• Lancaster native Mary Ann Claud schedules book reading at USCL

    From release
    Lancaster native and author Mary Ann Claud is coming to USC Lancaster next month for a reading from her new novel, “Alex Dances,” the third and final installment of her well-received trilogy.
    The family saga of the Wards and Brunsons, builders and heirs of a fabled Southern textile empire, comes to a fantastic end in “Alex Dances.” The novel was released by Lystra Books this past March.

  • Comporium offers faster internet in Kershaw, Heath Springs areas

    Comporium customers in Kershaw and Heath Springs will soon have access to internet download speeds significantly faster than the national average.
    Comporium plans to complete a system upgrade in early August that will enable approximately 2,500 customers served by the company’s cable system to access internet download speeds of up to 750 megabits per second.

  • Heath Springs weapons cache gets 2 brothers long jail terms

    Two brothers, both from Columbia, have been convicted on federal weapons charges after firearms were found hidden at their mother’s home in Heath Springs.
    Shamari Delresse Jones, also known as Amari, 34, and Jokari T. Jones, 36, were each sentenced to federal prison, U.S. Attorney Sherri Lyndon announced Friday.

  • HS races to replace school’s water tap

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town is hustling to upgrade the main water tap leading to Heath Springs Elementary School before classes start Monday.
    Town council unanimously approved a $4,600 bid at a special meeting held Aug. 6 so that work could get started as soon as possible.
    The school was built in 1954 and renovated in 2000-01. It is the town’s third-largest water and sewer customer.    

  • Historic church concerned about plans for solar farm

    VAN WYCK – Concerns are mounting over the rezoning of a residential property to set up a solar farm on Old Hickory Road near Van Wyck.
    The wooded parcel is located across from Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church and Old Waxhaw Cemetery, which date back to the mid-1700s. Waxhaw Solar has applied to rezone the 47-acre property from residential neighborhood to agricultural residential to build a 19-acre solar farm.
    Representing the church, John Baker called the project an improper use of a residential area.

  • Whits End signs record contract, cuts single soon

    Local country-rock band Whits End can add another check to its bucket list – signing with a record label and prepping to record its first single.
    Justin Ray Williams, senior director of Pearl Street Records, came to Lancaster Monday night to sign the band and celebrate the occasion.
    “Whits End is the perfect fit for our portfolio at Pearl Street,” Williams said. “They have this passion.... Bands that work as hard as they do are going to make it big.”
    Pearl Street has studios in Nashville, Florida and Los Angeles.

  • Kayla Cook’s trial begins in toddler’s beating death

    Kayla Cook’s trial in the beating death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder started Monday, with the defense telling jurors that Cook is not the only suspect in the case.
    Cook was charged with homicide by child abuse in December 2018 after Lilly’s death.
    During opening statements Monday, prosecutor Melissa McGinnis called the toddler’s death a traumatic beating that left bruises all over her body. She said Cook was the only adult present.

  • 3 towns’ voters will try out new voting machines in fall elections

    A select group of voters in Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck will get to use the state’s new paper-based ballot machines this fall for their municipal elections.
    “They should be picking up the old equipment, with us getting the new around Aug. 28,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • Buddies wounded in Vietnam get standing ovation from vets

    It makes sense that the local Purple Heart Initiative and the “Thursday Talkers” recognized Vietnam War veterans Wayne Eubanks and Robert Jones at the same time this week.
    They grew up as friends on Lancaster’s mill hill, with their homes separated by an alley that ran between 14th and 15th streets near Brooklyn Avenue. Not only that, they enlisted in the Marines together.

  • TV host saves wolf-dog from euthanasia at shelter

    An Animal Planet TV crew swooped into Lancaster last weekend and saved a wolf-dog that was likely to be euthanized after being stranded at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter for six weeks.
    It is illegal to own a wolf-hybrid in Lancaster County, so Gunner’s time at the shelter was ticking down rapidly. He couldn’t be adopted out, and no rescues around the country were responding to the shelter’s requests for his removal.