Today's News

  • Vaughn: Much progress made since ’05

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County Councilman Bryan Vaughn remembers sitting at the controls of a bulldozer, preparing to ceremonially break ground for Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    He looks back on how far that community and its residents have come, and how far Indian Land as a whole has come during his time on County Council.

    Vaughn, 44, who took office in 2005, chose not to run for re-election this year. Sun City resident Larry McCullough will take the District 1 seat in January.

  • Tanker wrecks on S.C. 903

    Joyce Kennington said the crashing sound she heard was unlike any she had heard before.

    Then she stepped out of her Flat Creek Road home and saw dark smoke in the air.

    The sight and sound was the result of a tanker truck accident about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday in the Antioch community, about 4.5 miles east of Lancaster

    Philip Howle, 59, of Darlington, was driving east in a 2006 Freightliner truck that ran off the right side of the road and went down an embankment. The truck and tanker overturned, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Senator favors roll call voting

    When the state Senate convenes next month, the issue of transparency will be on the agenda.

    Roll call voting, a system of recording each member’s decision on an issue, will be front and center when the General Assembly meets on Jan. 13.

    Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, a Republican from Gaffney, recently filed for a bill that would increase the number of roll call votes.

    This is in contrast to the current system of voice votes, where lawmakers simply say “yes” and “no,” but are not held accountable.   

  • Evans Formal Wear to close

    Evans Formal Wear will be closing its doors after 40 years of business.

    The business, which has offered tuxedos, suits and accessories to use at proms, weddings and funerals, will officially close on Dec. 31. The business will participate in its last wedding on Jan. 3.  

    Owner Mike McBrayer managed the business for more than seven years after taking over for original owners Jimmy and Peggy Evans.

    Unlike other businesses that have closed throughout the area, McBrayer said his decision is not based on the declining economy.

  • Bernard to serve on board of national EMS association

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services Director Lanny Bernard has been elected to a national EMS association’s board of directors.

    Bernard, 53, joined the National EMS Management Association last year and will fill a vacant position on its board of directors. He will serve a one-year term, beginning in January.

    “I’m not well-known nationally, but I felt like I had a lot to offer,” Bernard said of his decision to run for a board position.

  • UPS making deliveries by golf cart in IL

    INDIAN LAND – The holidays are the busiest time of year for shipping companies like UPS, but two Indian Land neighborhoods aren’t seeing many of the familiar brown trucks.

    Instead, UPS is delivering packages in Legacy Park and Sun City Carolina Lakes by golf cart.

    “While the usage of golf carts is not widespread, it is one of the many ways that the UPS network ‘flexes’ during our peak season,” said UPS spokeswoman Rebecca Treacy-Lenda.

  • 2 women robbed on Main Street

    Two women were robbed within a day in separate incidents on North Main Street.

    Lancaster police are still looking to make arrests in the cases, which police have not connected.

    BB&T incident

    A woman was reportedly robbed at gunpoint about 8:20 p.m. Sunday at BB&T.

    The woman told police she was about to make a deposit in the outside drop box when a man with a black bandanna over his face appeared from behind her vehicle, according to an incident report.

  • Kershaw Parade Committee grateful for help

    On behalf of the Parade Committee of the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank  everyone involved for making the Kershaw Christmas Parade a success this year. Without each of you who worked and participated, this event would not have happened.  Each entry this year was so special and well thought out. We want to commend you for a job well done and we look forward to working to with you again next year.

    We want to thank Operation Rudolph and Larry Catledge for their participation and all this organization has done to help so many children in our community.

  • Recovery process will not be quick

    South Carolina is the last to go into a recession and the last to go out. That was what S.C. Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl Jr. told those attending a recent legislative breakfast at the Bradley Arts & Sciences building at the University of South Carolina of Lancaster.

    Rep. Jimmy Neal, Senator-elect Mick Mulvaney and U.S. Congressman John Spratt echoed Rawl’s sentiments.

    The legislators shared similar concerns about the economy and what needed to be done to recover from what has been billed the worst recession since World War II.