• Just how big is Florida’s python problem?

    Gregory A. Summers
    Ninety percent of the raccoons, rabbits, opossums and bobcats that once freely roamed the Florida Everglades are gone.
    No, they haven’t fallen prey to housing developments, a loss of habitat and the overpopulation of human beings. The Everglades are still there and are still the largest tract of wilderness (1.5 million acres) east of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Passersby stop to help Indian Land woman

    Reece Murphy
    We all depend upon the kindness of strangers from time to time – small acts in a time of need that often go unrecognized for just how important they really are.
    Beula Powell of Indian Land wants to make sure that doesn’t happen in her and her sister’s case, though.
    On Friday, April 6, Powell, 88, called the newspaper to say she wanted to make sure a couple of passersby who helped her 90-year-old sister, Bertha Clark, get the recognition they deserve.

  • Chinese auction fundraiser set for Camp Joy is May 4

    Jesef Williams
    The word is getting out regarding an event that will raise money for a popular and worthwhile camp in the Carolinas.
    A Chinese auction is scheduled for May 4 at Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road. Proceeds benefit Camp Joy at Bonclarken, a ministry in Flat Rock, N.C., that reaches out to teens and adults with mental disabilities.

  • Man reports assault by group

    Christopher Sardelli
    An argument about a dog resulted in several injuries to a man’s face after a possible group attack earlier this week.
    Lancaster police officers met with a 19-year-old man at about 2 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, as he was being treated for his injuries in the emergency room of Springs Memorial Hospital, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Man attempts armed robbery at Palmetto Place apartments

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster man reported he was robbed at gunpoint inside a friend’s apartment this week.
    The 28-year-old victim showed up at the Municipal Justice Center on Tuesday, April 10 to report the armed robbery, which happened at the Palmetto Place Apartments, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Lancaster Resident fires warning shot at prowler

    Christopher Sardelli
    A prowler received more than he bargained for after a homeowner fired a warning shot near the man earlier this week.
    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies learned about the shooting incident after they were called to the 200 block of Old Gregory Lane at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

  • Tick awareness urged following mild winter

    Laurie Reid
    Forestry Commission Entomologist
    COLUMBIA – Scientists are expecting this summer to be particularly abundant with blood suckers waiting for their next human meal.
    And they’re not talking about another “Twilight” sequel.
    Thanks to a mild winter and warm spring, many people will be spending time outside, sooner and more often than usual. They’re likely to visit places (such as woodlands) where they’ll find an unwelcomed surprise – ticks.

  • Residents can apply now for SCDOT Commission seats

    SCDOT Commission
    COLUMBIA – A joint legislative panel is accepting notice from residents living in South Carolina’s 1st, 3rd and 5th Congressional District who are interested in applying for a seat on the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission.
    Notice of intent to apply will be accepted through noon April 26.
    Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and possess certain qualifications to serve. Applicants will undergo a thorough review process.

  • Etched in bronze


    COLUMBIA – The last call of duty sounds. Five long, solemn peals of a bronze bell echo out and up into the bright blue sky above the S.C. Fire Academy’s Memorial Plaza.

    Firefighters stand at attention and salute, some break protocol to wipe a persistent tear, and silence thick as a breeze sways through the palmettos standing vigil beyond an eternal flame burning on a wall of names.

  • Deputy Brandon Rollins refuses to give up

    Brandon Rollins remembers clutching his side last fall, moments after being struck by an armed robber’s bullet, and vowing he wasn’t going to die. 

    The Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy told a crowd of more than 100 law enforcement officers Thursday morning, April 12, that it was all about having something to believe in.