• Starnes resigns as Heath Springs administrator

    HEATH SPRINGS – Tony Starnes has resigned as administrator for the town of Heath Springs, and his last day on the job is July 2.
    Starnes said Friday that he submitted his resignation to Mayor Eddie Moore on June 18.
    “It’s just time for me to move on and do something different,” Starnes said. “I’d still want to do something on a part-time basis. I just don’t know what that will be.”
    Moore said he and Starnes have talked about his decision to resign.

  • IL sidewalk project gets final OK

    The Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study committee (RFATS) gave final approval Friday to a measure that will provide the additional funding to build a sidewalk near Indian Land High School.
    The sidewalk will be built on the northwest side of River Road.
    “The project will be a go sometime later this year. I just can’t tell you when,” said County Administrator Steve Willis, who attended the RFATS meeting.

  • Norman, Parnell trade criticism as midterm campaign ramps up

    Rep. Ralph Norman and Archie Parnell have begun scrapping over what we knew they would be scrapping over – Parnell’s 45-year-old instance of domestic violence.
    Republican Norman, the incumbent 5th District congressman from Rock Hill, faces Democrat Parnell in November’s midterm election.
    Parnell, a retired Goldman Sachs executive from Sumter, has been under a microscope since late May, when divorce records obtained by the Post & Courier of Charleston showed that he hit his then-wife one night in 1973.

  • Springs Block plan includes apartments overlooking Main Street

    German investor Ingo Kübler, who purchased Lancaster’s historic Springs Block in February, plans to put 17 apartments, retail stores and a two-story parking garage on the property.
    Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris mentioned the plans during the mayoral candidate forum Monday night. Later in an interview, she said she is excited for the opportunity Kübler could bring to the city. 

  • For Brooks, a 24-man cell, orange jumpsuit and sandals

    The mistakes keep piling up for James Brooks, who resigned from the Lancaster County school board in 2016 facing meth-trafficking charges and has since been charged with drug offenses thrice more.
    All of those charges are pending, and he bonded out of jail after each arrest. But he skipped a court appearance March 30, and the judge revoked his bond.

  • A childhood lost awaiting justice

    She’s a high school senior, and it was just last month that Rusty Joel Stacks, who she says molested her when she was 8, finally went to prison.

    Stacks was free all those years, out on bond awaiting trial.

    The backlogged solicitor’s office handed off the case to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office three years ago to speed prosecution. Twice, the case was set for trial, but delays were granted at the defense’s request.

  • Salkehatchie campers turn home repairs into a mission

    A house on Golf Course Road buzzed with construction noises Wednesday as a team from Lancaster’s Salkehatchie program got to work on repairs.
    Volunteers spread throughout the property, from the yard to the kitchen to the roof.
    “We’re helping the community all we can,” said David Hagins, stepping aside from the entrance to the house where building materials and tools were scattered across the ground.
    Hagins and his wife, Susan, have been running Lancaster’s Salkehatchie program for 15 years, since it was first established.

  • Toxic debris in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – State environmental workers on Thursday used heavy plastic to seal up a construction dumpster holding toxic asbestos from the demolition of a burned-out convenience store on Main Street.
    The dumpster has been there since January, packed with asbestos-laced debris, and traces of the cancer-causing substance have been found on the ground around it, said Tommy Crosby, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  • Butch Flynn, finally, has lots to say

    Lancaster mayoral candidate James “Butch” Flynn dropped off the campaign radar after being arrested May 1 on a family-court bench warrant.
    He did not return multiple phone messages over several weeks. And he did not participate with the other four candidates in Monday night’s public forum at USC Lancaster, the campaign’s only scheduled joint event.
    On Tuesday, things changed.

  • Fierce heat settles in

    For construction workers at Lancaster High School, this week’s scorching heat means longer workdays, protracted breaks, mountains of empty plastic water bottles and impromptu gatherings in the shade.
    “You drink plenty of water and try to stay out of it as much as you possibly can,” said brick mason Londell Alston, as he spread a layer of mortar for a row of bricks on the façade of the new LHS multipurpose building.