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  • Some Panhandle residents think they pay more for water

    Carrie Miller said saving water is a waste, since she gets charged the same rate whether she uses 2,000 gallons of water or half that.

    She and her husband cut their water usage to about 1,000 gallons a month at the height of the drought last year, but ended up paying nearly the same amount for half as much water. She wants to know why.

  • Official hurt helping out at accident

    A county official hurt his toe in the line of duty on Tuesday.

    It wasn’t a sheriff’s deputy or firefighter, whose jobs sometimes put them in danger. It was Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

    Willis and county Planning Director Chris Karres were driving back from Indian Land on U.S. 521 about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. At the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 9 Bypass at the Lancaster city limits, they came upon a wreck that had just happened.

    They didn’t see the wreck occur, Karres said. But no emergency workers had arrived at the scene.

  • Man faces charges in fatal wreck

    Imagine getting a phone call that your sister was in a wreck and then having to go to the hospital to identify her body. Teresa Kinsey lived that nightmare over the weekend when her sister, Mary Beth Johnson, died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident on S.C. 341 just south of Kershaw on Saturday. “I couldn’t believe it,” Kinsey said. “I thought it was just a crazy game, but it was real.”

  • Matt Blackwell Foundation awards five high school seniors scholarships

    Five Lancaster County high school seniors were spotlighted at the seventh annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Scholarship banquet Feb. 19 at the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The five scholarship recipients included two from Lancaster High School –  Danielle Gainey and Steven Khoury. Blackwell Foundation Scholarships were also presented to Rebekah Bowers of Andrew Jackson High School, Nathan Folks of Indian Land High School and Taylor Threatt of Buford High School.

  • Siblings reflect on being among first blacks to attend BHS

    Peggy Wright-Porter said her experience at Buford High School in 1966 was more enjoyable than what some friends and family feared.

    Porter and her brothers, Roderick and Frederick Wright, were among the group of black students who desegregated the school that year. The Wrights, who lived in the Buford community, came over from Hillside Elementary and High School, an all-black school that served students mainly in the Heath Springs and Kershaw areas of the county.

  • Man rescued from burning home

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land man was taken to a North Carolina burn center after a fire broke out at his Henry Harris Road home late Tuesday morning.

    Fire departments were called to the fire at 11:14 a.m., said Stephen Blackwelder of Lancaster County Fire Service. Indian Land, Pleasant Valley, Fort Mill

     and Wesley Chapel, with 32 firefighters in all, responded to the fire. Lancaster County Fire Service officials also responded.

    The fire was reported by a neighbor who saw smoke and flames coming from the 57-year-old man’s house.

  • Chiropractor goes out on his own

    INDIAN LAND – Southern States Spine and Muscle Rehab has a new identity. It is now Carolina Chiropractic and Wellness.

    Owner Dr. Adam Cooper says the name change reflects his new ownership of the business, as well as its new offerings.

    The business first opened at its 8763 Charlotte Highway location in May 2004 and has grown along with the community. Originally a satellite location of Lancaster-based Southern States Spine and Muscle Rehab, the business became an independent entity in January.

  • Riverside Road rezoning closer to being finalized

    A Texas company is closer to developing 2,000 acres on Riverside Road.

    LGI Group has requested that its property be rezoned from heavy industrial to low-density residential, which allows for 1.5 homes per acre.

    Some County Council members believe developing the property for homes will help rejuvenate the Riverside Road area.

    Other councilmen think the property should remain heavy industrial in hopes that it will attract a manufacturing company – and jobs – to the county.

  • Mark Sanford to stump here for Mulvaney's Senate campaign

    Gov. Mark Sanford will be in Lancaster County on Friday to stump for state Senate candidate Mick Mulvaney.

    Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, is touring the Fort Mill, Indian Land and Lancaster areas Friday to formally kick off his campaign for state

    Senate District 16. Mulvaney has served the last two years in the state House for District 45.

    Mulvaney announced his plans to seek the Senate seat earlier this year. He said Sanford will be here to stump for him, but will likely be pushing

    some policy initiatives as well.

  • Ex-fugitive gets life sentence

    A Lancaster County man was sentenced in federal court Friday after being a fugitive for more than three years, U.S. Attorney Reggie Lloyd said. 

    James Blackmon, 38, was sentenced to life in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr.

    In December 2002, the Lancaster County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force received a tip that Blackmon had large amounts of drugs in his house