• Post offices stay open

    Lancaster County was spared as the U.S. Postal Service announced last week it is looking to close thousands of post offices, mostly in rural areas.
    The USPS claims more customers go online and to contract providers for their postal needs, showing a physical post office is no longer required.
    But the residents of Fort Lawn, Heath Springs and Van Wyck have been arguing for years that the post office is central to their small communities.

  • Officials charge two with burglary

    Investigators closed the book on two burglary cases last week with the arrest of two people at a Lancaster home.
    John Benjamin Bernard Davis, 25, 2143 Pressly Road, Chester, and Lakia Laquanda Watts, 23, 603 Cunningham Road, Lancaster, were both arrested July 29 in connection with burglaries reported at homes on South Hughes and South French streets.
    Davis was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, while Watts was charged with accessory to burglary after the fact.

  • Chandler was a champion for cancer survivors

    Special and inspiring.
    Those two words may mean a lot of things, but to Debbie Crenshaw those words best describe her friend Judy Chandler, a well-known local humanitarian. Chandler died early Tuesday morning at age 62 after a long battle with cancer.  

  • ‘A lot of people need help’

    KERSHAW – Nicole Seegars didn’t have a lot to say as she picked up food Tuesday morning at Second Baptist Church in Kershaw.
    Though she said little, the Kershaw resident didn’t hold back on expressing gratitude. The smile and glow in her eyes seemed to tell the story.
    Seegars was one of a few hundred locals who received free food during a giveaway sponsored by Kershaw Area Resource Exchange (KARE). Items included frozen meats, juices, canned goods and paper towels.

  • Shamble named principal at ILHS

    Lancaster County school board has chosen a replacement for outgoing Indian Land High School Principal Kathy Faris — ILHS Assistant Principal David Shamble.
    School board members made the decision Monday morning, a little over two weeks after Faris an-nounced July 14 she was stepping down in order to teach high school math in another school district.
    Shamble has served as an assistant principal at the school since 2007.

  • Council looking at top needs

    Water and sewer improvements, the rehabilitation of vacant buildings and economic development are part of the list of needs Lancaster city officials hope to soon address. 

    With limited funding these days, they’re looking to a familiar resource to help pay for some of the initiatives. 

    Grazier Rhea from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) spoke Tuesday at Lancaster City Council’s meeting about applying for Community Development Block Grant funds, which the city has sought in the past. 

  • Here to stay the course

    Glancing at the various plaques and awards that line the walls of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Eric Brown is quick to talk about his duties with the department and his future career goals. 

    But what Brown is a little more humble about is the fact he joined the ranks of those honored deputies hanging on the wall, as well as others throughout the state, when he was named South Carolina's Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association.

  • IL woman takes trash pickup to new level

    Sheilah Plonk of Indian Land has a thing about littering.

    Going to the store, going to work, at work, running errands, on road trips, if Plonk sees a bad case of trash strewn along the side of the road, chances are she's going to stop and pick it up.

    "I got it bad," Plonk said, smiling at the recognition of what has become as much an obsession as a pastime. 

  • IL boy off to nationals

    From release

    Indian Land’s Christopher Venditti, 12, has qualified as one of the top 42 motocross riders in the nation for his age class. 

    The dirt-bike racer has qualified for the fifth time for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 30th annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, set for Aug. 1-6 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. 

    Christopher competed with more than 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of 1,386 qualifying spots.

  • Three break-ins reported at Discovery School classroom

    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard calls a series of break-ins at a local school “egregious” and said officers are still on the hunt for the culprit. 

    Howard said police investigators have worked for the last several weeks to figure out who has returned three times to burglarize a portable outdoor classroom at Discovery School, located at 302 W. Dunlap St. The same mobile unit was broken into July 12, 13 and 18, though no suspects have been found.