Today's News

  • Springs Memorial Hospital sold to MUSC


    Springs Memorial Hospital, along three other S.C. hospitals, has been sold to the Medical University of South Carolina based in Charleston.

    The purchase price was not disclosed.

  • Hugs and tears for Air Force vet, her 2 girls

    Erwin Elementary staff conspired to get sisters Ahriana Gillings, 10, and Autumn Simon, 5, into the same classroom Monday morning, sitting side-by-side on the floor reading a book.
    It was time for an unexpected Thanksgiving homecoming.
    In walked their mom, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jequisha Simon, wearing crisp fatigues and a tearful smile. She hadn’t seen her girls in eight months.
    “Ahriana,” Simon called.

  • Straight ‘saved so many from tragedy’

    Hundreds of firefighters and other emergency personnel filed into Second Baptist Church on Saturday, along with friends and family of Dennis Straight, to honor the assistant fire chief.
    Straight, 59, was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 on Nov. 7. He was the assistant chief at Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department and had worked there for 20 years. He was also an active community volunteer in Van Wyck, where he lived, and at Andrew Jackson State Park.

  • Another 1,000-job prospect on radar

    Another company is eyeing Lancaster County for a corporate headquarters/customer service center that could create almost 1,000 high-paying jobs by 2024.
    Dubbed “Project Mustang” by Lancaster County Economic Development, the company is looking at multiple locations in the Charlotte area, including one here.
    “Mustang is Indian Land focused. That’s all I can say about the specifics at this time,” said Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.

  • We’re Top 10 in the country at attracting business talent

    A new national study ranks Lancaster County one of the Top 10 small counties in the nation for luring the best and brightest workers.
    Lancaster placed ninth nationwide for drawing new residents, new jobs, skilled workers and developing a more skilled and better-educated workforce, according to the third-annual Talent Attraction Scorecard published by labor-market researcher Economic Modeling LLC, also known as Emsi. The county was in the 5,000-99,000 population category.

  • Hwy 55 owner, employees reach out to victims of Indian Land fire

    Local restaurateur Jason Hall is giving back to his community one family at a time – most recently, the victims of a devastating fire in Indian Land.
    Hall owns two Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries restaurants, one in Indian Land and one in Lancaster. Both locations often feature “percentage nights,” where for one night, a percentage of all revenues go to a charity, a church or a family in need.

  • Police probing alleged threat by LHS student

    A Lancaster High School student was removed from school Friday following a threat allegedly made that afternoon, and LHS parents were notified via ConnectEd over the weekend.
    “We had a student in the class Friday make reference to a threat. [The student] implied that there would be some type of violence on Monday,” school district Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said Monday. “At this point, the student has been removed from school and is going through the expulsion process, and law enforcement is investigating the criminal side of it.”

  • 3rd arrest in Kings Circle shooting

    A third arrest has been made and one suspect is still being sought in the Nov. 1 Kings Circle shooting that wounded a homeowner.
    Malcolm Eugene Belk, 28, was taken into custody by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit on Nov. 15 after they found him at a home on Elm Street in Lancaster. He was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Lancaster man guilty on federal charges

    Jamarcus Dontaye Patterson, 35, of Lancaster has pleaded guilty to weapons charges in federal court and faces up to a decade behind bars.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Saturday that Patterson pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition after evidence was presented against him.
    Patterson faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release.

  • Ruptured water main shuts both AJ schools

    Two water-main breaks along U.S. 521 shut down Andrew Jackson middle and high schools Friday morning, after both schools were left without water.
    District Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said students were dismissed at 10:30 a.m., and parents were notified via the Remind app.
    “There’s just no way we can operate without water, so we made the decision to let students out early,” Vaughn said.
    The first break was about a third of a mile north of the schools on U.S. 521, and the second break was about a quarter of a mile south of AJHS.