• 10-year term in child-porn case

    A Lancaster man was sentenced Wednesday to a decade in state prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
    Ray Gene Cook Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and received a 10-year term from Circuit Judge Roger Henderson.
    According to a press release from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, an agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force downloaded a file from Cook’s computer containing child pornography in May 2016.

  • A.J. State Park heralds 7th president’s birthday

    Laura Ledford
    Andrew Jackson State Park

    Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 252nd Birthday Celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
    Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items were made by hand during Jackson’s time. If you are lucky, you might get to chat with Old Hickory.

  • ‘Buddy Plan’ book signing this Sunday

    INDIAN LAND – Don McCorkle grew up in the Panhandle, and Bruce Logan grew up in Detroit.
    But they are forever linked through their individual relationships with McCorkle’s lifelong friend Jacky Bayne. Pronounced dead twice – once in the field and once at a hospital – Bayne was in a coma for 30 days after he was horribly wounded by a land-mine explosion on July 17, 1967, near Chu Lai, Vietnam.
    Call Bayne’s miraculous survival the X-13 factor.

  • Fred Rom, county’s oldest military vet, dies at 105

    INDIAN LAND – Fred Rom, the oldest military veteran in Lancaster County and one of its great storytellers, died Saturday, 18 days shy of his 106th birthday.
    The son of Austrian immigrants and a decorated World War II soldier, the Sun City Carolina Lakes resident had a lifetime of experiences that few could top.

  • Thumbs up on 2nd route into jumbo subdivision

    There will be a second entrance to the 2,000-home subdivision and commercial development that Lennar Carolinas plans to build just north of Shiloh Unity Road.
    At its March 11 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance that changes a vacant 76-acre tract along Old Hickory Road from the rural district zoning classification to medium density residential. The acreage is just north of Crestview Lane.       

  • 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.