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Today's News

  • Apology follows secret HS meeting

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs landscaping drama has taken another twist, with town council holding an emergency meeting Wednesday without the required public notice, then issuing a written apology to contractor Darren Sowell. 
    Mayor Eddie Moore issued a letter Thursday, apologizing to Sowell for any negative comments by town officials about his work or billing practices. The town last October fired Sowell, who has had the town’s landscaping contract since 2012, but it rehired him Feb. 28.

  • Suit settled for $507K in inmate’s ’14 suicide

    A settlement of more than half a million dollars has been paid to the family of an inmate who killed himself while at the Lancaster County Detention Center in May 2014.
    Randy William Stevens, 44, had been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest the night of May 19, 2014. He hanged himself with a bedsheet that night or the early morning of May 20, during a period when one correctional officer slept on duty and another left the facility for personal business, according to court documents.

  • Fatal stretch of U.S. 21, ‘the forgotten road,’ gets little DOT attention

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    FORT LAWN – Fire Chief Allen Culp calls the 3-mile stretch of U.S. 21 north of Fort Lawn “the forgotten road.”
    The March 11 logging-truck wreck that killed an Indian Land motorcyclist at that location has once again brought attention to a highway that needs a desperate fix.
    “Considering this is a United States highway, you would think that the federal government or the state government would have some way to repair it,” Culp said.

  • Column: Thanking those who got Kershaw new library site

    In 2014, voters approved a sales-tax increase that provided $8 million to make much-needed improvements to the three library branches in Lancaster County.
    Recently, county council voted unanimously to purchase the Wells Fargo building in Kershaw so the library could be moved to the center of downtown, providing a location that will be safer and more convenient for the Kershaw area.
    I would like to acknowledge the people who helped make this possible.

  • Column: FDR failed to pack high court, and Democrats will fail today

    The frustration of some in the Democratic Party has been manifest this year as they try to gain traction by packing the U.S. Supreme Court and changing the Constitution.
    Flush with victory when their party took control of the U.S. House in the November 2018 election, these Democrats have proposed some radical changes that they now see will go nowhere as long as the president and the Senate can block their extreme left ideas.

  • NY jazz with a connection to Lancaster

    Whatever you call it – straight ahead, cool, smooth or hot – jazz is coming to Lancaster.
    The Paul Sanwald Jazz Quartet, based out of New York, will be performing at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center. This time, the music will be “straight ahead,” a sound born of the classic jazz quartet – tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Lancaster will get to hear a mix of original jazz compositions, some brand new, all written by quartet leader Paul Sanwald, with additional selections by familiar names like Cole Porter.

  • Ex-Lancaster residents helping relief efforts in Indonesian disaster

    Former Lancaster residents Melinda and Dano Whited and their seven kids have endured a catastrophic few weeks in Indonesia.
    The couple work for a nonprofit in Sentani, where they are helping with massive relief efforts after more than 20 inches of rain fell in five nights.
    Whited said the season had already been extremely wet, but the heavy downpours began March 16.

  • Watercrest assisted living under construction in IL

    Watercrest Senior Living Group is bringing more top-tier senior housing and amenities to Indian Land, with the construction of Watercrest Assisted Living and Memory Care.
    The site is just off Jim Wilson Road, between the Promenade at Carolina Reserve and The Greens, a 198-unit townhome development under construction by Lennar.
    The 107-unit, resort-style senior living community broke ground in February and is expected to open in early 2020.

  • Man injured in Zion Road shooting

    A man was injured Monday in a shooting on Zion Road in the Unity community.
    The man’s identity and age have not been released, but Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said the man was shot in the wrist shortly after 8 a.m. on Zion Road near Kneebo Road.
    While it is a serious injury, it is non-fatal and doctors “have a handle on it,” Barfield said Monday afternoon.
    The victim was transferred to another medical facility outside Lancaster early Monday.

  • Main St. rail-crossing improvement delayed

    Cars will continue rattling across the railroad crossing on Lancaster’s South Main Street through August due to delayed contract negotiations.
    Funded jointly by the L&C Railroad and the S.C. Department of Transportation, the project was tentatively planned for completion by April 15.
    Gulf & Ohio Railways Vice Chairman Doc Claussen said the project involves relocating the crossing approximately 200 feet northeast on South Main Street, adjacent to an existing concrete crossing currently equipped with signals.