• Kershaw trims budget, increases fees

    KERSHAW – Town leaders vowed to cut spending in the fiscal 2019-20 budget and are delivering on that promise.
    The proposed budget, unanimously passed on first reading Monday night, is set at $3.8 million, down from this year’s $3.9 million. One more reading is required.
    On paper, that’s a 2.6 percent decrease, but Mayor Mark Dorman said spending will actually be cut about 3.75 percent.

  • Nightmare on Main Street

    Rush hour in Lancaster has never been anything like this.
    Two factors have combined to cause massive congestion along North Main Street. One was intended by city and state officials. The other was a contractor’s mistake, and there’s no timetable for rectifying it.
    Last month, a state repaving project permanently reduced a seven-block stretch of North Main from five lanes to three.

  • $57,000 in upgrades for Buford battle site

    The grassroots effort to renovate the Buford Massacre site on Rocky River Road into a historical-tourism draw has gotten a $57,000 boost.
    Lancaster County Council passed a resolution last month that awards extra money from the local accommodations tax to the Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield for site improvements.
    Ken Obriot, leader the nonprofit group, said the improvements will augment what’s already there.

  • A business focused on one product: Suboxone

    During the past few months, Suboxone signs have been popping up on roadsides all across Lancaster County.
    The advertisements are for Metrolina Pain and Dependency, a company that provides facilities, staffing and management services to doctors specializing in opioid dependency and pain management.
    Suboxone, a narcotic used to treat narcotic dependence, was a controversial topic at BATTLE (Bringing Awareness to the Local Epidemic), a recent forum hosted by Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese and Chainbreakers Outreach founder Delois Carpenter.

  • Vigil for young people lost to drugs, alcohol

    Van Wyck turned out in full force Thursday evening to show love and support to the families of four young people who died recently from drug- or alcohol-related causes. 
    Several local residents, spearheaded by Janice Witherspoon, organized a candlelight vigil to remember those who died and to raise awareness about the substance-abuse problem that inflicted the tragic losses upon the community.

  • County opioid deaths spike again

    After dropping significantly in 2018, opioid-related deaths in Lancaster County shot back up in the first half of this year, exceeding the record pace of 2017.
    As of June 1, 12 people have died in the county, compared with 15 for all of last year and 25 in 2017, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    “Opioid abuse knows absolutely no age range or socio-economic background,” Deese said. “Our oldest death is 63 and our youngest is 16, not including a baby who died in utero last year.”

  • KVLT unveils wildflower guide for Landsford Canal State Park

    From release
    At the annual LilyFest celebration last month, the Katawba Valley Land Trust unveiled a new guide to the flowers of Landsford Canal State Park.
    The full-color brochure features a map of the park, pictures and descriptions of 26 trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, and a QR code to allow smartphone users to download the plant guide.
    The guide can also be accessed from the Katawba Valley Land Trust web site or picked up at the park.

  • Seniors can get USDA free produce vouchers

    From release

    The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns this summer to help supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and support South Carolina’s small farmers.
    The seasonal USDA grant program allows individuals age 60 and older to buy fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs from May through Oct. 15.

  • 100+ jobs available at job fair

    Cherri Flinn
    SC Works
    Across the country, it’s prime season for hiring employees, as new high school and college graduates enter the workforce and employers juggle staffing issues during summer vacations.
    To assist Lancaster County businesses that are staffing up and to help local job seekers find work, Lancaster County Economic Development is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 12 at INSP CrossRidge in Indian Land.

  • Soccer fields at HS Industrial Park

    Local officials have identified a potential site for the Heath Springs/Kershaw area soccer complex, and it’s on property that’s already owned by the county.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to subdivide 12 acres of property at the back of the Heath Springs Industrial Park to develop the $5 million artificial-turf soccer complex.
    The property is along the Boyd Faile side of the industrial park just north of Heath Springs’ town limits. The main access would be just behind Small’s Food Center.