• Heath Springs health fair a success

    Heath Springs’ “Get Healthy . . . Stay Healthy” Mega Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday was a huge hit for the small community.
    More than 300 people showed up to take advantage of over 40 vendors offering free screenings, samples and demonstrations at the inaugural event downtown.
    Heath Springs native Dr. Zora Smith Denson, who organized the fair, said she was thrilled with the event’s success.
    “It just exceeded what I expected,” she said.

  • Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

    For over 20 years, Mariachis Mexican Restaurant has been the hotspot for Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Lancaster County.  
    Mariachis manager Louis Linarez is expecting a big crowd this weekend. As customers dine on Mexican cuisine they can listen to live entertainment from Mister Pleaze on Saturday, 5-10 p.m., and Phazar on Sunday, 4-8 p.m.
    “It’s a good way to look forward to summer,” Linarez said. “It’s like the gate to summer.”

  • Giving it their all

    No athlete held back at the second annual Lancaster County Special Olympics on Friday.
    About 500 special education students competed at the Springdale Recreation Center, and more than 500 volunteers stepped up to help with the event.
    Buford Middle School special education teacher Mary Beth Mize, who coordinated the event, said it went smoother than she had hoped.

  • Anna Fleming, who secures Capitol, named agency’s Officer of the Year

    After a decade working for the S.C. Bureau of Protective Services, Lance Cpl. Anna Blankenship Fleming of Lancaster has been named the agency’s Officer of the Year.
    “Anna is always professional in what she does and how she carries herself,” said BPS Assistant Chief Matthew Calhoun. “She is just a huge asset to the department.”
    The Bureau of Protective Services maintains the safety of the buildings, employees and visitors at the Capitol complex, as well as guarding the governor and lieutenant governor.

  • Trash fire in yard spreads to residence on 13th Street

    A home on 13th Street in Lancaster’s Brooklyn neighborhood was set alight Wednesday, leaving it uninhabitable, after a trash fire spread from the yard to the building.
    The one occupant in the home was able to escape the blaze, according to Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
    Gooches, McDonald Green and Elgin fire departments and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the blaze at 3:15 p.m., before calling in the Lancaster Fire Department for additional manpower.

  • Whits End wins Battle of the Bands

    Local band Whits End hit the jackpot Thursday night in Charlotte.
    The country-rock group beat out five competitors in Whiskey River’s four-week Battle of the Bands in Charlotte and will perform for three days at the Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach next month.

  • Truck mishap causes Comporium outage

    About 300 Comporium customers lost internet and cable TV service for nearly six hours Wednesday after a Mack truck hit some overhead lines.
    The outage was caused by an accident on U.S. 521 just north of S.C. 9 Bypass near Bojangles’.
    According to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, the incident occurred at 11:45 a.m. and involved a 2017 Mack Specialty Truck.

  • Battling the opioid epidemic

    The opioid crisis has crept into communities across the country, including Lancaster County.
    On Thursday, experts will open the floor for questions about the epidemic at B.A.T.T.L.E. (Bringing Awareness to the Local Epidemic), a forum hosted by Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese and Chainbreakers Outreach founder Delois Carpenter at Lancaster County Council Chambers.

  • Tax map shows huge swaths get property-tax exemptions

    More than 13 percent of parcels in the city of Lancaster receive some form of property-tax exemption.
    During a recent meeting of the Lancaster City Council’s Finance Committee, Mayor Alston DeVenny mentioned a map that he and City Administrator Steve Hutfles asked city staff to produce. The map outlines all of the city’s parcels and identifies which ones receive tax exemptions.
    Many of the exempt properties are large parcels – public schools, the hospital, USC Lancaster and entire blocks of government buildings downtown.

  • County will sell strip of land to Sims Foundation

    County leaders will move ahead to sell a small strip of land along North White Street beside the Emergency Operations Center to the J. Marion Sims Foundation to use as a parking lot for its soon-to-be new home.
    County council unanimously passed the second of three required readings on Monday night to sell the property to the foundation for $7,500.