Today's News

  • Continental Tire unveils IL expansion

    Reece Murphy
    Continental Tire of Americas celebrated an expansion of its Corporate Headquarters in Indian Land on Friday, Aug. 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included a significant donation to Lancaster County’s fire departments.
    Continental Tire announced its intentions to expand its North and South American headquarters in the MacMillan Business Park in October.

  • McConnell to visit area aging centers

    Governor’s Office
    Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will travel through Chester, Lancaster, York, and Union counties to visit area nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers while on a Face of Aging tour of the state.
    The purpose of the tour is to assess existing aging services and gather suggestions on improvements from local seniors, adults living with disabilities, families, service providers, caregivers, residents and community leaders. An open forum for public input has also been scheduled for the visit.

  • Don’t amend agendas at meetings

    It is fairly common practice for boards and councils to amend their meeting agendas once a meeting has begun without any objections. From now on, we object to the practice.
    Public bodies are required to give advance notice not less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting. An agenda for any meeting must be posted as well. Essentially, though, public bodies treat agendas as though they are written in pencil, altering them and making additions well into meetings.

  • The case of AWOL state lawmaker

    Rick Brundrett
    The Nerve
    An S.C. House member was paid more than $12,500 in legislative salary and expense reimbursements from January through June, despite racking up unexcused absences for virtually all of the legislative session this year, a review by The Nerve found.
    The chairman of the House Ethics Committee said that while he doesn’t believe Rep. Eric Bikas, R-Pickens, broke any state ethics laws, the 25-year-old first-term lawmaker should not have accepted his state pay, given his unexcused absences during session.

  • Task force busts indoor pot farm

    INDIAN LAND – Rows of pot plants were confiscated and one man was arrested during a bust on a marijuana-growing house in Indian Land on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

    Donny Howard Jackson, 52, 9557 Possum Hollow Road, was arrested on charges of possession of hashish and growing/manufacturing marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Jackson’s arrest came at the end of an intense drug investigation by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force Team.

  • Conservation district names McCauley as top farmer

    When Jack McCauley walks up to the pasture gate on his farm, the mooing stops and every head turns in his direction.

    “Here girls,” he yells as he swings open the gate. “Let’s go.”

    Almost as if he were a pied piper, 22 cows follow McCauley through two gates and into another small pasture covered in almost waist-high native switchgrass. It took McCauley almost two years to get the pasture looking like that.

    But it was worth it, he said. Two of his calves recently sold for more than he expected.

  • Vaughn: Buford High student mistakenly brings two rifles to school

    Authorities say a Buford High School student did the right thing this week, but was still arrested and will be held accountable for mistakenly having two hunting rifles in his truck in the school parking lot on Monday, Aug. 20. 

    Joshua Aaron Horne, 17, 1084 Tryon St., was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm on school property, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • County’s jobless rate dips

    Lancaster County saw a drop in its unemployment rate last month, though state and national numbers went in the opposite direction.

    The county’s July jobless rate was 12.7 percent, a drop from the 12.9 percent it posted in June. The county’s July 2011 rate was 13.9.

    Last month, of the 30,593 people in Lancaster County’s workforce, 3,874 of them were unemployed, according to figures recently released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

  • United Way seeks participants for annual community garden

    The United Way of Lancaster County (UWLC) is seeking participants for the Lancaster County Community Garden.

    Now in its fourth year, the community garden is near the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department at 260 Plantation Road.  

    Garden sites will be provided free for participants to grow their own produce. Free seeds and plants will be provided. 

    Applications are available at the United Way of Lancaster County office, 109 S. Wylie St. For more information, call (803) 283-8923 or email garden@uwaylcsc.org.

  • A modern medical marvel

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    GREAT FALLS – It has been six months since Ashley Whittle was seriously injured in an industrial accident, and for 24-year-old Whittle, it’s a day she’ll never forget.

    Whittle had worked at Morcon, a manufacturer of paper products, for almost four months when the unexpected happened. She was still in training and her job was to pack and box products made at the facility.

    Whittle’s long, dark hair fell to the middle of her back so she kept it pulled up in a ponytail at work.