• County refuses to settle 2nd Tunnell suit

    The Lancaster County Council has rejected settling a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by Keith Tunnell, former head of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
    Council members voted 5-1 on Aug. 13 not to offer any sort of settlement to Tunnell. The matter was discussed in executive session and then voted on in open forum.
    Tunnell, who filed the suit 16 months ago, has requested a jury trial seeking damages.
    County council member Jack Estridge cast the dissenting vote, and council member Larry Honeycutt was absent.

  • His Harley ‘was where he found his peace’

    A Saturday night wreck killed a Lancaster motorcyclist who had barely escaped death twice before in vehicle accidents.
    Ronald Kenneth “Mark” Jenkins Jr., 44, died from injuries sustained in the accident shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, said a report from the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

  • Guitar Shorty coming to Chester

    From release

    Blues great Guitar Shorty will bring his “blistering guitar solos” and outlandish stage presence to Chester this week.
    The artist, born David William Kearney in Houston, has been performing blues worldwide for more than 60 years. He is credited with influencing Jimi Hendrix and Chicago Blues great Buddy Guy.
    Billboard magazine said, “His galvanizing guitar work defines modern, top-of-the-line blues-rock. His vocals remain as forceful as ever. Righteous shuffles...blistering, sinuous guitar solos.”

  • Pet adoption, rescue event gearing up for next weekend

    Lancaster’s animal lovers will not want to miss out on the animal appreciation and adoption event hosted by Lancaster’s Tractor Supply Co. store on S.C. 9 Bypass East Aug. 25.
    “It’s about shining a light on our adoption agencies and getting animals into a forever and loving home,” said Tractor Supply’s Jessica Stevens, who is organizing the event.
    The animal appreciation day will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and aims to help adoption and rescue agencies raise awareness for their programs and draw some much-needed donations.

  • County rated safe, livable, but its roads need big fix

    Word of mouth is always the best advertising.
    A county-funded survey released this week shows that  almost 70 percent of Lancaster County residents like living here so much that they’re recommending that others move here.

  • School district misstep on speed-zone signs remedied

    In the deadline crush to get the much-delayed Van Wyck Elementary School finished for the new school year, a crucial safety detail fell through the cracks.
    VWES, which abuts busy four-lane U.S. 521 and its 55-mph-plus traffic, was not going to have school speed zone signs to slow those cars on opening day this Monday.

  • Jail options detailed: Expand or replace?

    Fix up the old clunker yet again, or buy something new?
    Lancaster County’s next mammoth financial decision boils down to that. Its 39-year-old jail – run-down, obsolete and severely overcrowded – can’t go on much longer.
    This week the county got its first detailed look at two alternatives – a $27 million renovation and expansion on the existing Pageland Highway site, or a start-from-scratch $30.7 million building at another location.

  • Confidence growing for Smith, Norrell

    Dismissing his opponent as “a mile wide and an inch deep,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith said Friday internal polling indicated he is running ahead and poised to upset GOP Gov. Henry McMaster in November.
    Smith, a Columbia lawyer, state representative and decorated Afghanistan War vet, made the bold claim to a group of two dozen local Democrats during a morning campaign stop at Jomar’s Family Restaurant in Lancaster, where he was joined by his lieutenant governor running mate and Lancaster native, Mandy Powers Norrell.

  • Kickoff event: Scholarships will reward service to our communities

    Get ready for some sun, fun, barbeque and volleyball this Sunday, as the new Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation hosts its first Teachers Volleyball Brawl fundraiser at Andrew Jackson High School.
    Foundation President Debora Gardner is asking the community to get behind the innovative scholarship fund, which will reward community service, rather than focusing on academics or athletics.

  • New school opens with old name

    The new school just built in Lancaster County School District has an old name.
    Van Wyck Elementary, set to open to students Aug. 20 despite major delays, will be the third school named after the once-bustling railroad community well known for its brick manufacturing.
    Settled in the 1750s, Van Wyck was named by the wife of a Seaboard Railroad official in 1887. Before that, the area was called by three different names – Cocheeco, Little Waxhaw and Heaths.