Today's News

  • Training for tragedy

    Since opening last fall, Van Wyck Elementary School has had its share of rowdy days, but never anything as loud as the last two weeks.
    Hundreds of law officers, EMS workers and firefighters have converged on the school, acting out dozens of active- shooter scenarios. It’s the county’s first multi-agency training to prepare for the kind of mass-casualty event that officials dread the most.

  • HS council violates its policies on 2 big-ticket purchases

    HEATH SPRINGS – Fresh off several open-meetings violations, the Heath Springs Town Council has now disregarded its own purchasing ordinance – not taking the required vote on an $11,300 purchase and neglecting to seek competitive bids on two purchases totaling $19,100.
    Council member Peggy Bowers pointed out the violations during Tuesday night’s council meeting, saying her intent was not to point fingers, but to make sure town ordinances and codes are being followed.

  • Give Local’s final figure up 30% from ’18

    The final totals for Give Local Lancaster’s 2019 campaign were announced Thursday during a celebration luncheon at USC Lancaster.
    The 24-hour giving marathon raised $207,011.39, making 2019 the most successful campaign to date.
    “It gives me great pride to know how our community is able to work together for the common goal to make our community a better place to live,” said Jackie Harris, board chair of the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

  • Special election Tuesday for HS council seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – A special election is set for Tuesday to fill the Heath Springs Town Council seat left vacant by the resignation of Elaine Lehr.
    Lehr resigned her at-large seat in March after serving about 14 months, and the winner will fill the remainder of her four-year term.
    Mary Ann Hudson, Lancaster County’s elections director, noted that the nonpartisan election is only open to the town’s registered voters.
    The lone candidate whose name will appear on the ballot is longtime Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department member Joey Plyler.

  • Kershaw budget includes no tax hike, but water rates up

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously gave final approval to the fiscal 2019-20 budget this week, with no tax increase for property owners but a hike in water rates.
    The $3.8 million budget, which council passed Monday night for the fiscal year that starts July 1, is about $100,000 less than the current budget.
    “We tried to cut where we could and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman.

  • Burglary probe leads to 4 arrests, including drug, weapon charges

    Three Lancaster residents and a Rock Hill man were arrested last week on an assortment of charges including burglary, drug possession and a weapon violation, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported.
    Last Saturday, owners of a home on Flat Creek Road reported that the property had been burglarized during the preceding week and was missing many collectable “picker” items, according to a sheriff’s statement.

  • ILHS student dies from injuries in June 5 wreck

    An Indian Land High School student who was involved in a head-on collision on U.S. 521 earlier this month has died.
    Ethan Wayne Swanner, 17, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center on June 13 as a result of traumatic injuries sustained during the collision eight days earlier, Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said Friday.
    A lineman on the Warriors football team, Swanner was headed east on Possum Hollow Road in a 1965 Ford Mustang shortly before 8 a.m. June 5, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • The man on the tractor was the love of her life

    It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m motoring through the countryside north of Kershaw, looking for Wilma Faile. I have her address but no phone number.
    Tuesday afternoon, I received a letter from her, saying her husband of a quarter century, Ronnie, had passed away unexpectedly in February. Ronnie was the co-star of two of the best letters to the editor I’ve ever published, written by Wilma in 2015 and ’16.
    “I hope you remember me,” the new letter starts. “I’m the Skunk Lady.”

  • Concert series kicks off Friday

    Come out and enjoy an evening of rock, reggae, pop and soul music as a new monthly concert series kicks off Friday at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Local roots-reggae band Sugarshine will perform, as well as the Bring It On Home concert series founder Nick Johnson.
    After living in larger cities, Johnson realized something was missing when he recently returned to his hometown of Lancaster.

  • Man sought in Pageland woman’s fatal shooting

    PAGELAND – Authorities are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Pageland woman that occurred late Wednesday night.
    The victim, 18-year-old Amber Horton, went to the Pageland Police Department after she was shot in a moving car travelling down S.C. 151 south of Pageland, according to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office release.