• County approves strategic plan

    Christopher Sardelli
    After months of planning and discussion with county employees and officials, Lancaster County Council adopted its first-ever strategic plan last week.
    Deputy County Administrator Jeff Naftal presented the updated strategic plan to council at its Feb. 22 meeting, which Council unanimously approved.  

  • First Soul Food Cook-off a success

    Reece Murphy
    All it took was one step through the doors of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Starr Hall Student Center Feb. 24 to kick the ol’ saliva glands into high gear.
    Inside, a kaleidoscope of smells filled the air, drifting up from tables adorned with all manner of down-home cooking: shrimp and grits, chicken creole, broccoli casserole, collard greens, cornbread and peach cobbler.

  • Hospital limits patient visits

    Reece Murphy
    Springs Memorial Hospital has issued flu season visitation restrictions.
    The hospital implemented the temporary restrictions in response to a surge in influenza cases, according to a press release sent out Feb. 24.
    As part of the restrictions:
    u Hand sanitization is required at all times by staff and visitors.
    u Children under the age of 18 and anyone with flu-like illness are asked not to visit.
    u Masks are available to any patients or visitors presenting flu-like symptoms.

  • One dies in morning wreck

    Reece Murphy
    An automobile accident Tuesday morning near Spring Hill Baptist Church in the Tradesville community killed a Heath Springs man and seriously injured his wife. Lancaster County Coronor Mike Morris identified the man as James “Jamie” Morgan Phillips, 41, of the 5100 block of Stoneboro Road, Heath Springs. The driver of the vehicle, Phillips’ wife, Heidi Marie Phillips, 37, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokesman said Tuesday afternoon Heidi Phillips was in stable condition.

  • Publix plans back on track

    Publix plans back on track

    Plans for a new Indian Land supermarket are back on track after Lancaster County Council moved forward Tuesday with an ordinance it tabled only a week before. 

    Progress on a proposed Publix grocery store halted briefly at the end of January after council tabled an ordinance to rezone several acres of land where it would be built. The store is planned to become the first tenant at the former site of Roy Hardin Park, at 8357 Collins Rd in Indian Land. 

  • District honors excelling educators

    National Board Certification for teachers is said to be no easy task. 

    Among the words and phrases used to describe the arduous year – to three-year long process of earning the highest credentials in the teaching profession are sacrifice, long nights, tied-up weekends, hard work, challenging and rewarding.

  • Office of LCEDC could move

    The Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. is searching for a new home, and county officials have an idea where it should go. 

    Faced with water leaks and mold issues, the staff of the LCEDC has been looking to relocate its office on West Gay Street for years. That’s where Lancaster County Council comes in. 

    At its Feb. 22 meeting, council members discussed a plan to move the LCEDC from its current office to a space in the County Administration Building. 

  • Young black males in a crisis

    Imagine walking into school on your first day of first grade and already being at a disadvantage just because of your race, gender and economic background.

    Of course you don’t realize it, since you’re only a 6-year-old boy, but according to statistics you’re already behind in your vocabulary. 

    By the time you’re in the fourth grade, you’re already nearly three years, on average, behind your white peers academically, according to some experts.

  • Paper’s online version will be subscription based

    If you had a chance to gaze into The Lancaster News building, I think you’d be surprised at what it takes to produce your newspaper.

    It’s been said that it’s nothing short of a miracle to see a newspaper come together. It’s sort of like making sausage sometimes; the process is not always pretty.

  • Lancaster County officials lift burning ban

    The Lancaster County Fire Service canceled the ban Friday afternoon, only days after it began. The ban was originally issued Feb. 22. 

    According to a fire service press release, citizens are still cautioned even though the weather outlook has improved. 

    The county received a small amount of rainfall early Friday but there is still a potential for outdoor fires to spread rapidly due to relatively dry surface conditions.