• Heath Springs Town Council delays decision on smoking ordinance

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials will wait to see how the county’s new anti-smoking ordinance is received before they take any action on the measure.

    Last month, Lancaster County Council adopted an ordinance to ban smoking inside all public-access places, including bars and restaurants.

    The measure, though, only applies to unincorporated areas, as Lancaster County’s three municipalities will have to approve their own ordinances for the ban to truly be countywide.

  • County receives good audit

    Following years of solid financial reports, Lancaster County once again received a good rating during this year’s annual audit.

    Sheila Morgan, a CPA with accounting firm McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at the Lancaster County Council meeting on  Dec. 10. Morgan issued the county an unqualified “clean” opinion, meaning it was in good financial shape.

    “We’re pleased to say we encountered no difficulties during the audit,” Morgan said.

  • Dr. Richard Wescoat, former Lancaster physician passes away at age of 89

    Dr. Richard Wescoat, a general practitioner whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the age of 89.

    Wescoat was born in Summerville and opened a medical practice in Lancaster in 1950 after attending Clemson University and the Medical College of South Carolina, from which he graduated in 1947. 

    Shortly after, he served as an U.S. Army captain in the Medical Corps and did a tour of duty in Korea, working in a MASH unit. His service earned him a Bronze Star with a V for Valor designation. 

  • Sherrin updates County Council on LARS

    Two weeks after the kick-off of the Lancaster Area Ride Service‘s  (LARS) new county-wide public transportation system, Lancaster County Council heard an update on the new operation.

    Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging, which operates LARS, presented facts and figures about the service to council, including its previous success as a medical transportation system.

  • Firefighters contain yard debris blaze on Cauthen Street in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS –Firefighters from two volunteer fire departments and the state forestry commission contained a grass fire on Cauthen Street on Sunday, Dec. 23 that burned through two yards and threatened the woods near a home.

    Though damage was relatively minimal, Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief Patrick Helms said the fire illustrates the importance of local fire ordinances and is a reminder to stay vigilant when burning trash.

  • Police investigate armed robbery

    Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. 

    Grant said investigators interviewed at least eight people on Thursday about the case. 

  • Miss North Greenville visits Brooklyn Springs Elementary

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary School welcomed a special guest to celebrate International Reading Day.

    Meredith Lewellen, niece of Brooklyn Springs Elementary principal Tonya Hunter, was crowned Miss North Greenville 2013. 

    The 21-year-old Lancaster native is a resident of Landrum and attends North Greenville University. 

    Lewellen’s platform as Miss North Greenville focuses on children with special educational needs, and her goal is to raise awareness of that cause.

  • House fire in Antioch claims one

    Reece Murphy
    Authorities are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of an Antioch man Friday, Dec. 21.
    Meanwhile, family members are grieving a man they described as a kind, loving and giving person.
    Antioch Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Hall said his men and those from three other departments – Elgin, Camp Creek and city of Lancaster – were dispatched to 889 Potter Road at 12:08 p.m.

  • Judge sentences pharmacy robber

    Christopher Sardelli
    A York County man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison last week, a year after he was arrested for a series of armed robberies in pharmacies across several counties, including Lancaster.
    Ronald Carl Sims, 29, of Rock Hill, was sentenced to 11 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 20, to charges from a string of robberies in Lancaster and York counties in fall 2011, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Angels among us

    Gregory A. Summers
    It might be winter, but Seth’s Giving Tree continues to flourish.
    The foundation is nourished by Christmas love of an angel tree that unites young people and reaches out to needy families in the Buford community.
    Dubbed Seth’s Hope in honor of the late Seth Muennich, who was tragically killed in September 2011, the angel tree ministered to 53 families and 99 children this Christmas, up from 37 children the previous year.