Today's News

  • Column: Few road projects completed in first 20 months of gas-tax-hike law

    Less than 4 percent of the nearly $1 billion in road and bridge projects in South Carolina identified by the state Department of Transportation was completed in the first 20 months of the gas-tax-hike law, newly released DOT records show.
    Lawmakers promised that the law, which raised the gas tax 12 cents per gallon over six years, and increased other vehicle taxes and fees, would go toward fixing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges where their constituents live and work.

  • Column: Library’s motto: It’s all about you

    The printed page is not going away, but 2020’s Lancaster County Library will offer so much more.
    We are entering a period of big changes. After years of planning, it is time for large-scale renovations, paid for by $8 million in sales taxes collected since voters approved the project in 2014.
    Your main location on South White Street in Lancaster was built in 1971. Kershaw was refurbished in 1996. Indian Land’s Del Webb is the newest branch, opening its doors in 2009.

  • 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.

  • Teens charged in string of slingshot shootings

    Two Buford teens are charged with multiple counts of property damage after shooting windows out of houses and windshields out of several vehicles with a slingshot.
    Dylan Michael Farrell and Haven Chance Mangum, both 17, are charged with eight counts of malicious injury to personal property under $2,000.

  • Bad weather on the horizon?

    Lancaster County may be in for some bad weather Thursday and Friday, including severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes.
    According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a strong cold front will hit parts of South Carolina on Thursday night and carry into Friday, followed by dry and cool conditions Saturday and Sunday.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue and Emergency Management, said Lancaster County only has a slight opportunity for tornadoes, but the possibility is still there.

  • Builders Supply puts the sun to work

    LANCASTER – Besides passing solar legislation in 2014, S.C. Sen. Greg Gregory learned about the benefits of solar power by reading Elon Musk’s biography.
    “Elon Musk is essentially the Thomas Edison of our time,” Gregory said. “Something really interesting I read in that book is that the sun generates enough energy by shining on the Earth for one day to power every mechanical thing on the Earth for one year.”

  • Tillman gets probation on reduced charges

    Lancaster business man and former civic leader Chris Tillman is out of jail, but will be on probation and in counseling for the next few years after pleading guilty to second-degree assault and battery.
    Tillman, 51, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in March 2018, but pleaded down to second-degree assault and battery last month.

  • County considers selling strip of property to Sims Foundation

    There’s a long, narrow strip of grass between the county’s emergency operations center on North White Street and the soon-to-be new home of the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
    The foundation wants to buy the property for parking lot expansion and has offered the county $7,500 for it.
    County leaders are apprehensive about selling it, since the EOC could need more space in the future.

  • Gold mine hopes for expansion

    KERSHAW – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting this week for the possible expansion of Haile Gold Mine.
    The meeting is 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Andrew Jackson High School, 6925 Kershaw Camden Highway.
    The meeting includes an open house from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a two-hour meeting to solicit public feedback.
    The 5,700-acre mine, which is off S.C. 601 in eastern Lancaster County, is owned by OceanaGold.

  • Batter up!

    Last week at the Springdale Recreation Complex, a 9-year-old baseball player stepped up to the plate and smacked the ball.
    He dashed toward first base, grasping the hand of his running partner.
    As Landon Bryson’s foot hit the bag, the crowd of onlookers went crazy. His teammates and coaches jumped and cheered.
    “I made base!” he yelled. “I’ve never made base before!”
    Landon, a third-grader at Buford Elementary School, has been blind from birth.