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Today's News

  • Overdose frequency quickens in March

    Lancaster County had about 30 non-fatal opioid overdoses in the first two months of this year, but the pace has roughly doubled this month, averaging about one a day.
    Six overdoses have resulted in deaths so far this year, a much faster rate than last year, when there were 15 cases, said Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    Deese said the fatalities have been spread all over the county.

  • Charity trek to base of Everest

    INDIAN LAND – Tim Old nearly choked on his drink.
    He and wife Amelia were dining out when she broached the idea of hiking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity.
    “My first reaction was disbelief and shock,” he recalls. “It wasn’t something that would ever come to mind.”
    As a freelance travel writer, Amelia is known for her adventurous spirit. She shares tales of her philanthropic-focused trips on her blog Passports from the Heart.

  • To recycle plastic and glass, paying N.C. only option

    If you’re an environmentally conscious Lancaster County resident who wants to recycle glass and plastic, your only remaining option is across the state line and comes at a cost.
    Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County allows non-county residents to drop off recyclables.
    “Lancaster residents may self-haul their recycling to the Foxhole Full Service Convenience Center,” said Jeffrey Smithberger, Mecklenburg County’s solid waste management director.

  • City’s chief computer geek shows his Cajun roots with new venture

    Jarvis Driggers, the city of Lancaster’s IT director, lives in a world of sophisticated hardware and finicky programs – the go-to guy when municipal computers get the hiccups.
    But when he can tear himself away from the keyboard, Driggers employs a radically different set of skills, chopping up ingredients and creating exciting flavors for his favorite Cajun dishes.

  • Heath Springs’ Drakeford finishes advanced training

    From release

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council member Iva Drakeford has graduated from the Advanced Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government.
    Graduates received their certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Hometown Legislative Action Day.
    The association established the Advanced Institute in 2014 to provide elected officials with continuing education through classroom instruction and interaction with experienced peers.

  • Driver hits school bus, flees the scene

    A Lancaster school bus was involved in a hit-and-run accident less than an hour after leaving A.R. Rucker Middle School on Friday afternoon.
    According to Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, a vehicle backed into the open doors of the bus shortly after it had dropped off students at Rock Street and Chesterfield Avenue in Lancaster.
    Two A.R. Rucker students were still on board Bus 19 when the incident occurred, but no serious injuries were reported, Vaughn said.

  • Be on lookout for invasive fig buttercup flowers

    Spring is in the air! Unfortunately, that means pollen, itchy eyes, runny noses and, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, an invasive plant species trying to take over.
    SCDNR is asking the public for help in locating outbreaks of the fig buttercup, whose tiny, yellow flowers resemble the non-invasive butterweed, but is causing a lot more ruckus.
    SCDNR Assistant Botanist Herrick Brown said the fig buttercup flowers fight other plant life for space, which ultimately could threaten the state’s ecosystem.

  • Panthers coming south?

    At Wednesday’s big press event, York and Lancaster counties both got shout-outs as possible sites for a relocated Carolina Panthers headquarters and practice facility, but York seemed to be several strides ahead.
    Lancaster officials were caught a bit off guard by Gov. Henry McMaster’s press conference, which was attended by a bevy of York County politicians. County Administrator Steve Willis said he was aware that discussions between the state and the team began a few months ago, but he hasn’t heard anything since.

  • Possessing a gun gets local man 9½ years in federal pen

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man with a long criminal record was sentenced to nearly a decade in federal prison Wednesday on one count of illegally possessing a gun.
    Jamarcus Dontaye Patterson, 36, received a 9½-year prison term from U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
    The office of U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon prosecuted the case as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm violations.

  • Church cheers overachiever Corey Pope on 30th birthday

    FORT LAWN – In a packed sanctuary at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Corey Pope took the stage with microphone in hand and belted out the lyrics to “I Am Redeemed.”
    “Where there is hate, love now abides. Where there was confusion, peace now reigns,” he sang. “I’m a child, child of the King. It’s all because I am redeemed.”
    Wanda Sirk watched her son in awe. Nearly three decades ago, doctors said he would never walk or talk. Yet there he stood, leading a congregation in song.