• Breaking News Arson suspected in two fires

    Separate fires destroyed a business and a residence in the same area of Lancaster County late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    Officials suspect arson.

    State Law Enforcement Division and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office officials investigated both scenes Saturday.

    Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said the fires look “very suspicious,” with them happening so close to each other in time and location, and their nature in general.

  • Scenic river designation may lead to protections for Catawba

    The Catawba River has been recognized as an invaluable natural resource in need of special care with a recent "scenic river" designation from the state.

    A 30-mile stretch of a free-flowing part of the river from the Lake Wylie Dam to the S.C. 9 bridge at Fort Lawn has been designated scenic.

    The Catawba joins nine other rivers in the state that have received the designation.

    State Sen. Greg Gregory, R-District 16, said the designation will afford the river protection against development along its banks.

    The designation is

  • Kessie portraits depict Wilson-Evans' character Kessie

    Kitty Wilson-Evans of Lancaster has spent much time tributing the lives of African-American slaves and now an artist has paid tribute to her.

    Kaye Cloniger of Fort Mill said she and Wilson-Evans, known for her role as the 19th century slave Kessie at Historic Brattonsville in York County, share a bond.

    At Brattonsville's annual candlelight tour in 2006, Cloniger, who is also a teacher, was so struck by Kessie's face in the firelight that she decided to capture her essence in a collection of 14 oil paintings, which she completed this January.

  • Sorority awards scholarships

    Four recent high school graduates have joined a long list of students to receive scholarships from the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

    The public service sorority's local chapter established a scholarship program in the early 1970s to help deserving, promising youth with financial assistance for college. Three scholarships are available each year.

    The 2008 winners were announced at the chapter's awards luncheon, held June 14 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Carole Ray Dowling Center.

  • Report: Market local culture arts

    A report on how Lancaster County should focus its efforts to attract tourists to its cultural and heritage attractions is out after months of preparation.

    The County Tourism Report was prepared by consultants hired by See Lancaster last fall with a $25,000 competitive grant from the S.C. Budget and Control Board. The report seeks to highlight the county's assets for cultural heritage tourism, defined as "visits to a community motivated in whole or in part based on the community's history and culture."

  • Prospective buyers invited to tour Harbor Point on Saturday

    A bird's-eye view of the Edgewater property is all Patrick Josey needed to be convinced that the development was for him.

    Josey and his wife, Dawn, are in negotiations to buy a tract of land on the development, 10 miles southwest of Lancaster. After touring the lake-front property from a helicopter last week, the Joseys feel more assured that this will be the site of their future home.

  • HS gets $500,000 for waterlines

    HEATH SPRINGS – You might call it a big splash in the bucket for the town of Heath Springs – $500,000 in federal grant money to help overhaul its water system.

    Mayor Ann Taylor said the town recently got word that it was awarded a Community Development Block Grant to finance the second phase of its waterline improvements. The project will finance new lines for nearly half the town's population, or about 450 residents.

    "I am thrilled out my mind. I know the people endured low-water pressure for a long time," Taylor said. "I am very delighted."

  • First phase of S.C. 160 project nearly done

    INDIAN LAND – It will be at least nine weeks before the Indian Land intersection of S.C. 160 and U.S. 521 is complete, due to an accident June 19.

    A Pike Electric Co. truck was delivering new traffic signal mast arms to the S.C. 160 widening project that day. The truck driver and a worker were unloading a mast arm from the truck, parked on the northbound side of U.S. 521, when another of the large arms shifted and fell from the truck, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Pageland watermelon festival starts today

    PAGELAND – The 57th Pageland Watermelon Festival is offering dozens of events this weekend for people of all ages.

    The festival, the largest annual event in neighboring Chesterfield County, kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.


    Craft and vendor displays open at 3 p.m. Friday on Pearl Street in downtown Pageland and amusement rides open at 5 p.m. in downtown.

    The festival pageant is 5 p.m. at the Pageland Community Center.

  • SCDNR honors Flat Creek man

    KERSHAW – A man who has lived in Flat Creek all his life has made it his goal to protect the community's most precious natural asset, Forty-Acre Rock.

    Last month, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said showed its appreciation for Tom Welsh.

    Welsh, 87, and family attended a luncheon in his honor June 27 at Cromer's in Kershaw. Johnny Stowe, Heritage Preserve Manager for S.C. Department of Natural Resources, attended along with Lancaster County conservationist Lindsay Pettus and a handful of others.