• For Brooks, a 24-man cell, orange jumpsuit and sandals

    The mistakes keep piling up for James Brooks, who resigned from the Lancaster County school board in 2016 facing meth-trafficking charges and has since been charged with drug offenses thrice more.
    All of those charges are pending, and he bonded out of jail after each arrest. But he skipped a court appearance March 30, and the judge revoked his bond.

  • A childhood lost awaiting justice

    She’s a high school senior, and it was just last month that Rusty Joel Stacks, who she says molested her when she was 8, finally went to prison.

    Stacks was free all those years, out on bond awaiting trial.

    The backlogged solicitor’s office handed off the case to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office three years ago to speed prosecution. Twice, the case was set for trial, but delays were granted at the defense’s request.

  • Salkehatchie campers turn home repairs into a mission

    A house on Golf Course Road buzzed with construction noises Wednesday as a team from Lancaster’s Salkehatchie program got to work on repairs.
    Volunteers spread throughout the property, from the yard to the kitchen to the roof.
    “We’re helping the community all we can,” said David Hagins, stepping aside from the entrance to the house where building materials and tools were scattered across the ground.
    Hagins and his wife, Susan, have been running Lancaster’s Salkehatchie program for 15 years, since it was first established.

  • Toxic debris in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – State environmental workers on Thursday used heavy plastic to seal up a construction dumpster holding toxic asbestos from the demolition of a burned-out convenience store on Main Street.
    The dumpster has been there since January, packed with asbestos-laced debris, and traces of the cancer-causing substance have been found on the ground around it, said Tommy Crosby, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  • Butch Flynn, finally, has lots to say

    Lancaster mayoral candidate James “Butch” Flynn dropped off the campaign radar after being arrested May 1 on a family-court bench warrant.
    He did not return multiple phone messages over several weeks. And he did not participate with the other four candidates in Monday night’s public forum at USC Lancaster, the campaign’s only scheduled joint event.
    On Tuesday, things changed.

  • Fierce heat settles in

    For construction workers at Lancaster High School, this week’s scorching heat means longer workdays, protracted breaks, mountains of empty plastic water bottles and impromptu gatherings in the shade.
    “You drink plenty of water and try to stay out of it as much as you possibly can,” said brick mason Londell Alston, as he spread a layer of mortar for a row of bricks on the façade of the new LHS multipurpose building.

  • Man robs Family Dollar at gunpoint

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an armed robbery that happened late Wednesday night at the Family Dollar store on Kershaw Camden Highway in the Elgin community.
    According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, the store was robbed just before 10 p.m., while two workers and several customers were inside. Several bystanders were also in the parking lot.

  • ‘Mack’ McDonald longtime IL fire volunteer, dies at 57

    On the outside, DeWayne “Mack” McDonald could sometimes come across as gruff. 

    But beneath that outer layer was a man who fiercely loved his family, his neighbors and the Indian Land community that he moved to in 1970.

    A diabetic and two-time kidney transplant recipient, McDonald died Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.

  • Local produce drop-offs at Gregory YMCA

    The family-run farm Bush-N-Vine is bringing its Community Supported Agriculture program to Lancaster, with weekly drop-offs at the Gregory YMCA.
    The York-based farm has been in the Hall family for more than 150 years. It started the CSA program in 2010, when Sam Hall returned home after graduating from Clemson University.
    “I needed to bring something to the table,” explained Hall, who runs the farm with his father and is responsible for initiating the program.

  • Price tag for IL rec center comes in slightly under initial estimate

    Civil engineers have projected the cost of remodeling and expanding the Indian Land Recreation Center on U.S. 521 at $4.3 million, about $200,000 less than anticipated.
    The money would come from an $11 million bond referendum that voters could consider in November’s general election if Lancaster County Council approves three readings to have it added to the ballot. First reading of the referendum ordinance passed unanimously June 11.