• Forty Acre Rock adds key parcel that shelters Carolina heelsplitter

    Adding another 159 acres to the nearly 3,000 that make up Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve might not sound like a big deal.
    But the new land purchase by state officials is important because of where it is and what it protects.
    Known as the Ardrey Tract, the property contains a half- mile of frontage along Flat Creek. The stretch is home to one of the 154 remaining colonies of the endangered and federally protected Carolina Heelsplitter mussel.  

  • Wells Fargo inches closer to donating library site to Kershaw

    Lancaster County is one step closer to obtaining a high-profile new building for the Kershaw library branch.
    Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas said there are still a few hurdles left before the newly vacant Wells Fargo building on Hampton Street houses the library branch, but the county is much closer to owning it than a month ago.

  • Gathering to honor vets buried at Clinton Memorial Cemetery

    The 57 military servicemen and women laid to rest at Clinton Memorial Cemetery were honored Friday during a brief, no-frills remembrance in the cold rain.
    “Every time I think about the sacrifice men and women have made in this country, I’m honored…. Because of their service, we have our freedoms today,” said YouthBuild director Reggie Lowery, before his nonprofit’s students placed American flags on the graves of soldiers buried there.

  • Maj. Matt Shaw honored as top S.C. law officer

    Maj. Matt Shaw has been named Officer of the Year by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, the fifth officer with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to win statewide honors this year.
    Shaw was recognized at the association’s annual conference in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. He was nominated for the award by Sheriff Barry Faile.
    “He serves this agency with 100 percent dedication,” Faile said. “He is here early, leaves late and responds to major incidents. He sets the pace for our employees.”

  • Caisson ride, 21-gun salute for a dear brother-in-arms

    Just over a week ago, George Flanders, an 80-year-old Vietnam War veteran and Lancaster resident, drove eight hours to Arlington National Cemetery to bury his friend and brother-in-arms, John Helms.
    Harold John Allen Helms, a retired Army colonel from Union Springs, Ala., died Nov. 14, 2017. His last wish was to be buried at Arlington among his fellow servicemen.
    Almost a year later, Helms was finally laid to rest Nov. 1 among the iconic straight rows of white markers, in a ceremony with full military honors.

  • Duke Energy seeks 10% S.C. rate hikes

    Duke Energy on Thursday asked state regulators for a 10 percent overall increase in its S.C. electric rates – 12 percent for residential customers.
    The rate requests, filed with the S.C. Public Service Commission, would increase the utility’s revenues by about $168 million, according to a Duke Energy press release.
    Residential customers would get the biggest hike. Commercial and industrial accounts would see an average increase of 8.3 percent.

  • ‘Our hearts are broken’

    A Lancaster County firefighter was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 Wednesday night.
    Dennis Straight, 59, of Van Wyck died after being transported to Springs Memorial Hospital, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. He was the assistant chief of the Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, where he had worked since moving to Lancaster County 20 years ago.

  • Election night ballot glitch explained

    Election officials blamed a database linked to two optical scanners for delays and confusion in the vote-counting process for paper absentee ballots Tuesday night.
    Vote totals appeared to be complete just before 10 p.m., but then officials realized that the scanners had not properly recorded all of the paper-ballot votes. A recount of the 1,312 paper ballots, which ended about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, recorded all the votes, adjusting the totals in some races but changing no outcomes.

  • Public asked to pick name for Kershaw playground

    It’s been 19 months since Kershaw discovered that Stevens Park’s state-of-the-art playground was rotting. That prompted demolition, massive fundraising and the installation of new equipment early this year.
    All the playground needs now is a name.
    Kershaw’s Community Heart & Soul, in cooperation with the Town of Kershaw and the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC), is accepting applications for the naming of the new playground. One of the city’s most popular recreation facilities, it reopened at the end of March.

  • Mr. Ford, it’s time for your close-up!

    At age 59, John Ford is finally realizing his dream of making it on the big screen.
    “I never really had the idea of being a professional actor,” said Ford, a Lancaster resident and father of two. “The last month and a half has been an absolute whirlwind.”
    Ford’s acting career has taken off within the last year after being cast in an episode of the Saturday morning CBS TV series “The Inspectors.”