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Today's News

  • Council chips in $20K for playground equipment

    The Kershaw Town Council voted Monday to provide the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) with $20,000 to help purchase equipment for a new playground at Stevens Park if the group can come up with the project’s total cost by May 1.
    The playground is estimated to cost $425,000.
    The town is providing $20,000 for four pieces of equipment.
    “I want written confirmation from whoever is providing the funds by May 1,” Mayor Mark Dorman told KCPC representatives at Monday’s meeting.

  • Guard arrested for sneaking contraband to inmates

    A Lancaster County Detention Center guard has been charged Monday with supplying marijuana, cell phones and other contraband to prisoners.
    Christopher Paul Sweet, 33, of Fort Mill, was arrested Monday on warrants that accused him of furnishing contraband to a county prisoner and misconduct in office, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said Wednesday.
    Sweet’s arrest was followed Tuesday morning by dismissal of Debbie Horne, the detention center’s administrator for 24 years. It was not clear if the actions were related.

  • Capitol abuzz again

    The S.C. House voted Tuesday to overturn Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto that stopped the use of $20.5 million in S.C. Education Lottery money to replace some of the state’s oldest school buses.
    “It seems like a no-brainer,” said Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster, a Democrat from District 44. “Our school buses are dangerous. We have buses that have been on the road since 1995, and the model and age put them at severe risk for catching fire.
    “I have no idea why Gov. McMaster would’ve vetoed it,” she added.

  • Jerrell White’s death ruled ‘tragic accident’

    No charges will be filed in the death of Jerrell White following a six-month investigation, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division announced Thursday.
    White, a 22-year-old college student, disappeared early July 5 after an Independence Day party at a Pleasant Road house in the Primus community. His body was recovered four days later from a nearby pond.
    The case “has been closed and no charges will be brought,” SLED spokesman Thom Berry said Thursday.

  • Kershaw man, 79, dies from brush-fire injuries

    A Kershaw man died Wednesday after he was severely injured in a brush fire near his home on Victory Road the day before.
    The man has been identified by the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office as 79-year-old Billy Gene Wallace.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers, Flat Creek and Kershaw volunteer fire departments, along with full-time employees of Lancaster County Fire Rescue and EMS, responded to the dispatch call at noon, and a landing zone was set up at Flat Creek VFD for the victim to be flown out.

  • Hospital places limits on visits because of flu

    Springs Memorial Hospital on Thursday initiated flu-season limitations on its visitation policy because of the high number of flu cases in the area.
    Since the beginning of October, there have been 12 flu admissions to the hospital. On average these patients stayed about two or three days.
    “Usually patients go home to recover after seeing their doctor, but these cases are so bad that these patients required admission to the hospital,” said Ashley Shannon, director of community relations for Springs Memorial.

  • City’s biggest MLK parade this Saturday

    The city of Lancaster is hosting its largest-ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade this Saturday.
    “It’s the largest and longest parade we’ve thrown from the past five years,” said Joe Timmons, the city’s events and promotions manager.
    There will be about 90 floats in the parade, with 76 companies, organizations and charities sponsoring entries.
    “It’s a sign that we’re growing, and that’s great,” Timmons said.

  • Rick Wade keynote speaker at MLK scholarship event

    The big parade isn’t the only thing happening this holiday weekend.
    The 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast will be held 8 a.m. Monday at the Covenant Baptist Church Family Life Center, 165 Craig Manor Road in Lancaster.
    This year’s theme is “overcoming the scars.” Lancaster native Rick Wade, a former U.S. Commerce Department official and a senior adviser in both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, is the keynote speaker.

  • Israel visits awaken faith

    Crystal O’Gorman
    For The Lancaster News

    Indian Land High School driver’s education teacher Rick Furr spent last summer exploring his faith in Israel.
    “It always feels like I’m going back home,” said Furr, who made his fourth trip there in 2017.

  • Grandmother charged in 3-year-old’s death

    The grandmother of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder was arrested Friday in connection with the toddler’s beating death last month.
    Tracy Helms Schroeder, 48, of Rock Hill, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.
    Schroeder signed an agreement Sept. 1 with the S.C. Department of Social Services to be Lilly’s primary caregiver, according to the arrest warrant.