• Fire damages AJ Middle School

    Fire crews scrambled to Andrew Jackson Middle School about 9:30 Thursday night, responding to a fire that started in a janitor's closet. Black smoke was rolling through the building when firefighters arrived.

    The fire was extinguished, but there was extensive smoke damage in the building. School has been canceled for Friday.

  • Authorities called to High Point Circle

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office personnel and SLED agents have blocked off High Point Circle off S.C. 200 and Airport Road to investigate a possible crime scene.
    “We received information this morning that a crime may have been committed at this location, so we obtained warrants and are looking into it,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Doug Barfield.
    Check back later for details.

  • Celebrating animal rescuers at ‘Lucky Dog’ watch party

    It was a celebration of second chances Saturday for rescued poodle-terrier Scout and his new owner, as more than 70 animal lovers gathered at the Springs House to watch Lancaster’s episode of the CBS series “Lucky Dog.”
    Scout and his owner, Susanne Kempf, were the watch party’s honorees, but there was also a surprise guest. Brandon McMillan, host of the Emmy-winning program, made an unannounced trip to Lancaster and disguised himself in a dog-mascot suit.

  • Fentanyl death nets dealer long prison stay

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for selling heroin laced with fentanyl to a man who later died of an overdose.
    Jonathan Thomas Lewis Terry, 25, was sentenced in Lancaster County General Sessions Court on Friday after pleading guilty to one count of distribution of heroin.
    “Handing over heroin laced with fentanyl is the same as shooting a bullet,” Circuit Judge Dan Hall said before sentencing Terry.

  • Man dies after Lancaster shooting

    A Lancaster man died from a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon.

    The man, identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 54-year-old Eric Tucker, died around 5:30 p.m. at Springs Memorial Hospital after being treated for a single gunshot wound.

  • Ag+Art Tour seeks farmers for June event

    From release

    The South Carolina Ag+Art Tour is seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour, which will take place this June.
    The self-guided tour is a great way for farms to showcase their operations and expand their exposure to locals and visitors alike.

  • Cookie time! Girl Scouts set up booths, tap on doors

    From release

    Your long months of craving Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos are finally over. It’s Girl Scout Cookie time again.
    Girl Scouts across America, including our troops from Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands, this weekend have been staging National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2018.
    The cookie sales, which started 101 years ago, will continue through March 18.

  • Ford issues ‘do not drive’ order on pickup model that killed local man

    Two years after a Kershaw man was killed by an airbag explosion in his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup, Ford and Mazda have issued a “do not drive” warning for more than 35,000 Rangers and the similar Mazda B-body pickups, citing danger from their Takata airbag inflators.
    Ford added 33,428 vehicles, which were previously under a separate Takata airbag inflator recall, because the inflators on these 2006 trucks may have a higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash compared to other recalled Takata inflators, according to a Ford press release.

  • Heath Springs moves toward eliminating municipal court

    HEATH SPRINGS – In another cost-cutting move, Heath Springs officials voted this week to start the process of eliminating the town’s municipal court.
    Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to move ahead with that plan and ask the county magistrate’s office to handle any cases that arise. 

  • Kershaw raises garbage fee for out-of-town customers

    KERSHAW – Town officials voted Monday night to increase garbage fees 37 percent – from $16 a month to $22 – for 60-plus residents who live outside the city limits but use the town’s garbage service.
    “Our citizens in town now pay more” than the out-of-town customers had been paying, said town administrator Mitch Lucas in his recommendation to council.