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Today's News

  • Pacesetting growth in Panhandle

    Lancaster was the state’s fastest-growing county last year, propelled by the continuing influx of residents to the Panhandle, according to new census data.

    The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the county had a population of 89,594 last July – a 4.15 percent increase from a year earlier and a 17 percent percent jump from the 76,652 residents counted in the 2010 census.
    Lancaster is now the 16th most populous among the state’s 46 counties.

  • Lots more money needed for Panhandle firefighting

    The Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire protection district boards are considering asking Lancaster County Council for an increase in fire protection fees on homes and businesses as one way to help meet the increasing coverage needs of the growing Panhandle.
    The discussions come as the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department looks to pay for two substations and a new aerial platform truck and eventually, like Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, add more on-duty personnel.

  • Educator Noblitt dies at 80

    Martha “Mot” Noblitt, who spent more than three decades as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Lancaster County School District, died Thursday. She was 80.
    Noblitt was born and raised in Shelby, N.C., She began her career at Lancaster High School in the mid-’60s as a physical education and science teacher and coached girl’s basketball. She became an LHS assistant principal and later principal of McDonald Green Elementary.

  • Norman, Few speak to Lancaster GOP

    Two of the seven Republicans competing for the 5th District U.S. House seat courted Lancaster County GOP members Thursday night at their monthly meeting.
    Sheri Few said education would be her top priority if elected, and she lashed out at one of her GOP opponents as a Democrat. She said she is proudly politically incorrect, declaring that the Confederate flag should still be flying on the State House grounds.
    “They are destroying our history and our Southern heritage,” Few said. “They are rewriting history.”      

  • Man loses $47K in house-closing scam

    An Indian Land man trying to purchase a house in Charlotte was scammed out of $47,000 in what sheriff’s investigators believe was a fraudulent online home-closing scheme.
    According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the 40-year-old victim said he had worked with a real estate agent and had decided he wanted to buy a particular house. As he was deciding what price he would offer, he told deputies, he received an e-mail on March 13, purportedly from a Charlotte attorney representing the seller.

  • City employees to get extra day off

    Full-time city of Lancaster workers are getting another paid day off each year with the addition of a personal day to the municipality’s personnel policy.
    It’s a use it or lose it,” said Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles, on the March 14 measure unanimously approved by city council.
    The change means that in addition to 11 scheduled holidays, city employees will be allowed to take off one floating personal day that’s not charged as a vacation day or as sick leave, though it must be used by the end of the year.

  • 3 charged with drug trafficking in IL

    Three people were charged with trafficking methamphetamine last week after a traffic stop on Henry Harris Road in Indian Land.
    The sheriff’s office incident report said the encounter began when a deputy patrolling the Charlotte Highway and Shelley Mullis Road area about 12:40 a.m. March 14 followed a car that cut through a car lot at the intersection and began driving erratically on Shelley Mullis Road.    
    The deputy said the car turned north on Henry Harris Road and tried to speed away before the deputy turned his lights on and stopped it.

  • Dr. Laurens Fort of Great Falls dies at 77

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    Dr. Laurens Fort, a Great Falls dentist and longtime Chester County school board member, died Thursday. He was 77.

    According to his wife, Brenda, Fort woke up Thursday morning complaining of shortness of breath. She called an ambulance, but he died before reaching the hospital.

  • S.C. survivors, liberators of the Holocaust

    Taylor Halle and Joseph Crevier
    Carolina Reporter

    In the spring of 1942, German Nazis raided Ben Sterns’ home in Kielce, Poland, selecting who would be sent to work camps and who would not. He was separated from his sister, who witnessed the gruesome murder of her child.

  • Got questions for extension experts? Join weekly chat

    Scott Miller
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – The first episode of Clemson Extension Live will air at noon April 5 on Facebook Live, offering viewers an opportunity to ask questions on everything from home gardening to birding.
    The weekly, hour-long program will run each Wednesday on Clemson Cooperative Extension’s Facebook page and features experts in horticulture, entomology, wildlife and more.