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Today's News

  • Mayor suffered stroke – ‘I dodged a bullet’

    Lancaster Mayor John Howard suffered a hemorrhagic stroke last week and spent four days at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
    He was released Monday and says doctors expect a full recovery.
    “I dodged a bullet,” Howard, 67, said Wednesday, after springing the news on his fellow members at the Breakfast Rotary Club and then being swamped by their well-wishes.
    “I am fine,” he said in an interview. “I’m weak – I’ll be the first to tell you that – but I am cognizant and confident.”

  • County seeks $500K grant to renovate Humana site

    The Humana Building on White Street still belongs to Humana, but county officials have already applied for a $500,000 federal grant to renovate it to house the S.C. Department of Social Services.
     “It is a little of the cart before the horse,” said County Administrator Steve Willis, noting that the grant application was filed Sept. 12. He said the county still hasn’t acquired the building, but could in coming months.

  • Irma make-up day Oct. 9

    The Lancaster County School District has scheduled Oct. 9 as a make-up day for the day missed because of Hurricane Irma.
    School was canceled Sept. 11 as winds and rain from Irma passed through the Palmetto State.
    Oct. 9 was the next day students were not scheduled to be in school. It had been had been planned as a teacher workday.
    “We believe it’s important to use it as a make-up day,” said LCSD Superintendent Jonathan Phipps. “We still face the possibility of winter weather and more missed days.”

  • The Springs Co. moving headquarters to Fort Mill

    The Springs Co., which oversees all of the non-manufacturing interests of the former Springs Industries, is moving its headquarters from Lancaster’s Main Street to Fort Mill.
    The company plans to build a 17,100-square-foot building on Fort Mill’s North White Street, according to the Rock Hill Herald.
    Dehler Hart, president of Springland Inc., a division of The Springs Co. that deals with real estate development, told The Herald about the move.

  • Great Falls needs volunteers for next Riversweep on Nov. 4

    From release

    The next Great Falls Riversweep, sponsored by the Great Falls Home Town Association, and Catawba Riverkeeper, Duke Energy and Palmetto Pride, is planned for Nov. 4.
    Volunteers are needed for the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon that Saturday. The clean-up will primarily focus on the islands in Stumpy Pond and some of the bank area around the reservoir.

  • Norrell picked for statewide education-leadership group

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) has been chosen as the only legislator among 16 state educators to participate in the S.C. Education Policy Fellowship Program for 2017-18.

    SC-EPFP is a 10-month intensive professional development program for educational leaders. Seventeen states have an EPFP.

    The S.C. program is the only one this year to have a sitting state legislator.

    Norrell said the program will give her the chance to learn what educators need and bring that information to the legislature.

  • Column: Mysterious killer afflicts 5M in U.S.

    Dr. Patrick Goldsmith
    Guest columnist

    Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most devastating forms of dementia, afflicted 5.3 million Americans in 2015 – two-thirds of them women.
    Between 2000 and 2013, deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s increased by 71 percent. The number one cause of death, heart disease, decreased 14 percent during the same period. Of the top ten diseases in America, some believe that Alzheimer’s is the only one that cannot be prevented or cured.

  • Hit-and-run driver kills man walking on highway

    A Lancaster County man died before dawn Saturday in a hit-and-run incident on Jefferson Highway near Taxahaw Road, and authorities are asking the public for help finding the driver of the car.

    The victim, 36-year old Chad Russell Hill of Ross Cauthen Road, suffered severe head injuries when hit by a vehicle, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.

    Cpl. Bill Rhyne of the S.C. Highway Patrol said Hill had been walking in the eastbound lane of Jefferson Highway at about 5:45 a.m. when a vehicle heading east struck and killed him.

  • IL teacher’s aide charged in theft from 2nd employer

    A teacher’s aide at Indian Land Elementary School was charged Monday with stealing about $8,500 from her second job at a cupcake shop in Fort Mill.

    Melanie Marie Kikta, 35, 1004 Bailes Ridge Ave., Indian Land, was placed on paid administrative leave by the Lancaster County School District after district officials learned about the case over the weekend, said Bryan Vaughn, district safety director.

  • The arts are big business

    The nonprofit arts sector accounts for $360 million in annual economic activity in the 16 counties that make up the Charlotte region, including Lancaster, according to a detailed study released Friday.

    “It’s not just food for the soul, but putting food on the table,” said Randy Cohen, vice president of the national nonprofit Americans for the Arts.