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Today's News

  • Friday last day to file for Heath Springs seat

    Friday is the last day for candidates to file for the open seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
    The filing period ends at noon April 19, said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    Heath Springs has five council seats, including mayor, and one of them was vacated last month when Elaine Lehr resigned.
    A special election will be held June 25 to fill her term, which runs through December 2021.

  • Top honor for Fred Plyler

    Fred Plyler has fire in his blood thanks to his father and father-in-law, founding members of two Lancaster County fire departments, and now his son and grandchildren are following in his steps.Plyler, 69, has been named the county’s 2018 Firefighter of the Year.
    He has been fighting fires for nearly a half century, stopping only to serve four years in the Air Force, one of them in Vietnam.

  • HS offers Sowell new deal

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council has drawn up a new contract with landscape contractor Darren Sowell to keep Heath Springs’ grass cut, shrubs clipped and trees trimmed.
    After council met behind closed doors for a half hour Tuesday night, Mayor Eddie Moore announced the new contract.
    “We’re waiting on Mr. Sowell to sign… hopefully on Friday,” Moore said.

  • City doubles reserve fund after years of belt-tightening

    Starting with the 2007 departure of Springs Industries and the Great Recession that followed, Lancaster has struggled financially. The city suffered another setback when Duracell announced its departure a few years ago.
    But the future is looking a little brighter for the Red Rose City. As the budget for fiscal 2019-20 takes shape, Lancaster’s financial reserves are so large it needs to shave a little off the top to invest in capital improvements.

  • TLN wins 36 prizes in S.C. press contest

    The Lancaster News won 36 awards, its highest total ever, in this month’s South Carolina Press Association annual competition, including 11 first places.
    The entire staff won the top honor for election and political coverage for the fifth straight year, propelled by coverage of the Indian Land incorporation fight, two Lancaster mayoral elections and a second year of articles about Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon’s run-in with state ethics officials.

  • MUSC considers expansion to IL

    INDIAN LAND – MUSC Health, which bought Springs Memorial Hospital last month, is eyeing Indian Land as a location for a future facility.
    Mack Wallace, MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center professional outreach director, spoke to a curious audience during a recent Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce event at Cross Ridge Café in Indian Land.
    “Indian Land is a focus for MUSC Health,” Wallace said. “So they’ve already deployed some resources to look at land and look at the needs of the community.”

  • Artsy eggs

    Easter eggs are a Redmond family tradition.
    When I was a child, my sisters and I would dye at least three dozen hard-boiled eggs for our Easter Sunday egg hunt. I don’t know where my brothers were, but I have wonderful memories of just us girls in the kitchen with eggs everywhere.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Under departmental policy, when a deputy takes possession of the property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping while the sheriff’s office tries to reunite the items with their owners.
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • Column: Come help clean up Kershaw on April 27

    One of the things that Kershaw Heart & Soul is identifying from the community that matters most to them is having a community that is litter- free.
    One of the first things Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman said to me is “something needs to be done about the amount of litter in Kershaw.”  
    Litter has been seen in streams, parks and largely on the side of the roads right here in the Town of Kershaw.  

  • Column: A new state retirement plan – for private employees?

    A bill filed last month (H.4258) would create a state retirement plan for private employees. The 401(K) style plan, called the Palmetto Work and Save Plan, would be available for employees of private businesses, nonprofits and even those who are self-employed.
    Individuals who work for private businesses would be automatically enrolled unless they opted out, and the default employee contribution would be 6 percent of the individual’s paycheck.