Local News

  • Law enforcement investigating massive Medicaid records breach

    State law enforcement officials are investigating a massive of leak of personal information that could affect hundreds of thousands of Medicaid customers.

    The leak was discovered earlier this month within the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. Local authorities found out about the leak on Thursday, April 19, though information about the breach was released earlier in the Columbia area. 

  • Habitat seeks two qualified homeowners

    The Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County seeks applications for two qualified homeowners. 

    There will be an interest meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road. The organization will explain selection guidelines and requirements and homeowner responsibilities. 

  • Rabies Clinics correction

    There is one rabies clinics scheduled this week.

    – April 26 – Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck, 6 to 8 p.m.

    The photo on Page 12A in the Sunday edition had the incorrect day listed. 

    Upcoming clinics are: 

    – May 1 – Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 3089 N. Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, 6 to 8 p.m.

    – May 3 – Tradesville Community Center, 2851 Old Camden Monroe Highway, 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Public safety is top concern

    Public safety surpassed economic development on this year’s county strategic plan, as Lancaster County Council recently ranked the most important issues facing residents and the county. 

    With ongoing efforts by county officials to strengthen the local E-911 system and increase the number of law enforcement officers on patrol, council unanimously decided on making public safety its top goal. 

    “Public safety, that was just No. 1 for everyone,” said County Administrator Steve Willis. 

  • Climbing from forgery to burglary

    A case of forged checks resulted in a muddy foot chase below the Gills Creek bridge on North Main Street.

    Ricky Lynn Hinson, 39, 2100 Camp Creek Road, was charged Wednesday, April 18, with three counts of forgery, larceny and first-degree burglary.

    Authorities say Hinson stole and forged checks that belonged to an 86-year-old man he had done work for.

    The victim’s son, who assists his father with finances, said he recently noticed some discrepancies on his father’s Wells Fargo bank account.

  • Rock Hill man arrested in IL for stolen vehicle

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Tuesday for driving a car that was reported stolen in a neighboring county. 

    Jimmy Odell Kanipe, 33, of 1296 Dunlap Road, Rock Hill, has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, first offense driving under suspension and third offense possession of marijuana. 

    Deputies came to the area of Henry Harris Road in Indian Land regarding someone possibly driving a stolen vehicle. 

  • Small gets big honor

    KERSHAW – Fresh produce and a healthy selection of meat aren’t the only things that have allowed Small’s Food Center to be a success for decades.

    Customers and friends of the locally owned Kershaw grocery store say it’s the personal care and commitment that’s made it a mainstay for so long in southern Lancaster County – and the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce wanted to honor that dedication.

  • Blue Jeans and the Cross Fellowship church starts services this Sunday

        Phil “Pappy” Jowers can take a hint.

    Sometimes, things do happen for a reason, although it takes a while to figure that out.

    Diagnosed with non-alcohol septic hepatitis in 2004, Jowers learned in 2007 that the disease had scarred his liver to the point that without a new one, he had a year to live, at the most. His time was limited.

    Jowers’ chances of a liver transplant were limited so he kept his condition a secret from everyone, including his family.

  • State Supreme Court cancels oral arguments in Lancaster woman’s case

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Supreme Court has cancelled oral arguments in the case of a disabled Lancaster woman set for Wednesday, April 18.

    Katie Elledge, 32, was diagnosed as an infant with psychomotor retardation and spastic quadriplegia and requires 24-hour skilled care.

    Her case centers on the state Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) refusal to allow her father, Terry Elledge, a hearing on her behalf concerning severe cuts to her Medicaid-funded in-home care.

  • PVFD opens its new fire substation

    The Pleasant Valley Fire Department has good news for residents at the northern end of the Panhandle: Its new substation is now in service with a fire engine ready to roll.

    Located on Harrisburg Road just south of Barberville Road, the 1,250-square- foot substation is intended to help the department improve its response times to homes in the northernmost tip of Indian Land, especially those near the state line.