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Today's News

  • Spec building plans on hold

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Plans for constructing a spec building in Heath Springs are indefinitely on hold following the suspension of a critical loan program that could have helped pay for the structure.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell said Thursday, Aug. 6, that the future of a proposed 50,000-square-foot building to be built in the Heath Springs Business Park is uncertain after learning Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s largest power producer, has suspended one of its loan programs.

  • County Council recognizes deputies

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County Council recognized three officers with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office for honors received from other organizations during its July 20 meeting.

    Recognized during the meeting\f the Year; Deputy Jason Leaphart, the American Legion Forty & Eight’s S.C. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; and crime scene investigator Ken Taylor, honored by Indian Land VFW Post 12136.

  • Sessions net mixed views

    Two county coaches had mixed reviews following opening scrimmages Friday afternoon, Aug. 7.
    Indian Land High School veteran coach Mike Mayer said overall he was pleased with the Warriors’ effort in a scrimmage with C.A. Johnson High School of Columbia at IL’s Reservation.
    Buford High School coach Tripp Watts said the Jackets’ effort was solid, but BHS needs to correct some key mistakes from a three-way home scrimmage with Class A foe McBee and Class AA opponent Lee Central High School of Bishopville on Friday night.

  • Links battles highlight play in annual Roy Small championship

    The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association wrapped up its 2015 tournament season with the two-day Roy Small Junior Championship at the Lancaster Golf Club on July 27-28.
    The tournament is held in memory of the late Mr. Small, a Lancaster Athletic Hall of Famer and an avid supporter of junior golf in his lifetime.
    The season-ending tournament featured a host of links battles to decide age division crowns and chapter all-stars.
    Trey Crenshaw captured the boys 10-12 age division, shooting a 75 (36-39) over two-days for an eight-shot win.

  • Nelson to lead LHS boys soccer

    The Lancaster High School boys soccer program will be under new leadership with the 2016 season.
    Adam Nelson, an assistant in the LHS program, has been promoted to head coach.
    Nelson replaces Alex Tarque, who coached the LHS Bruins for three seasons, after he announced he was moving to lead the Andrew Jackson High School boys soccer program.
    Nelson, who served under Tarque, said he’s ready to lead the Bruins’ soccer program.

  • ‘Between the Springmaid Sheets’ coming in November

    From release
    “Between the Springmaid Sheets,” an exhibit of works of art from legendary Col. Elliott Springs’ daring 1940s and 1950s ad campaign will be on view from Nov. 4 to Dec. 29 in Lancaster. The controversial campaign is credited with rescuing a struggling textile business and helping Springs Cotton Mills become a giant of the industry.

  • From yard to table

    Dori and Dan Schaupp married 37 years ago and have had vegetable garden every year. At their home at 1310 Crestfield Drive, they faced a challenge. The backyard retained water when it rained and became marshy, making gardening next to impossible. Their solution was to create raised garden beds.
    In 2004, they began with four raised beds with mainly vegetables and a small space for herbs. Over the years the number of beds has grown.

  • SchoolTools drive collects supplies in county

    As the summer of 2015 draws to a close, many families are trying to find that moment to take the last family trip to the beach or to their favorite vacation spot before kids return to school.

    For Lancaster County residents, school is set to start on Aug. 17, so time is running out for family vacations, but most importantly, getting ready to return to school.

    Every year, many Lancaster County students come to school unprepared, lacking vital tools and resources needed to do the classwork assigned to them. This is where you and I can make a difference.

  • County receives $1M

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    There’s one word that came to Morris Russell’s mind when he learned last week Lancaster County had received a more than $1 million federal grant to help with the recruitment and retention of local volunteer firefighters – ecstatic.

    As director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, Russell has been anxiously waiting to find out if the county would be awarded a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • Filing underway now for elections

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    Candidate filing has opened for the upcoming non-partisan Heath Springs Town Council and Kershaw Town Council races. Filing opened at noon Monday, Aug. 3, and closes at noon Aug. 14.

    In Heath Springs, where voters choose a mayor and four at-large seats, the two at-large seats now held by Eddie Moore and Iva LeeDrakeford are up for reelection Nov. 3.

    The Heath Springs mayor’s seat and the other two at-large seats will be up for reelection two years from now in 2017.