• State puts 15 local roads on paving list

    Lancaster County residents will soon see more of their taxes paid at the gas pump going to good use, making our roadways smoother and safer.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has identified a total of 13.22 miles along 15 different roads in Lancaster County that are targeted for resurfacing as part of the Proposed 2020 Pavement Improvement Program.

  • Another FOIA violation in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – For the fourth time this year, the Heath Springs Town Council has violated the state’s open-meetings law, scheduling a work session for Tuesday evening without the required 24-hour public notice.
    At  9:28 a.m. Tuesday, The Lancaster News received an email from the town clerk regarding a council work session scheduled for 6:30 that evening.

  • IL fire-training facility turns up heat on students

    Thanks to the career center’s firefighting class and a training facility hidden behind Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, Lancaster County now has eight more fully certified firefighters.
    One of the students using the facility, 18-year-old Gage Bell, said it helped him understand the stifling feeling firefighters experience when they enter a burning building.

  • Youth Serve puts 70 teens to work helping Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Last week, 70 teens paid $60 apiece for the privilege of rebuilding steps, patching leaky roofs, installing windows and cleaning gutters as part of the long-running Youth Serve summer camp.
    “Don’t let people say that doing stuff for the church isn’t fun. My mom said she was going to sign me up. I thought it was a good idea,” 15-year-old Wyatt Cassady said Thursday as he raked a wheelbarrow full of concrete into a footing at the Stevens Park picnic shelter.

  • Festival offers free food, fun, school supplies and haircuts

    Ja’Von Crockett has always had a heart for kids who struggle. That’s why he started the National Youth Empowerment Kids Day Festival in Lancaster 12 years ago.
    Showcasing talent from Atlanta, New York and Charlotte, the event will take place at Preston Blackmon Park, also known as Southside Park, located at 500 Connor Street in Lancaster from 3-7 p.m. July 13.
    “Everything is free,” Crockett said, “free food, free drinks, free raffles, free bicycles and book bags, free school supplies and free haircuts.”

  • Mac Horton’s ‘Shelter Rock’ series continues with 3rd volume

    Bailey Milhorn
    The Lancaster News
    Columbia-based author Mac Horton has published his third book, “Shelter Rock Comes Alive,” full of stories about growing up in Heath Springs.
    The book follows the same pattern as his first two, “Tales from Shelter Rock” and “Shelter Rock Rides Again,” in which he describes moments that have shaped his life’s journey.

  • Packed parades mark a festive Fourth

    Bailee Adams, 7, never stopped smiling, even after the last of the Charlesboro parade lineup passed by her Paw Paw’s truck.
    The parade, celebrating its 40th year, was everything she’d hoped it would be and more, as she watched it for the first time. Bailee is from Georgia and was visiting her grandfather Charles Deese for the Fourth.
    “The horses were my favorite part,” she said. “We usually just watch fireworks and stuff. This was my first parade.”

  • County readies bid requests on libraries, holds its breath

    The bid packages to expand two county libraries and move a third one will be going out soon, and with construction costs exploding across the region, county leaders are unsure what to expect.
    A total of $8 million is set aside to pay for library improvements in Indian Land, Lancaster and Kershaw, but whether that will be enough for the proposed changes is anybody’s guess.
    “It’s where the rubber hits the road,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • 2-week detour in IL at 160, Old Bailes Rd.

    INDIAN LAND – The S.C. Department of Transportation will close the intersection of S.C. 160 and Old Bailes Road from July 15-27 for road improvements.
    The closure, SCDOT said in a statement, is tied to the S.C. 160 widening project in Lancaster County. The schedule “could change if utility conflicts or adverse weather conditions are encountered,” the agency said.
    Beginning July 15, traffic will be diverted down a detour from S.C. 160 to Possum Hollow Road to bypass construction and intersection improvements.

  • Whits End signs manager to help guide next steps

    Local country band Whits End, who played the packed Carolina Country Music Festival last month, has checked off another box on the trek toward possible stardom.
    The five-man band signed a management contract June 28 with Terry Gage, former manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns.
    Gage said she was blown away after watching Whits End perform for the first time at Whiskey River in Charlotte.