Local News

  • Prayer vigil set for Miles

    Reformation Lutheran Church is hosting an all-day prayer vigil Saturday for a Lancaster leader who needs a liver transplant.

    The vigil will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 508 N. French St. It is for Jody Miles, director of Lancaster’s Christian Services, a nonprofit organization that has assisted the needy in Lancaster County for more than 17 years.

    Miles contracted hepatitis C in the 1980s from a blood transfusion, and the disease has damaged her liver.

  • Breaking News Thomas to resign from Council to become a magistrate

    Fred Thomas has announced that he will be resigning from his position as Lancaster County Council chairman to take a magistrate’s position in Lancaster County. The S.C. Senate confirmed his appointment Tuesday after a recommendation by Sen. Mick Mulvaney, (R-16).

    Check back later for more details.

  • City to help fund Unity fest

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project continues to secure funding for its annual Unity in the Community festival.

    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously June 9 to allocate $2,700 to the event, which aims to bring the community together and make people more aware of available resources.

    The Fatherhood Project is having the festival for the 13th time.

    Tyrom Faulkner and Erick Crawford, on behalf of the Fatherhood Project, asked City Council for $4,500 at the meeting.

  • Food banks on the move

    The Springs Close Foundation will help feed 3,600 families in Lancaster County by funding food banks through Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

    The foundation announced recently that it was changing its focus temporarily to charitable efforts, in response to high unemployment rates and growing economic distress. The foundation announced a $40,000 gift to fund 12 mobile food pantries from Indian Land to Kershaw through August.

    The first pantry will be held in Kershaw on Friday, at the Kershaw Senior Center.

    Other food pantries will be held on these dates:

  • Repairs now under way on Barr Street School

    Work is now under way to convert the old Barr Street School into a facility with multi-purpose community use.

    Hope on the Hill, the local youth-serving organization spearheading the renovation project, plans to open the building in August – after improvements are made on the inside and a new roof is installed.

    The Rev. Wayne Murray, chairman for Hope on the Hill, said the roof work began June 4.

    The old roof is being replaced with an insulated fiberglass roof, which Murray says will reduce energy use.

  • Next Street Market scheduled for July 4

    The third Lancaster Street Market of 2009 is slated for July 4 and will include a special attraction. Steve Koss of Koss Motorsports will be sponsoring his highly popular car show for visitors to enjoy.

    “We are so excited to have Steve involved again with his great car show. His group joined us for the December street market and they were very popular,” said Carrie Miller, event coordinator for See Lancaster. “We feel this will be well received again during the holiday weekend.”

  • Forum to focus on tourism developments in 2 counties

    ROCK HILL – Residents of Lancaster and York counties are invited to a public forum Thursday in Rock Hill to share their thoughts about tourism development in the two counties.

    The forum will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Baxter Hood Center on the campus of York Technical College.

    The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is conducting a study of tourism assets for the state, and South Carolina’s Catawba region will be the focus for much of the month of June.

  • Duke Foundation, volunteers help upgrade Pregnancy Care Center

    The Pregnancy Care Center in Lancaster has received a number of key renovations to its center, thanks to the helping hands of a few residents at Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    Dr. Peggy Duncan, a Duke Foundation employee and resident of the Indian Land retirement community, had been looking for a community service project for the foundation, the philanthropic arm of Duke Energy, to undertake.

    Duncan was pointed to the Pregnancy Care Center, which was in need of improvements inside and around the building, said center executive director Amy Vincent.

  • Heath Springs OKs 2009-10 budget of nearly $500,000

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council voted on first reading of its 2009-10 budget with little discussion.

    The budget includes $445,590 to cover general operations, the town’s senior center, law enforcement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, recreation and fire departments and the sanitation and street department.

    The town’s largest expense comes from its water and sewer departments, which total $692,350.

  • Kershaw woman charged in Wal-Mart bomb threat

    PAGELAND - A Wal-Mart Distribution Center employee was arrested and charged last week with making a bomb threat against the business.

    A woman’s need for attention spawned the May 15 phone call that halted work at one of Pageland’s largest employers for more than a hour, said Sheriff Sam Parker.

    The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office charged Jackie Jordan Barrett, 36, of 311 Old Georgetown Road, Kershaw, with conveying a bomb threat after she reportedly confessed to making the telephone call that shut down the facility.