• Ethics panel investigating Blackmon vote

    State ethics officials have found probable cause that Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon violated state ethics law a year ago by voting to pay herself $6,750 in back wages for the 11 months when her election victory was under legal challenge.
    The decision by the S.C. Ethics Commission, issued this week, makes public for the first time the fact that Blackmon is the subject of an ethics complaint and investigation. The matter now moves on to a public hearing, and the commission eventually will rule on the legality of Blackmon’s action.

  • Adopting a little girl from India

    It’s not an uncommon scene in Lancaster County – a team of volunteers gathering to paint, repair, clean and spruce up the home of someone who needs a helping hand.
    But last weekend’s blitz of activity at Susie Callahan’s house in Lancaster wasn’t a Promise Neighborhood workday or a church mission project. It was part of the effort to help Gretchen Wilhelm adopt a little girl from India.
    Wilhelm is working with Both Hands, a Tennessee-based nonprofit with a unique approach to raising money for adoptions. Both Hands helps families to

  • On the road again, along Gulf Coast of Florida

    Sherrill C. Mullis
    Special to The Lancaster News

    A few members of my family and I drove down to the Gulf Coast of Florida in July to see my son, Sam Mullis, in Fort Myers and my niece, Angie Mullis, in Tarpon Springs.
    Sam was in Fort Myers taking a refresher course in engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. He recently interviewed for a teaching position at Charleston, and they agreed to hire him provided that he retake his engineering training, since his previous certifications occurred some 10 years ago.

  • Anger aplenty as storm shuts garbage sites

    If you want to seriously irritate taxpayers, tell them there’s nowhere to dump their garbage.
    Complaints cascaded in from residents after the hurricane-related locking of the gates at Lancaster County’s 12 convenience sites from Sept. 14-17.
    “I probably got more phone calls and comments in the last week than I have in my six years on council because of the convenience sites being closed under an emergency situation,” county council Chairman Steve Harper said at Monday’s council meeting.

  • Parnell: Trump making U.S. laughingstock

    Democratic congressional hopeful Archie Parnell says he worries that the United States is becoming an object of ridicule on the global stage.
    “We should be a country that’s a beacon to the world, not the laughingstock,” Parnell said during a fish fry campaign stop Wednesday at Andrew Jackson State Park attended by 75 local supporters.

  • No 2018 Christmas parade in Van Wyck

    Tension between Van Wyck and Indian Land has flared again, with Van Wyck canceling its long-running Christmas parade after Indian Land scheduled its inaugural parade on the same afternoon.
    “There will be no Christmas Parade in Van Wyck this year,” said Pat Oglesby, the Van Wyck Christmas Parade chairman, in a post on the town’s Facebook page.

  • Local EMS workers in danger zone along coast

    SURFSIDE BEACH – Lancaster County EMS paramedic Charlie Garcia may have to go on a diet when he returns home after helping out with emergency services in Horry County after Hurricane Florence.
    “A lady just walked into the station with a pound cake. I’m afraid to come home, cause I’m gonna be about 50 pounds heavier,” Garcia said Tuesday. “It’s been a blessing. There is a true spirit of community down here, and everyone is pulling together.”  

  • Still room for vendors at IL Fall Festival

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    When the Indian Land Fall Festival returns Nov. 3-4, visitors will have no shortage of vendors to explore. 

    Want steampunk-inspired jewelry, handmade soap or new gutters for your house? You can find it as you browse the nearly 200 art, craft, business and nonprofit vendors that have signed on for the two-day festival at the Indian Land schools complex. 

  • Heath Springs upping business-license fees

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town of Heath Springs’ bargain-basement fees for business licenses are on the way out.

    Town council unanimously approved an eight-tiered classification system last week that sets a minimum fee ranging from $35 to $70 based on business type, as well as a rate based on gross income. 

    The new fees take effect May 1, 2019.

  • Despite storm, we’re on track for ‘fantastic’ autumn colors

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – As some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway reopened for the first time after being cleared from Hurricane Florence, there was little to suggest the storm would put a damper on a vibrant fall color season in the southern Appalachians.
    Ample rainfall over the summer and warm temperatures continuing well into September could delay the display slightly, but Clemson University forest ecologist Don Hagan reported few signs Florence should hinder an abundance of autumn hues.