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Today's News

  • Sims Foundation donates at least $50K to Community Foundation

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation on Monday announced  plans to donate $50,000 to the Lancaster County Community Foundation and match up to $25,000 in additional donations.
    The money will be used in a broad variety of community-building efforts.
    “We applaud the generosity of the J. Marion Sims Foundation,” said Chip Cox, chair of the Lancaster County Community Foundation. “We have been studying the data, looking at indicators of community health, and we believe we can make a bigger impact together.”

  • Van Wyck council gets down to business

    VAN WYCK – Less than two weeks after the town’s first-ever election, Van Wyck’s mayor and council aren’t wasting time.
    They’re already moving ahead with plans to grow town boundaries through annexation.
    Van Wyck Mayor Sean Corcoran said 16 property owners turned in annexation petitions during a Nov. 18 swearing-in ceremony and barbecue at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, while several others expressed interest.

  • Antiques veteran opening store on Heath Springs’ Main Street

    Pat Dennis is no stranger to the antiques business.
    The West Virginia native has over 26 years of experience under her belt, managing multiple stores and acquiring collectibles.
    And now, she is setting up shop in a 1,500-square-foot store in downtown Heath Springs.
    Two Peas in a Pod, at 113 N. Main St., is holding a grand opening at 11 a.m. Thursday, sponsored by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce.
    The business’s name refers to Pat and Will Dennis – the husband and wife who own the store.

  • IL 14-year-old dies after bike hits tree

    A 14-year-old Indian Land resident has died after he was seriously injured when his bicycle hit a tree near the Carolina Thread Trail on Nov. 19.
    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese identified the victim as Garrett Howison.
    According to Garrett’s obituary, he and his family had moved to Walnut Creek from Xenia, Ohio, in August. His parents are Jason and Angie Howison.

  • USCL is listed as top 2-year college in state

    A national school-ranking organization has named USC Lancaster the top two-year college in the Palmetto State, and No. 4 in the country.
    Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based company that analyzes schools nationally, gives USCL a B-plus grade in its 2018 best community colleges ranking.
    “I am honored, but not surprised, that USC Lancaster would be named the top two-year campus in South Carolina,” said Dr. Walt Collins, dean of USCL. “This is a credit to our devoted and dedicated faculty and staff who work hard toward the success of our students.”

  • Mulvaney steps into political storm

    WASHINGTON – A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that Mick Mulvaney can keep juggling two executive branch agencies at the president’s behest, keeping him at the center of a partisan battle over consumer protection.
    Mulvaney, the White House budget director and a former U.S. House member from Indian Land, showed up for his second job Monday morning as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He carried at big bag of Dunkin’ Donuts.

  • Identity of robbery suspect sought

    A man robbed the Swami Mart on South Main Street in Heath Springs Sunday morning, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a suspect from surveillance video.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said in a release Tuesday that the suspect walked into the store about 8:30 a.m., saw other customers there and patted his pockets as if he had forgotten his wallet.

  • Kershaw fire kills elderly woman

    A 83-year-old Kershaw woman died in a fire at her home Monday morning, one of three residential fires across the county in two days.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Bonnie F. Hilton, who lived on West Welsh Street. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.
    The Kershaw, Flat Creek and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments responded to the home around 9 a.m., along with full-time Lancaster County firefighters, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • Endless holiday festivities

    From release

  • Column: Churches, protect yourselves by letting CWP holders carry

    In the last two years, there have been three incidents at churches in Charleston, Antioch, Tenn., and Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a man with a gun entered the church and began shooting.
    Thirty-six people were killed and many more wounded. In each of these shootings, the helpless victims were trapped and unable to defend themselves.