• 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.

  • Bauknight named U.N. goodwill ambassador

    Lancaster-born documentary photographer Catherine Bauknight received two international awards Thursday and was named a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
    Bauknight, whose documentary subjects include the Catawba Indian Nation, was presented the Golden Rule International award by a group of the same name during a ceremony in Glendale, Calif.
    Golden Rule International is affiliated with the United Nations’ Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative Organization.

  • Local man gets prison on federal gun charge

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man was sentenced Friday to 6½ years in prison on a federal gun charge after seven guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found in his home last year.
    Jimmy Allen Hunter, 48, of 845 Confederate Ave., was sentenced as a felon in possession of a firearm.
    Senior U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie handed down the sentence following a plea hearing.

  • Finding her mission

    Two years ago, Shanda Mackey moved her three sons from a quiet Buford neighborhood to a loud mobile home park on McIlwain Road.
    She uprooted her family to take over a Christian ministry in that poor, crime-ridden part of the county.
    The Connection, the ministry Mackey leads, began four years ago when Amber and Grant Hinson moved into the mobile home park through a partnership with New Hope Baptist Church.

  • How would incorporation affect law enforcement?

    As Indian Land residents move toward an incorporation vote March 27, more and more say they’re feeling overwhelmed by the often-contentious arguments made by both sides.
    “I’m leaning toward ‘yes’ because I really believe you need to be responsible for your community,” said Indian Land resident Marilyn Marcussen. “But I want to know how much taxes are really going to go up and those kind of things. There’s so much.

  • No eggs frying on sidewalks, but it’s really hot for February

    This is the week winter completely slipped our minds, as temperatures soared past 80 degrees and spring blossoms started popping out everywhere.
    The heat wave started last week, with temperatures in the mid-70s and gusting winds. This week has brought record-breaking February heat across the South.
    Columbia set a record high of 83 degrees Wednesday, 21 degrees above normal. That broke the record of 81 degrees set on this date in 1997, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.

  • 17-year-old identified in LHS threat

    Police have identified one of the two students arrested at Lancaster High School after a classmate last Friday reported hearing them threaten to attack the school.
    That student told administrators about overhearing the two talking about “shooting up the school,” according to a Lancaster Police Department statement.
    Launte Ahmadre Holmes, 17, and 15-year-old student were each charged with one count of disturbing schools. Holmes was arrested Monday, booked and later released on bond.

  • McMaster: Full speed ahead

    Gov. Henry McMaster spoke to about 125 Lancaster business and civic leaders Thursday about sustaining the state’s economic growth, cutting income taxes and reducing government regulations.
    McMaster, who is running for his first full term as governor this November, spoke during a joint meeting of Lancaster’s two Rotary clubs at USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room.
    He said much of South Carolina’s success in drawing manufacturing jobs is a result of collaboration and partnerships between the state’s schools and industry.

  • Enlightening month in India

    Haley Williams, a dance teacher at McDonald Green Elementary, has a new creative and contemplative passion – yoga – and she has begun teaching evening lessons after a month’s training in India.
    Williams, 20, holds yoga classes at 5 and 6 p.m. every Tuesday at I2A Fitness, 724 S. Main St., Lancaster.
    She started doing yoga nearly three years ago after injuring both hamstrings during a dance program. She says yoga helped her to lengthen muscles, relax tightness and release a lot of stress.