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  • Tornado watch issued for county

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Lancaster County until 9 p.m. today, Oct. 23. A tornado watch means that the conditions have created a significant risk of a tornado occurring. 

       

  • Panhandle gas stations: How many is too many?

    It doesn’t take an expert in microeconomics to realize that those long lines of cars with North Carolina license plates at northern Indian Land gas stations are there to fill up on cheap South Carolina gasoline. 

    With South Carolina’s gas taxes and fees totaling 35.2 cents a gallon, 21 cents less than North Carolina’s 56.2 cents a gallon, Indian Land has become a boomtown of sorts for gas stations looking to cash in on our northern neighbors’ thirst for cheap gas.

  • Sowing the seeds of growth

    The word ‘local’ has a special meaning for Elaine McKinney.

    As the agribusiness coordinator for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., McKinney sees a prosperous future for local agricultural businesses in Lancaster County.

    Tasked with speaking to local vendors, growers and producers about joining and working out of the county’s Agribusiness Development Center, McKinney gave a detailed presentation on the status of the program at Lancaster County Council’s April 8 meeting.

  • Small plane gets stuck in trees

    On Thursday afternoon, April 18, emergency personnel were working to remove a small airplane from tree tops off Shiloh Unity Road. 

    The pilot, who was apparently flying alone, crashed into the tree shortly before 2:30 p.m. The accident happened near the 3000 block of Shiloh Unity Road. 

    Stephen Blackwelder, spokesman for Lancaster County Emergency Management, said the plane was lodged in the tree about 35 to 40 feet off the ground. 

    No injuries were reported. 

  • Buford Middle School student struck at bus stop

    A Buford Middle School student was hospitalized Thursday morning, April 18, after he was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the road at his bus stop near Buford Crossroads.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Elder said the accident happened about 7:10 a.m. on Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) just past the intersection of Rocky River Road (S.C. 522).

    Though Lancaster County School District officials were unable to name the student due to district policy, the teen was later identified via social media posts as 13-year-old Patrick Burgess.

  • Indian Land man killed in motorcycle wreck

    A Sun City Carolina Lakes resident died Saturday, April 13, after his motorcycle crashed along a stretch of county road.

    Gary Crabtree, 68, was killed during a one-vehicle accident in the 1700 block of Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903), said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    The accident scene was about one mile east of the Lancaster city limits, not far from U.S. Textiles Corp.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said the crash happened about 12:45 p.m. as Crabtree was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

  • Fire damages West Shore Drive guest house

    Water and foam poured from the roof of a West Shore Drive guest house as a team of firefighters tackled a blaze inside the building Saturday, April 13.

    Orange flames and thick grey smoke filled the sky at 8:10 p.m. near the one-story building in the 1000 block of West Shore Drive. The area is located off Riverside Road and near Cedar Pine Lake.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters from Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Gooches Crossroads, Riverside and Shiloh Zion volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.

  • Changes coming to GEDs

    Local adult education program officials are strongly urging students who have dropped out short of completing their GEDs to come back to school and finish before the end of the year.

    The pleas are a result of a looming state deadline that makes it harder for such students to earn their general equivalency diploma.

  • Car chase suspect leads deputies on foot chase

    Four months after he led police on a tense car chase and then resisted arrest, a Lancaster man out on bond was arrested last week following another chase with authorities. 

    Herbert Levont McCray II, 24, 208 Nichols Road, was arrested April 12 and charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and receiving stolen goods, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Man arrested for growing pot in bedroom closet

    An anonymous tip led investigators to find a stash of marijuana plants hidden inside the closet of a Lancaster home earlier this month.

    Shane Cecil Harris, 37, 3055 Harris Hill Road, was arrested April 6 and charged with manufacturing marijuana, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

    The arrest came four days after someone called the sheriff’s office to report that marijuana plants were being grown inside a home in the 3000 block of Harris Hill Road, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.