• County opioid deaths spike again

    After dropping significantly in 2018, opioid-related deaths in Lancaster County shot back up in the first half of this year, exceeding the record pace of 2017.
    As of June 1, 12 people have died in the county, compared with 15 for all of last year and 25 in 2017, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    “Opioid abuse knows absolutely no age range or socio-economic background,” Deese said. “Our oldest death is 63 and our youngest is 16, not including a baby who died in utero last year.”

  • KVLT unveils wildflower guide for Landsford Canal State Park

    From release
    At the annual LilyFest celebration last month, the Katawba Valley Land Trust unveiled a new guide to the flowers of Landsford Canal State Park.
    The full-color brochure features a map of the park, pictures and descriptions of 26 trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, and a QR code to allow smartphone users to download the plant guide.
    The guide can also be accessed from the Katawba Valley Land Trust web site or picked up at the park.

  • Seniors can get USDA free produce vouchers

    From release

    The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns this summer to help supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and support South Carolina’s small farmers.
    The seasonal USDA grant program allows individuals age 60 and older to buy fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs from May through Oct. 15.

  • 100+ jobs available at job fair

    Cherri Flinn
    SC Works
    Across the country, it’s prime season for hiring employees, as new high school and college graduates enter the workforce and employers juggle staffing issues during summer vacations.
    To assist Lancaster County businesses that are staffing up and to help local job seekers find work, Lancaster County Economic Development is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 12 at INSP CrossRidge in Indian Land.

  • Soccer fields at HS Industrial Park

    Local officials have identified a potential site for the Heath Springs/Kershaw area soccer complex, and it’s on property that’s already owned by the county.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to subdivide 12 acres of property at the back of the Heath Springs Industrial Park to develop the $5 million artificial-turf soccer complex.
    The property is along the Boyd Faile side of the industrial park just north of Heath Springs’ town limits. The main access would be just behind Small’s Food Center.

  • Van Wyck plans candlelight vigil

    Members of the Van Wyck community are reeling since the nation’s drug crisis has invaded their small town.
    Since January, four young people from the rural town have died from drug and alcohol-related causes, said local resident Janice Witherspoon last week.
    Witherspoon and several other members of the community have organized a candlelight vigil for Thursday evening to address the tragic deaths and to raise awareness about the epidemic.

  • Thanking EMS crew that saved his life

    In a quarter century of EMS work, paramedic Thomas Burdette had experienced it only once before.
    Someone tracked him down to say thank you.
    The grateful man was Gary Ballard, a 58-year-old grandfather who suffered a massive heart attack May 22. Burdette and his daughter, basic EMT Caitlyn Burdette, were dispatched that night to save Ballard’s life.

  • Running around the world

    Dustin Johnson crossed the Lancaster County line on foot May 29, the 28th day running his race around the world to raise awareness about veteran suicide.
    Johnson, a 24-year-old Navy veteran, started his journey from his hometown in Cape Girardeau, Mo. With 780 miles behind him, he stopped to visit his aunt and uncle, Lancaster residents Tammy and Kurt Kramer, before continuing on toward Myrtle Beach the next day.

  • PTSO event: Food trucks galore in IL on June 8

    Indian Land High’s Parent Teacher Student Organization is hoping to start a new community event to bring Indian Land residents together, and what brings everyone together better than food?
    Food Truck Saturday is from 5-9 p.m. June 8 at the Indian Land High School football practice field, with food trucks, inflatables, a DJ, an obstacle course and craft vendors.
    “We wanted to do something to bring the community together and also highlight the Indian Land PTSO,” said Pam Houge, the group’s president.

  • There is no quit in Casey Carnes

    Casey Carnes is fiercely independent, self-reliant, smart and a bit stubborn. According to her dad, her first words as a toddler were “I do it myself.”
    Those traits have served the 21-year-old Buford native well. As a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol, she has endured the harsh winter of Alaska, where she trapped, skinned and cooked a rabbit to survive.
    Her indomitable spirit helped her overcome a traumatic brain injury from a car wreck four years ago.