Today's News

  • It’s finally time to vote on IL town

    After more than two years of public discussion and often contentious debate, Panhandle residents this week will voice their opinions on Indian Land incorporation in the only way that really matters – at the ballot box.
    The Indian Land incorporation referendum is scheduled for Tuesday. All Panhandle polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Voting is open to all registered voters living within the proposed town of Indian Land incorporation area, nearly the entire Lancaster County Panhandle – except residents of the new town of Van Wyck.

  • Guns drawn on Greenbriar

    More than a dozen Lancaster County deputies surrounded a house in the 1000 block of Greenbriar Drive Wednesday afternoon while serving family court orders on an occupant. 

  • New school switches to Eagles mascot

    The mascot of the new Van Wyck Elementary School will be the Eagles rather than the Braves, after the Catawba Indian Nation and other community members objected to the school board’s initial choice.
    The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to change the mascot after a meeting with Catawba Chief Bill Harris and the school’s naming committee.
    “[We] realized our effort to honor and pay tribute to the Catawbas would actually do the opposite,” said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps.

  • Kershaw industrial park needs $5M boost

    KERSHAW – It’s going to cost $5 million to get the initial infrastructure in place at Kershaw Commerce Park.
    The town has applied for state economic-development grants that might pay part of that cost, but expects to borrow the rest by issuing $1.5 million to $2 million in 20-year revenue bonds.
    Town officials say it’s an investment in Kershaw’s future that they are willing to make.  

  • Hit-and-run 18 wheeler demolishes teen’s Civic

    Most people never forget their first car, and that is surely true for 17-year-old Daquan Stevenson of Kershaw.
    He will remember most the car’s demise – a harrowing hit-and-run accident with a tractor-trailer last week on Matson Street.
    It was still dark about 5:45 a.m. March 15 when Stevenson left his grandmother’s house in his 1996 Honda Civic. He was going to pick up his brother from work.

  • Dr. John Willis dies at 85

    Last fall, Larry Honeycutt got word that longtime golfing buddy Dr. John Willis wasn’t feeling well.
    Honeycutt dropped by the Willis’ home to check on his friend.
    “The amazing thing I remember most about that day is I left with a big ol’ smile on my face,” Honeycutt said. “John was one of these fellas with the ability to make you feel better by just being around him. I hope that one day, folks might be able to say the same thing about me.”

  • Another local ‘Lucky Dog’ – this time with horses

    Lancaster gets another dose of “Lucky Dog” national spotlight this Saturday morning, but this time the focus is on rescued horses rather than canines.
    The Emmy-winning TV series, sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories, airs at 10 a.m. on CBS. A Lancaster employee of the company received one of the show’s rescued dogs in an episode that aired last month.
    This week’s show was taped last year at a local ranch, God’s Blessing Farm, where rescued horses are given a chance for a new life.

  • Sidewalk plan in the works near ILMS

    Lancaster County is targeting a $112,000 grant to build sidewalks near Indian Land Middle School on River Road, a move to address student safety.
    A 300-signature petition pushing the S.C. Department of Transportation to install sidewalks was given to the school district in November. Signatures were collected by concerned Indian Land Middle parent Pam Houge.
    SCDOT got involved and the Lancaster County School District was on board with the petition.

  • 2 men arrested in Kershaw with ‘smorgasbord of drugs’

    Two Kershaw men were arrested on multiple drug charges Friday after sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at their home and found a variety of drugs and more than $6,000 in cash.

    Aaron Mastafis Harris, 27, and Willie Michael Moore, 57, were charged with trafficking crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

  • Pool full of passion

    Emily Pollok
    For The Lancaster News

    The sensory experience has been the same for generations of would-be Lancaster swimmers – the chlorine scent, the sound of splashing water, and Anne Small’s “kick, kick, kick!” reverberating off the walls.
    Last week, children waited at the side of the pool for their turn as the earliest arrival started his swim lesson with Small, swim teacher extraordinaire.