Today's News

  • Olsen’s property sold for back taxes

    The Pressley’s Recycling Center property has been auctioned off for payment of back taxes, according to the Lancaster County Delinquent Tax Collector’s Office.
    The pending sale is the latest development involving the company and owner Ron Olsen since December 2011 when the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control outlined multiple regulatory violations at the site.

  • Indian Land convenience center pushed back again

    Indian Land’s long-awaited recycling and household trash convenience center should be ready for use by the end of the month, contractors working on the site told Lancaster County officials.
    The new target date is the latest revised opening date in a project that has been in the works since April 2015. County officials had most recently hoped to open the convenience center with basic services by Dec. 31.

  • Though destructive and deadly, wildfires also replenish nature

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    PICKENS – When people and property are endangered, wildfires are viewed as calamities, but they can also play an integral role in the health of a forest by thinning trees, burning dead or decaying matter and returning nutrients to the soil.

  • Playhouse joins national event to stand up for inclusion, diversity

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is joining other theaters and acting troupes across the nation to launch The Ghostlight Project on Jan. 19.
    Playhouse members will gather on the front steps of the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., at 5:30 p.m. that day, and they invite the public to participate. Attendees should bring a light, such as a cell-phone flashlight, regular flashlight or glow stick.
    The Ghostlight Project’s national website says the movement was inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater.

  • Christmas basket final total: $9,115

    The Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket has wrapped up this year’s seasonal fundraising effort, reaching a final total of $9,115.25.
    “HOPE is so grateful to the community for responding in such a big way,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director for HOPE in Lancaster.
    During December, 300 Christmas meal food boxes with gift certificates from The Meat Center were donated to families. The drive also provided 400 stockings filled with toys and other gifts.

  • Paid firefighters add to capabilities of Fort Lawn Fire Department

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Like most small firefighting operations, the Fort Lawn Fire Department struggles with having firefighters at the station to cover fires during the daylight hours, when most volunteers are at their jobs.
    A new initiative started by the department is designed to meet that challenge. The Fort Lawn Fire Board has agreed to provide the funds for a firefighter to be on duty during the day, said Fort Lawn Fire Chief Allen Culp.

  • Probe under way in 4th grader's death

    A Harrisburg Elementary School fourth grader died Wednesday evening at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, and the cause of death is under investigation, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese.
    The student, Dylan Lemieux, is the son of Daniel and Stacey Lemieux. The parents could not be reached before press time.
    “We’re in shock more than anything,” said Harrisburg Principal Steven Puckett. “I think that’s the overall atmosphere in the building... losing one of our babies like that.

  • Accused drive-by shooter vanishes

    A Lancaster man facing two counts of attempted murder in a drive-by shooting 13 months ago is on the run after cutting off his ankle monitor Jan. 6 and not showing up in General Sessions court.
    As a result, Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Keon Jamal “Fire Red” Howze, 24, of 705 Sowell St.
    Howze is now charged with three counts of failure to appear in court, in addition to the attempted murder.

  • Man charged in back-to-back store robberies

    A Lancaster man has been charged with robbing two convenience stores within minutes of each other in south Lancaster last week.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s investigators arrested James Antwon White, 26, Wednesday afternoon on two counts each of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
    White was arrested in connection with robberies at the Stop & Shop, 2147 McIlwain Road, and the Pantry Pack, 2014 Lynwood Drive, between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Jan. 5. The stores are located within two and a half miles of each other.

  • Rep. Norrell backs medical cannabis bill

    The bipartisan group of legislators cosponsoring a bill to legalize medical cannabis in the state wasted no time introducing it this week during the session’s opening day.
    The S.C. Compassionate Care Act would allow state residents with “debilitating medical conditions and a recommendation from their physician” to use medical cannabis.
    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) said she supports the bill because she’s met people who “have conditions where it can help or have been helped.”