• Willis interim economic director

    County Administrator Steve Willis can soon add “interim economic development director” to his resume following a vote by county officials Monday night.

    During Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 24 meeting, Willis was authorized to assume the responsibility of leading the county’s new in-house economic development department for “up to 30 days.”

  • GOP presidential hopefull Scott Walker visits Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – Before noon Monday, Aug. 24, cars lined Del Webb Boulevard as a crowd of several hundred people eagerly awaited Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was on his way to the Sun City Carolina Lakes pavilion, where he would soon speak.

    Security was tight as people came to hear the Republican candidate discuss the issues of the day and explain why he was running for U.S. president.

  • Kershaw Town Council discusses court costs

    KERSHAW – Members of Kershaw Town Council are going to take a closer look at the municipality’s court system to see if there is a way to make it more cost-efficient.

    The matter was discussed in detail at the Tuesday, Aug. 18, council meeting.

    It came up after councilman Wade Hunter noticed a drop in the amount of revenue the town gets from its share of traffic fines.

    “Last court, we had four tickets,” Hunter said. “The next court, we don’t have any.”

  • Sycamore Partners to buy Belk for $3 billion

    Since the construction of Lancaster Square Shopping Center on North Main Street in the mid-1970s, its one constant, unwavering tenant has been Belk.

    Other retailers may come and go, but the Charlotte-based department store remains and will remain for now.

    Its executives say Belk employees and customers will still have a local Belk to work at and shop at after the family-owned chain was sold Monday, Aug. 24, to the private equity firm Sycamore Partners for $3 billion.

  • Deputies, SLED bust gambling operations

    An anonymous tip earlier this month led to charges against a Lancaster business owner and a Kershaw man for operating illegal gambling machines.
    Mark Daniel Johnson, 46, of Leadoff Road, and Shannon Dean Munn, 38, 6577 Munn St., Kershaw, turned themselves in to the Lancaster County Detention Center Monday, Aug. 17 in response to warrants from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Fire department dedicates Elgin Memorial Garden

    On Sunday, Aug. 16, about 200 people gathered in front of the Elgin Fire and Rescue station on Tram road. It was a very special day for the volunteer fire department as it dedicated the Elgin Memorial Garden.

  • Council considers moving economic development to county department

    The details are far from finalized, though discussions are ongoing, as county officials decide how to move forward after they resolved to withdraw funding and support for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. earlier this month.

  • Deputies respond to rash of gun incidents

    On Aug. 12, Lancaster County deputies arrested 37-year-old Bryan Javon Williams of Kershaw and a 16-year-old juvenile after a shootout in the street near their homes.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s detectives are also currently working three armed robberies in Lancaster since Aug. 13, including two this past Monday and Tuesday nights.
    Though more headline grabbing, the cases are far from the only crimes involving guns the sheriff’s office has investigated of late: Since Aug. 6, deputies have responded to at least four other calls involving guns.

  • Developer withdraws IL apartment propo

    Plans for a new Indian Land apartment complex were scrapped late last month after an Ohio-based developer rescinded its rezoning application with the county.
    Exactly one month to the day that representatives from Gross Builders, a company headquartered in North Royalton, Ohio, stepped to the podium inside Lancaster County Council chambers to discuss plans for building a new complex called Revere at Indian Land, the company informed council it was withdrawing its request.

  • No place tp go, no room to grow

    KERSHAW – Coming up with a bigger fire station isn’t an easy fix when you’re landlocked by a main road in front and railroad tracks in back.
    But’s that’s where the Kershaw Fire Department is, said fire chief Doug Spinks during a presentation to Kershaw Town Council on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
    A bigger fire station isn’t a want, Spinks said. It’s a need.