Today's News

  • County opioid deaths spike again

    After dropping significantly in 2018, opioid-related deaths in Lancaster County shot back up in the first half of this year, exceeding the record pace of 2017.
    As of June 1, 12 people have died in the county, compared with 15 for all of last year and 25 in 2017, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    “Opioid abuse knows absolutely no age range or socio-economic background,” Deese said. “Our oldest death is 63 and our youngest is 16, not including a baby who died in utero last year.”

  • Vigil for young people lost to drugs, alcohol

    Van Wyck turned out in full force Thursday evening to show love and support to the families of four young people who died recently from drug- or alcohol-related causes. 
    Several local residents, spearheaded by Janice Witherspoon, organized a candlelight vigil to remember those who died and to raise awareness about the substance-abuse problem that inflicted the tragic losses upon the community.

  • A business focused on one product: Suboxone

    During the past few months, Suboxone signs have been popping up on roadsides all across Lancaster County.
    The advertisements are for Metrolina Pain and Dependency, a company that provides facilities, staffing and management services to doctors specializing in opioid dependency and pain management.
    Suboxone, a narcotic used to treat narcotic dependence, was a controversial topic at BATTLE (Bringing Awareness to the Local Epidemic), a recent forum hosted by Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese and Chainbreakers Outreach founder Delois Carpenter.

  • Nightmare on Main Street

    Rush hour in Lancaster has never been anything like this.
    Two factors have combined to cause massive congestion along North Main Street. One was intended by city and state officials. The other was a contractor’s mistake, and there’s no timetable for rectifying it.
    Last month, a state repaving project permanently reduced a seven-block stretch of North Main from five lanes to three.

  • $57,000 in upgrades for Buford battle site

    The grassroots effort to renovate the Buford Massacre site on Rocky River Road into a historical-tourism draw has gotten a $57,000 boost.
    Lancaster County Council passed a resolution last month that awards extra money from the local accommodations tax to the Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield for site improvements.
    Ken Obriot, leader the nonprofit group, said the improvements will augment what’s already there.

  • Shoplifters hanker for beef jerky, Slims Jims

    Murphy Express is attracting criminals craving meat snacks. Loads of meat snacks.
    An unknown woman shoplifted $133 worth of beef jerky, beef and cheese sticks and “Big Mama” snacks on April 26, according to a Lancaster Police Department report. Three days later, a man slipped off with $99 worth of Giant Slim Jims.
    The thefts weren’t reported until last month, when a manager spoke with a patrolling officer at the convenience store, located on S.C. 9 Bypass.

  • Drug, weapons charges against 4 suspects

    Four people were arrested over the last two weeks on a variety of drug and weapons charges.
    Kirkland Blythe Newton, 25, Alyssa Kaylee Arnett, 22, and Phillip Newman Crenshaw, 48, were all arrested at a home in the 1800 block of Old Pardue Road.
    Sheriff Barry Faile said the variation of drugs found in the residence, where Newton and Arnett live, was alarming.

  • Kershaw trims budget, increases fees

    KERSHAW – Town leaders vowed to cut spending in the fiscal 2019-20 budget and are delivering on that promise.
    The proposed budget, unanimously passed on first reading Monday night, is set at $3.8 million, down from this year’s $3.9 million. One more reading is required.
    On paper, that’s a 2.6 percent decrease, but Mayor Mark Dorman said spending will actually be cut about 3.75 percent.

  • ILHS football player injured in car wreck

    An Indian Land High football player was seriously injured Wednesday in a head-on collision on U.S. 521 near Possum Hollow Road.
    Ethan Wayne Swanner, a lineman for the Warriors, was headed east on Possum Hollow Road in a 1965 Ford Mustang shortly before 8 a.m., according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    The 17-year-old disregarded a stop sign, striking another vehicle driven by Jessica Maegan Pepper, 18, of Charlotte, Miller said.

  • Standing up to bullying

    When Tina Watts’ autistic grandson came home from the third grade and told her he had been bullied at school, she decided to take action.
    She reached out via Facebook to create an anti-bullying campaign and was shocked by the response.
    “I had a lot of young ladies tell me their stories,” Watts said. “It’s shocking how many people get bullied. It’s worse than what I thought it would be.”