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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Commentary: Scott praises D-Day assault forces, honors those they freed from Nazis

    Editor’s note: Sen. Scott hosted a D-Day commemoration this week at the U.S. Capitol along with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas). Here are excerpts of his remarks.

    Seventy-five years ago this week, soldiers from across this great nation, as well as England and Canada, descended on beaches in Normandy.

  • Editor's Column: The easiest way to increase your chance of saving someone’s life

    Greg Brasington’s left arm was turning an ugly color, and his hand was icy to the touch. He had no pulse at his wrist.
    “This hurts a lot,” said the special operations coordinator for Lancaster County EMS.
    Strapped to his upper arm was a small tourniquet, a life-saving device that Brasington keeps handy always, and not just on the job.
    “Everyone should have one of these,” he told the crowd at Wednesday’s Breakfast Rotary meeting. “You can get them on Amazon or Walmart.com for less than $10.”

  • KVLT unveils wildflower guide for Landsford Canal State Park

    From release
    At the annual LilyFest celebration last month, the Katawba Valley Land Trust unveiled a new guide to the flowers of Landsford Canal State Park.
    The full-color brochure features a map of the park, pictures and descriptions of 26 trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, and a QR code to allow smartphone users to download the plant guide.
    The guide can also be accessed from the Katawba Valley Land Trust web site or picked up at the park.

  • Seniors can get USDA free produce vouchers

    From release

    The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns this summer to help supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and support South Carolina’s small farmers.
    The seasonal USDA grant program allows individuals age 60 and older to buy fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs from May through Oct. 15.

  • Column: Hammond’s switch pragmatic, but take close look at the GOP

    I read with amusement the Lancaster News article regarding Jeff Hammond’s switch from Democrat to Republican.
    I know the switch was made only to get re-elected in the 2020 county election. This letter is not aimed at Jeff but at the theatrics behind the announcement and what some might derive from such an event.

  • 100+ jobs available at job fair

    Cherri Flinn
    SC Works
    Across the country, it’s prime season for hiring employees, as new high school and college graduates enter the workforce and employers juggle staffing issues during summer vacations.
    To assist Lancaster County businesses that are staffing up and to help local job seekers find work, Lancaster County Economic Development is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 12 at INSP CrossRidge in Indian Land.

  • Soccer fields at HS Industrial Park

    Local officials have identified a potential site for the Heath Springs/Kershaw area soccer complex, and it’s on property that’s already owned by the county.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to subdivide 12 acres of property at the back of the Heath Springs Industrial Park to develop the $5 million artificial-turf soccer complex.
    The property is along the Boyd Faile side of the industrial park just north of Heath Springs’ town limits. The main access would be just behind Small’s Food Center.

  • Local woman dies in I-20 wreck

    A Lancaster woman was killed and her toddler injured when their car struck a tree on an Aiken County highway Thursday afternoon.