Local News

  • Artisan Center gets a seasonal makeover for New Year's bash

    A ballerina adorned in lights. A fairy tale carriage.

    These sights fill the windows of the Artisans Center on Main Street, part of the center’s theme for New Year’s Eve ee" Winter Wonderland.

    The Artisans Center, 119 S. Main St., will formally celebrate its grand opening with a New Year’s Eve bash from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday.

    The bash is also a fundraiser that Artisans Center founder and director Christina Chastain hopes will get an after-school arts program for all ages off the ground in the spring.

  • Two men face heroin charges

    Two Lancaster County men were arrested on heroin charges after drug officers conducted surveillance on Tuesday.

    Tristan Charles Mungo, 22, of 1789 University Park Lane, was charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with trafficking heroin and distribution of heroin.

    Daniel Elijah Weeks, 27, of 615 W. Hilton St., Kershaw, was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.

  • Council opposes property tax bill

    Members of Lancaster County Council are hoping a proposed state bill that would cap residential property taxes will not pass when it heads to the state Senate in January.

    Council voted Nov. 30 to oppose S.C. House Bill 3272, which passed the state House last year and is awaiting reading on the state Senate floor. The proposed legislation would remove point of sale valuation and eliminate increases in property tax revenue for schools, municipalities and counties.

  • Kershaw raises its garbage rates

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents will see an increase in their garbage rates in the new year.

    During its first meeting at its new town hall on Monday night, Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed final reading of an amendment to the town’s budget.

  • Take a walk in their shoes

    INDIAN LAND – While many people were busy decorating their homes and shopping for holiday gifts, Candi Acuff spent a recent Saturday working on a different sort of present.

    Amidst towering stacks of boxes filled with shoes, Acuff and other volunteers donated hours of their time Dec. 12 lacing up and organizing shoes for the charitable group Samaritan’s Feet. An Indian Land resident and owner of NaturalBody Personal Training, Acuff organized the event to help provide shoes to those who are less fortunate.

  • A.R. Rucker Middle gets IB banner

    A.R. Rucker Middle School now proudly displays a banner that represents its participation in a distinguished educational program.

    A.R. Rucker Middle is the first and only school in the Lancaster County School District to become a International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) school. International Baccalaureate (IB) provides programs for youth that aim to create a better world through intercultural understanding.

  • Guardsmen receive a warm welcome as they arrive home

    Kim Bowers said her son, Clint Wallace, called from the bus that was bringing him home and told her about the police escort he and his fellow National Guard soldiers were getting as they headed home for the holidays.

    Bowers relayed the story to Sandra Collins as they waited with other family members for the Guardsmen to arrive at the Lancaster Tours parking lot. The buses carrying the soldiers were set to arrive any minute.

    “He said, ‘We got police escorts and we haven’t even done anything yet,’” Bowers said.

  • Summey puts his skills to good use

    INDIAN LAND – Old computers never die – they just get reconditioned and put to good use.

    Roger Summey works tirelessly in his workshop, reconditioning old computers for charity.  

    His effort makes a lot of children happy, better educated and far more tech savvy than they could ever have become without his help.

    Summey, a resident of Sun City Carolina Lakes, donates his revitalized computers to the Lancaster Children’s Home, as well as the Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill.

  • Schools face another budget cut

    Local school officials are exploring ways to deal with another budget cut handed down by the state.

    The state’s Budget and Control Board recently announced 5 percent across-the-board spending cuts – a $238.2 million reduction to help offset lower-than-expected tax collections thus far.

    That equates to about a $1.5 million reduction for the Lancaster County School District, said Tony Walker, the district’s finance director.

    This is the second wave of cuts to come through since the school year stated.

  • Tunnell: Kershaw, Heath Springs need spec buildings for industry

    Lancaster County continues to miss out on economic development opportunities because it does not have buildings for companies that are considering a move here.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell updated Kershaw and Heath Springs town council members on economic development projects in the southern portion of the county at the towns’ November council meetings.