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Cluster subdivision overlay district proposal still on agenda

Developer pulls TreeTops rezoning request

By Julie Graham

Mattamy Homes has withdrawn its request to the county to rezone a 622-acre tract along Van Wyck Road for a residential development after opponents challenged its cluster subdivision overlay district proposal.

Nearby property owners received notice of the zoning withdrawal late last week.

“They want to make sure the text amendment will be approved and supported by the County Council,” said Penelope G. Karagounis, the county’s planning director. “For the time being, they would like to pull the rezoning application.”


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Wanted man found hiding in closet

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man wanted on an attempted murder charge was found hiding inside a closet Tuesday, July 2. 


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Joe ‘The Flag Man’ Malinowski passes on his patriotism

Sharing Old Glory with all

By Reece Murphy

INDIAN LAND – Joe Malinowski is doing his part to make Independence Day  as red, white and blue as possible.


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DEA busts IL smoke shop

By Chris Sardelli

INDIAN LAND – Amidst the signs for hookahs and electronic cigarettes, a small, handwritten note was the only sign anything was amiss at a Panhandle smoke shop Friday, June 28.


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July 1 means changes in law

By The Staff

While July 1 signals the start of a new fiscal year for state and local government, it also marks new laws and codes take effect.

From tampering with power meters to updating codes on abandoned buildings, the state General Assembly  changed or modified 28 statutes during  the last legislative session.

Here are a few that most residents need to be aware of:

H 3180 

Allows record expungement for a person with a first-offense crime that carries a fine of $1,000 instead of $500. 


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Independence Day busy for fireworks retailers

Fireworks safety makes Independence Day a blast

By Reece Murphy

To say the week of July 4 is the busiest time of year for area fireworks retailers is an understatement. It is THE time of year.


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County deputy chases shoplifter in Rock Hill

By Chris Sardelli

An off-duty Lancaster County deputy sheriff got more than he bargained for after a recent trip to a Rock Hill home improvement store turned into a chase for a shoplifter. 


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Teenagers report island assault

By Chris Sardelli

A kayaking trip down the Catawba River turned into a scary assault for a trio of teens June 22. 

Deputies first spoke with a 17-year-old Fort Mill boy who reported he was assaulted by an unknown man during a quick break from a kayaking trip with two friends from Indian Land, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

The teen told deputies he and the two friends, both 18, had traveled down the river and were approaching the Sun City Carolina Lakes boat landing about 8:15 p.m. 


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Flood watch issued for Lancaster County until Monday evening

By The Staff

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for 18 central South Carolina counties including Lancaster until 8 p.m. Monday, July 1.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding, based on current forecasts. 

According to the weather service, numerous showers and thunderstorms in the upcoming hours will produce periods of heavy rain.

At 2 p.m. Monday, a band of strong thundersstorms extended from Tennesee through Atlanta and Montgomery, Ala., and southward into the Gulf of Mexico.  

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Deputies find gaming machines in store

By Greg Summers

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, along with State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Gaming Task Force agents, seized 22 illegal gaming devices, as well as computer servers, monitors, computer equipment and components from an internet cafe (sweepstakes) operation that were being stored in an closed-down convenience store on Friday, June 28.


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