• Hungry Heroes feeds Lancaster police

    Hungry Heroes founder Amanda Riggan has fed thousands of first responders, military personnel and veterans across the nation. On Thursday, she served the Lancaster City Police Department.
    A Rock Hill resident, Riggan started the nonprofit after the death of York County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Doty last year. She began her efforts by feeding agencies throughout York County, but as word spread, so did her mission.

  • Dad happy to be here for Father’s Day

    Three years ago, Demarius Ross sat at a crossroads – stay on the path he was taking and end up in jail or worse, or work hard to make a better life for him and his growing family.
    Ross, 33, works an 8-to-5 job, then comes home to his wife and three kids during the week, but that wasn’t always the case.
    Raised by a single mother, Ross said he searched for a father’s influence in all of the wrong places.

  • Heath Springs hires new town administrator

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council announced Tuesday night that Jason Truesdale has accepted the job as town administrator.
    The administrator’s job is part time (16-20 hours per week), with a $16,640 annual salary.

  • Lancaster OKs initial $25.4M city budget

    Lancaster City Council passed the first reading of its $25.4 million fiscal 2019-20 budget Tuesday. Despite being $2.5 million less than the current budget, the average city taxpayer will pay slightly more next year. 
    In the 4-1 vote, council member Hazel Taylor voted against the proposed budget. Council members Kenny Hood and Tamara Green Garris were absent.

  • Etched in Stone

    Dozens crowded behind Lancaster’s Historic Courthouse on Thursday morning – most  of them first responders – to honor firefighter Dennis Straight, who died in the line of duty in November.
    Straight’s name was added to a list of fallen firefighters etched on a memorial behind the courthouse, as well as to a stretch of S.C. 5 named in his honor.

  • Carolinas Chili Championship in IL Sept. 28-29

    The “Best Week of Fall” is going to feature a brand new event this year – the Carolinas Chili Championship.
    Organizers are calling “chiliheads” from all over the country to participate in the competition, which will send winners of multiple categories to the International Chili Society World Championship Chili Cook-off in 2020.
    McClancy Seasoning, based in Indian Land, will host the inaugural event, which will kick off the weeklong Indian Land Fall Festival.

  • Council approves final $98.9M county budget

    After one last tweak Monday night to include some unexpected funding from the state, Lancaster County leaders officially adopted the 2019-20 fiscal budget by unanimously passing the final reading.
    The new budget is $98.9 million, which is $4.9 million more than the current budget of $94 million.
    On Monday, council added $150,000 in additional revenue from the state’s Local Government Fund.

  • Active shooter training begins today at VWES

    From release

    Personnel from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster County Fire and Rescue, Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services will be engaged in active shooter training at Van Wyck Elementary School, 4945 Charlotte Highway, on Tuesdays and Thursdays during daylight hours for the next three weeks.
    The dates are June 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27.

  • S.C. gas tax increases July 1

    From release

    South Carolina’s motor fuel user fee, which helps support road, bridge and infrastructure work in South Carolina, increases two cents per gallon beginning July 1. 
    The increase is part of the S.C. Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act passed by the General Assembly in 2017, which raises the fee by two cents each July until 2022, when it reaches 28 cents. 

  • AL Post 31 seeks auxiliary members

    From the late 1920s to roughly 10-15 years ago, American Legion Post No. 31 had one of the most active auxiliary chapters in the state.
    But sadly, the once-thriving veterans support group died out as its members died out, said Denise Dresher, who is “starting from scratch” to restart the local chapter.   
    “A lot of those women are no longer around…. It’s hard to ask when members are no longer alive to ask,” she said.