packed with patrons and, of course, good beer.

    “Thank you, guys. We wouldn’t be here without you,” said Brandy Geraghty, co-owner of the Lancaster business along with husband Don. “You keep my lights on and my kids fed, so I don’t have to look for a real job.”

    The Main Street watering hole has also been named the 2018 Best Craft Beer Bar in South Carolina by the website CraftBeer.com. 

  • 2 injured in fire on Country Club Drive

    A Lancaster man and woman suffered burns during a fire at their home on Country Club Drive early Sunday morning.
    Murray Montgomery was transported by Lancaster County EMS to Springs Memorial Hospital and treated for burns and smoke inhalation.
    The woman, whose name had not been released Tuesday, was first flown to Palmetto Richland Hospital, then sent to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., where she was treated for severe injuries.

  • 2 local men pitch their plan to combat school shootings

    In the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shooting that killed 17 people, the Rev. Ricky Cope and Joe St. John have had enough of the status quo.
    “Something needs to be done. Our schools are under siege,” said St. John, who lives in Indian Land and works as a Republican political consultant. “I don’t know how long it will take to protect our kids.
    “It will cost money, but it won’t be as much as those $4 million football fields we’re building at these schools,” he added.
    Cope echoed that sentiment.

  • New playground a done deal

    KERSHAW – Two years after rotting timbers closed the Stevens Park playground, a $375,000 fundraising drive to replace the equipment has been completed, and construction will begin Friday.
    The work is expected to take about two weeks. All the grading and site preparation is complete, and the new playground equipment has arrived.
    “We’re excited,” said Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for the nonprofit Kershaw Community Park Council. “And if everyone who’s pledged sends in their donation, we will have the money.”

  • Tight Squeeze

    The trailer parked outside Lancaster County Fire Rescue is a claustrophobe’s worst nightmare.
    It’s filled with simulated pipes, culverts and crawlspaces that firefighters must shimmy through in full gear, training for real-life confined spaces where lives would be at stake.
    Lancaster County Fire Rescue, along with members of the Lancaster Fire Department and two from Lugoff Fire Department, participated in Confined Space Rescue Training last week.

  • NASC hosting 7-day road trip to see historic, cultural sites

    From release

    USC Lancaster is organizing a trip to visit Native American cultural and historical sites across the Southeast this May.
    Faculty from USCL’s Native American Studies Center will lead a seven-day bus tour through the Carolinas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
    Heading out on Friday, May 18, this educational road trip will make its first stop at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, N.C.

  • Gardening as therapy

    The Lancaster Garden Club treated a large group at Lancaster-Chester Disabilities and Special Needs to a little gardening therapy Tuesday morning.
    More than 30 participants welcomed the garden club members for the annual event. Each person planted a small plant to take home and watch grow. Everyone enjoyed a hot dog lunch and sang songs. The ages of the individuals who attended ranged from 18 to over 60 years old.

  • Citadel House celebrates those who’ve become self-sufficient

    More than 30 guests, program sponsors and participants crowded the Lancaster Bowling Center on Thursday to celebrate the Citadel House’s achievements after one-year of serving the county’s homeless.
    “We serve them, and show love to them,” said Ismary Alvarenga, a volunteer with El Camino Ministry. “It’s our passion to be servants of the Lord.”

  • Solicitor Newman running for 2nd term

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman on Thursday launched his candidacy for a second term in office.
    The Republican prosecutor, whose circuit includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties, made his announcement at the Historic Courthouse in Lancaster.
    “I went through what I said I would do the first time, and I’ll continue to do that,” Newman said. “I’ve done everything that I said that I would do.”