Today's News

  • ‘Regional gem right in our backyard’

    INDIAN LAND – The span over Twelve Mile Creek, a graceful swinging walkway suspended by cables, is winning awards and drawing praise from hikers along Lancaster County’s section of the Carolina Thread Trail.
    “We have a regional gem right here in our backyard,” said County Planning Director Penelope Karagounis, marveling at the bridge and 3.5-mile walking trail that connect Indian Land’s Walnut Creek subdivision and Waxhaw’s Mill Bridge neighborhood.

  • S.C. ratings for 8 of 20 LCSD schools decline

    S.C. school report cards are out, and the results aren’t flattering for Lancaster County.
    The Lancaster County School District saw eight out of 20 schools’ ratings decline, including three of the four high schools, with nine schools showing no change and two getting a higher rating.
    The state brought back its rating of individual schools – excellent, good, average or below average – in the 2018 report card. The last time the state issued those ratings was in the 2014 report.

  • Bond granted to Kayla Cook

    Kayla Marie Cook, who has spent 11 months in jail awaiting trial in the death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder, was granted bond Thursday after her attorney cited severe health issues.
    Cook, 26, was charged with homicide by child abuse last December and was denied bond in August. Her attorney, Ross Burton, called for another bond hearing because of a change in circumstance, citing Cook’s failing health.

  • County hires for new No. 2 position

    Lancaster County has hired a deputy administrator, a new No. 2 leadership position created in this year’s budget.
    Alison Alexander, town manager and zoning administrator of Laurel Park, N.C., has accepted the job.
    Alexander, 37, has worked for the Henderson County town since 2013. Laurel Park is just west of Hendersonville.

  • Blackmon: Ask hospital for millions in donations

    Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon has an idea for replacing the lost property-tax revenue after Springs Memorial Hospital becomes state property with its sale to the Medical University of South Carolina.
    Let’s ask the hospital’s current owner, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, and the new owner for millions of dollars in donations to the city, she said at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

  • Trucks crash, burn along S.C. 522

    Billows of smoke were visible for miles Thursday afternoon after two trucks collided on S.C. 522 near Hinson’s Trading Post.
    An 18-wheeler and a Lynches River power truck, heading south on 522, ran off the left side of the road into a ditch after one of them ran into the other. Both vehicles immediately caught fire.
    “Luckily, both drivers were able to get out before they were injured,” Lancaster County firefighter Sam Plyler said.

  • Clinton Elementary robotics team takes Judges Award

    From release

    Clinton Elementary School’s 21st Century Royal Slayers Robotics Team won the Rising Star Judges Award at the 2018 First Lego League Tournament on Nov. 17.
    “This is a very young, determined, and focused team,” the judges said. “This team is very knowledgeable but had some challenges that they faced.  I believe in a few years, they will be a team that we all will remember.”
    The Royal Slayers competed in the qualifying tournament on Nov. 17 at Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill. 

  • Local author publishes 2nd kids’ book

    Local author and illustrator Navah Rae Adams has published her second children’s book, “The Fallen Unicorn,” which tells the story of Crystal, a young unicorn, and her adventures after turning into a horse.
    The book follows Adams’ first publication, “Finding a Job for Comet,” another horsey-tale about a little pony who tries to find its purpose.
    After growing up in the small equestrian town of Sewickley, Pa., Adams went on to study graphic design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

  • Coming Events

    Week Ahead

    Dementia caregiver support group meets

    A dementia caregiver support group meets at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Ann S. Taylor Municipal Building, 103 Duncan St., Heath Springs. The next meeting is Dec. 12. 

  • Church News

    Week Ahead

    Zion UMC free community meal 

    Zion United Methodist Church, 1665 Zion Road, Lancaster, has a free community meal at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. The next meal is Dec. 12.

    Iron Sharpens Iron men’s meeting