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Today's News

  • Home for heelsplitters

    The population of Lancaster County’s endangered Carolina heelsplitters increased significantly Tuesday.
    Federal workers precisely hand-placed 300 of the federally protected mussels along a stretch of Gills Creek between Pageland Highway and Langley Road east of Lancaster.
    “There’s no big method to the madness,” said Morgan Wolf, an endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
    Since 2012, Wolf has been overseeing improvements to the Gills Creek basin to improve heelsplitter habitats.

  • Blackmon seeks $35K from Harris, county

    Linda Blackmon is asking that Jackie Harris and the Lancaster County Election Commission pay her attorney fees and other costs from the election protest filed by Harris in 2016.
    Blackmon’s attorney Robert Tyson filed a legal motion in the civil court case Oct. 13, seeking $30,000 from Harris and $5,000 from the commission.
    “When there’s a statute, or contractual provision, that allows for the prevailing party to seek costs incurred when the allegations are frivolous in nature, then we will do just that,” Tyson said.

  • Man dies in Buford house fire

    A Buford man is believed to have died early Sunday in a fire at his home on Mary Lee Lane.
    The victim tentatively has been identified as 33-year-old Eric Thomas Belk, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    Belk, a 2002 Buford High School graduate, was known as “Dank” to friends and family. He worked for Keywell Metals in Monroe and as a well-known soccer referee for Lancaster County Parks and Recreation for more than a decade.

  • 10-year term for DUI crash that killed son

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday on charges related to a 2015 drunk-driving accident that killed one of his sons and injured another.
    Lonnie Eugene Patterson, 36, of 1350 Camp Drive, pleaded guilty to felony DUI resulting in death, felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury and child endangerment.
    At the Fairfield County Courthouse in Winnsboro, Circuit Judge Dan Hall sentenced Patterson to 10 years on each count, to run concurrently. He was facing a maximum of 52.5 years in prison, Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said.

  • Van Wyck council candidates face off

    VAN WYCK – The priority for Van Wyck’s first town council won’t be the nuts-and-bolts decisions about how to run the town, though those will have to be made.
    It will be expediting voluntary annexations and considering involuntarily annexations to block property around the town from getting gobbled up in the Indian Land incorporation battle.
    Van Wyck’s single mayoral candidate and nine town council candidates spent most of Thursday’s 90-plus minute public forum talking about annexation.

  • IL man pens self-help book

    From release

    Local author Chris R. Korte has taken his experience and life-long passion for personal improvement and condensed everything he has learned in a new book titled, “I Wish I Knew Then…”
    In the book, Korte draws on his work experience, 30 years of marriage, three adult children and the hundreds of self-help books he has read.

  • End of inmate labor will cost county plenty

    Lancaster County is about to lose its only access to low-cost inmate labor, and officials are scrambling to come up with a plan that will avoid hiring county employees to do the work at an annual cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    “It’s going to be a hit,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper, noting the local impact of the November closing of the Catawba Pre-Release Center in Rock Hill.

  • State ethics procedure precise and secretive

    As one legal challenge involving the Lancaster City Council ends, another might pop up in its place.
    Tuesday night’s vote to approve a $6,750 payment to newly installed council member Linda Blackmon – a vote that she participated in – has raised issues under South Carolina’s ethics statute.

  • New wrinkle for Promise Neighborhood

    Lancaster Promise Neighborhood has knocked on the federal government’s door for the second time after not getting the answer it wanted last year, but this time it’s using a new approach.
    This year’s application requesting nearly $20 million in federal funding – up from last year’s $12 million request – was completed classifying the Clinton Elementary attendance zone as a rural area. Last year we competed in the general category.

  • Absentee voting has started in our 3 municipal elections

    Absentee voting for the upcoming nonpartisan Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck town council races is now open.
    Qualified voters may cast absentee ballots in person from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the county voter registration office on the lower level of the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.
    To request an absentee paper ballot application by phone, call the voting office at (803) 285-2969.
    The Heath Springs and Kershaw town council elections are Nov. 7.