Today's News

  • We do! Again!

    Don and Brandy Geraghty celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary in an extra-special way this week.
    On a sunny Wednesday evening at Benford Brewing Co., the couple stood up in front of friends and family, with their three children beside them, and renewed the vows they made to each other 16 years ago.
    The laid-back, happy event not only paid tribute to the Geraghtys’ love story, but also their passion for community, and of course, craft beer.

  • County gets $807K federal opioid grant

    Lancaster County has received an $807,000 federal grant to expand its pioneering program that sends teams of deputies, paramedics and mental-health workers into the homes of opioid abusers, trying to enroll them in treatment programs.
    The infusion of funding, called the 1st Responders Grant, was one of two grants awarded Monday to S.C. recipients by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The second grant – $1.97 million – went to the Medical University of South Carolina for drug-addiction research.

  • Annual 9/11 tribute
  • Parent charged with assaulting schoolteacher

    A Fort Lawn woman turned herself in to authorities Saturday and was charged with assaulting a teacher in a classroom at Southside Early Childhood Development Center.
    Jasmine Shonquelle Cousar, 26, was charged with third-degree assault and battery, and creating a school disturbance.
    According to Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District, Cousar was dropping off her child Thursday when the incident occurred.

  • County creating animal-shelter advisory board

    With a new $3 million animal shelter under construction, county leaders will create a panel of volunteers who will make recommendations to help iron out any issues involving animal care in the county.
    The goal of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter Advisory Board will be to provide county council members and county workers with the information needed “to further the goals of improving care and outcomes for sheltered animals.”
    Related issues include animal-care ordinances, shelter improvements and developing stronger ties with animal-rescue groups.

  • Brush fire gets out of control, burns 8 acres

    Firefighters fought an 8-acre brush fire for more than three hours Monday afternoon in scorching temperatures.
    The blaze broke out about 2 p.m. off J.B. Denton Road in Lancaster.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said it started when a burning brush pile got out of control.
    McDonald Green and Belltown volunteer firefighters, along with members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue, were on-scene battling the flames for nearly three and a half hours in the scorching heat. The heat index was approaching 100 degrees at the time, Rogers said.

  • Lancaster man dies in crash

    A Lancaster man died early Sunday morning when his pickup truck veered into the path of a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. 601 west of Pageland.
    Jordan Kyle Hinson, 26, was driving east on U.S. 601 at about 7 a.m. when he crossed the centerline, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    The other driver, Christopher Thomas Young, 40, of Greenville, swerved to try to avoid a collision, but Hinson struck the truck head-on, according to Miller.
    Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Hinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • GOP cancels S.C. primary for president

    The S.C. Republican Party’s executive committee voted Saturday to forgo the state GOP’s 2020 presidential primary, one day before former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford declared his candidacy.

  • Norrell wins House conservation award

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell was thrilled this week to receive an award that is very important to her.
    The Lancaster Democrat, who represents S.C. House District 44, received the House Conservation Leadership Award, along with Rep. Nathan Ballentine of Irmo, from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina.
    The awards will be presented at the 11th annual Green Tie Luncheon Sept. 18 in Columbia.

  • Mission trip to Kenya

    A Lancaster County teacher stepped outside her comfort zone in July by traveling to Kenya, bringing home unforgettable memories and a new lease on life.
    Jill Laney, a 20-year schoolteacher at Erwin Elementary School, went on a mission trip to Kenya July 29. She said it had always been her dream to make the trip, and she connected with the locals in ways she never imagined.