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  • Fireworks safety makes Independence Day a blast

    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.

    According to Phantom Fireworks manager David Smith, the Fourth of July brings in  nearly four times the amount of business than the next busiest time of year, New Year’s.

    From sparklers to 500 gram mortars, the strongest legal firework available without a license, South Carolina fireworks draw customers from as far as Virginia and beyond, Smith said. 

  • County deputy chases shoplifter in Rock Hill

    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. 

    Deputy John Hicks was speaking with a store employee at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store, at 1350 Springdale Road, just after 2 p.m. June 6, when the chase began, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Teenagers report island assault

    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. 

  • Flood watch issued for Lancaster County until Monday evening

    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.  

  • Deputies find gaming machines in store

    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.

     See the Sunday, June 30, edition of The Lancaster News for more details.  

  • Mill property remains an ‘eyesore’

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    GREAT FALLS – Gail Baker Stalls remembers well the events of June 6, 2006.
    “I don’t think I thought it was as serious as it was at first, but when I could smell it inside our house, I knew it was something to take seriously,” Stalls said.
    The day etched in Stalls’ mind is the same day many other townspeople have recorded in their minds.

  • School board approves budgets

    Lancaster County School District board members unanimously approved the county school district’s fiscal year 2013-14 general fund and debt services budgets Tuesday, June 25.

    As anticipated during last month’s budget proposal process, offsetting changes in millage for the two independent budgets resulted in a 1-mill increase in total millage for county taxpayers.

    Totaling $94.6 million, the budgets include a $79.7 million general fund to pay for day-to-day operations and $14.9 million to cover debt services on capital projects.

  • County’s jobless rate rises in May

    Lancaster County saw an increase in its jobless rate from April to May, according to data released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county had a 10.2 unemployment rate for May, compared to 9.9 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s May 2012 unemployment rate was 11.5 percent.

    Last month, Lancaster County had an official labor force of 32,464. 

    Of that total, 3,311 residents were officially unemployed.

  • School district selects Thorpe as new ILMS principal

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore has named Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Chris Thorpe as Indian Land Middle School’s new principal.

    Thorpe, 38, will replace outgoing ILMS Principal David McDonald, who accepted a position with Greenville School District as principal of Northwest Middle School in Traveler’s Rest.

    A 15-year veteran in the school district, Thorpe helped in the development of LHS Ninth Grade Academy as a teacher, and has led the program since 2005 as an assistant principal.

  • Deputies find Massey during search for wanted man

    A search for a wanted man ended in the arrest of a different man, also wanted on multiple charges throughout the state. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw confirmed that Carlos Antonio Massey, 26, 960 14th St., was arrested June 11 on several outstanding warrants from multiple jurisdictions.