• Drug court produces its 1st success story

    Courtroom B fell silent Tuesday as Randy Newman read the long list of crimes committed by Lauren Foster, and tears poured down the 31-year-old’s cheeks as she listened.
    Then the Sixth Circuit solicitor asked the judge to dismiss all charges, and cheers and applause broke out. Foster became the first graduate of Newman’s drug court, a demanding program designed to treat drug abusers instead of imprisoning them.

  • Electrical problem hampers county treasurer’s office

    The Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office is urging citizens who plan to pay tax bills this afternoon to wait until Monday unless that bill is due today.
    Just before 2 p.m. Friday, the office computer that prints S.C. Department of Motor Vehicle license plate decals was damaged after an electrical outlet in the office started smoking. The department’s computers were partially shut down for the rest of the day.

  • Massage and facial spa opens in IL

    A Waxhaw couple have combined their skill sets to open Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Indian Land.
    With nine years of practice as a licensed massage therapist, Abbey Cameron brings her expertise in health and wellness. Her husband, Scott Cameron, has worked in the financial sector for many years and brings his business background to the collaboration.
    The recently opened spa, located at 7756 Charlotte Highway, Suite 108 in Promenade at Carolina Reserve, offers massage therapy and facials.

  • ‘Recovering America’s Wildlife Act’ re-introduced in Congress

    S.C. Department of Natural Resources
    A legislative initiative that could make millions of dollars in new federal funding available to protect some of South Carolina’s most vulnerable wildlife species was re-introduced in Congress on Friday by members of the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus.
    U.S. House members Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) reintroduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) with the support of conservation and sportsmen’s leaders.

  • Beach bash at Benford Brewing Saturday

    Sugarshine is bringing the beach to Lancaster on Saturday. This local band is hosting On a Beach Bash from 2-9 p.m. at Benford Brewing Co. in Lancaster.
    Featuring five reggae bands, Cousins Maine Lobster Truck, paintball and bouncy houses, the event offers something for every family member – even the four-legged ones.

  • Space Week at the S.C. State Museum

    From release

    COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Museum is launching Space Week this Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. 
    Space Week features the museum’s new “Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon” exhibit, the show “Fly Me to the Moon 4D,” the Smithsonian Channel documentary “The Day We Walked on the Moon,” planetarium shows and astronomical activities. 

  • City council votes to rezone annexed land

    Lancaster City Council this week moved to rezone the 60 acres it recently annexed, which are proposed to become a cluster subdivision for 175 single-family homes.
    The six parcels, north of S.C. 9 Bypass West, behind the Bi-Lo and Big Lots stores, were annexed into the city in late May. NVR, the parent company of Ryan Homes, had signed a contract to purchase the acreage with a contingency that the property be annexed by the city.

  • Deputies return to scene of break-in with a bag full of balls for children

    Playtime at The Connection on McIlwain Road is a lot more fun for the kids who attend now, thanks to two sheriff’s deputies who provided them with some new sports equipment.
    The Connection, a Christian ministry run by Shanda Mackey, connects those living in the mobile home park behind it to local churches, focusing in part on the children in the community.

  • Adoption event frees up space at overcrowded animal shelter

    Ten dogs at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter found homes during the statewide PickMe adoption event over the weekend – double the number adopted there in the entire month of June.
    Shelter Director Alan Williams said those adoptions made a big difference when 14 more dogs came in on Monday.
    “That’s 10 dogs that probably wouldn’t have gotten adopted,” Williams said. If we still had those here, we would have had to start putting dogs to sleep this week to make room for more.

  • County kills plan to limit rezoning hearings

    Lancaster County Council on Monday scrapped a proposal to stop holding public hearings on rezoning issues during council meetings, citing the importance of public input.
    Council members unanimously rejected the proposed amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance that would have eliminated one of two public hearings that are held on each rezoning matter. The other hearing is before the county planning commission.