Local News

  • County Council approves plan to shore up jail

    County Council has agreed on a short-term solution to make repairs at the county’s historic jail in downtown Lancaster.

    Council unanimously approved hiring a structural engineer to design a temporary shoring and bracing plan for the top floor and ceiling of the jail. This was the latest of several options council has considered after cracks were discovered in the jail’s ceiling this summer.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented the new option to council at its Tuesday meeting.

  • Camp Creek chief: ‘You have to trust each other’

    It still works. If you look just above the roof line of the Camp Creek Volunteer Fire Department, you’ll see it. It’s a metal cylinder with a louvered, triangular metal cap. The siren.

    Bill Blackmon Jr., assistant fire chief, opened the cabinet door marked “CD.” He pressed a button then flipped the switch activating the siren.

    In the late 1950s and early 1960s, that’s how volunteer firefighters were notified when there was a fire in the community.

  • Commission says conditions ripe for wildfires in state

    COLUMBIA –  The S.C. Forestry Commission is urging residents and visitors to the state to be aware of favorable conditions for wildfire ignition over the Labor Day weekend.  

    Due to low humidity, dry conditions and increased outdoor activity, the chance of fire in all counties statewide increased Friday, the commission said.

    The Forestry Commission is operating at a reduced capacity due to recent budget cuts.  

  • Still time to sign up for state chili championship

    INDIAN LAND – Plans for the first S.C. Chili Championship are progressing as the cook-off date of Sept. 25 approaches.

    Organized by the Indian Land Rotary Club, the cook-off will be held in conjunction with the fifth annual Indian Land Fall into Fun Festival at Indian Land Middle School.

    The winner of the state championship qualifies for the international championship to be held at Terlingua, Texas, in November.

  • Community remembers Peter Barry

    After more than 37 years of teaching history at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, Dr. Peter Barry became an important part of the college’s history himself.

    Barry, one of the most-senior members of USCL faculty and also member of the Lancaster County school board, died Friday at his home in Lancaster after a sudden illness. He was 69.

    USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano was in shock after hearing the news Friday afternoon.

  • Love helped young beauties pick perfect pageant dresses

    Many people remember seeing Anasue Love walking her beloved dog, Trooper, around town.

    But many women in Lancaster will remember Love, retired owner of The Dianne Shop, for the role she played in the lives of girls competing in beauty pageants.

    Love died Friday morning. She was 86.

    Love was the owner and buyer of The Dianne Shop in Lancaster, having inherited the children’s clothing shop after the death of her mother, Beulah Mae Roddey, in 1992.

  • Can Lancaster become a college town?

    Dr. John Catalano needs the county’s help to turn Lancaster into a college town.

    Catalano, dean of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, enlisted the help of County Council on Tuesday night to help fund a new classroom building on the college’s campus. With high unemployment and a lack of available jobs in the county, Catalano said the key to improving the Lancaster area’s economic situation begins at USCL.

  • Growth in IL biggest issue for Pleasant Valley

    INDIAN LAND – Greg Nicholson remembers the ominous glow he saw as the fire from an Indian Land printing company lit up the sky for miles.

    It was about 2 a.m. on a freezing-cold night in December 1993 when Nicholson, then assistant chief of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, headed to the blaze at a plastic bag printing company.

    “I remember seeing that glow when we turned onto Possum Hollow Road off of S.C. 160,” Nicholson said. “I knew we’d need help when I saw it light up that sky.”

  • School board honors top teachers

    Four teachers who received Lancaster County School District’s highest honor for educators were recognized at the Aug. 24 school board meeting.  

    Each year, the district awards four educators with the Celebrate Great Teaching award – one for a beginning teacher, one for an elementary school teacher, one for a middle school teacher and one for a high school teacher.

    The 2010 winners are:

    • Wendy Bartell – literacy coach, Buford Middle School (middle school)

  • Patrol cracks down on DUI with checkpoints on U.S. 521

    INDIAN LAND – Drivers may have seen more blue lights than usual in the Panhandle on Friday night into Saturday.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol, along with several other law enforcement agencies, participated in a crackdown to get drunk drivers off the road, Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said.