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Today's News

  • School district celebrates great teaching

    Tuesday was truly a day for teachers.
    The Lancaster High School Multipurpose Building bubbled over with an atmosphere of fun, excitement and camaraderie as hundreds of the school district’s educators joined together to celebrate the start of the school year.Superintendent Jonathan Phipps welcomed the 171 new teachers and administrators joining the Lancaster County School District this year and recognized many of the district’s veteran educators.

  • 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.

  • 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.    

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hemp law is causing confusion at stores

    Local hemp and CBD users were puzzled and concerned this week, while some vendors have pulled hemp merchandise from their shelves due to uncertainty regarding the legality of their products.
    On Wednesday, Sheriff Barry Faile released a letter clarifying the position of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on the sale of hemp in the county, stating that law enforcement would immediately begin enforcing the provisions of the S.C. Hemp Farming Act against those selling hemp without a license.

  • Up close and fun!

    About 250 Lancaster County kids celebrated summer’s grand finale during a career-day event at Springdale Recreation Center Friday.
    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department offers a summer camp each year at the county’s four recreation centers. On Fridays, kids from across the county come together for field trips such as skating, swimming, bowling and going to see movies.
    But not all of the families can afford the added expense.

  • TV host saves wolf-dog from euthanasia at shelter

    An Animal Planet TV crew swooped into Lancaster last weekend and saved a wolf-dog that was likely to be euthanized after being stranded at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter for six weeks.
    It is illegal to own a wolf-hybrid in Lancaster County, so Gunner’s time at the shelter was ticking down rapidly. He couldn’t be adopted out, and no rescues around the country were responding to the shelter’s requests for his removal.

  • Buddies wounded in Vietnam get standing ovation from vets

    It makes sense that the local Purple Heart Initiative and the “Thursday Talkers” recognized Vietnam War veterans Wayne Eubanks and Robert Jones at the same time this week.
    They grew up as friends on Lancaster’s mill hill, with their homes separated by an alley that ran between 14th and 15th streets near Brooklyn Avenue. Not only that, they enlisted in the Marines together.

  • 3 towns’ voters will try out new voting machines in fall elections

    A select group of voters in Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck will get to use the state’s new paper-based ballot machines this fall for their municipal elections.
    “They should be picking up the old equipment, with us getting the new around Aug. 28,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.