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  • Heath Springs gets website

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town of Heath Springs now has its own website.
    The site – townofheathsprings.com – was officially launched New Year’s Day.
    “Every town has one and it’s something we really needed. I think it’s turned out pretty good,” said Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore.
    The site has information on upcoming events, latest news, economic development and town services.

  • More in the works for Kershaw’s Stevens Park

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) has more plans in store for the 13-acre town-owned Stevens Park.
    The nonprofit wants to finish the memorial plaza garden, add exercise and recreation equipment for adults, widen and repair the path leading to the outdoor amphitheater and build a regulation-size basketball court, once they get the funding.

  • You can park it right here

    Lancaster is getting some one-of-a-kind bike racks to add a distinctive artistic flair to the scenery downtown.
    Columbia-based welding and fabrication company 803 Iron is installing bike racks across the downtown business district as part of the countywide Eat Smart Move More initiative.
    Eat Smart Move More is a nonprofit organization that works with community partners to combat obesity with healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Start the new year with a First Day Hike at Andrew Jackson State Park

    Andrew Jackson State Park

    Andrew Jackson State Park  is one of more than 30 state parks in South Carolina that will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Tuesday, Jan. 1, to help launch the new year (and to get resolutions off to a good start).
    Start your new year out on the right foot by hitting the Garden of the Waxhaws Trail. This one-mile trail loops the park’s 18-acre lake.
    The Andrew Jackson State Park hike begins at 2 p.m. at the fishing pier.

  • Audubon Society names Clemson professor winner of Lufkin Prize

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – A Clemson University professor will be honored by the National Audubon Society with one of its top conservation awards at its annual gala in New York City on Feb. 7.
    Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology J. Drew Lanham will receive this year’s Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership for his work protecting  birds and building a new generation of conservation leaders, the National Audubon Society announced.

  • Inattentive drivers pass stopped school buses

    At 5 a.m. each school day, Becky Williams pulls into the bus lot behind Indian Land Elementary School, parks, grabs her warm thermos of coffee and gets out.
    As supervisor at the Indian Land-area bus office, Williams usually works behind a desk. But on this cold December morning she will be behind the wheel of Bus No. 2, filling in for a sick driver.
    The sun isn’t up and the early-morning temperatures hover in the low 30s.
    As she walks to her bus, the clacking sound of diesel engines echoes across the lot as other drivers crank up their buses.

  • 100 years ago: Flu pandemic toll on county not forgotten

    Families in Lancaster County were not immune to the Great Influenza Epidemic, which caused worldwide devastation 100 years ago this year.
    The deadly disease is estimated to have infected one-third of the world’s population, killing 50 million people.
    The 1918 influenza epidemic – also known as the “Spanish Flu” or “La Grippe” – developed during the last year of World War I, with troop movements spreading the disease across the United States and the globe.
    The disease took its toll on South Carolina.

  • No charges filed in stabbing

    No charges will be filed in the Dec. 15 stabbing death of Charles Cory Arant at his Lynwood Drive home.
    Arant, 29, was found just after 11 p.m. that day by responding deputies. He was stabbed in the upper abdomen and died at his home from the wound.
    “This was a tragic incident,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “We investigated this matter thoroughly, left no stone unturned and looked hard but unsuccessfully to find evidence to contradict what we ultimately concluded were the facts of this incident.”

  • Norrell sees defeat as ‘win-win’

    She no longer turns in for the night at 2 a.m. and crawls out of bed at 5.
    Her schedule no longer includes appearances in seven counties in a day, or the challenge of delivering a message for the 1,000th time in a way that seems unpracticed.

  • Soggy New Year’s forecast

    Pack a poncho, umbrella and rain boots if you’re going out this New Year’s weekend, as another storm system makes its way up the East Coast soaking the Carolinas.
    Some forecasts are predicting up to 2 or 3 inches of rain for the Midlands with higher totals for the Upstate.
    Flood watches have been issued in the Upstate and in Western North Carolina. Lancaster County is not under any weather alerts as of press time Thursday, but county officials are keeping an eye on the forecast.