Today's News

  • Council’s workshop left out some key items

    Each August, Lancaster County Council takes a luxurious three- or four-day working vacation on Hilton Head Island for the S.C. Association of Counties meeting. Often, they have a meeting during this vacation and so it was be this year, although it is a work session, not a regular meeting.

    Council planned to review its current list of projects, a 93-page agenda available online on the county website, under council agendas. It is interesting to review some of the things that made the list, and some that did not.

    Some projects from council’s list:

  • Estridge could be removed from board

    One Lancaster County councilman vowed July 27 to “challenge” a decision to remove him from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. board of directors during the middle of his term.

    The declaration from Councilman Jack Estridge during council’s meeting was just the latest development in a string of conflicts surrounding the LCEDC and the group’s bylaws, which have been in a state of flux for months.

  • Local BSA troop in transition

    Lancaster County is losing one of its more storied Boy Scout programs, but is gaining its first Trail Life USA troop as a result.

    “We are transitioning Troop 72 from Boy Scouts to Trail Life USA,” said the Rev. Dr. Kyle Sims, First ARP pastor. “We are in the process of being chartered and will most likely be S.C. Trail Life Troop 72. We don’t see this as dropping anything, but just transitioning.”

  • Traffic stop ends in drug arrest

    Gregory A. Summers


    A routine early morning traffic stop for a car with no headlights turned into much more when more than 75.44 grams of marijuana were found in the driver’s pockets and inside the vehicle.

    Derek Tyrek Buchanon, 19, 2813 Rolling Hills Road, was charged July 29 with two counts of marijuana possession with intent to distribute, and a passenger in his car, Samantha Brook Bell, 20, 403 W. Arch St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Spec building plans on hold

    Christopher Sardelli


    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


    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.