Local News

  • Heath Springs has one of oldest departments

    HEATH SPRINGS – A single firefighter – Joey Plyler of the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department – was the initial responder to a fire at the American Wax plant.

    The day was July 25, 2001.

    Flames were shooting out of the building when Plyler arrived, and he radioed 911 dispatchers for more manpower. They asked him what he needed.

    “There’s plenty of fire for everyone,” he radioed back.

  • Brookchase residents OK bonds for neighborhood improvements

    Residents from the Brookchase neighborhood overwhelmingly voted for the creation of a new tax district on Saturday.

    As part of a special vote, Brookchase residents voted 76-5 in support of creating the Brookchase Special Tax District to generate funding for repairs to roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood. The Brookchase neighborhood is located in Indian Land off U.S. 521, not far from Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light.

  • Three candidates vying for IL school board seat

    Don McCorkle is seeking a second term on the Lancaster County school board, while Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton are each looking to become representatives for the first time.

    The three men are vying for the school board’s District 1 seat, which covers Indian Land.

    Election Day is Nov. 2.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

    Leland Hughes

    Hughes, 65, decided two years ago that he would run for the District 1 seat. He said he wants to serve his neighbors and friends, and has a “deep dedication” to teaching.

  • Up-close and personal lessons for Erwin Elementary students

    An up-close look at bees and talks about ecosystems were just some of the hands-on experiences for students at Erwin Elementary School as the school held its Environmental Discovery Day.

    Dozens of agencies and other community members visited the school Friday to talk about various aspects of science and the environment.

    Booths featured 24 different exhibits, with more than 100 people playing a part in the event.

  • 3 to run for school position

    Three men will try to succeed Dr. Peter Barry as the District 4 representative on the Lancaster County school board.

    Ronald Burke, Al Simpson and Bill Sumner filed to run for the seat, vacated by Barry’s death last month.

    The special election will be Nov. 30.

    Ronald Burke

    Burke, 67, moved to Lancaster six years ago from Ohio, where he had worked in education for 30 years.

    He said his experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent will serve him well as he vies for the District 4 seat.

  • 12 candidates set to take part in forum

    INDIAN LAND – The stage is set for a spirited candidates forum in Indian Land next week.

    A dozen candidates for local, state and national offices have confirmed that they will take part in the Oct. 14 forum sponsored by Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway.

    The Before You Vote 2010 Candidates Forum is from 7  to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel.

    The forum will feature these races and candidates, in the following order:

    • U.S. Senate – Write-in candidate Mazie Ferguson

  • Woman hit in Walmart parking lot

    A Lancaster teenager was charged with reckless driving after police say she hit a woman in the parking lot of Walmart on Wednesday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers responded to the parking lot about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Officers found Taqueshia Patrice Boyd, 17, of 765 W. Brooklyn Ave., seated in a 2001 Honda. She appeared shaken and upset, the report said.

  • Tradesville department almost 50 years old

    The all-volunteer fire brigade in the easternmost part of Lancaster County near the Chesterfield County line relies on a time-tested, sure-fire, tried-and-true method for swelling its ranks.

    They grow their own.

    “It works every time,” said Joel Laney, a longtime member of the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Department.

    Laney should know.

    His son, Jason, who used to follow him around to community functions, training sessions and fires, is the fire chief there. He’s been chief for about seven years.  

  • Wanted: Residents to serve on commissions, boards

    One of the hardest parts of Rudy Carter’s job is probably not what you’d expect.

    Carter, chairman of County Council, routinely deals with complicated issues, from balancing the budget to reviewing zoning ordinances. But one of the most difficult parts of his job is trying to find volunteers to serve on the county’s various boards and commissions.

    “Most of the time it’s a thankless job that doesn’t pay anything,” Carter said.

  • North Corner Grocery robbed

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at North Corner Grocery on Thursday.

    The clerk told deputies that he was sitting behind the counter about 5 p.m. when two men, one black and one white, came into the store wearing scarves over their faces and black, hooded sweatshirts.

    One of the men had a silver handgun, and they demanded that the clerk give them all the money, according to an incident report.

    The clerk said he gave the robbers some $10 and $20 bills from the register, and the men ran out of the store toward the back.