• Disability coalition will host employment seminar Dec. 11

    From release

    The S.C. Disability Employment Coalition will host a free employment workshop for individuals with disabilities in Lancaster next Tuesday.
    The workshop “Disability Benefits & Employment: Make It Work for You!” is 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at USC Lancaster. It will explore misconceptions about how work affects disability benefits.
    The workshop is part of the Hire Me SC campaign, a multiyear, statewide workforce-development drive to change the culture of disability employment.

  • Top grades at academy get deputy a 5% raise, new wheels

    Sheriff’s Deputy Austin Fowler finished his Basic Law Enforcement Training with a bang Friday – top in his class and receiving the J.P. Strom Award, along with a pay raise and new patrol car.
    The award goes to the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy graduate with the highest academic average during the 12-week class. Strom, whom the award is named for, was chief of the State Law Enforcement Division from 1956 until his death in 1987.

  • County: $2.75M limit on garage project

    Lancaster County Council has drawn a fiscal line in the sand on how much money it will spend building a new fleet-maintenance garage on Pageland Highway.
    Last week, council narrowly approved a resolution to move forward with a plan to design and build the new county garage at a cost not to exceed $2.75 million.
    Council members Terry Graham, Larry Honeycutt, Charlene McGriff and Billy Mosteller voted in favor, with Brian Carnes, Jack Estridge and council Chair Steve Harper voting against.
    The sticking point was the new facility’s cost.

  • S.C. ratings for 8 of 20 LCSD schools decline

    S.C. school report cards are out, and the results aren’t flattering for Lancaster County.
    The Lancaster County School District saw eight out of 20 schools’ ratings decline, including three of the four high schools, with nine schools showing no change and two getting a higher rating.
    The state brought back its rating of individual schools – excellent, good, average or below average – in the 2018 report card. The last time the state issued those ratings was in the 2014 report.

  • Pair sent to prison in armory theft case

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man and woman were sentenced to federal prison Friday for their roles in the November 2017 break-in and weapons theft at the National Guard Armory on Nichols Road.
    According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Austin Lee Ritter, 23, will serve more than seven years in prison, and Kimberly Denise Cannon, 40, will serve two years. The sentences carry no possibility of parole.

  • Desperate moment on a smoky roadside

    Kendrick Thompson knows his memories from 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 will never leave him completely, not for the rest of his life. And he isn’t the only one.
    The 18-year-old Lancaster High senior, a first responder in training, was standing alone beside his grandmother’s grave at Salem Cemetery in Heath Springs. It was Election Day, and he had cast his first ballot.

  • ‘Regional gem right in our backyard’

    INDIAN LAND – The span over Twelve Mile Creek, a graceful swinging walkway suspended by cables, is winning awards and drawing praise from hikers along Lancaster County’s section of the Carolina Thread Trail.
    “We have a regional gem right here in our backyard,” said County Planning Director Penelope Karagounis, marveling at the bridge and 3.5-mile walking trail that connect Indian Land’s Walnut Creek subdivision and Waxhaw’s Mill Bridge neighborhood.

  • Local author publishes 2nd kids’ book

    Local author and illustrator Navah Rae Adams has published her second children’s book, “The Fallen Unicorn,” which tells the story of Crystal, a young unicorn, and her adventures after turning into a horse.
    The book follows Adams’ first publication, “Finding a Job for Comet,” another horsey-tale about a little pony who tries to find its purpose.
    After growing up in the small equestrian town of Sewickley, Pa., Adams went on to study graphic design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

  • Trucks crash, burn along S.C. 522

    Billows of smoke were visible for miles Thursday afternoon after two trucks collided on S.C. 522 near Hinson’s Trading Post.
    An 18-wheeler and a Lynches River power truck, heading south on 522, ran off the left side of the road into a ditch after one of them ran into the other. Both vehicles immediately caught fire.
    “Luckily, both drivers were able to get out before they were injured,” Lancaster County firefighter Sam Plyler said.

  • Blackmon: Ask hospital for millions in donations

    Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon has an idea for replacing the lost property-tax revenue after Springs Memorial Hospital becomes state property with its sale to the Medical University of South Carolina.
    Let’s ask the hospital’s current owner, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, and the new owner for millions of dollars in donations to the city, she said at Tuesday night’s council meeting.