• 2 file for school board District 7

    Two candidates signed up for the District 7 school board seat before the filing deadline Tuesday, so we won’t have a write-in election to replace departing incumbent Don McCorkle.
    Ken Buck, 56, and Chris Campbell, 52, will compete in November for McCorkle’s seat, after the three-term incumbent announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election.
    “I want to be able to give back to the community what some of those 30 years of experience gave me,” said Buck, a retired teacher and principal. “It’s where my heart is.

  • Garris challenges Mayor DeVenny

    The Lancaster mayor’s race this fall will be a rematch for the top two candidates in last month’s special election, as filing closed Tuesday with Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris opposing new Mayor Alston DeVenny.
    “I decided to give it another try because I’ve served on city council for 10 years, I’ve been a strong advocate to the communities in the city, the citizens, the businesses, and I want to continue seeing Lancaster move forward,” said Garris, who filed late Monday.

  • Duke plans to build 100,000-volt transmission lines in IL

    Duke Energy is working to boost its electrical capacity as residential, commercial and industrial growth continues to boom in Indian Land and neighboring Fort Mill.
    The latest major endeavor is the proposed construction of a series of massive 100,000-volt transmission lines and towers Duke intends to tie-in to a new substation to be built at the Keer America textile plant near S.C. 160 in northern Indian Land.

  • Kershaw Fire Department to replace 2 trucks

    KERSHAW – Two new custom-built apparatus – a rescue truck and a brush truck – are on the way for the Kershaw Fire Department, now that the money is lined up.
    On Monday night, Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved a 10-year loan with BB&T that pays for the $309,000 rescue truck. The town will pay a 4.36 interest rate on the loan, which puts the annual cost at $37,262.13. The town is to close on the loan Monday.

  • County hires deputy fire marshal

    Six-year Indian Land Fire Capt. Mike Magette has been named the county’s deputy fire marshal.
    Set to start his new job Aug. 20, Magette will be working alongside Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
    “I’m excited to have some help because of the volume of new construction we have in the county,” said Rogers, who has been doing the job himself since July 2017.

  • County roads among state’s most dangerous

    Bell Town Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tony Gainer can’t help but shudder every time emergency personnel get called to a wreck along S.C. 97 (Cedar Creek Road) in Lancaster County.
    “You hate to say it, but you know it’s gonna be bad,” Gainer said of crashes that occur along the two-lane highway that crisscrosses the southern end of the county from Chester to Kershaw counties.
    “When it’s [S.C.] 97, it normally involves very serious injuries, and, unfortunately, there have been several deaths down there,” he said.

  • Cruising memory lane

    Hit the road Saturday and head for the downtown Kershaw Cruise-In hosted by the Haile Gold Mine Cruisers.
    The free cruise-in will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on North Hampton Street between East Church and East Richland streets, concluding with the participants “cutting town” in their prized automobiles at 7 p.m.
    The Haile Gold Mine Cruisers meet every second Saturday from May through October to talk cars and enjoy socializing.

  • Heath Springs Council to tackle business fees

    HEATH SPRINGS – It’s no secret that some of the town’s codes and ordinances haven’t kept up with the times.
    Take Heath Springs’ annual business license fees, for instance. The fee has been $20 a year since the mid-1980s.
    Town Councilwoman Iva Drakeford said she discussed the fee with a Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) staff member last month at the annual meeting in Hilton Head.

  • Lightning hits home, starts fire

    A Shiloh Unity home suffered significant damage after lightning struck its roof Wednesday night.
    The fire started about 9:30 p.m. while three people were inside the 4,700-square-foot house.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said there were no injuries, but the house has $100,000 in estimated damages to its attic and roof.
    Tradesville, Unity and Buford volunteer fire departments were able to salvage items and minimize damage. The three departments cleared the scene shortly after midnight.

  • Kershaw to flip property from water supplier to pancake maker

    KERSHAW – Call it a win-win for town residents and town hall.
    It appears that Kershaw is getting a Huddle House on East Second Street near Kershaw-Camden Highway next year, and the town is putting a piece of property back on the county tax rolls.
    Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously Monday night on first reading to sell the .23-acre tract, known as the old Springs Mill Water Plant property, to Los Angeles-based BAM Ventures for $1.