• Donate school supplies to ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign

    From release

    Lancaster County is ramping up for its annual “Stuff the Bus” school-supply event this Saturday.
    The event, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass West in Lancaster, is hosted by United Way of Lancaster County, Communities in Schools and the U.S. Postal Service Office.
    In partnership with WSOC-TV’s 9 School Tools campaign, Communities in Schools of Lancaster County asks the community to donate school supplies for local students in need.

  • County dissolving parks commission

    The loss of low-cost inmate labor, combined with growth and the city of Lancaster taking back its parks, has prompted county leaders to dissolve the 10-member Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission.
    The recreation commission will be officially dissolved Aug. 31 and a new recreation advisory board will be formed in its place.
    “I don’t think we’ll have any trouble getting anyone to serve,” said county council Chairman Steve Harper.

  • County refuses to settle 2nd Tunnell suit

    The Lancaster County Council has rejected settling a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by Keith Tunnell, former head of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    Council members voted 5-1 on Aug. 13 not to offer any sort of settlement to Tunnell. The matter was discussed in executive session and then voted on in open forum.
    Tunnell, who filed the suit 16 months ago, has requested a jury trial seeking damages.
    County council member Jack Estridge cast the dissenting vote, and council member Larry Honeycutt was absent.

  • His Harley ‘was where he found his peace’

    A Saturday night wreck killed a Lancaster motorcyclist who had barely escaped death twice before in vehicle accidents.
    Ronald Kenneth “Mark” Jenkins Jr., 44, died from injuries sustained in the accident shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, said a report from the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

  • Guitar Shorty coming to Chester

    From release

    Blues great Guitar Shorty will bring his “blistering guitar solos” and outlandish stage presence to Chester this week.
    The artist, born David William Kearney in Houston, has been performing blues worldwide for more than 60 years. He is credited with influencing Jimi Hendrix and Chicago Blues great Buddy Guy.
    Billboard magazine said, “His galvanizing guitar work defines modern, top-of-the-line blues-rock. His vocals remain as forceful as ever. Righteous shuffles...blistering, sinuous guitar solos.”

  • Pet adoption, rescue event gearing up for next weekend

    Lancaster’s animal lovers will not want to miss out on the animal appreciation and adoption event hosted by Lancaster’s Tractor Supply Co. store on S.C. 9 Bypass East Aug. 25.
    “It’s about shining a light on our adoption agencies and getting animals into a forever and loving home,” said Tractor Supply’s Jessica Stevens, who is organizing the event.
    The animal appreciation day will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and aims to help adoption and rescue agencies raise awareness for their programs and draw some much-needed donations.

  • County rated safe, livable, but its roads need big fix

    Word of mouth is always the best advertising.
    A county-funded survey released this week shows that  almost 70 percent of Lancaster County residents like living here so much that they’re recommending that others move here.

  • School district misstep on speed-zone signs remedied

    In the deadline crush to get the much-delayed Van Wyck Elementary School finished for the new school year, a crucial safety detail fell through the cracks.
    VWES, which abuts busy four-lane U.S. 521 and its 55-mph-plus traffic, was not going to have school speed zone signs to slow those cars on opening day this Monday.

  • Jail options detailed: Expand or replace?

    Fix up the old clunker yet again, or buy something new?
    Lancaster County’s next mammoth financial decision boils down to that. Its 39-year-old jail – run-down, obsolete and severely overcrowded – can’t go on much longer.
    This week the county got its first detailed look at two alternatives – a $27 million renovation and expansion on the existing Pageland Highway site, or a start-from-scratch $30.7 million building at another location.

  • Confidence growing for Smith, Norrell

    Dismissing his opponent as “a mile wide and an inch deep,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith said Friday internal polling indicated he is running ahead and poised to upset GOP Gov. Henry McMaster in November.
    Smith, a Columbia lawyer, state representative and decorated Afghanistan War vet, made the bold claim to a group of two dozen local Democrats during a morning campaign stop at Jomar’s Family Restaurant in Lancaster, where he was joined by his lieutenant governor running mate and Lancaster native, Mandy Powers Norrell.