Today's News

  • Continental to expand, add jobs

    INDIAN LAND – The good times are still rolling for Continental Tire.

    The national tire manufacturer announced plans Thursday to increase its presence in South Carolina, both with the expansion of its headquarters in Indian Land and construction of a new tire manufacturing plant in Sumter County. 

    Over the next 10 years, Continental Tire the Americas plans to invest $500 million in the creation of its new plant in Sumter County as a way to meet demand from retailers and automotive manufacturers, according to a press release. 

  • Writer praises law officers

    I would like to thank our Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. This man has a tremendous load to handle. He is doing a wonderful job. He comes from a law enforcement background and he knows every aspect of law enforcement.
    We, as a society, are quick to criticize. But when praise is due, we forget.
    I, for one, call them every holiday and thank them and also our Police Chief Harlean Howard. She is also doing a great job. She is an asset to the city of Lancaster. God bless you too, Chief Howard.
    These people risk their lives every day for us.

  • ‘Coach’ personified tough love, on and off the mat

    Indian Land High School assistant principal David Sweem’s words resonated with me as we discussed coach Mike Kersey earlier this week.
    Coach Kersey died Tuesday afternoon as a result of an ATV accident at his Van Wyck home last Saturday afternoon.
    Since that time, there’s been an outpouring of emotion, much woven through the many stories of Kersey’s impact on the youngsters, both elementary school and high school students, he touched over the course of a 17-year career education career in Lancaster County.

  • Wade featured in state

    Jesef Williams 


    The month of October belongs to Rick Wade. 

    The Lancaster native, who’s achieved much success in business and government, will be featured in the 2012 South Carolina African American History Calendar, which is sponsored annually by AT&T. 

  • Council tackles B-3 issue

    Fearing a future of strip malls or scattershot commercial developments, Lancaster County Council once again tackled the pesky problem of regulating businesses in the Panhandle at its recent meeting.

    Concerns over the types of businesses allowed along main thoroughfares have long been an issue for Indian Land, though a new proposal could provide much-needed structure to the area. At council’s Sept. 26 meeting, County Planning Director Chris Karres proposed the creation of a B-3 corridor overlay district for the Panhandle. 

  • ‘Storytelling in the Park’ set for Saturday at AJSP

    Jesef Williams 


    Those who enjoy stories are invited to come out to Andrew Jackson State Park on Oct. 15 for the inaugural Storytelling in the Park event. The cooler weather coupled with scary ghost tales may leave listeners with plenty of goosebumps. 

    Nationally and regionally known storytellers as well as a local familiar face will perform during the event, which is presented by Carolinas Literacy Network and Andrew Jackson State Park. 

  • Local woman attends international conference

    The San Francisco Bay Area was the setting where people from across the world gathered to share stories about a rare disorder that has negatively impacted thousands of lives.  

    And Lancaster’s own Donna White was among the attendees who talked about their heart-wrenching experiences. 

    White’s son, Ryan McKinney, died nearly six years ago from Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a neurological disorder marked by excessive sleep and altered behavior. 

    There is no cure for the condition. 

  • SCDOT building named for the late Steve Williams Jr.

    The accolades and praises kept pouring in for the late Steve Williams Jr. 

    There was mention of his dedication and hard work, as well as his pleasant personality. Familiarity with the community was discussed also. 

    Though humbling and appreciated by his family, these comments may not leave as strong of a mark as the lettering that now adorns a certain building. 

  • Police Reports

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident reports:

    • Deputies and firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1700 block of Lynwood Drive on Aug. 23. A passerby called 911 around 8 p.m. after noticing smoke coming from the home. Members of the Gooches, McDonald Green and Elgin fire departments put the fire out. Deputies later spoke with a member of the county's fire service who said the fire did not seem suspicious. He said the fire started in an electrical outlet, which may have overloaded. 

  • Event raises $15,000 for autism research

    MaryBeth Rowell

    For the Lancaster News

    The fourth annual Autism Speaks event, “Lancaster Cooks 2011 – Look Who’s Cooking,” held Sept. 27 in Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Course in Lancaster, was deemed a success by those who organized the fundraiser.

    Evelyn Springs was the hostess and the coordinator for the event, which raises money for autism research.

    Springs draws inspiration for the annual fundraiser from her 8-year-old grandson, Malik.