• 2020 census expected to usher in big changes

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis and S.C. House District 45 Rep. Brandon Newton addressed the Indian Land Action Council on Thursday evening regarding the 2020 census and the significant impact it could have on the political landscape of Lancaster County.
    “Everything is based on your local population count,” Willis said, noting the importance of participation in the census, which will affect federal and state funding, the spread of political power and business trends throughout the county.

  • Summer storms wreak havoc in county

    Heavy winds and rain left some damage on the outskirts of Lancaster on Monday night, followed by a much broader storm and more destruction Tuesday.
    Lori Grow and her husband were settling in for the night in their Brendale Drive home Monday when they heard the winds pick up and felt their house shake.
    A tree fell on the Grows’ home about 9:30 p.m., right above their living room.

  • County OKs cemetery move for gold mine expansion

    Lancaster County Council last week approved the relocation of an abandoned cemetery in Kershaw to allow the proposed expansion of Haile Gold Mine.
    The burial ground, commonly known as the Baker Cemetery, is just south of the existing Haile Gold Mine facility, northeast of the town of Kershaw and at the southern edge of Lancaster County.
    The cemetery lies within the boundaries of property procured by the mine in 2011.

  • Mulvaney to speak at GOP gala

    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will be the keynote speaker at the S.C. Republican Party’s upcoming Silver Elephant Gala.
    The 52nd annual event is Aug. 2 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
    “We are proud to welcome Mick back home to South Carolina to celebrate our party and our grassroots leaders and activists,” said Drew McKissick, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party.

  • Sheriff casts wider net to find murder suspect

    The hunt is still on for a Heath Springs man charged with the murder of his girlfriend two months ago.
    Derrick Allen McIlwain, 41, is suspected of killing 36-year-old Kimberly Alger, whose body was found outside a vacant Rich Hill home May 28.

  • Lancaster County public school registration kicks off

    Lancaster County School District
    Lancaster County School District has set registration dates for the 2019-20 school year.
    No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver’s education ($50), high school art  ($10), clubs and yearbooks. School insurance will not be sold during registration.
    New students

  • Rockets Away Day Camp

    Bailey Milhorn
    For The Lancaster News
    The Rockets Away Day Camp was held July 18 at First Baptist Church in Lancaster from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    The camp is offered by 4-H, a positive youth development organization in Lancaster and Chester County that leads several programs including clubs and projects in animal agriculture, natural resources and the environment, gardening, leadership and citizenship and science technology and engineering.

  • Documentary on Civil War sub Hunley airs Monday

    From release

    The unfolding history of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley will be explained in Monday night’s episode of the National Geographic Channel’s “Drain the Oceans” series.
    The show’s production team was recently onsite at Clemson University’s Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston interviewing experts about the latest discoveries emerging from their research on the 19th-century sub.

  • 'Interactive painting experience'

    An alley on West Dunlap Street in downtown Lancaster has become a canvas for volunteer painters, thanks to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.
    Between the law offices of Elizabeth Hyatt and Craig Wilkerson Jr., Pineville muralist Russ Petty has been orchestrating a community art project that he plans to complete by July 26.

  • Heath Springs passes $762K budget after 3-week delay

    HEATH SPRINGS – After a three-week delay, the Heath Springs Town Council on Wednesday unanimously approved its $762,000 budget for fiscal 2019-20.
    The fiscal year started July 1, but the final reading had to be pushed back because council realized June 27 that it had failed to follow a state law that requires a public hearing before final budget passage. The hearing must be advertised two weeks in advance, so the budget vote was delayed far into the new fiscal year.