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  • Fall into Fun: No sun, but lots of fun

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    For the second year in a row, the threat of an overcast sky and occasional drizzles didn’t stop the fun at the Indian Land Fall in to Fun Festival and S.C. Championship Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 29.
    Sponsored by the Indian Land Rotary Club to support its community efforts, this year’s seventh annual festival and third annual chili championship had a larger than average crowd, thanks to new events and its new venue at the City of Lights, organizers said.

  • Robinson Road shooter still at large
  • Pageland Central teacher/coach faces sex charges

    Gary Phillips
    Landmark News Services
    A physical education teacher and coach at Central High School in Pageland with Lancaster County ties was arrested Thursday, Sept. 27, on charges he sexually abused two middle school students in Oconee County more than 10 years ago, according to officials.

  • Harper, Sistare vie for County Council seat

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    As Lancaster County continues to dig out from years of high unemployment, the ideas of job creation and workforce development dominate the issues in this year’s Lancaster County Council races, though improving the county’s infrastructure is also a hot topic.

  • Setting it straight

    Staff Reports
    The story, “Man in fair condition following accident on Pageland Highway,” published on Page 4A in the Sunday, Sept. 28, edition of The Lancaster News contained incorrect information.
    The article said a vehicle driven by 56-year-old James Watson of Lancaster struck a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Quincy Hill of Chester. That was not correct.
    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Watson was driving east on Pageland Highway (S.C. 9) when Hill pulled out of Camp Drive striking Watson’s vehicle, which caused it to overturn.

  • Deadline to register to vote nears; absentee voting starts up

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County election officials have been busier than usual this week with the deadline quickly approaching for new voter registration and the start of absentee voting.
    Lancaster County Voter Registration Director Mary Ann Hudson said new voter registration for South Carolina ends Saturday, Oct. 6, at noon.

  • Library to close Oct. 8-15

    A big change for the better is coming Oct. 16 for Lancaster County Libraries and library users. On that day, the library system will “go live” with the SC Lends Consortium. 

    The change is essentially a merger with the records of 16 other libraries in the state. 

    For the user, it will mean immediate access to more than 3 million titles  held by those member libraries. At the click of a button, library patrons can choose a book and have it sent by courier to their branch library in Indian Land, Lancaster or Kershaw.

  • County sees more building permits

    Lancaster County has seen a slight increase in the number of building permits issued.

    But is the rise a sign of a recovering economy or is it merely the result of population increases?

    The Catawba Regional Council of Governments recently released statistics that show the number of building permits issued from April through June (second quarter) this year compared to the same time span in 2011.

    Data shown is for Lancaster, Chester, Union and York counties.

  • Robinson Road shooter still at large

    Police are asking the public’s help in finding a Lancaster man wanted in connection with two shooting incidents Sunday, September 30, including one that injured two people. 

    Arrest warrants have been issued for Dyeshawn Dyaquette Foster, 18, 341 Robinson Road, for four counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, armed robbery and unlawful carrying of a pistol, according to a Lancaster Police Department news release. 

  • Beauty pageant causes controversy at Indian Land Elementary School

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Indian Land Elementary has been the focus of unwanted media attention after a flyer sent home with students last week announced what appeared to be a school-sponsored beauty pageant set off an outcry from some parents.
    Though the Oct. 20 pageant has since been cancelled, organizers say they’ve decided to go ahead with it anyway, but under a new name.