Today's News

  • City OKs budget with big pay hikes

    Pay raises to attract and retain employees are the big theme of Lancaster’s $27 million fiscal 2018-19 budget, which city council approved unanimously Tuesday night.
    The budget contains longevity raises for all employees, plus additional hikes for police officers and firefighters, all designed to make the city more competitive with salaries at nearby county and municipal governments, said City Administrator Flip Hutfles.

  • Karla Deese state’s top coroner

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese has been named the S.C. Coroner’s Association’s 2018 Coroner of the Year.
    “I was certainly surprised and very honored to receive the award,” Deese said Thursday. “I wake up every day with the drive and passion to make a difference, and it was very unexpected for that to be recognized on the state level.”
    Deese has worked at the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office for 13 years, but was only elected coroner a year and a half ago.

  • Parnell on damage-control tour

    Archie Parnell hunkered down to survive last month after news broke about a 1973 domestic-violence incident, and he easily won the Democratic nomination for the 5th District congressional seat two weeks ago.
    Now the Sumter native is crisscrossing the 11-county district in a personal damage-control tour, trying to get his hobbled campaign back on track.

  • Woman snatches money from Crenco cash register

    Lancaster Police Department is seeking information on a woman who robbed one convenience store late Tuesday night and attempted to rob another early Wednesday morning.
    According to a statement from the police department, the woman was wearing a gray pullover jacket, black ball cap, black shorts and flip-flops when she went into Crenco on S.C. 9 Bypass. She took money from the register and an unknown number of lottery tickets. The clerk attempted to follow her out of the store, and the woman told the clerk her husband was waiting outside with a gun.

  • Column: Pets and fireworks are not a good mix

    With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks.
    With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.
    Phantom Fireworks asks that you please be mindful of the following tips:
    ◆ Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

  • Column: Despite Parnell’s long-ago wrong, Norman is bigger threat to women

    I struggled with my decision to vote for Archie Parnell as the Democratic candidate in the 5th Congressional District.
    The revelation of his domestic violence incident was a surprise, and I had to rethink all that I knew about Mr. Parnell. I reviewed information on the other candidates and concluded that Mr. Parnell was still the best candidate and had the best chance to beat Republican incumbent Ralph Norman in the November election.  

  • Firework sales blow up for July 4

    The aisles and registers at Phantom Fireworks in Indian Land were quiet Tuesday morning, but that won’t last for long.

    From mom-and-pop stands to large year-round marts such as Phantom, an Ohio-based chain, the approaching July 4th holiday is the silly season for fireworks retailers.

    Sitting in her office, assistant manager Andrea Carrigan said the store, located at 9999 Charlotte Highway, is expecting tons of business over the next week for herself and the store’s 34 other peak-season employees.

  • 2nd suspect is charged in Harris Teeter hit-and-run

    A second suspect is behind bars facing a felony charge in connection with an April hit-and-run that seriously injured a 41-year-old Indian Land businessman and his 4-year-old son.

    Isaiah Ray Staley, 21, of Fort Mill was arrested June 11 and remains in the Mecklenburg County jail pending a $5,000 bond on a charge of a passenger fleeing an accident involving injury or death, according to jail records.

  • 2 outdoor-cooking fires damage IL homes

    Two Indian Land homes suffered significant damage this week after outdoor-cooking equipment was left unattended and caught fire.
    The first fire occurred just before 6 p.m. Monday and started when a propane-gas grill was left on outside a home in Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the propane tank did not explode, but a safety valve, designed to keep the tank from exploding, began to release pressure and ignited too close to the home.

  • Building fire temporarily shuts down Heath Springs dumpster site

    HEATH SPRINGS – Fire gutted the attendants’ building at the county’s dumpster site in Heath Springs on Saturday, and the site will be closed until a temporary building is moved in – probably Thursday afternoon.
    No one was hurt, but the 8- by 12-foot building at the convenience site, which contained an office/break room and restroom for the employees, was destroyed.