• Jumping into Heath Springs hot seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – In less tumultuous times, the part-time town administrator’s job in this municipality of 900 residents would be an under-the-radar role, attracting scant public attention.
    But when Jason Truesdale took the long-vacant position last month, he stepped right into the spotlight alongside a town council navigating unusually choppy waters.

  • Woman arrested in beating death of baby boy

    A Lancaster woman has been arrested in the beating death of a 14-month-old boy at a house on 14th Street last November, and her boyfriend – the child’s father – has been charged with child neglect.
    Ramesha Monet Brantley, 23, was charged with killing De’Yontae Monterio Miller Jr., who died Nov. 6, 2018, according to a Friday release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. De’Yontae Miller Sr., 25, was charged with neglecting his son.

  • Rescue dog makes big splash

    A local rescue dog went from emaciated and thrown away to competing in diving competitions with his new family in just a year.
    Fynn, a speckled brown-and-black mutt, competed in his first diving competition earlier this year, and his new owner, Brianna Zink, said he had the time of his life.
    “He is just so crazy energetic,” Zink said. “We were looking for something to put his energy towards when we found out about the Dock Dogs competition.”

  • Guest Column: Why your census participation is crucial for Lancaster County

    The 2020 U.S. census is nine months away, but I want to let all Lancastrians know why it is so important.
    The census is far more than just a head count of how many people we have living in the United States. It determines political power and where government funds are disbursed, and it provides important information for businesses looking at opening in our area.

  • Lynches River may offer rural high-speed internet

    Lynches River Electric Cooperative may be bringing high-speed fiber-optic internet to its members.
    Through July 15, members and nonmembers can participate in an online survey to express interest in obtaining fiber-optic internet service at survey.lynchesriver.com.
    Lynches River communications coordinator Tyson Blanton said the co-op doesn’t currently offer internet service, but she knows there’s a need for faster internet speeds in rural areas.

  • ‘Pet resort’ coming to IL

    Panhandle pets will soon have a place to relax, socialize and enjoy some pampering while their owners are at work with the opening of Indian Land’s first Pet Paradise. 
    The Florida-based pet services provider, which has more than 40 locations in operation or under development across nine U.S. states, offers boarding, day camp, grooming and veterinarian services.
    The Indian Land site, located on Harrisburg Road, is scheduled to open in October.

  • 2 charged in a string of 10 Walnut Creek car break-ins

    A Lancaster man and a young boy have been arrested in a slew of car break-ins throughout the Walnut Creek subdivision in Indian Land on June 10.
    Justin Errol Medina, 18, was arrested at a home on Deer Forest Drive on Saturday, charged with 10 counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. An unnamed juvenile was also charged in the incidents.

  • Truck mishap cuts power to 1,800 Duke customers

    More than 1,800 Duke Energy customers lost power Monday after a flatbed tractor-trailer loaded with an oversized tank pulled down cables, a utility pole and two power regulators.
    The incident happened at 1:04 p.m. Monday along Arch Street between Ferguson Street and Glenwood Avenue, knocking out power to homes and businesses in that part of the city and out the S.C. 903 corridor east to the Antioch community.
    Both the Municipal Justice Center and city fire Station 1 were operating with back-up generators until power was restored.

  • Road closure lengthens trip to Lake Wateree

    It’s going to take Independence Day celebrators a little longer Thursday to get to Lake Wateree.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has closed the section of Green Road between S.C. 200 and S.C. 97 to repair a bridge over Camp Creek after structural deficiencies were discovered June 19.
    Green Road is just past Camp Creek Methodist Church. 
    The closure means that motorists must drive farther down S.C. 200 near Fishing Creek Reservoir and then turn left onto S.C. 97 to get to Lake Wateree. The detour length is roughly 2.7 miles.

  • Drugs, weapons found in HS home

    A Heath Springs couple was arrested Monday when drug task force agents discovered opiates, pill grinders and 20 firearms in their home.
    Richard Conway Hopkins, 61, and Erin Leigh Evans, 36, were arrested in their Kickturn Road home, and Evans’ minor son, who was in the home at the time, was left in the care of a relative.
    Hopkins is charged with trafficking a schedule II narcotic oxycodone hydrochloride, possession of schedule II acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.