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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Guest Column: Secrecy abounds in Santee Cooper bidding process

    The taxpayer tab for a global consulting firm hired last year to help a legislatively controlled study committee on the possible sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper has grown to more than $735,000 – and it’s unclear whether that’s the final bill.
    Meanwhile, the S.C. Department of Administration is being tight-lipped about the process – likely to cost millions – it will use to evaluate bids and proposals for the sale or management of the Moncks Corner-based utility.

  • Guest Column: Born this way: Glad to have employer who welcomes all

    I’ll never forget her storming into Starbucks dripping wet from the rain.
    She had just bought two gift cards from me at the drive-through window. I had taken extra time to gather several different gift cards to offer her a good selection to pick from.
    She marched to the front register asking for a refund. I asked as I passed by what was wrong. She said, “I don’t need them anymore.”

  • New Creighton’s ice cream shop in heart of town

    Family-run business Creighton’s Creamery opened an ice cream shop in downtown Kershaw on Sunday and was swarmed by customers seeking sweet treats and delectable delights.
    The business, owned and run by locals Adam and Cady Eubanks, started out as an ice cream truck that catered weddings, festivals and corporate events. But demand for the couple’s homemade ice cream led them to find a more permanent location in their hometown.
    “We saw a building and jumped at the chance,” Cady Eubanks said Tuesday.

  • Wing King Café closing Aug. 19

    Within six hours of Wing King Café announcing the closing of its Lancaster location on Facebook, more than 500 people posted comments.
    The restaurant, on S.C. 9 Bypass East, opened nearly 10 years ago and has been a local hot spot ever since. Co-owner Brad Hartley said his landlord sold the property and the new owners gave him three months to vacate, so Wing King Café will close its doors on Aug. 19. But Hartley hopes to reopen soon at another Lancaster location.

  • Camp Broadway brings out stars

    Local aspiring performer Gavin Mahoney, 16, joined music legend Cyndi Lauper at Carnegie Hall on April 29.
    Mahoney, now a junior at Indian Land High School, performed with Camp Broadway during the New York Pops 36th anniversary party.
    The party honored Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning musician Cyndi Lauper and media executive Ken Lowe, former CEO of Scripps Network.

  • Visit county farms during Ag+Art Tour this weekend

    Cherry Doster
    See Lancaster, SC

    The annual Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour will kick off this Friday at the picturesque farm that is home to Benford Brewing Co., with live music, cooking demos, 5-K, food trucks, craft brews, artisans, vendors and outdoor family games from 6 to 10 p.m.