Local News

  • Celebrate Van Wyck festival this Saturday

    Julie Graham
    For The Lancaster News

    VAN WYCK – With a top band, car show, delicious barbecue, shopping and plenty for the kids to do, the Celebrate Van Wyck festival is the place to be Saturday, Sept. 12.
    Cleo White and the Identity Band, blending gospel, bluegrass and rock with a whole lot of energy, will play throughout the day as the festival brings together the community and surrounding towns.

  • KARE fair offers info on local agencies

    KERSHAW – Whether it’s help searching for a job or taking care of a disabled loved one, a Kershaw crisis assistance group hopes a new informational fair will get the word out about a variety of support agencies available in the tri-county area, with some fun thrown in for good measure.

  • Starnes to step down

    KERSHAW – Kershaw will be getting more than a new mayor in January 2016.
    After Wayne Rhodes recently announced he was dropping out of the November 2015 mayor’s race, the town’s administrator is following suit.
    Tony Starnes has told town leaders Dec. 31, 2015, will be his last day on the job.
    Starnes said he told council at a special meeting held Aug. 27.
    “I think some of them knew and some of them didn’t,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page.”

  • Out of Service

    HEATH SPRINGS – If everything goes according to plan, the water tower in Lancaster County’s smallest town will be back online by Halloween.
    “That’s what we’re shooting for,” said Heath Springs Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
    In Heath Springs, water flows through the town’s coffers. The town doesn’t have a property tax, so its revenue is generated through water customers.

  • Beaufort authorities charge assistant track coach

    A Lancaster-area assistant track coach was arrested last month after turning himself in to Beaufort County authorities for a charge of having a sexual relationship with a minor.  
    Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bob Bromage confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 2, that Tyger Bilondus Ingram, 30, 1524 Charlotte Highway, was arrested Aug. 7 by his agency on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years of age.

  • LCEDC terminates Tunnell

    The saga surrounding the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. took another turn this week when former President Keith Tunnell announced his termination by its board of directors.
    Up until this week, all that was known publicly about Tunnell’s fate, following Lancaster County Council’s decision to rescind its funding and support of the LCEDC on Aug. 10, was the LCEDC board of directors’ decision to ‘honor his contract,’ which was drawn up in February.

  • Couple with child arrested for heroin trafficking

    A Lancaster couple is facing multiple charges, including heroin trafficking and child neglect, after a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force search of their SUV turned up heroin and other drugs.
    Jason Leonard Daniel, 36, and Misty Dawn Friend, 32, of 135 Charlie Stacks Road, were arrested Friday, Aug. 28, after a confidential source told a sheriff’s office investigator Daniel was at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster with heroin and, possibly, a gun.

  • SLED releases report of Morgan shooting

    A Lancaster man shot and killed by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies at a North Corner antique store in May bought a handgun a little more than an hour before the incident with the intention of killing his estranged wife, her boyfriend and himself.
    This revelation was among the many new facts detailed in the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s investigative case files released Thursday, Sept. 3.
    The file also included a copy of the letter from 6th Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman clearing the deputies involved in the shooting.

  • Bridge along Kershaw road closed for repair

    A deteriorating bridge over Hanging Rock Creek near Kershaw was closed to motorists late last month as S.C. Department of Transportation engineers determine options for repairing the structure.
    With its support pilings degrading, the bridge along a portion of Three C’s Road was closed to through traffic on Aug. 25, said Perry Crocker, S.C. DOT assistant district 4 maintenance manager. The bridge is located about 2.3 miles south of the town of Kershaw and is parallel to Kershaw Camden Highway.

  • Henry Harris Road improvements begin

    INDIAN LAND – Long-awaited improvements to Indian Land’s Henry Harris Road began Monday.
    The project is one of several county road projects paid for wholly or in part by the new Lancaster County capital project sales tax, expected to begin in coming weeks.
    S.C. Department of Transportation resident engineer Ken Wilson said crews with Granite Construction of Cornelius, N.C., began work Monday, Aug. 31, on the $1,486,000 project, starting at the intersection of Henry Harris and Marvin roads.