• Stormy night

    Reece Murphy
    A severe thunderstorm whipped through Lancaster County early Tuesday morning causing close calls for at least two Lancaster County families and power outages and traffic havoc for hundreds more.
    Weather officials say the storm, which passed through Lancaster County beginning about 2  a.m., was the first significant spring thunderstorm of the season and almost certainly not the last.

  • Where will district lines be?

    Christopher Sardelli
    Two council members for Indian Land? One less council member for Heath Springs or Kershaw? A council district stretching from one end of the county to the other?
    These are all possible scenarios Lancaster County Council could consider as it dives into redistricting, a process that happens every 10 years as council redraws its districts based on population counts from the U.S. Census.
    With those population numbers finally in from Census 2010, council began the discussion at its March 29 meeting.

  • Stranger wanders into two homes

    Christopher Sardelli
    Christian Anderson hopes she never again wakes up to see a stranger inside her home.
    That’s what happened early Sunday morning about midnight when the 22-year-old Lancaster resident was jolted awake by the sound of her dog barking. At the time, she didn’t know her dog had been startled by a strange man wandering through the front door of her Elm Street home.

  • Fire station celebrates grand opening

    Reece Murphy
    INDIAN LAND – Public officials and community members turned out Saturday to join Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department for the official opening of the department’s new and long-awaited fire station.
    Nearly 300 people attended the open house for a celebration of the department and a firsthand look at the new 14,800-square-foot, $2.1 million Fire Station 14.
    Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Greg Nicholson welcomed the crowd and said the department has come a long way since it was founded in 1956.

  • Think pink

    Jesef Williams
     CHARLOTTE – Todd Dawkins hadn’t had much time to consider the fact that every day, thousands of Carowinds visitors will have a chance to see his work.
    Dawkins, who lives in Heath Springs’ Cedar Creek community, won a bid for the second straight year to paint the horses that appear on the Character Carousel at the popular amusement park that sits on the border of the Carolinas.
    And this time around, there’s one horse that received special attention.  

  • Tree falls on home, traps resident

    A tree fell on a home on Tin Lane early Monday morning, trapping a resident inside. Check back later for more details.

  • Construction under way at intersection


    INDIAN LAND – Road work at a busy Panhandle intersection is expected to last most of the year as contractors work to make the intersection safer.

    Meanwhile, road resurfacing on a major Indian Land thoroughfare is scheduled to begin today.

    S.C. Department of Transportation District 4 engineer Wes Spencer said work at the intersection of Harrisburg and Barberville roads began Feb. 28, and is scheduled to last until Sept. 30.

  • EPA Vs. Gold Mine

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and  the S.C. Department of Natural Resources have come out in opposition to current plans for Haile Gold Mine.

  • United Way of Lancaster closing in on its goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County is getting very close to reaching its goal of raising $400,000 for 2010-11. 

    Melanie Outlaw, resource development coordinator for the local United Way, said the agency has received nearly $349,000 in donations, which is 87 percent of the targeted amount. 

    Sixteen nonprofit groups will benefit from the money raised during this year’s fundraising campaign, which runs through June 30. 

    Outlaw encourages organizations and individuals to give whatever they can. 

  • Council to hear updates on courthouse during meeting

    As the county’s courthouse projects near completion, Lancaster County Council will hear updates on both buildings at its Tuesday meeting. 

    According to estimates by Chad Catledge and Danny Mullis, construction on the new courthouse is almost 92 percent complete, while the project as a whole is about 81 percent complete. Council will review both a financial summary of the new courthouse project, as well as a timeline for finishing the project.