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Today's News

  • Life sentence in McLemore murder

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to life without chance for parole late Thursday in the September 2017 murder of Joel McLemore on 16th Street.
    With chains wrapping his midsection and his wrists, 31-year-old Demarcus Obrien Foster turned to address McLemore’s family before Circuit Judge Roger Henderson passed sentence.

  • Preserving Van Wyck charm

    Van Wyck, the quiet hamlet at the base of the booming Panhandle, will soon have an economic expansion of its own – but one fitting to its history and scale.
    Karen Andrade, an architect and business developer from Waxhaw, has bought three historic homes in the heart of town and is renovating them, hoping to open a restaurant, a salon and another building that might house several businesses.
    The owner of Bene Properties has been investing in real estate for over 30 years, and when she stumbled upon Van Wyck, she knew she had found something special.

  • Honeycutt pulls out of Democratic Party, citing shift to left

    Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt is no longer a Democrat.
    Honeycutt, elected to his fourth term in 2018, informed the local party Thursday that he was leaving. In an interview, the 81-year-old said he doesn’t plan to run for office again or join another political party. 

  • New federal funds at 2 senior centers means no closings

    The Heath Springs and Kershaw senior centers, threatened with closure after a $50,000 budget cut last year, have been saved by an infusion of $157,000 in additional funding.
    “We’re very thankful to the Catawba Area Agency on Aging to be able to come back with funding,” said Sally Sherrin, executive director of the Lancaster County Council on Aging. “We just said hallelujah and thank you!”

  • City council discusses goals for Lancaster

    During a recent special meeting, Lancaster City Council discussed its goals for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
    Jeff Shacker, a field service manager with the Municipal Association of South Carolina, facilitated the group goal-setting session with a process called MoSCoW — an acronym for Must, Should, Could and Wish.

  • He made recreation possible for 3 generations in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – A photo of Marion Boan has hung inside the Stevens Park bowling alley for almost 25 years.
    Now, his name is going on the building.
    Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously Monday to rename the town’s recreation hub at Stevens Park as the Marion O. Boan Community Center.

  • 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.

  • Come on, people!

    KERSHAW – Scattered trash, discarded lumber, rusty barrels and abandoned furniture have become a perpetual eyesore along streets in the east mill village just north of town.
    The blighted area, full of debris-clogged ditches alongside overgrown vacant lots, will get a much-needed cleanup starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Church congregations and other volunteers – including some from the neighborhood, organizers hope – will be out putting litter in its place.
    Kershaw-area landscaper Darren Sowell calls it a good place to start.    

  • Indian Land QT sells $2M lottery ticket

    INDIAN LAND – Three Powerball players in South Carolina woke up as millionaires this morning, and one of those tickets, worth $2 million, was sold at QuickTrip in Indian Land.
    The South Carolina Education Lottery reported two tickets worth $2 million and one ticket worth $1 million were sold for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing featuring a $550 million jackpot.
    Jonathan Gonia, store manager of the QuickTrip at 9565 Charlotte Highway – the one just south of S.C. 160 – said Powerball ticket sales recently increased.

  • Kershaw shifts unused playground equipment to W. Church St. area

    KERSHAW – The “little green playground” at Stevens Park is getting a new home.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Monday to move the playground equipment that’s behind the Stevens Park pavilion to the Marion Street Park complex.
    “That one doesn’t get much use anymore,” Town Administrator Mitch Lucas said.
    The small playground was installed in 2017 as a stopgap measure when the park’s main playground was deemed unsafe and there was a delay while the town decided how to replace the equipment.