• County creating animal-shelter advisory board

    With a new $3 million animal shelter under construction, county leaders will create a panel of volunteers who will make recommendations to help iron out any issues involving animal care in the county.
    The goal of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter Advisory Board will be to provide county council members and county workers with the information needed “to further the goals of improving care and outcomes for sheltered animals.”
    Related issues include animal-care ordinances, shelter improvements and developing stronger ties with animal-rescue groups.

  • Annual 9/11 tribute
  • County gets $807K federal opioid grant

    Lancaster County has received an $807,000 federal grant to expand its pioneering program that sends teams of deputies, paramedics and mental-health workers into the homes of opioid abusers, trying to enroll them in treatment programs.
    The infusion of funding, called the 1st Responders Grant, was one of two grants awarded Monday to S.C. recipients by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The second grant – $1.97 million – went to the Medical University of South Carolina for drug-addiction research.

  • ‘A big day for us’

    About 150 supporters attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday that begins the transformation of the storied Cultural Arts Center on West Gay Street into a modern performance venue.
    In February, the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation announced its ambitious plan to add two additions totaling almost 1,800 square feet on the west side of the structure.

  • Work starts on walkways, stone walls at Buford site

    Upgrades to make the Buford Massacre site on Rocky River Road more tourist-friendly are in full swing.
    “There’s a lot to be done. We’re getting there slowly, but surely,” said Ken Obriot, leader of the nonprofit Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield group.
    The improvements started the last week of August. They include completion of a retaining wall near the monuments to reduce erosion, and installation of a brick-paver walkway and an irrigation system, along with some additional landscaping. Kiosks will also be repositioned.

  • Habitat eyes 2 new projects, needs helpers of all varieties

    Habitat for Humanity, which has built 16 Lancaster County homes in the past three decades, is gearing up for two new projects, and it’s seeking construction volunteers and prospective homeowners.
    The projects, in Country Club Heights and on North Market Street, will be the first new homes the nonprofit has built since 2016. That gap has depleted Habitat’s corps of volunteer workers, and it’s time to replenish it.
    “We used to have 40 in 2014. Now we have 15,” said Nita Brown, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate.

  • Dorian moves on, leaves S.C. without catastrophic damage

    CONWAY – Hurricane Dorian is out of here and “the coast is clear,” said Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday.
    The state was spared major devastation, but Dorian left a mess in its wake.
    “Yesterday morning, we had a Category 3 storm headed straight at us…. I’m just so thankful the storm gave us a glancing blow and the damage was limited,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Rice during a Friday press conference at the Horry County Emergency Operations Center.

  • Rescuing 17 dogs from Dorian’s path

    As Hurricane Dorian churned up the coast Wednesday morning, two Lancaster County employees set out for Myrtle Beach, on a mission to save as many animals as they could.
    Lancaster shelter assistant manager Carissa Valenti and veterinary technician Brittani Howington were on the road for about 12 hours. They picked up 17 dogs from the Grand Strand Humane Society, which was in danger of flooding in the oncoming storm.

  • Culvert rusts out, IL road crumbles

    INDIAN LAND – Old Bailes Road, which connects U.S. 160 to Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land and cuts through the massive Bailes Ridge Corporate Park, is literally falling apart due to erosion.
    The root of the problem is an undersized and rusted culvert that runs under the road, said Lancaster County Engineer Scott Edgar.
    “The culvert inlet conditions are significantly compromised,” Edgar said, noting that the upstream end of the 8-foot-diameter corrugated metal pipe is rusted and its sides are bent inwards.

  • Hurricane Dorian crawling up coast

    On Wednesday afternoon, portions of the state’s coast were already experiencing pelting rains and wind gusts from Hurricane Dorian as it crawled up the eastern seaboard.
    “We thought it was coming and here it is,” said Gov. Henry McMaster during a live news conference today.
    “If it shifts to the east (out to sea), that would be great,” he said.
    The Category 2 storm is expected to hit the Hilton Head/Beaufort area between 6 and 8 a.m. Thursday before working its way up the coast.