• Power outage shuts down Buford schools


    Buford students got the day off Friday after an electrical transformer blew near the schools, causing outages at all three campuses as well as 1,900 homes and businesses.

  • IL Rotarians want to form 2nd club

    In the 12 years since the Indian Land Rotary Club was established, a lot has changed in the northernmost point of the county.
    With far more businesses, residents and issues to face, Indian Land might be primed for a second Rotary club, which would meet at lunch to complement the breakfast club.
    “The reason for the lunch club is because of the expansion of Indian Land,” said past club President Tracy Little, who started the first IL Rotary. “If we’ve had that much success with the breakfast club, we can have success with the lunch club.”

  • Planning board votes against changing UDO on Thread Trail

    When the doors closed for Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting of Lancaster County Planning Commission, only standing room remained.
    Commission Chairman Charles Deese said it was the largest crowd he has ever seen at a planning commission meeting.
    The hot topic on the agenda was a proposed amendment to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance affecting the Carolina Thread Trail Overlay District. The proposal would kill the requirement that subdivision developers in the district build segments of the trail.

  • Church hit by vandals

    A Lancaster church was vandalized over the weekend, its stained glass broken and its interior defaced with fire extinguishers, one week before it was to host a revival with another congregation.
    Deliverance Word of Faith Church on Palmetto Street, off Chesterfield Avenue, was broken into Saturday night. Churchgoers were speechless as they arrived to the chaotic mess Sunday morning, said Associate Pastor Stella Williams.

  • Ethics panel questions Blackmon

    Three members of the S.C. Ethics Commission heard 90 minutes of testimony Thursday at Linda Blackmon’s ethics hearing, and she could be liable for up to $4,700 in fines if found guilty of violating state law.  
    The ethics commission issued no ruling in the case against Lancaster’s mayor pro tem. Acting Chair Donald Gist said the parties involved would be notified of the commission’s decision within 60 days.

  • Search for escapee puts VW school in lockdown


    Van Wyck Elementary was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after a man ran from authorities taking him to Rebound Behavioral Health, less than a mile from the school.

    According to a sheriff’s office press release, the 18-year-old man ran away from Darlington County deputies across the west side of U.S. 521 shortly after 10:30 a.m.

  • ‘A really cool way to spend a career’

    Editor’s note: A tip of the hat from TLN staffers to David Knight, who retired Feb. 8 as public information officer for the Lancaster County School District. He’s a pro who walked the tightrope well – satisfying his boss while getting us information we needed to cover our most important institution. We asked David, who still lives in his native Rich Hill, what he’d like to tell our readers as he walks out the door.

  • Kershaw stalls business-fee hike

    KERSHAW – Kershaw business owners will get a 12-month reprieve on pending increases in the town’s business license fees.
    The new rates were scheduled to take effect April 1, but have been postponed until April 1, 2020.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved the delay at Monday’s monthly meeting. 
    “Sometimes, I jump the gun,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas, noting that computer issues made it “more complicated than I thought” to put the fee increase into effect.

  • Inmate hurt as fire starts in Kershaw prison shop

    A fire broke out in the Kershaw Correctional Institution woodworking shop Tuesday afternoon.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the fire started in the dust-collection system in the woodworking shop, located in the back part of the prison complex.
    The fire started shortly after 1 p.m. and was extinguished by the built-in sprinkler system. The cause of the fire is still unknown, Rogers said Tuesday.
    There were inmates and officers in the building at the time of the fire and one of the inmates sustained a minor burn injury, Rogers said.

  • IL rescuers haul worker out of 35-foot-deep pit

    Rescuers hauled an injured man from a 35-foot-deep hole at a construction site in Indian Land Tuesday morning.
    The man was part of a crew working to install a sewer lift station behind the Covington neighborhood, near Harrisburg and Barberville roads, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.