Today's News

  • Heath Springs council votes to raise water, sewer charges

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council is moving forward with a plan to raise its water and sewer rates.

    Heath Springs now charges $15 for in-town residents for the first 3,000 gallons of water, and $15 for the first 3,000 gallons of sewer treatment for residents. Council is considering raising those fees to $20 each.

    Council will vote on first reading of an ordinance to raise the rates in September.

    Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to put the item on the next agenda to vote on.  Councilman Eddie Moore cast the dissenting vote.

  • TEA Party event is Saturday in Lancaster

    The focus will be on health care spending as Lancaster gears up for its third TEA Party on Saturday.

    The event, which stands for Taxed Enough Already Party and which draws its inspiration from the Boston Tea Party tax revolt, is modeled after several similar forums that have been held throughout the country this year. Previous forums in Lancaster have focused on stimulus funding and the cap-and-trade tax.

    Rob McCoy, a Heath Springs resident and owner of McCoy Motors in Indian Land, is helping organize the protest.

  • Bless Fest geared to youth

    The youth will be the focus at the third-annual Bless Fest, a weekend-long function that has become a staple in Lancaster.

    The Bless Fest is Saturday and Sunday at Shekinah Word Center, 1001 W. Meeting St.

    A youth workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will feature various guests from the local community. Speakers include Bobby Bailey of Adopt-A-Leader, Tyrom Faulkner of the Fatherhood Project and Lynette Garris from Victory Worship Center.

  • Three men charged in robbery

    KERSHAW – Three Lancaster men were arrested shortly after sheriff’s deputies say they robbed a Kershaw resident on Baxter Kennington Road on Thursday.

    Sedrick Edroco Stevens, 23, of 425 Morris Road, Kevin Marquie Montgomery, 21, of 4910 Rowell Road, and Casey Bernard Montgomery, 21, of 1961 Pinta Drive, were each charged with strong arm robbery, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • ACT scores rise at all four district high schools

    The Lancaster County School District saw a substantial increase in its 2009 ACT scores, along with an increase in the number of students who took the college entrance exam.

    The American College Testing Program released scores last week.

    The district’s 2009 high school seniors had an average composite score of 17.9 on the test’s 36-point scale. That’s up .5 from 2008 when the district’s score in 2008 was 17.4.

  • Miner honored for work at county rec department

    Jean Miner enjoys helping other people in the community, but said she was shocked when the spotlight was recently turned on her.

    As a longtime employee of the Lancaster County Recreation Department, Miner, 70, was recently honored as the county’s Employee of the Quarter. Miner’s coworkers informed her of her win, but the shock had not worn off when she accepted her plaque at County Council’s July 27 meeting.

  • Sheheen makes campaign stop here

    Julia Truesdale had several questions in mind as she waited Monday night to speak with state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, one of four Democrats now running for governor.

    Truesdale was interested in Sheheen’s views on education funding and high school dropout rates.

    “I wanted to meet him personally,” Truesdale said. “I wanted to know what he’s going to do with education, especially with African-American males because of their high dropout rates. That’s my question and he (Sheheen) seems to have some great ideas to put in place.”

  • AJ High to celebrate its 40th anniversary

    KERSHAW – Anticipation is mounting for Andrew Jackson High School’s 40th anniversary celebration.

    All alumni and former faculty are asked to come back to the school Friday and Saturday for a host of events, including tailgating, a special football game, field day and a dance.

    AJHS Athletics Director Dale Reeves hopes to see at least 7,000 people at the football stadium Friday, when the Volunteers host Lancaster High School in its first home game of the 2009 season.

  • DeMint assails government-run health care plan

    Laying down their blow torches and tools for a few minutes, several employees at Metso Power in Lancaster had a chance to speak with U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint on Friday.

    Gathering in the company’s break room, employees asked the Republican senator questions, ranging from health care to job creation and welfare.

    DeMint stopped by the manufacturing company in the Lancaster Business Park as part of his South Carolina on the Move tour. He’s visiting communities across the state, promoting his ideas on health care and answering questions about the economy.

  • Police reports - Sept. 13, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Someone called in a bomb threat to the police department at about 5:15 p.m. Sept. 9.

    The report said a call came into the 911 center at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told a dispatcher that the police department would blow up. The caller, whom the dispatcher said sounded like a young black man, then hung up.

    Officers searched the police department and found nothing suspicious, the report said.