• County first in the state for job creation

    Lancaster County is first in the state for job creation and fifth for total economic development investments for fiscal 2019, which ended June 30.
    The standings were released Friday by the Lancaster County Economic Development Department and are based on job creation announcements released by the S.C. Department of Commerce. 
    According to the data, almost 1,500 new jobs were created here in the fiscal year, creating a whopping $88.8 million in new investment.
    The county tied with Berkeley County for first in the state in combined rankings.

  • Basket to make baskets at Native American Studies Center this fall

    USC Lancaster

    Traditional artist Nancy Basket will appear at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center as artist-in-residence this fall, demonstrating and discussing her basket- making techniques.

  • Computer ‘fire’ in treasurer’s office hampers county system

    There’s a reason why no one answered the Lancaster County Administration Building phones for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.
    The county’s main computer server was taken offline and rebooted after an overnight software update partially failed. And doing that shut down the phone system.
    But it’s now “back up and working fine,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • Heath Springs prepares for walkability ratings

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town residents will take to the sidewalks next weekend for a walkability assessment, testing the current infrastructure for safety and accessibility.
    Heath Springs was selected as a walkability/bike-ability town by Eat Smart Move More South Carolina and the Carolina Thread Trail.
    Eat Smart Move More is a nonprofit that promotes community-led change to reduce obesity and create healthy eating and active living options in South Carolina.

  • 2020 census expected to usher in big changes

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis and S.C. House District 45 Rep. Brandon Newton addressed the Indian Land Action Council on Thursday evening regarding the 2020 census and the significant impact it could have on the political landscape of Lancaster County.
    “Everything is based on your local population count,” Willis said, noting the importance of participation in the census, which will affect federal and state funding, the spread of political power and business trends throughout the county.

  • Summer storms wreak havoc in county

    Heavy winds and rain left some damage on the outskirts of Lancaster on Monday night, followed by a much broader storm and more destruction Tuesday.
    Lori Grow and her husband were settling in for the night in their Brendale Drive home Monday when they heard the winds pick up and felt their house shake.
    A tree fell on the Grows’ home about 9:30 p.m., right above their living room.

  • County OKs cemetery move for gold mine expansion

    Lancaster County Council last week approved the relocation of an abandoned cemetery in Kershaw to allow the proposed expansion of Haile Gold Mine.
    The burial ground, commonly known as the Baker Cemetery, is just south of the existing Haile Gold Mine facility, northeast of the town of Kershaw and at the southern edge of Lancaster County.
    The cemetery lies within the boundaries of property procured by the mine in 2011.

  • Mulvaney to speak at GOP gala

    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will be the keynote speaker at the S.C. Republican Party’s upcoming Silver Elephant Gala.
    The 52nd annual event is Aug. 2 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
    “We are proud to welcome Mick back home to South Carolina to celebrate our party and our grassroots leaders and activists,” said Drew McKissick, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party.

  • Sheriff casts wider net to find murder suspect

    The hunt is still on for a Heath Springs man charged with the murder of his girlfriend two months ago.
    Derrick Allen McIlwain, 41, is suspected of killing 36-year-old Kimberly Alger, whose body was found outside a vacant Rich Hill home May 28.

  • Lancaster County public school registration kicks off

    Lancaster County School District
    Lancaster County School District has set registration dates for the 2019-20 school year.
    No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver’s education ($50), high school art  ($10), clubs and yearbooks. School insurance will not be sold during registration.
    New students