• How would becoming a town affect IL services?

    With the Indian Land incorporation vote only weeks away, much has been said about how incorporation would change Indian Land and, depending on one’s stance on the issue, the benefits or drawbacks those changes would have on its residents.
    Aside from the contentious issues of law enforcement and road maintenance, much less attention has been paid to the other services proposed for a future town of Indian Land beyond their overall impact on property taxes.

  • How are new gas taxes being spent?

    COLUMBIA – S.C. motorists began paying 2 cents more per gallon for fuel plus several fee increases July 1, the first phase in a six-year series of revenue hikes that will raise billions to fix and maintain the state’s roads and bridges.
    So how much new tax money has been generated? How much has been spent? And what has this new money paid for?
    State Comptroller Richard Eckstrom is providing the answers.

  • Kershaw makes offer to owners of 2 buildings scarred in blaze

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will offer a town-owned piece of property on East Marion Street to the adjacent owners after one of their buildings was damaged by a 2015 fire or the cleanup after the blaze.
    “There is some liability on our part because we own the property,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman after town council unanimously voted Feb. 19 to offer the property to local businessmen Gus Deligiannidis and Darren Sowell.

  • Wrangler of 350 youth teams named county’s top employee

    For Katherine Walters, deputy director of Lancaster County Parks and Recreation, no two days are alike.
    One day can focus on budget and payroll. The next day it’s P&R’s afterschool program or setting up a coach’s clinic for the county’s youth sports programs.
    And somehow she finds time to oversee 350 youth teams in 10 sports ranging from soccer to cheerleading.
    But Walters, who last week was named as the county’s top employee for 2017, wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Social media spat in IL vote

    The ongoing dispute between Indian Land incorporation supporters and opponents flared again last week over social media posts.
    Opponents called the posts attempts to misinform eligible voters and intimidate financial supporters of the No Town effort ahead of the March 27 referendum.
    Organizers of the incorporation effort responded that they can’t control what supporters say, and they argued that opponents are trying to bully people who are practicing free speech. 

  • Twin virtuosos Miles Hoffman, Reiko Uchida appear Sunday

    Miles Hoffman, a nationally known violist and popular public radio host, is returning to Lancaster this weekend.
    Hoffman will perform Sunday with pianist Reiko Uchida in the Vivian Major Robinson Spring Concert, entitled “Two Virtuosos – One Vision.” The event is 2:30 p.m. at Lancaster’s Cultural Arts Center on Gay Street. Tickets cost $15.

  • Saturday is cleanup day for town of Heath Springs

    Heath Springs is holding a town-wide volunteer cleanup day this Saturday.
    Anyone interested in helping should bring their own work gloves and meet at 9 a.m. in the town hall parking lot. Palmetto Pride has provided 100 orange garbage bags, and bottled water will be provided by the town for all volunteers.
    Town council heard complaints during the Feb. 20 council meeting from residents concerned about the litter along streets throughout the town and made the decision to hold the cleanup day.

  • Buford High mourns loss of ‘Coach Mo’

    Jeff Moyer, Buford High School’s beloved “Coach Mo,” died before dawn Tuesday, less than a month after learning he had brain cancer. He was 65.
    Moyer played many roles on the school’s athletic staff, including head basketball coach and assistant football coach. He could be gruff and demanding, but players knew he loved them.
    “He was so good with kids. He knew what he was doing,” said former BHS football coach Mike Wells, who retired as the Jackets’ athletics director last year.

  • Howard still improving, lung tumor shrinks 50%

    After seven weeks in the hospital, Lancaster Mayor John Howard continues to gain strength, and the tumor in his lung has shrunk significantly after his first chemo treatment.
    “From an oncology perspective, the care team is very pleased,” Shelley Robinson, Howard’s daughter, posted on a website set up to keep the public informed. “With his first round of chemo, the tumor in his chest has reduced in size by 50 percent or more.”

  • Austin Steele ‘never met a stranger’

    Austin Steele was a loving, generous young man who worked part-time jobs and liked to take off on his moped for solo excursions to the beach, says Peggy Rape, his caretaker for several years.
    He was mildly autistic but was able to function independently most of the time, according to Rape. He was studying for his GED.
    She says she would always ask him, “How far do I love you?” And he would respond, “To the moon and back.”