Local News

  • Veterans Expo is Wednesday at recreation center

    Wednesday, Sept. 19, will be all about military servicemen and their families, as the county’s Veterans Affairs office hosts its first-ever Veterans Expo.

    The event, to be held that day at Springdale Recreation Center, gives the county’s military veterans a place where they can learn about an array of local services available to them.  

    More than 20 organizations and agencies will have representation there.

    The expo will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • SMH cafeteria to close for remodeling

    The Garden Café on the second floor of Springs Memorial Hospital, 800 W. Meeting St., will be closed for an upgrade and remodel beginning Monday, Sept. 17, through Oct. 29.  

    During this downtime, a limited menu will be served for breakfast and lunch only in the Marion Sims Theater of the hospital, which is also located on the second floor near the back of the building.

  • Alleged battery thief in jail

    Authorities have arrested the man they say stole more than 200 car batteries from Walmart in Indian Land between May and August.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office issued a media release about the arrest Friday, Sept. 14 – a day before the suspect’s birthday.

    Jeffrey Bernard McKnight, now 47, of Charlotte, has been charged with three counts of burglary. He was arrested in Charlotte nearly two weeks ago and transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center on Wednesday.
    McKnight is jailed on a $60,000 surety bond.

  • Festivals aplenty this month

    Local festivals are aplenty this month, as summer winds down and we transition into fall.
    Here’s a rundown of some of the events on tap in the county for September. Coincidentally, all three listed below occur on the same day.

    Rich Hill festival

    The Rich Hill fall festival, which for the second year features a tractor show and pull, is set for Sept. 29 at the Rich Hill Community Center, 2891 Rocky River Road.

    Gates open at 9 a.m. General admission is $8.

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  • Kmart to close store in December

    The big red letter K that has anchored a Main Street shopping center for years will soon be a thing of the past.

    Kmart informed employees at its Lancaster location Wednesday, Sept. 12, that the store will close by the end of the year, said Kim Freely, a spokeswoman with Sears Holding Corp., Kmart’s parent company.

    Kmart has been at 960 N. Main St. since 1992, she said.

  • Happy Birthday, Coach Kersey

    The likeness of the late Mike Kersey was painted on the spirit rock in front of Indian Land Middle School on Thursday, Sept. 13, in honor of his birthday, which was that day. Kersey, the high school’s former wrestling coach and physical education teacher at Indian Land Elementary School, died Oct. 4, 2011, from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident.


  • Patching the problems: hidden costs and possible solutions: The Long Road, part 3 of 3

    As motorists head out the door for their morning commute, coffee cups in hand, the sound most would like to hear is their favorite song playing on the radio.

  • City names Heath to top court post

    Cammie Heath said she hoped for this moment and now it’s become a reality.

    City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Sept. 11, meeting to appoint Heath as the city of Lancaster’s new court administrator. She succeeds Darlene Whitley, who retired earlier this year.

    Heath, who served as interim court administrator the past few months, has been with the city for nearly 11 years, working as an associate municipal judge.

    Her appointment as court administrator took effect immediately.

  • Top of the class

    A commission charged with oversight of the state’s universities and colleges has ranked the University of South Carolina Lancaster as the most successful two-year campus in the state.

    According to a summary of college and university graduation rates prepared by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education (SC CHE), USCL scored a success rate of 66.9 percent.