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Today's News

  • Sheriff casts wider net to find murder suspect

    The hunt is still on for a Heath Springs man charged with the murder of his girlfriend two months ago.
    Derrick Allen McIlwain, 41, is suspected of killing 36-year-old Kimberly Alger, whose body was found outside a vacant Rich Hill home May 28.

  • Mulvaney to speak at GOP gala

    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will be the keynote speaker at the S.C. Republican Party’s upcoming Silver Elephant Gala.
    The 52nd annual event is Aug. 2 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
    “We are proud to welcome Mick back home to South Carolina to celebrate our party and our grassroots leaders and activists,” said Drew McKissick, chairman of the S.C. Republican Party.

  • County OKs cemetery move for gold mine expansion

    Lancaster County Council last week approved the relocation of an abandoned cemetery in Kershaw to allow the proposed expansion of Haile Gold Mine.
    The burial ground, commonly known as the Baker Cemetery, is just south of the existing Haile Gold Mine facility, northeast of the town of Kershaw and at the southern edge of Lancaster County.
    The cemetery lies within the boundaries of property procured by the mine in 2011.

  • Summer storms wreak havoc in county

    Heavy winds and rain left some damage on the outskirts of Lancaster on Monday night, followed by a much broader storm and more destruction Tuesday.
    Lori Grow and her husband were settling in for the night in their Brendale Drive home Monday when they heard the winds pick up and felt their house shake.
    A tree fell on the Grows’ home about 9:30 p.m., right above their living room.

  • 2020 census expected to usher in big changes

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis and S.C. House District 45 Rep. Brandon Newton addressed the Indian Land Action Council on Thursday evening regarding the 2020 census and the significant impact it could have on the political landscape of Lancaster County.
    “Everything is based on your local population count,” Willis said, noting the importance of participation in the census, which will affect federal and state funding, the spread of political power and business trends throughout the county.

  • Four hurt in two shootings

    Four people have been injured in shootings in Lancaster in the past week – one a drive-by shooting and another at a home.
    Two men were injured in the drive-by shooting about 4 a.m. Saturday in Lancaster.
    According to Doug Barfield, spokesman for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, officers responded to an abandoned vehicle on Highway 200 North, near the ramp at the S.C. 9 Bypass.
    The vehicle had apparent bullet holes, Barfield said.
    Deputies found two men with gunshot wounds inside the vehicle.

  • Heath Springs prepares for walkability ratings

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town residents will take to the sidewalks next weekend for a walkability assessment, testing the current infrastructure for safety and accessibility.
    Heath Springs was selected as a walkability/bike-ability town by Eat Smart Move More South Carolina and the Carolina Thread Trail.
    Eat Smart Move More is a nonprofit that promotes community-led change to reduce obesity and create healthy eating and active living options in South Carolina.

  • Computer ‘fire’ in treasurer’s office hampers county system

    There’s a reason why no one answered the Lancaster County Administration Building phones for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.
    The county’s main computer server was taken offline and rebooted after an overnight software update partially failed. And doing that shut down the phone system.
    But it’s now “back up and working fine,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • Maple Leaf: A dream come true

    INDIAN LAND – Christie Pedder always dreamed of having her own farm – a place out in the country where she could grow vegetables, keep horses and escape the tedium of a finance career.
    Her daughter, Mary Thomson, also had a dream – one where horses were the center of her life and not just a hobby.
    In spring 2018, both women’s dreams were realized at Maple Leaf Stables.
    The farm offers boarding, training and horse-riding lessons for ages 6 and up, from beginners to advanced riders.

  • Stonewall Books opens on Main Street

    Mary Richardson’s dream has come true. On Saturday, she opened Stonewall Books at 315 S. Main St. in Lancaster.
    It’s no coincidence that the bookstore’s doors opened July 20, the date of her wedding anniversary.