Local News

  • New Roy Hardin Park inches closer to reality

    INDIAN LAND – As plans firm up for a new Roy Hardin Park, some Indian Land residents are hoping for a smooth transition.

    Jane Tanner, president of the Indian Land Action Council, presented some of the community’s concerns at Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 10 meeting.

    Council is considering an ordinance that would relocate the park from its current location near Collins Road to an area one street over near Shelley Mullis Road.

  • Fire destroys mobile home

    KERSHAW – Several volunteer fire departments were called to a fire at a mobile home on Taxahaw Road early Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies and fire departments responded to the blaze about 12:30 a.m.

    When a deputy arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.

    The homeowner, Roger Wayne Self, 42, said he was awakened by the smell of smoke and realized his home was on fire.

  • Three charged in shooting death

    Three men have been charged in a July 10 shooting in which a 26-year-old Lancaster man died.

    Torey Robert Blackwell, 18, of 1262 Belmont Circle, has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with murder, attempted armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

  • USCL seeks financial support for new classroom building

    HEATH SPRINGS – University of South Carolina at Lancaster officials want to build a new classroom building, and they need a little help from some friends.

    USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano, Stan Johnson, chairman of USCL’s 50th anniversary committee, along with former County Councilwoman Polly Jackson addressed Heath Springs Town Council at its Aug. 18 meeting to talk about funding issues. The 30,0000-square-foot building will cost between $6 and $6.5 million.

  • Man dies in crash

    PAGELAND – A Lancaster County man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Chesterfield County on Saturday.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Bryan McDougald said Lamont Johnson, 34, of 2119 Santa Rosa Drive, was riding a 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle about 9:20 p.m. on Peach Orchard Road, 7 miles south of Pageland.

    McDougald said the man entered a left-hand curve in the road and lost control of the motorcycle and ran off the right side of the road.

    Johnson was ejected from the motorcycle when it overturned, McDougald said.

  • Carowinds unveils The Intimidator

    “Start your engines, get set and get ready to race to the finish line.”

    With those words, Jon Taylor announced plans for the Intimidator, a new roller coaster at Carowinds.

    Taylor, director of marketing at Carowinds, showed a video simulation of the new ride to a crowd at Carowinds Theatre on Wednesday.

    The coaster is named and themed after race car legend the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. It should be complete by spring 2010.

  • Police taking joking holdup seriously

    A Lancaster man told police that his threat to rob the Crenco convenience store on the S.C. 9 Bypass early Sunday was just a prank.

    Officers weren’t amused, and the man – William Brandon Johnson, 31, of 2552 Deertrack Circle – has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with attempted armed robbery.

    According to an incident report, the clerk at the store said two men tried to rob him about 2:55 a.m.  They drove off in a small silver car on Arundel Road behind the store.

  • Fires were a wake-up call for better building security

    Fires at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield’s office in August 2008 served as a $322,922 wake-up call for better security for county government buildings.

    The courthouse, which was built in 1828, was still being used as a court facility at the time of the fire. Officials agreed that it was woefully inadequate in security, and was not equipped with even burglar or fire alarms at the time of the fire.

    One judge even wrote county officials a few years ago about his concerns about safety in the courtroom.

  • Swine flu case confirmed in schools

    School resumed in the Lancaster County School District last week, and the district already has its first confirmed case of H1N1 or swine flu.

    A case of  H1N1 was reported at Andrew Jackson High School on Wednesday and later confirmed. There is also a suspected case at Indian Land High School, but it hasn’t been confirmed.

    District personnel aren’t saying whether the two cases are students, faculty or staff.

  • Heath Springs council votes to raise water, sewer charges

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council is moving forward with a plan to raise its water and sewer rates.

    Heath Springs now charges $15 for in-town residents for the first 3,000 gallons of water, and $15 for the first 3,000 gallons of sewer treatment for residents. Council is considering raising those fees to $20 each.

    Council will vote on first reading of an ordinance to raise the rates in September.

    Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to put the item on the next agenda to vote on.  Councilman Eddie Moore cast the dissenting vote.