Today's News

  • MLK parade, tributes

    Bishop Herbert C. Crump Jr. told those attending the local “I Have A Dream” celebration on Saturday that getting to Dr. Martin Luther King’s oft-spoken  “promised land” of social equality takes everyone doing their part.

  • Kershaw man charged in girlfriend’s 2015 death

    A Kershaw man has been charged with reckless homicide in the December 2015 death of his girlfriend, who was run over by his pickup truck.
    William Bryan Reese, 45, of 636 Scout Cabin Road, was arrested in the death of Rae Marie Brewer. The charge is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
    Brewer, 45, died Dec. 16, 2015, while en route to Palmetto Health Richland due to blood loss from internal injuries received when Reese’s Ford F350 rolled over her.

  • State hearing on Van Wyck incorporation is postponed

    A legislative committee scheduled to make a recommendation on Van Wyck’s incorporation proposal in Columbia last Thursday deferred hearing the matter after the day’s session ran long.
    A group of 33 Van Wyck residents attended the hearing by the seven-member Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation, a long-awaited meeting the community had been anticipating since submitting its incorporation proposal in March.

  • IL rallies around Grace Trumpower

    Indian Land High students are now giving back to junior Grace Trumpower, who has been a “guiding light” in the school and community, despite her own disability.
    The ILHS National Honor Society and teenILead, an organization built on addressing issues in the Indian Land area, have partnered to host a fundraiser at Friday’s home basketball game to raise money for Trumpower’s stem-cell therapy, which will cost more than $40,000.
    A separate online fundraising effort has already raised more than $22,000 to help with the medical costs.

  • Coroner: Asphyxia killed 4th grader

    Ten-year-old Dylan Lemieux died from asphyxia, the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office reported Friday after conducting an autopsy.
    “The manner of death is still under investigation by Lancaster County Coroner’s Office in conjunction with Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and SLED Child Fatality Division,” the coroner's release stated.
    Investigators would release no further information Friday on the circumstances surrounding the death of the Harrisburg Elementary fourth grader.

  • Ex-animal shelter director charged

    The former director of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter turned herself in Friday  after authorities charged her with misappropriating county funds for personal use.
    According to a SLED release, Shandrieka “Shandy” Michelle Everall, 38, is charged with breach of trust valued at $2,000 or less.
    Everall, who was known as Shandy Miller when she worked at the shelter, was booked Friday morning at the Lancaster County Detention Center and released after posting a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

  • 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.