• Plyler wins Heath Springs seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – A scant 43 total votes were cast in Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant at-large seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
    And Joey Plyler – the lone candidate whose name was on the ballot – got all of them.
    For Plyler, his election to council is a dream come true.
    “I love this town and I love being able to help people.
    “Moving in with my grandparents and joining Heath Springs Fire Department sure set me on the right path. I sure am grateful to be here,” he said.

  • Concert series kicks off Friday

    Come out and enjoy an evening of rock, reggae, pop and soul music as a new monthly concert series kicks off Friday at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Local roots-reggae band Sugarshine will perform, as well as the Bring It On Home concert series founder Nick Johnson.
    After living in larger cities, Johnson realized something was missing when he recently returned to his hometown of Lancaster.

  • Kershaw budget includes no tax hike, but water rates up

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously gave final approval to the fiscal 2019-20 budget this week, with no tax increase for property owners but a hike in water rates.
    The $3.8 million budget, which council passed Monday night for the fiscal year that starts July 1, is about $100,000 less than the current budget.
    “We tried to cut where we could and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman.

  • Special election Tuesday for HS council seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – A special election is set for Tuesday to fill the Heath Springs Town Council seat left vacant by the resignation of Elaine Lehr.
    Lehr resigned her at-large seat in March after serving about 14 months, and the winner will fill the remainder of her four-year term.
    Mary Ann Hudson, Lancaster County’s elections director, noted that the nonpartisan election is only open to the town’s registered voters.
    The lone candidate whose name will appear on the ballot is longtime Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department member Joey Plyler.

  • Give Local’s final figure up 30% from ’18

    The final totals for Give Local Lancaster’s 2019 campaign were announced Thursday during a celebration luncheon at USC Lancaster.
    The 24-hour giving marathon raised $207,011.39, making 2019 the most successful campaign to date.
    “It gives me great pride to know how our community is able to work together for the common goal to make our community a better place to live,” said Jackie Harris, board chair of the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

  • HS council violates its policies on 2 big-ticket purchases

    HEATH SPRINGS – Fresh off several open-meetings violations, the Heath Springs Town Council has now disregarded its own purchasing ordinance – not taking the required vote on an $11,300 purchase and neglecting to seek competitive bids on two purchases totaling $19,100.
    Council member Peggy Bowers pointed out the violations during Tuesday night’s council meeting, saying her intent was not to point fingers, but to make sure town ordinances and codes are being followed.

  • Training for tragedy

    Since opening last fall, Van Wyck Elementary School has had its share of rowdy days, but never anything as loud as the last two weeks.
    Hundreds of law officers, EMS workers and firefighters have converged on the school, acting out dozens of active- shooter scenarios. It’s the county’s first multi-agency training to prepare for the kind of mass-casualty event that officials dread the most.

  • ILHS student dies from injuries in June 5 wreck

    An Indian Land High School student who was involved in a head-on collision on U.S. 521 earlier this month has died.
    Ethan Wayne Swanner, 17, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center on June 13 as a result of traumatic injuries sustained during the collision eight days earlier, Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said Friday.
    A lineman on the Warriors football team, Swanner was headed east on Possum Hollow Road in a 1965 Ford Mustang shortly before 8 a.m. June 5, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • New Creighton’s ice cream shop in heart of town

    Family-run business Creighton’s Creamery opened an ice cream shop in downtown Kershaw on Sunday and was swarmed by customers seeking sweet treats and delectable delights.
    The business, owned and run by locals Adam and Cady Eubanks, started out as an ice cream truck that catered weddings, festivals and corporate events. But demand for the couple’s homemade ice cream led them to find a more permanent location in their hometown.
    “We saw a building and jumped at the chance,” Cady Eubanks said Tuesday.

  • Camp Broadway brings out stars

    Local aspiring performer Gavin Mahoney, 16, joined music legend Cyndi Lauper at Carnegie Hall on April 29.
    Mahoney, now a junior at Indian Land High School, performed with Camp Broadway during the New York Pops 36th anniversary party.
    The party honored Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning musician Cyndi Lauper and media executive Ken Lowe, former CEO of Scripps Network.