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Today's News

  • Snake bites up across S.C. this spring

    It has been an unusually active spring for snakes across South Carolina, so look before you step.
    The Palmetto Poison Center has 22 reported snakebites in 2017 through the end of April, up more than 30 percent from this point last year.

    Jill Michels, the poison center’s managing director, dismisses a lot of common misconceptions about snakebites.
    “Stay calm and go directly to the hospital,” she said, regardless of whether you think the snake was poisonous.

  • Local firefighters training in confined-space rescue

    Twenty S.C. firefighters, along with four instructors from the Alabama Fire College, participated in confined-space rescue training Wednesday at USC Lancaster’s Gregory Health and Wellness Center.
    The group used the center’s gym and overhead track to practice raising and lowering “victims” from risky accident situations.

  • Forum on incorporation set for May 9

    Of the local issues facing Lancaster County Panhandle residents, none seem to stir passions quite like one in particular – incorporation.
    With two such efforts in the works, one for Van Wyck, the other for Indian Land, and vocal opposition to the latter, District 7 Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes is sponsoring a forum on the issue May 9 at Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway.
    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the forum begins at 7 p.m. sharp.

  • Paint stones, hide them, put clues on Facebook

    Pokemon Go is no longer the only search-and-find game out there. Kershaw Rocks is a new local alternative, straddling the virtual and physical worlds.

    Participants – adults and kids alike – paint rocks and hide them in any public place around the town of Kershaw, then leave pictures and clues on the group Facebook page to help others find the rocks.
    Dayna Johanson started the Facebook page “Kershaw Rocks” after hearing about “Oakhurst Rocks” from a friend who moved to Oakhurst, Calif.

  • Outlaw resigns after 8 successful years leading United Way

    After eight years leading the organization, Melanie Outlaw is stepping down as executive director for the United Way of Lancaster County to return to real estate sales.
    “I did submit my resignation this week.” she said in a statement Wednesday. “I can’t express to you all how much I’ve truly enjoyed doing what I do.”
    Outlaw leaves big shoes to fill, said Rhonda Fortune, who leads the United Way's board of directors.

  • Kershaw's colossal water-leak mystery is solved

    KERSHAW – Talk about flushing money down the toilet.
    A mysterious $8,400-a-month water leak that has plagued the town of Kershaw for at least three years has been isolated to a stretch of water lines on the west side of the mill village between 1st and 2nd streets, and repairs are being assessed.
    This is no dripping pipe. It’s a torrent. In fiscal 2015, the town couldn’t account for about 7 million gallons of water each month. For the year, it amounted to a $100,000-plus loss.

  • From street criminal to inspiring adult

    It’s Oct. 17, 1998, late night in Orangeburg, and 20-year-old Gary Robinson – aspiring musician, drug addict, homeless stickup kid – is sick of it all and wants to get out of South Carolina.
    Money first. A chance encounter with his boys at the One Stop.
    “We’re about to rob those guys up there,” his partner says, pointing out at a car across the parking lot.

  • A mother’s heart breaks

    One of La’Tisha Pearson’s last memories of her son Allen Cooper is from the night before his murder.
    The scary movie “Get Out” was playing in the living room at their home on Witherspoon Street east of downtown Lancaster. Pearson is no fan of scary things.
    Allen, a frequent prankster, saw his mom coming down the hall, and he hid just around the corner. As she passed, he jumped out to startle her.
    “You’re going to give me a heart attack,” Pearson told him, laughing.

  • Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models return Saturday at LSS

    The Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models return to Lancaster Super Speedway on Saturday night.

    On April 1, the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models made their LSS debut.

    On that night Ben Watkins dominated the race.

    Watkins will not be here on Saturday night as he will be racing with the World of Outlaws Super Late Model Series.

    So this Saturday, LSS will have a new winner in the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models Series.

  • Column: S.C. Research Authority pays PR firm $855K

    The South Carolina Research Authority, chartered by the state in 1983 to “foster and enrich South Carolina’s innovation economy,” has paid political consultant Bob McAlister at least $855,500 since 2011.
    The payments are all to McAlister’s firm, McAlister Communications, most in consistent monthly amounts invoiced for “public relations services.” Jessica Cokins, SCRA’s director of marketing and communications, said McAlister was paid as a communications consultant.