• Manhunt Thursday for murder suspect

    Most of Lancaster County’s attention was on the Jacksonham community Thursday morning as the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and SWAT assisted North Carolina officers in the search for a murder suspect, captured Friday by the U.S. Marshals Service.

  • 3 county towns have elections this year

    It may be an off-election year in some places, but it’s not in three Lancaster County towns.
    Town council elections in Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck are set for Nov. 5. Candidate filing for those council seats begins at noon Aug. 1 and ends at noon Aug. 14.
    All three elections are non-partisan, which means candidates aren’t affiliated with political parties.

    Heath Springs
    Two of the five seats on Heath Springs Town Council are up for re-election this year.

  • New EMS station to cost $1.8M

    Lancaster County Council awarded a bid of $1.8 million to TEAM Construction, based in Jacksonville, N.C., for the new Indian Land EMS station at last week’s council meeting, bringing the total project cost up to $2.2 million.
    “All the base quotes came back higher than we had originally budgeted,” County Administrator Steve Willis said at the July 15 meeting.
    When sealed bids on the EMS station were opened June 19, all of them were about $500,000 higher than the anticipated $1.2 million cost, Willis said.

  • 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.