Today's News

  • Council to hear IL developer’s appeal

    An Indian Land apartment development twice rejected by the Lancaster County Planning Commission will take its case directly to county council members Monday night, asking them to overrule the planning board.
    The council will hear an appeal from Two Capital, which wants to build 313 apartments at the intersection of S.C. 160 and Calvin Hall Road.
    The planning commission denied Two Capital’s plan because of traffic and architectural design issues, both in violation of the Unified Development Ordinance, according to Jerry Holt, the commission’s vice chair.

  • County to save $1M with deal on radios

    Lancaster County Council has shifted the usually slow gears of government into high, trying to take advantage of a deal on the new 800 MHz radios that the county needs to join the new statewide Palmetto 800 system.
    Council has called a special meeting for Thursday morning to consider a resolution allowing the county to sign a purchase order by Friday to seal a deal on the radios that would save $1.1 million. The cost would be $3.5 million, down from an expected $4.6 million.

  • Mulvaney gets lift from Scott

    U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney campaigned with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott over the weekend, telling about 100 supporters at an Indian Land fundraiser that his opponent, Fran Person, is an unknown quantity to most Fifth District voters.
    “The guy has raised almost a million dollars. Nobody knows who he is, not even any Democrats around here know who he is, but he’s sitting on a giant stash of money,” said Mulvaney, a three-term Republican. “We expect to see all of that money dumped into negative ad campaigns in the last 30 days.”

  • Cardboard Box City combats homelessness

    Autumn begins Thursday, and cold weather will not be far behind, raising concerns about people who have no place to call home.
    Last year on a single night in January, more than a half million people were experiencing homelessness across America, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a leader in service and research on the issue.
    The Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless (LACH) hopes its second-annual Cardboard Box City event can help change that reality here.

  • Teen charged with pointing gun at heads of 10-year-olds

    A Kershaw teen and alleged gang member has been arrested for pulling a gun on two 10-year-old girls just two days after his release on bond for a drug arrest, and now sheriff’s deputies are also looking for another teen for intimidating witnesses to the crime.
    Nijel Traleik Wilson, 17, of 6429 Matson St., is charged with two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Gas pumps begin running dry

    Hannah L. Strong and Reece Murphy

    Gasoline is becoming scarce and more expensive in Lancaster County due to a leak in Alabama's Colonial Pipeline, and government agencies are cutting back on gas use to weather the shortage.
    Murphy Express on S.C. 9 Bypass had bags over all of its pumps Monday morning, as did a number of other convenience stores. A Murphy cashier said the store received 9,000 gallons Sunday morning and was sold out before close.

  • Column: Troubled agency? Give it to the governor

    In South Carolina, many state agencies that carry out executive functions are nonetheless run by boards appointed by the legislature and the governor. Typically when one of these agencies has major problems, legislative leaders propose making the agency a “cabinet” agency.

  • Poet brings creativity to middle schoolers

    A crowd of seventh graders sits enthralled as Glenis Redmond floods the room with passion and history, her animated voice and hands telling stories that spark their creativity.
    She scans their faces through red cat-eye glasses. She describes her 109-year-old grandmother, who smoked cigarettes and caught the long ashes in her hand when they fell.
    Poet Glenis Redmond visited South Middle School and the University of South Carolina Lancaster this week to give lessons and share her poetry with seventh grade students from Lancaster County schools.

  • National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration Sept. 24

    Duke Energy’s World of Energy education center at Oconee Nuclear Station near Seneca will host a family event celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day  on Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Aspiring designer showing at Charlotte Fashion Week

    As a little girl, Teresa Jennette Faulk stripped her dolls down to their bare plastic skin and sat on the floor with her mom, armed with a sharp pair of scissors, a vivid imagination and pile of old clothes.
    Teresa could see the new clothes in her mind. Together, she and her mom cut scraps from their discarded wardrobe to make new, fashionable outfits for the dolls.  
    “I cared more about the clothes than the dolls,” Faulk recalls.