Local News

  • Living Water Bookstore to close after 37 years

    You can blame the closing of the Living Water Christian Bookstore on cyberspace sales, the overall decline of the print publishing industry, technology, or perhaps, another cause.

    Since going into the ministry, the Rev. Roy Miles has been able to share Jesus with others as the answer to most of life’s roller coasters, but this is a ride he doesn’t have an answer for.

  • Deputies find mobile meth lab

    KERSHAW – A stolen car led deputies to discover a mobile methamphetamine (meth) lab in a Kershaw park early Wednesday morning, Aug. 15. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said a man and woman were arrested at about 7 a.m. when a patrol deputy found them inside a stolen car at Kershaw’s Stevens Park. 

    After they were arrested, Shaw said deputies found materials commonly used to manufacture meth inside the car. 

  • Saturday motorcycle crash claims ILHS grad

    A wonderful student. Rock solid. A pillar of the community. 

    The words came quickly to Indian Land High School Principal David Shamble as he struggled through shock and sadness to remember 21-year-old Thomas Russell Harris III on Monday. 

    Shamble learned last weekend that Harris, a 2009 ILHS graduate, was killed following a motorcycle accident in Indian Land on Saturday, Aug. 11. 

    “It was a shock. He was a wonderful person,” Shamble said. “The staff is coming to grips with it now.”

  • USCL Catawba pottery collection is Main Street bound

    The interior of the Native American Studies Center is said to be so nice that visitors may think they’re in a much larger city such as Charleston or Greenville.

    That’s what Lancaster City Councilwoman Sara Eddins said she’s been told by those who’ve seen the renovated Main Street building that will soon be occupied by the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

    Faculty members plan to move in this week.

  • PASS, HSAP scores increase

    The percentage of Lancaster County students meeting state standards increased in most subject areas last year, according to Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) and High School Assessment Program (HSAP) data released last week.

    PASS results

    Now in its fourth year, the end of year PASS test is administered to third- through eighth-graders.

  • Artwork by Story, McFadden on display at Springs House

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is pleased to announce that in the galleries of the Springs House are the works of two talented local artists: Dr. Frances Story and Leon McFadden. The Springs House is located at 201 W. Gay St.  

    For the month of August, the walls of the galleries will feature the watercolors of Story and the pedestals will hold the wire creations of McFadden, a true folk artist.

    About the artists

  • Clinton Elementary students may switch schools

    Clinton Elementary School will allow students to transfer to other public schools as a result of recently released data tied to federal No Child Left Behind standards. 

    Based on final data collected as part of the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the S.C. Department of Education has identified Clinton Elementary as a school required to offer public school choice for the 2012-13 school year, with transportation provided by the district.  

  • Man reports assault by mob

    A Lancaster man suffered a facial fracture following an assault at a wedding party, and police are still searching for the suspects. 

    Officers began investigating the incident after a 24-year-old man came to the lobby of the police department at about 3:30 a.m. Aug. 5, to report an assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • North Elementary student suspended for bringing knife to summer school class

    A North Elementary School summer program student was suspended last week after bringing a pocket knife to school.

    Though no one was threatened or injured in the incident, Lancaster County School District Transportation and Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said the incident is a good reminder as the new school year begins of the seriousness of the offense.

    Vaughn said the incident came to light when another student told a teacher that the 11-year-old rising fifth-grader had a knife.

  • DHEC gathers public input on Pressley’s permit

    Officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) met with Indian Land residents at Indian Land Middle School on Aug. 7 to discuss a pending permit for Pressley’s Recycling Center and solicit public input.

    Pressley’s Recycling Center owner Ronald R. Olsen has requested a permit to operate a previously unpermitted concrete crusher in the wake of a December compliance letter from DHEC ordering him to address multiple regulatory violations at the site.

    The center is located at 9531 Charlotte Highway.