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Today's News

  • 'Hey, I can do this!'

    Seven days a week, Andrew Plyler opens his business in the front yard of the house he grew up in, setting up his portable gazebo, laying out his supplies, packing his cooler with bags of ice.
    His company T-shirt reads “Andrew’s Snow Cones,” and a big sign lists his 48 flavors. He turns up the country music and awaits his first customer. His ear-to-ear smile requires no preparation.

  • Cook denies killing Lilly, her lawyer points finger at the father

    Kayla Cook took the witness stand in her own defense Friday, testifying about the events of Dec. 18, 2017, that led to the death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.
    Cook, who is on trial for homicide by child abuse, denied prosecutors’ accusation that she beat Lilly to death.
    "I refuse to be charged with something I did not commit," she told jurors on the fifth day of her trial at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

  • Adornus Cabinetry moving into Duracell plant

    A high-end cabinet maker will bring its main manufacturing operation and corporate headquarters to Lancaster, moving into the former Duracell building and starting operations in the next three months.
    The S.C. Commerce Department announced Thursday that privately held Adornus Cabinetry will occupy the 349,000-square-foot plant on S.C. 9 Bypass West, the county’s largest vacant factory. The company plans to invest more than $10 million and create 210 jobs here that pay more than $15 an hour.

  • Buford Elementary postpones Thursday’s school wide open house

    The scheduled school wide open house set for Thursday evening at Buford Elementary School has been postponed because of traffic/safety concerns along that stretch of North Rocky River Road.
    Workers are still finishing the traffic loop and parking improvements. 

  • Lancaster native Mary Ann Claud schedules book reading at USCL

    From release
    Lancaster native and author Mary Ann Claud is coming to USC Lancaster next month for a reading from her new novel, “Alex Dances,” the third and final installment of her well-received trilogy.
    The family saga of the Wards and Brunsons, builders and heirs of a fabled Southern textile empire, comes to a fantastic end in “Alex Dances.” The novel was released by Lystra Books this past March.

  • CrossRidge picks designer, contractor for office project

    INDIAN LAND – Design and development firms have signed on to create the high-end office building that CrossRidge Center is planning near the new YMCA site in Indian Land.
    When government officials gathered May 31 to break ground on the Upper Palmetto YMCA, CrossRidge Center chief operating officer Ben Cerullo announced plans to develop a 75,000-square-foot Class A office building as part of the CrossRidge Center complex.

  • Comporium offers faster internet in Kershaw, Heath Springs areas

    Comporium customers in Kershaw and Heath Springs will soon have access to internet download speeds significantly faster than the national average.
    Comporium plans to complete a system upgrade in early August that will enable approximately 2,500 customers served by the company’s cable system to access internet download speeds of up to 750 megabits per second.

  • Heath Springs weapons cache gets 2 brothers long jail terms

    Two brothers, both from Columbia, have been convicted on federal weapons charges after firearms were found hidden at their mother’s home in Heath Springs.
    Shamari Delresse Jones, also known as Amari, 34, and Jokari T. Jones, 36, were each sentenced to federal prison, U.S. Attorney Sherri Lyndon announced Friday.

  • HS races to replace school’s water tap

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town is hustling to upgrade the main water tap leading to Heath Springs Elementary School before classes start Monday.
    Town council unanimously approved a $4,600 bid at a special meeting held Aug. 6 so that work could get started as soon as possible.
    The school was built in 1954 and renovated in 2000-01. It is the town’s third-largest water and sewer customer.    

  • More drug charges against jailed trio

    Three Heath Springs residents, already jailed on drug and weapons offenses, are facing drug-trafficking charges after a second search of their home produced large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin.
    Christian Angel Pagan, 25, Justin Lee Smith, 28, and Brittany Ann Thompson, 24, were arrested earlier this month at a home on Foster Blackmon Drive in Heath Springs, with a heap of charges against the three of them.