• Canoe/kayak access open at Landsford Canal park

    From release

    The new canoe and kayak access area at Landsford Canal State Park officially opened last Thursday, with Duke Energy and S.C. Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) officials attending a ceremony at the Catawba River site.
    The new recreational facility includes a canoe/kayak launch, restroom and parking. It is one result of the comprehensive relicensing agreement (CRA) signed during the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project federal relicensing process by SCPRT, Duke Energy and 68 other partners in the Catawba River Basin.

  • Local ‘Libraries Rock!’ this summer

    Lancaster County readers of all ages are sure to start their summer off on a high note by participating in the Lancaster County Library system’s “Libraries Rock!” music-themed summer reading program.
    From June 1 to July 31, readers can register for this annual program, where patrons complete reading requirements to win prizes. Readers can pick up reading logs at the circulation desks at the Lancaster, Indian Land or Kershaw branches or can register online to track their reading time.

  • Column: Finally, solid rules for how HOAs work

    With the 2018 legislative session almost wrapped up, it’s time to look back at what has been a busy year. Some bills are still pending, and a couple of special sessions are planned for this summer.
    Here’s what we’ve accomplished at the State House so far. This is the first part of my 2018 legislative summary. As we continue to wrap up bills this summer, I will publish a second part with further updates on issues.

    HOA Reform

  • Gunshots damage 2 Kershaw houses

    A Kershaw neighborhood’s Memorial Day holiday was interrupted late Monday afternoon by gunshots that damaged two homes.
    The two homes on North Matson Street, just north of Smalls grocery in Kershaw, were both damaged by what appears to be bullet holes, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said.
    The homes are within walking distance of Kershaw Elementary.

  • Flood closes Scout camp named for Bob Hardin

    A Boy Scout camp named for Lancaster’s Bob Hardin has been closed for the rest of the summer after flash flooding wiped out roads and damaged structures at the campground.
    The Boy Scouts of America campground in Saluda, N.C., was originally named Camp Palmetto, but was renamed after Hardin in 1985.
    Hardin served as the district Boy Scout executive for Lancaster and Chester counties for 38 years. Under his leadership, the number of Boy Scout troops in Lancaster grew from 10 to 39, with more than 1,000 boys participating.

  • Sewer grant paves the way for Kershaw business park

    KERSHAW – The town has received a $326,115 grant from the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority to pay two-thirds of the costs for much-needed upgrades at its wastewater treatment plant.
    “When it’s all said and done, we’ll be upgraded to where we need to be,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “It needed to be done some time ago, but thankfully, we’re going to be doing this pretty soon.”  
    The total estimated cost is $489,950, with the town providing a one-third match of almost $164,000.

  • Promise Neighborhood tackles 15 homes on Clinton Avenue

    Mary Esther Culvert swept her front porch last Wednesday after volunteers had finished stripping her house to prep it for painting.
    A beaming smile spread across her face as she described the color she picked for the exterior of her home.
    “I’m so overwhelmed with happiness and gratefulness,” said Culvert.
    The Clinton Avenue resident was selected to have her home repaired and updated as part of Lancaster’s Promise Neighborhood project, which aims to improve the lives of residents in the Clinton Elementary attendance zone.

  • IL school sidewalk project is back on

    A derailed plan to build a sidewalk on the northwest side of River Road to improve student safety near Indian Land Middle and High schools may be back on track.
    The Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study committee (RFATS) tentatively agreed to pick up most of the cost at its May 18 meeting.
    “This is a great example of teamwork,” said Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes, who currently chairs RFATS.

  • Pausing to honor the fallen

    About 100 people assembled in the shade Sunday afternoon at Lancaster Memorial Park – some in military uniforms, others wearing red, white and blue – to honor those who have served and sacrificed for their country.
    The city’s Memorial Day program included the Gold Star Mothers recognition of Nancy Walters and Doris Wilson, who both lost sons in Vietnam, and a memorial remembrance of local veterans who died within the last year.
    Another large gathering took place at the Buford Battleground site on Saturday.   

  • Mom questioned after dead infant found

    Deputies from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office discovered the dead body of a 1-year-old child hidden in a diaper box about 1,000 feet from a home off Jackson Road East outside of Chesterfield on Tuesday afternoon.
    Sheriff Jay Brooks said the mother was taken into custody as a suspect in the child’s death, and she was being questioned at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The woman’s name was not immediately released, and she had not been charged as of press time.