Today's News

  • Abortion, guns and medical marijuana off the table in ’19

    Several high-profile bills fell short of the crossover deadline in the South Carolina 2019 legislative session.
    The crucial deadline, April 10, is the last day a bill can pass out of one chamber and move forward to the other during the five-month session.
    Although it’s possible for these bills to still pass, it’s unlikely – especially without considerable bipartisan support. They may pass when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

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  • Kershaw moving to 4-day trash pickup

    KERSHAW – Big changes are coming to the way the town of Kershaw collects garbage to make it run smoother and reduce overall costs.
    Beginning April 29, depending on where you live in town, your trash could be picked up on a different day.
    And by May 17, customers who live outside the town limits will have to find a commercial hauler to pick up their trash. The town is not going to do it anymore.
    Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman called the changes a business decision that makes the town’s garbage service more efficient and less expensive.

  • Plyler files for seat on Heath Springs Town Council

    With a special election looming this summer, only one man has stepped up to fill the spot Elaine Lehr left vacant when she stepped down from Heath Springs Town Council last month.
    Joey C. Plyler, 43, said he has always had an interest in what goes on in his hometown of Heath Springs and he is eager to make it an even better place to live.

  • Heath Springs aims to ‘Get Healthy…Stay Healthy’

    HEATH SPRINGS – Up until now, the signature event for the town of Heath Springs has been its annual July 4 celebration.
    That may be about to change as the town will host its inaugural “Get Healthy…Stay Healthy” Mega Health and Wellness Fair on April 27. The health fair is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ann S. Taylor Municipal Building (town hall).
    The idea to host a health fair stemmed from a January conversation that Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore had with the S.C. Office of Rural Health.

  • Ladies, this is your chance to dress up

    Dozens of women, young and old, will dress in their Sunday best as they eat, sip tea and bid on items April 28 at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts (LCCA) Ladies Night Out Sunday Afternoon Tea.

  • Kershaw Citizen of the Year a ‘doer’

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce named Alan Sims as the town’s Citizen of the Year at its annual banquet April 9 at the country club.
    Sims, a social studies teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School who also writes part time for the Kershaw News Era, is heavily involved in the community. His wife, Christina, is a teacher at North Central High School. They have a son, Sailor, 3.

  • Planning commission says no to IL subdivision

    The preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Patterson Preserve along Harrisburg and Barberville roads in Indian Land did not receive approval Tuesday from the Lancaster County Planning Commission.
    The proposed development would turn more than 100 acres of open and wooded land, with several streams and wetlands, into 181 single-family home lots.

  • County hires new planning director

    Lancaster County’s new planning director reported to his first day of work on Monday.
    Rox Burhans comes from Indian Trail, N.C., where he has served as planning director since November 2011. He said with the help of a strong and talented team in Indian Trail, he managed major rewrites of the town’s comprehensive plan and unified development ordinance, which developed better tools to respond to the high level of growth in the area.

  • Double blazes keep firefighters busy

    County firefighters were slammed with back-to-back fires Wednesday night, with one of the homes a total loss.
    The first fire happened a few minutes before 8 p.m. at a home on Sunnybrook Lane. With just a small grease fire in the kitchen, the damage was contained to just the one room, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said.
    While cleaning up from the first blaze, Camp Creek, Antioch and Shiloh-Zion volunteer firefighters were called out to another fire just three miles away.

  • Multiple charges leveled after scuffle ends in gunfire

    Eight people were arrested following a shooting at a John Street home last week, where multiple drugs were found by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Dustin Eric Cauthen, 29, of Kershaw, and Tyler Lee Smith, 22, of Lancaster are both charged with three counts of attempted murder in the shooting, although no one appears to have been injured in the incident.