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Today's News

  • Heath Springs increases water, sewer tap fees

    HEATH SPRINGS – The cost of connecting a home or business to the town’s public sewer and water systems is increasing.
    Heath Springs Town Council unanimously voted at its Dec. 19 meeting to immediately raise the tap fees.
    A tap fee is used to cover the cost of service installation, which may include a tap, service line and water meter. It also covers the cost of excavation, boring or paving, when needed.

  • Clemson fans confident about Tigers’ chances

    Clemson super fan Gordon Thorne is Bayou-bound with high hopes for the Tigers.
    Thorne, along with his mother, Betty, and daughter Hayden, a Clemson student, left today for New Orleans, to watch the Tigers tangle with Alabama in the College Football Playoff national semifinal at the Sugar Bowl.
    The game marks the third time in as many seasons, the 12-1 Tigers and Tide, 11-1, have dueled in the national playoffs.

  • District prepares buses for cold snap

    Lancaster County School District is preparing for this week’s frigid weather by checking its buses early to prevent delays as students return to school Tuesday.
    “The forecast calls for bitter cold with lows in the mid- teens,” said Bryan Vaughn, district safety and transportation director. “These types of low temperatures along with the long holiday break with buses not being driven have played havoc with our bus fleet in years past.”

  • In Memoriam: Remembering those we lost in 2017

    March 4
    J.R. Wilt, 78

    Van Wyck activist cast a long shadow
    J.R. “Jack” Wilt was one of the county’s most outspoken community advocates and government watchdogs.
    He died March 4 at his home of a heart-related issue after lying down for a nap on his 78th birthday.
    Wilt was a familiar presence at county and community meetings, where he spoke out on most any and every topic under consideration.

  • A few inspirational people in 2017…

    These are a few of the people featured this year that the staff of The Lancaster News found inspirational:
    ◆ Edward Harris was a 9th Infantry M-60 machine gunner in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. “I’m not a hero, no sir, not me…. When I hear people call us heroes, to be honest, it’s always bothered me. I did what I had to survive,” Harris said in the Nov. 12 edition of The Lancaster News. “It wasn’t Rambo or none of that stuff. It was about making it back home.”

  • Year in Review: Top stories of 2017

    Former school board member arrested for drugs…again
    James Brooks, who resigned from the Lancaster County school board Dec. 2, 2016, after being charged for meth trafficking, was arrested again Jan. 19 for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
    Brooks was found slumped over in his car at 2:30 a.m. in the Gate Station parking lot on U.S. 521 in Indian Land.
    He told the deputy, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report, that he had a methamphetamine addiction and that he smokes meth multiple times a day.

  • Mobile Shower Ministry raising money to provide for homeless

    Lauren Fischer

    RedBasket.org

    Two years ago, Kevin Lilly felt called to provide for the homeless population in his area, so he started the Mobile Shower Ministry. It started as a way to provide a mobile shower tent for the less fortunate, but has grown to offer much more. 

  • Column: Republicans leave money in wrong pockets

    About four months ago, I was invited to the Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting. Since retiring from the school system, I have tried to avoid meetings, but I really enjoyed meeting with this group. The focus of these meetings is how we can make our community a better place in which to live.

  • Column: What will incorporation do for longtime IL residents, besides raise their taxes?

    In reading John Delfausse’s guest column in the Dec. 17 issue, I have several things that I don’t quite understand.
    He starts out by bashing Lancaster County Council on a number of issues, which I actually agree with. It’s true that poor planning has had an impact on where we are today. I doubt, however, there has ever been a council of any county or municipality that has received 100 percent support from its constituents.

  • Benefit Saturday for injured biker

    A musical program Saturday, Dec. 30, will benefit Eddie Waiters, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident this fall.
    The program is hosted by close friends and family of Waiters to help the 60-year-old with his medical expenses, which have been piling up.
    “There is a process with anything, and there has been a financial struggle with this one,” said Monica Frazier, a close friend of Waiters. “He’s a great person and a very caring man.