Today's News

  • 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.”

  • More room for industry in Heath Springs park

    HEATH SPRINGS – Lancaster County’s smallest town has one tenant – Rico Industries – in its industrial park.
    But there’s room for more, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
    With so much attention being paid to Indian Land to the north and Kershaw to the south, Starnes wants to lay the groundwork to build a second spec building at Heath Springs Industrial Park on U.S. 521 South.

  • Kershaw has full plate of capital projects

    KERSHAW – These days, Town Administrator Mitch Lucas can rattle off a list of already in-progress and future capital projects and upgrades off the top of his head.
    That list includes constructing a water tank and water lines to tie Haile Gold Mine to town utilities, fixing roof leaks at the memorial library building and making restrooms at the country club ADA compliant.
    If it only ended there, Lucas said.

  • Events mark MLK holiday weekend

    The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday observance is Monday, Jan. 16.
    The following are some of the local events and activities planned to honor the Dr. King, the African American civil rights leader who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, and assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.
    Saturday, Jan. 14
    ◆ 9 a.m. – Broadcast television and radio personality Beatrice Thompson is the keynote speaker for the United Citizens Club’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at the Heath Springs community center, 672 Hart St.


    After a 35-year wait since their last national championship, Clemson fans rejoiced in the wee hours Tuesday morning, celebrating four of the greatest final minutes in college football history.  
    Kevin Sims of Kershaw was there in the pandemonium at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. He said he was certain that the Tigers, down 24-14 to Alabama at the start of the fourth quarter, would come back to win the championship.