• 2 charged after man dies from overdose

    A Lancaster man and woman have been charged with drug trafficking and weapons violations arising from the fatal drug overdose of an acquaintance last week, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday. 

    Jimmy Allen Hunter, 48, and Tabitha Hinson Cudd, 28, were arrested at Hunter’s home at 845 Confederate Ave. Sept. 1. Investigators say the pair dropped off a man at Springs Memorial Hospital about 6 p.m. Aug. 31. He died from an apparent drug overdose.

  • Found on roadside, burned puppy survives trauma, gets new home

    A month after she was found abandoned on the roadside, with severe burns covering half of her body, a puppy named Sophie has been nursed back to health and has a new home.

    The boxer-hound mix was 8 to 10 weeks old and in terrible pain when an anonymous motorist picked her up Aug. 4 on Mining Road north of Kershaw and took her to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter. The shelter immediately contacted the Lancaster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals because of her condition. 

  • Irma evacuee, 77, found safe after disappearance

    A Hurricane Irma evacuee from Florida, waiting out the storm with family at Sun City Carolina Lakes, disappeared Thursday afternoon, prompting the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to ask for the public's help in finding him.

    The man, John D. DePasquale, 77, was located Thursday night and is safe and uninjured, sheriff's spokesman Doug Barfield said in a Friday morning release.

  • Price-gouging law in effect

    From release

    COLUMBIA – State Attorney General Alan Wilson announced Wednesday that South Carolina’s law that prevents price gouging is now in effect, since Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency.

     “With the possibility that Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Carolina, our people have already started making preparations,” Wilson said. “We can expect normal price increases, but we may see businesses and individuals looking to unfairly take advantage of the situation.”

  • Governor declares state of emergency

    COLUMBIA – Gov. Henry McMaster issued a state of emergency for South Carolina at noon Wednesday as Hurricane Irma took aim at the east coast of Florida.

    The latest National Weather Service data shows that the storm’s outer bands could start tracking northward into South Carolina’s Lowcountry near Beaufort and Jasper counties about 8 a.m. Monday.

  • German grocer Lidl to open in IL Sept. 21

    Lidl (pronounced like “needle”) will open its Indian Land store Sept. 21, the first of four opening this month in the greater Charlotte area.

    The new discount German grocery store is at 9990 Charlotte Highway, in front of the Indian Land Walmart.

    Customers will be able to take advantage of get-them-while-you-can grand opening special offers at the new stores. 

    The first 100 customers to arrive at each store on opening day will receive a wooden coin for a chance to win up to $100 in Lidl gift cards. 

  • SCDOT website to track state’s 10-year roads plan

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Department of Transportation has launched a website to track its progress on the 10-year plan for restoring the condition of South Carolina’s highway system after 30 years of underfunding.

    The website will feature project lists for three of the four major programs that comprise the plan:

    • Highway safety – SCDOT will address the “worst of the worst” roads, in terms of highway safety, by improving 100 miles per year with a plan to make these roads safer in 10-mile segments. 

  • IL Fall Festival organizers plan music, food and fun

    With two music stages, a variety of food trucks and a later evening end time, organizers of the Indian Land Fall Festival are making changes to the long-standing Panhandle event to make it a full day of activity.

    The Oct. 28 event has been moved to the Indian Land school campus from the CrossRidge Center in an effort to include five zones of activities, as well as two entertainment stages and the car show.

  • Alcohol-sales confusion might require another vote

    The measure that allows Sunday off-premises alcohol sales in Lancaster County may be legally invalid, and continuing those sales might require another referendum by county voters.

    As written, the referendum that passed in 2016 could expire June 30, 2018.

    “This has become a convoluted thing and a misrepresentation of the law,” said Dean Faile, president of Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce. “I can tell you we are siding with our businesses and the 65 percent of voters who approved Sunday alcohol sales here last year.”

  • TLN, sister papers bring home 25 SCPA advertising awards

    The advertising staff of The Lancaster News and its sister papers won 25 awards in the S.C. Press Association’s annual PALMY Advertising Contest.

    The ad team of 10, who sell and create ads for The Lancaster News, Carolina Gateway and Pageland Progressive, won seven first-place, six second-place and 12 third-place awards.