Local News

  • IL Rotary event puts ‘fun’ in local fundraiser

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land was the place to be last weekend as the community gathered to celebrate a brilliantly sunny day of family fun and the coming of a new season at the Indian Land Rotary Fall Festival.
    Now in its 10th year, the festival drew about 11,000 people to CrossRidge, formerly the City of Light, for a festival that included live music, good food, vendors, children’s games, 5K and one-mile fun run/walks, a car show and the fifth annual chili cook-off.

  • Six Matson Street oak trees to come down

    KERSHAW – Peg Bryson knows that six of the 100-year-old-plus historic oak trees on Matson Street are coming down, including the two in front of her home to make room for a much-needed six-inch water line.
    But she doesn’t have to like it and she doesn’t
    Between what Bryson calls more of a recent “butchering” instead of a trimming by a power line tree crew and the news the trees must go, Bryson is heartbroken over the issue.
    “I understand it, but it’s making me sick,” she said.

  • Arrests made in Kershaw theft cases

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Lancaster men, one a convicted thief not long out of jail, and a pair of juveniles last week in separate larceny and burglary cases in Kershaw.
    The cases are two quick successes during what has been a particularly busy late summer rash of the crimes at homes and businesses across the county.  

  • Ruptured pipe cuts off water to Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Parts of Boantown were bone dry for several hours Thursday, Sept. 17, after a 10-inch water line leading into town ruptured.
    Town administrator Tony Starnes said town hall phones started ringing just after 3 p.m. Thursday with water customers reporting the issue.
    “Either we don’t have any water or any water pressure,” he said at the time. “Right now, we aren’t really sure.”
    The town gets its water from the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD).

  • ‘Dispel the gossip’

    With the Panhandle’s housing market in full swing and its schools rapidly filling to capacity, do Lancaster County school district officials have a plan in place to address issues such as overcrowding?
    That was just one of the questions on Pam Mulvaney’s mind as she and several other concerned Indian Land parents showed up en masse during Lancaster County School Board’s meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 15.

  • Municipal bodies, LCEDC respond to FOIA requests

    City, county and economic development officials have all acknowledged receiving a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by The Lancaster News on Sept. 9, though no records have yet to be released.

  • More street lights needed to keep walking students safe

    Local business owner Melissa Horton pokes a little fun at herself with the title of “self appointed crime watch president of Meeting Street.”
    But when it comes to keeping children safe, the owner of Unique Hair Design and Unique Hair Design The School said it’s no laughing matter.
    Horton has launched a one-woman campaign to shed a little more early morning light on the area near Clinton Elementary School. She wants to see some additional streetlights placed on East Meeting Street and near the school.

  • Three fall victim to phone scams

    Three Lancaster County men lost as much as $3,640 between them in separate phone scams earlier this month.
    The victims fell for the scams just days after Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile warned residents to be aware of a bogus jury duty scam and to never send money or personal information to anyone over the phone.
    IRS scam
    The first incident occurred on Aug. 31 when two men who said they represented the IRS tricked a 21-year-old Heath Springs man into sending them money to resolve a “miscalculation with his taxes.”

  • Motor home burns in parking lot

    Firefighters are often credited with saying “given the circumstances, it could’ve been a lot worse.”
    That was especially true Thursday, Sept. 17, when a burning motor home was parked near the gas pumps at a convenience store.
    “Thankfully, no one was hurt,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Steven Blackwell of the Thursday afternoon fire in front of Primus Mini Mart. “This one could’ve definitely been worse.”

  • Public invited to UDO rewrite meetings

    A multitude of zoning changes are coming to Lancaster County and local planning officials are hoping a series of community meetings will help keep the public informed.
    County Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis unveiled the four-meeting schedule this week, part of the county’s next step in a yearlong effort to rewrite its Unified Development Ordinance.