• Taylor gets community development service award

    Ann Taylor was recently recognized for her many years of service to Heath Springs.

    Taylor, who’s been mayor of the county's smallest municipality since 1990, received the Hettie Ricket Leadership Award last month in North Myrtle Beach.

    The S.C. Community Development Association presented the award, which honors those who are community-development leaders. The group is affiliated with the Municipal Association of South Carolina.

  • Troubled bridges over county waters

    A new study has ranked Lancaster County’s bridges some of the worst in South Carolina. 

    According to a AAA Carolinas study released earlier this month, which evaluates and ranks the state’s top substandard bridges on an annual basis, Lancaster County had the second highest percentage of substandard bridges in the state, at 40 percent. 

    Charleston County edged out Lancaster County for the top spot, at 42 percent, with Edgefield (34 percent) and Aiken (31 percent) trailing close behind. 

  • Forever father figure

    Gregory A. Summers
    In 2004, TV Guide ranked John Walton Sr. as No. 3 on its list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.
    That sort of prominence will never escape actor Ralph Waite, who portrayed Walton Sr. in the long-running "The Waltons" TV series.   
     Waite, who was in the Carolinas in late April filming a six-part short-form miniseries, “Old Henry,” for INSP, still walks in Walton’s shoes.

  • Council looks at new road repair process

    Christopher Sardelli
    Cracked pavement, degraded creek crossings and bothersome potholes.
    These are perennial problems along the county’s many roads, though county officials settled on a new way to prioritize those issues this week.  
    As the county’s current budget cycle comes to a close, and with no action taken on planned repairs to Kirk Air Base Road, Lancaster County Council approved a new process for handling road concerns at its Monday, June 10, meeting.

  • ‘Old Henry’ chronicles the trials of growing old

    “Old Henry,” a six-part short-format mini-series, will be aired in the same fashion as INSP’s “Moments” initiative.
    Shown during primetime programming, the 90-to-120-second videos have gained a national audience with their topics, which include “Moments of Truth,” “Moments of Hope,” “Moments of Insight” and the get-out-the-tissues “Moments of Valor.” The latter is a partnership between INSP and The Medal of Honor Foundation that features Medal of Honor recipients.

  • Authorities search for serial Aldi shoplifter

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking  the public’s help in identifying a serial shoplifter at the Aldi grocery store on Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) in Indian Land.
    In a press release issued Friday, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said a man caught on surveillance video shoplifting at the grocery store is believed to have been involved in multiple incidents there.
    The most recent, Shaw said, was June 4 when the man reportedly stole meat valued at $293 from the store.

  • A firm foundation of faith, service

    Jesef Williams
    Will Shetley admits he wasn’t too excited about taking part in this year’s Salkehatchie Summer Service program.
    The 14-year-old from Union said his mother and grandfather years ago participated in  Salkehathchie, which recruits teens throughout the state to make home repairs for residents who aren’t able to afford the work.

  • City Council approves Erwin Farm pump station contract

    Jesef Williams
    The city of Lancaster is moving ahead with plans to upgrade one if its pump stations.
    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, June 11, to approve a contract with W.K. Dickson for engineering services.
    The company will provide planning and project management for the pump station-improvement project in the Erwin Farm area.
    This is one of the city’s 17 pump (or lift) stations, which help move wastewater through areas where slopes and elevations won’t allow it to flow naturally.

  • Woman attacked through window

    A Kershaw woman called 911 after a man she knew allegedly broke her bedroom window and grabbed her by the hair.
    Deputies responded to the vandalism and assault call about 2:30 a.m. June 9 in the 6100 block of Old Lancaster Highway in Kershaw, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Deputies spoke with the woman at the scene who said the assault happened shortly after she returned home from watching a race in Lancaster and had put her child to bed.

  • Woman points gun at driver

    An altercation between two women reportedly led to one pointing a gun at the other while driving along Rock Street.
    A Lancaster woman who was visibly upset came to the Municipal Justice Center on East Arch Street about 6:45 p.m. June 5 to report somebody pointing a pistol at her, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The woman said she was dropping somebody off at the corner of Rock Street and Chesterfield Avenue when a woman she knows pointed a black pistol at her car  from the passenger side of a white Kia four-door, the report said.