• Victory Sports

    Now in its fifth year, Victory Sports Camp reached more than 200 kids this week. On Tuesday, about 130 signed up at the Buford High School location, and 80 participated at the Barr Street Learning Center.
    Victory Sports Outreach is a nonprofit Christian ministry that reaches out to local families through sports. The camp lasts one week every summer.

  • Statewide pet push

    Gail Holland’s first day on the job volunteering at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter was life changing, for her and for an 11-year-old beagle named Buddy.
    Lancaster Animal Shelter Supporters of SC has recently been recruiting volunteers to socialize and exercise dogs at the county shelter.
    Although Holland had walked a number of dogs, she took special notice of Buddy.

  • Watermelon Festival events start this weekend

    Pageland’s Watermelon Festival begins this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an emphasis on speed and song.
    On Friday, golfers will try to master the speed of the greens at White Plains Country Club as the captain’s choice tournament returns to the festival.
    The cost is $200 per team of four. Check in is at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at noon.
    On Saturday, it is speed in the air and on the ground.

  • HS waives part of water/sewer fees for nonprofit soup kitchen

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council has voted unanimously to waive $500 of the sewer and tap fees for a 15-year-old nonprofit food bank that wants to build a soup kitchen.
    Larry Kelly of Rainbow Promise Enterprise asked council last month to forgo the entire amount, which could be somewhere between $1,700 and $2,200.

  • Lancaster motorcyclist dies in York Co. crash

    A Lancaster man was killed in a collision last Wednesday on U.S. 21 about 5 miles south of Rock Hill.
    Dedrick Quashanero Strain, 25, died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

  • County EMS staff shortage taking big toll

    With medical calls increasing by the thousands each year, Lancaster County EMS is facing staff shortages caused by looming retirements and other agencies snatching up medics left and right.
    Clay Catoe, Lancaster County EMS director, said he has had some medics retire recently, and at least four more are eligible for retirement by the end of the year – himself included.

  • Costs coming in high on Marvin Rd. project

    INDIAN LAND – Although no Panhandle roads were identified for the state’s 2020 Pavement Improvement Program, some major upgrades are already under way to alleviate congestion in the northern part of the county.
    The Rock Hill, Fort Mill Area Transportation Study, known as RFATS, met last month to discuss some of the big projects in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes, who recently completed a term as chair of the group, said the widening of U.S. 160 is on track to be completed by summer next year.

  • State puts 15 local roads on paving list

    Lancaster County residents will soon see more of their taxes paid at the gas pump going to good use, making our roadways smoother and safer.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation has identified a total of 13.22 miles along 15 different roads in Lancaster County that are targeted for resurfacing as part of the Proposed 2020 Pavement Improvement Program.

  • Another FOIA violation in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – For the fourth time this year, the Heath Springs Town Council has violated the state’s open-meetings law, scheduling a work session for Tuesday evening without the required 24-hour public notice.
    At  9:28 a.m. Tuesday, The Lancaster News received an email from the town clerk regarding a council work session scheduled for 6:30 that evening.

  • IL fire-training facility turns up heat on students

    Thanks to the career center’s firefighting class and a training facility hidden behind Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, Lancaster County now has eight more fully certified firefighters.
    One of the students using the facility, 18-year-old Gage Bell, said it helped him understand the stifling feeling firefighters experience when they enter a burning building.