• Great Flood of 1916

    One hundred years ago this week, no one here knew history-making floodwaters were barreling down from the N.C. mountains toward Lancaster County. And by the time they arrived, it was too late to warn anybody.
    “The old-timers from here who witnessed it called it the greatest flood since Noah,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus, explaining how three mid-July days in 1916 changed life along the Catawba River. “At the time, nobody had ever seen anything quite like it.”

  • Foxhole demand swamps county

    Scores of Indian Land residents seeking access stickers to dispose of household trash at the Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County have been turned away due to a greater than expected demand.
    Up until this month, Indian Land residents were able to use the Foxhole, just north of the state line, free through an agreement made with Mecklenburg County after Lancaster County closed the community’s convenience center on Jim Wilson Road in 2013.

  • Train derails near S.C. 75 in Panhandle

    A CSX freight train derailed at the state line west of Waxhaw, N.C., Thursday morning, blocking two roads off Waxhaw Highway.
    CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost said the accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. when a freight train traveling from Atlanta, Ga. to Hamlet, N.C. derailed near Tory Path Road. The train had three locomotives, 69 loads of mixed freight and 51 empty cars.
    The derailment blocked Hector Road on the S.C. side of the border, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said, but residents were able to reach their homes via other routes.

  • Car flips, slams into embankment

    A Lancaster man survived a dramatic accident on Shiloh Unity Road about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Details of the wreck were not immediately available, but crews on the scene said the 74-year-old driver appeared to have run off the right side of the road, overcorrected and flipped his Nissan Maxima at least once before hitting an embankment. The driver suffered no life-threatening injuries. No charges were filed as of press time.

  • Diverse group holds ‘walk & talk’ downtown

    With the nation focused on lethal force used by and against police, a diverse group of residents from around the Lancaster area joined together for a “walk and talk” event Sunday evening, strolling downtown streets for an hour getting to know each other better.
    The event, which organizer Teddy Norrell thought would draw only a handful of people, ended up with a turnout of over two dozen.

  • Buford teen is lightning in a saddle

    Out in the middle of Buford community, in a dusty oval arena called Horseplay Farms, the Tyre family offers lessons on horseback riding and bigger lessons about life, including responsibility, connection and commitment.
    The story of how an official-sized barrel-racing arena was built just off Cimmeron Road began a dozen years ago, when Savannah Tyre was 4 years old and begged her parents, Andy and Mandy, to take her to visit the neighbor’s horse. That led to them buying her a horse a year later.

  • Finally, IL starts work on trash site

    Nearly three years after Indian Land lost its old convenience center, work on its new one is finally showing real progress, with county officials hoping for a September or October opening.
    Meanwhile, Lancaster County is still offering stickers that allow Indian Land residents to use Mecklenburg County’s Foxhole Recycling Center.
    Lancaster County closed on the 4.6-acre property on Northfield Drive in the Perimeter 521 Commerce Park off U.S. 521 in April 2015, but work clearing the land didn’t begin until late May.

  • John Newell, veteran of 3 wars, gets Quilt of Valor

    John Newell, 97, was presented with a Quilt of Valor in May by the Springs Creative Open Hearts quilting group at his home in Lancaster.  

    Newell was in the Army for 23 years, serving in three wars. He was an infantry corporal in World War II. After leaving the military, he re-enlisted during the Korean War and served as an infantry staff sergeant. During the Vietnam War, he served as staff sergeant in an artillery division.

  • Another scam to add to the list: mystery shopper

    Reece Murphy 

     “We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate,” the employment ad said. “Your wages would be $260 for any work you carry out and you can carry out two assignments in a week.”

  • High-profile killings spark anger, worries

    Mandy Catoe


    Kayland Hagwood



    The tragic killings this week in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas prompted reactions of anger, fear and hope for peace in Lancaster County as they did across the country.