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Today's News

  • Heath Springs backs Little Free Library

    HEATH SPRINGS – Members of Heath Springs Town Council will back the local nonprofit Little Free Library (LFL) initiative and will provide a spot to install one of the oversized “bird houses” for books.
    Educator Lisa Bridges, a former county school board member and wife of Heath Springs Mayor Pro Tem Mark Bridges, came before town council Tuesday night to discuss the initiative and left with its full support.

  • Pricey marbles hidden around Lancaster part of global event

    Kevin Robbins is hiding 20 hand-made marbles, some of them worth as much as $100, all over Lancaster as part of a Saturday event called the World’s Biggest Marble Hunt.
    Robbins, a 47-year-old Lancaster resident, is part of a Facebook community with more than 12,000 members around the world. They’re collaborating in this first-of-its-kind event to raise people’s awareness about the hobby and business of collecting marbles.

  • Donations flood in for deputies’ kids

    The hot-dog fundraiser held Wednesday at the historic courthouse for the sons of two county deputies raised more than $13,000 and sold 600-plus plates in three hours.  
    Lunch plates were sold for donations only, and raffles were held for a 50-inch TV, a Yeti cooler and a Walmart gift card.
    “That’s pretty cool,” said Maj. Matt Shaw of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, when told the final amount raised. “You hope for the best, but this was beyond anybody’s expectations.

  • Matson St. water line project hits weird snag

    KERSHAW – Last month town officials announced that the North Matson Street water line project had been completed in about half the anticipated construction time.
    Not quite, it turns out.
    Unforeseen problems have arisen in switching from the old water line to the new one, which means the new line still isn’t completely in service and might not be for another month.
    The switch-over opened a can of worms, or more like a can of pasta, said Mitch Lucas, Kershaw’s interim town administrator.

  • School district to pilot soft-skills training

    In a time where technology and social media tend to undermine face-to-face interactions, Lancaster County educators want to help students develop “soft skills” that haven’t traditionally been taught in the classroom.
    The Lancaster County School District will be the first district in the state to use the EmployABILITY Soft Skills program, which trains students in areas like communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Filing opens for city council, school board

    Candidate filing for three Lancaster City Council seats and four school board seats will begin Aug. 1.
    Candidates can file for city council Districts 3, 4 and 6 for a $35 filing fee. The current seat holders are Jackie Harris in District 3, Tamara Green Garris in District 4 and Sara Eddins in District 6.
    School board seats for Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election and have no filing fee. The current seat holders are James Brooks in District 1, Bobby Parker in District 3, Janice Dabney in District 5 and Don McCorkle in District 7.

  • County receives $40K federal grant for emergency food, shelter programs

    Lancaster County has been awarded $40,181 in federal money to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board headed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and involving a number of nonprofit groups including the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. The federal program is intended to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

  • 9-hole disc golf comes to Springdale Complex

    The Springdale Recreation Complex is home to a new 9-hole disc golf course friendly to all ages.
    The 3-par course was funded by a grant from the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
    Disc golf sets were donated to middle schools in the county and Springdale was given an extra set, said Hal Hiott, the county’s parks and recreation director.
    The set was installed in two days by the staff and Lancaster resident Steve Lambert, who designed the course.

  • Remember When: Orange box, rut in grass, but I’m not complaining

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away last month, we had a few of his recent columns stockpiled, waiting to run. With his family’s permission, we will continue to publish them until we run out, in his honor.

    It has a bright orange color, so we sort of want it hidden out of sight. At least it ain’t as bad as them pink flamingos a neighbor once had.
    Mine used to be red, but it’s a bit faded now. The orange box is there so my newspaper carrier knows where to deposit my paper.

  • Blue lights and a black driver in tears

    Highway Patrol Trooper Albert Blackmon was cruising U.S. 521 in Indian Land about 6 p.m. July 13 when he saw a driver roll through a stop sign near Transformation Church.
    Blackmon flipped on his blue lights, and the two men pulled into the church parking lot. As he stepped toward the man’s car, what the trooper saw set off alarm bells. In the front seat was a 36-year-old black man in “full panic attack.”