Local News

  • State of Community event set for Aug. 24

    Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    This breakfast event will provide a venue for the top elected officials of the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on activities and challenges they are facing.

  • HS awarded $500,000 grant for waterlines

    HEATH SPRINGS –  A third phase of waterline improvements can begin, with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant recently awarded to the town.

    Heath Springs Town Council voted months ago to pay for engineering for the project, in hopes that the grant funding would come through, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce announced the grant award on Aug. 3.

    The project will replace aging waterlines in the east side of town. That includes Northside Circle, and Hart, Salem, East, Clark, Ridge, Elder and Liberty streets, Taylor said.

  • IL Walmart to open Wednesday

    INDIAN LAND – The new Indian Land Walmart store will be overstaffed when it opens Wednesday.

    “I want it overstaffed so we make sure we have everything the customer needs,” store manager John Clevenger said Thursday. “And this way we can have every register open for its first five days.”

    Walmart aimed to fill about 350 positions, but have already hired about 370 employees for the store, Clevenger said.

  • Surprise candidate files for mayor

    Mary Helen Yarborough compares herself to a rookie baseball pitcher who can bring new energy to a team. And she likens incumbent Mayor Joe Shaw to a seasoned player who’s weary from many years of service.

    Yarborough said the need for a new face and fresh ideas is the reason she wants to be the city of Lancaster’s next mayor. She filed to run Tuesday afternoon at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • Man died of suffocation

    A 66-year-old man suffocated during a fight at his home on Saturday, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

    Police were called to Edward Jackson Bolding Jr.’s home  at 106 Roberts Drive at 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Bobby Robinson, 41, of 2117 Powell Ave., told them he had gone into the house and found Bolding dead, according to an incident report.

  • Lodges, LAPS to give away supplies at back-to-school event

    Notebooks, pens and paper will be available this weekend for area students in need of school supplies.

    The Lancaster County Lodges and Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) are hosting a back-to-school event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Constitution Park, at Woodland and Roddey drives in Lancaster.

    The event, open and free to the pubic, gives local children who may not be able to get all the supplies they need a chance to pick up those items.

  • Third candidate files for board seat

    Kevin Sexton said the need for another elementary school in Indian Land will be his chief concern if he’s elected to the school board.

    The Van Wyck resident is the third person to file for the District 1 Lancaster County school board seat, now held by Don McCorkle.

    Sexton filed Wednesday at the County Administration Building. McCorkle and fellow Indian Land resident Leland Hughes each filed last week.

  • District to get share of funds

    The Lancaster County School District is expected to benefit from the $10 billion that Congress approved this week for schools across the nation. The amount the district will see remains to be seen.

    South Carolina will get about $143.4 million of the funding from the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which President Barack Obama signed Tuesday.

    The money will allow more than 2,000 teachers in the state to keep their jobs next summer, according to the S.C. Department of Education. The money also may allow districts to hire new staff during the 2010-11 year.

  • Child flown to burn center

    An 8-year-old boy was airlifted to a Georgia burn center after being burned in a fire in the yard of a Laurel Court home on Monday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, emergency workers were called to the Laurel Court home about 9:30 p.m. Monday. When a police officer arrived, he was approached by the 8-year-old and his grandfather. The child did not have any clothes on and had severe burns to his upper body, the report said.

  • High hopes for revamped farmers market commission

    Three new members were appointed to join the ranks of the county’s Farmers Market Commission on Tuesday.

    County Council unanimously appointed B.J. Ratcliffe, Diane Estridge and Arthur “Cricket” Harper to the commission. The additions come two weeks after council removed four commission members after citing complaints from buyers and sellers at the market.