• Leaders discuss growth

    Between the proposed TreeTops development in Van Wyck and soon-to-begin or current construction at Queensbridge, Retreat at Rayfield, Carolina Reserve and Walnut Creek in Indian Land, the Panhandle is experiencing a residential boom that will eventually create thousands of new homes.

  • ‘Money in the honey’

    For Dale Starnes, Christmas comes in April.
    That’s when Starnes, a local beekeeper, gets to taste what those hundreds of thousands of Italian honeybees set up at 65 hives in six locations have been up to for the previous three months.
    “Without a doubt, the first batch of honey I ever tasted was the best thing I ever put in my mouth,” Starnes said.
    “When it comes to taste, the wildwood flower honey we make here, I’ll put it up against Tupelo and Sourwood honey alike.

  • Cold temps return to Carolinas

    If your lawn is covered in a layer of snow or frozen rain this morning, weather forecasters were  wrong about that 10 percent chance of precipitation.
    However, they were dead-on about the cold temperatures.
    Though this week’s weather isn’t expected to be as frigid as earlier this month when local temperatures plunged into single digits, meteorologists still predict an “arctic blast” that’s going to be nippy today, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 26.

  • Comprehensive plan kick-off set for Jan. 30

    Lancaster County will kick off its Connect Our Future comprehensive planning process Jan. 30 and will conclude the plan at the end of the year.
    There will be a drop-in event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster.
    Lancaster County Council Chairman Larry McCullough will speak briefly on the plan at  6 p.m.

  • Starting students off right

    The importance of education during a child’s formative years, and the funding to get the job done, was a hot topic for a panel of state legislators last week. 

    The panel discussion, part of the S.C. Press Association’s annual Legislative Workshop for the Media, was held in Columbia on Jan. 9. One of the topics discussed that was the current push by some legislators for more 4K education programs within the state, as well as adult education and workforce training. 

  • Member of custodial staff found dead at learning center

    A sweet person and a hard worker. 

    That’s how Bryan Vaughn, of Lancaster County School District, remembers Meta Ann Bailey, a well-loved member of the district’s contract custodial service who died from natural causes on Jan. 3. She was 60 years old. 

    “She was an excellent lady, a great employee and everybody in the building thought a lot of her,” Vaughn said. “Ms. Bailey was really sweet, a real hard worker. She had been here a couple years.”

  • T-ball returns to Buckelew

    T-ball is retuning to Buckelew Park on Chester Street after members of Lancaster City Council granted a request to allow it from the Lancaster County Recreation Commission.

    City of Lancaster administrator Helen Sowell discussed the request at the Tuesday, Jan. 14, city council meeting.

    In the past when the park was used for scheduled games, Sowell said neighbors complained to police about noise and roadside parking.

  • Vindictive vandal vexes Sun City victims

    INDIAN LAND – Several residents of Sun City Carolina Lakes believe one of their neighbors has it out for them and their car tires.

    According to a Jan. 2 incident report, the property manager for the community called a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy to the office and gave him several bags of broken glass and roofing nails.

  • Police investigate possible armed robbery

    The details surrounding a possible armed robbery of a man outside a Lancaster motel on Jan. 4 are still murky, though the investigation is ongoing. 

    Just after midnight on Saturday, Jan. 4, officers responded to the area near the Carriage Inn, 1100 N. Main St., about a potential armed robbery, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Officers arrived at the scene and searched the area, but could not find anyone needing help or any signs of a robbery. 

  • Stalk found guilty of murder

    A judge sentenced a Lancaster man to prison late Friday, Jan. 17, after a jury of his peers found him guilty of murder.