Today's News

  • Pedestrian struck near USCL

    A pedestrian was struck by a car while crossing Hubbard Drive near the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Arts and Science Building just after noon Monday. Lancaster Police Department blocked off the road and adjacent school parking lots for about 20 minutes, but reopened them about 12:25 p.m. Check back later for details.

    Contact Christopher Sardelli at (803) 416-8416





  • IL business helps Lancaster teen with hearing loss

    Reece Murphy
    Fundraising efforts to help a Lancaster teen with permanent hearing loss were even more successful than organizers hoped, thanks to an unexpected donation from an Indian Land business.
    In May, both Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Zion Church and the Lancaster Fire Department held fundraisers to help Arntearreus “Smiley” Richardson, 17, who is, by all-accounts, an  outstanding young man and member of both the church and the LFD’s Explorer program for youth.

  • To Ellen Cooper, nursing is more than a job a job

    Gregory A. Summers
    WINNSBORO – Registered nurse Ellen Cooper is a perfectionist. She admits to it. And just like most perfectionists, she believes any job worth doing has no shortcuts.
    It’s a quality Cooper, 48, figures she picked up from her parents, Shirley Buckner and the late Bob Buckner.
    “They both had different styles, but it was a trait they had in common,” the Lancaster resident said. “I was a daddy’s girl and Mom was a school teacher. They believed in doing it right.”

  • Smoking, gold mine ordinances back on table

    Christopher Sardelli
    After more than two months off council’s agenda, a county-wide smoking ordinance and several Haile Gold Mine ordinances are back up for discussion at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday night, Aug. 27.
    Council members will discuss first reading of an ordinance prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places and enclosed work areas in the county. Council discussed a draft ordinance in June, but it was postponed pending a review from the county’s Health and Wellness Commission.

  • No show, no pay?

    Jesef Williams
    HEATH SPRINGS – If a council member is absent from a meeting, they may soon have to pay for it.
    Heath Springs Town Council unanimously approved first reading Tuesday, Aug. 21, of an ordinance to withholds a councilman or councilwoman’s pay if he or she misses a regular monthly meeting. The vote was unamimous (5-0).
    The five Heath Springs council members are paid once a year.
    The mayor gets $1,500, the mayor pro tem receives $1,400 annually and the other three members each get $1,300.

  • Continental Tire unveils IL expansion

    Reece Murphy
    Continental Tire of Americas celebrated an expansion of its Corporate Headquarters in Indian Land on Friday, Aug. 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included a significant donation to Lancaster County’s fire departments.
    Continental Tire announced its intentions to expand its North and South American headquarters in the MacMillan Business Park in October.

  • McConnell to visit area aging centers

    Governor’s Office
    Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will travel through Chester, Lancaster, York, and Union counties to visit area nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers while on a Face of Aging tour of the state.
    The purpose of the tour is to assess existing aging services and gather suggestions on improvements from local seniors, adults living with disabilities, families, service providers, caregivers, residents and community leaders. An open forum for public input has also been scheduled for the visit.

  • Don’t amend agendas at meetings

    It is fairly common practice for boards and councils to amend their meeting agendas once a meeting has begun without any objections. From now on, we object to the practice.
    Public bodies are required to give advance notice not less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting. An agenda for any meeting must be posted as well. Essentially, though, public bodies treat agendas as though they are written in pencil, altering them and making additions well into meetings.

  • The case of AWOL state lawmaker

    Rick Brundrett
    The Nerve
    An S.C. House member was paid more than $12,500 in legislative salary and expense reimbursements from January through June, despite racking up unexcused absences for virtually all of the legislative session this year, a review by The Nerve found.
    The chairman of the House Ethics Committee said that while he doesn’t believe Rep. Eric Bikas, R-Pickens, broke any state ethics laws, the 25-year-old first-term lawmaker should not have accepted his state pay, given his unexcused absences during session.

  • Task force busts indoor pot farm

    INDIAN LAND – Rows of pot plants were confiscated and one man was arrested during a bust on a marijuana-growing house in Indian Land on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

    Donny Howard Jackson, 52, 9557 Possum Hollow Road, was arrested on charges of possession of hashish and growing/manufacturing marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Jackson’s arrest came at the end of an intense drug investigation by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force Team.