• HOPE to get $540K in grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has awarded HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster half a million dollars in a grant that will be rolled out over three years to help the organization to diversify its funding sources.
    “J. Marion Sims, over our history, has been very generous to HOPE and very supportive of HOPE,” said the nonprofit’s Executive Director Bekah Clawson.

  • Kershaw considering increases to water rates

    KERSHAW – While nothing has been decided, the town’s homeowners need to brace for a possible increase in residential water rates beginning July 1.
    “Just like everything else, things are going up,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas at Monday night’s town council meeting.

  • Charity trek to base of Everest

    INDIAN LAND – Tim Old nearly choked on his drink.
    He and wife Amelia were dining out when she broached the idea of hiking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity.
    “My first reaction was disbelief and shock,” he recalls. “It wasn’t something that would ever come to mind.”
    As a freelance travel writer, Amelia is known for her adventurous spirit. She shares tales of her philanthropic-focused trips on her blog Passports from the Heart.

  • Heath Springs’ Drakeford finishes advanced training

    From release

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council member Iva Drakeford has graduated from the Advanced Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government.
    Graduates received their certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Hometown Legislative Action Day.
    The association established the Advanced Institute in 2014 to provide elected officials with continuing education through classroom instruction and interaction with experienced peers.

  • To recycle plastic and glass, paying N.C. only option

    If you’re an environmentally conscious Lancaster County resident who wants to recycle glass and plastic, your only remaining option is across the state line and comes at a cost.
    Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County allows non-county residents to drop off recyclables.
    “Lancaster residents may self-haul their recycling to the Foxhole Full Service Convenience Center,” said Jeffrey Smithberger, Mecklenburg County’s solid waste management director.

  • Overdose frequency quickens in March

    Lancaster County had about 30 non-fatal opioid overdoses in the first two months of this year, but the pace has roughly doubled this month, averaging about one a day.
    Six overdoses have resulted in deaths so far this year, a much faster rate than last year, when there were 15 cases, said Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    Deese said the fatalities have been spread all over the county.

  • Be on lookout for invasive fig buttercup flowers

    Spring is in the air! Unfortunately, that means pollen, itchy eyes, runny noses and, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, an invasive plant species trying to take over.
    SCDNR is asking the public for help in locating outbreaks of the fig buttercup, whose tiny, yellow flowers resemble the non-invasive butterweed, but is causing a lot more ruckus.
    SCDNR Assistant Botanist Herrick Brown said the fig buttercup flowers fight other plant life for space, which ultimately could threaten the state’s ecosystem.

  • Church-theft suspect sought

    A Columbia man has been identified as a suspect in a string of thefts from parking lots at four local churches during last Sunday’s worship services.
    Arrest warrants have been issued charging 29-year-old Maurice Sherrod Gibson, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The Crime Scene Investigations Unit processed the vehicles, and forensic evidence connected Gibson to the crimes.

  • 41 years praising God together

    Few singing ensembles have stayed together for more than four decades, but the Inspiration Singers of Lancaster celebrated their 41st anniversary by performing a free concert at Hope on the Hill last Sunday.
    Brenda Wade, the group’s tenor, said more than 200 people packed the auditorium.
    “It went well. We had a good turnout, and it was a real spiritual time,” she said. “We saw lots of familiar faces and some new ones, too. Somebody new comes out every time.”

  • 3 schools locked down during manhunt

    All three Kershaw schools were placed on lockdown Thursday morning as the sheriff’s office began a manhunt for a shooting suspect.
    Kershaw Elementary and Andrew Jackson Middle and High schools were locked down for more than two hours after authorities alerted the school district that the search was under way.
    The suspect, Leonard A. Shropshire, 21, was apprehended Thursday afternoon on Parkman Avenue in Lancaster.