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Today's News

  • TV station to help foundation with fundraiser

    CHARLOTTE– Charlotte public television station WTVI will team with Foundation for the Carolinas this week to broadcast live a fundraiser for the foundation’s Critical Need Response Fund, which helps nonprofit organizations in the region, including those in Lancaster County.

    This will be the first time in WTVI’s 43-year history that it has broadcast a fundraiser not directly benefiting the station.

  • Rezoning request upsets residents of IL community

    When Mark and Sandy Fenton moved from Charlotte to Indian Land eight years ago, they never expected to have so many problems.

    The Fentons, who live on Pointe Carpenter Road in the Lakeview Landing neighborhood, have seen their neighborhood change dramatically, from the construction of concrete plants to the addition of a water tower near the community.

    “Things have sure changed over the last eight years,” Sandy said. “I liked the country feeling. You used to be able to feel your cares just melt away. Now it’s a different world.”

  • New classes on books for ’09-’10

    Dennis Bivins, a teacher at Indian Land High School, is excited about the new classes that will soon come into the fold.

    Starting in the 2009-10 school year, Indian Land High will offer courses in American sign language, human body systems and principles of biomedical technology.

    The latter two courses will be part of ILHS’ Project Lead The Way (PLTW) initiative, which aims to offer students a rigorous educational experience in science and engineering.

  • Spelling champ crowned

    There was a hotly contested duel between two top-notch spellers last week in Lancaster.

    Noah Bradley and David Johnson went back and forth, round after round, trying to best the other to become the champion of the Lancaster County School District spelling bee.

    The contest was Tuesday at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Johnson, a sixth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School captured the district title, outlasting Bradley, an A.R. Rucker Middle School sixth-grader.

  • Councilman wants blue laws suspended for next four years

    County Council will consider an ordinance to repeal the county’s blue laws for the next four years when it meets Monday.

    The ordinance would suspend the laws that regulate when retailers may open for business on Sundays. Right now, department stores may not open before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays in the county because blue laws prohibit them from selling certain items before that time.

    Once in effect throughout the state, a number of counties have repealed them in recent years.

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt is sponsoring the ordinance.

  • SUV rams into house

    Audrey Underwood said an out-of-control Dodge Durango hit her house so hard it made her shower rod fall and the items in her medicine cabinet fall to the floor.

    Underwood, who lives at 102 Pardue St., said she was getting ready for work when the SUV slammed into the front of her house Wednesday afternoon.

    “I heard the tires screeching and I was already tensed up and it was like, ‘BAM!’” Underwood said, still visibly shaken after the incident. “The whole house shook.”

  • 16th Circuit solicitor to try arson suspect to be moved

    The teen charged in the arson of the Lancaster County Courthouse last August won’t be tried by local court officials.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said he won’t prosecute Martavious Carter, 17.

    Carter has been charged with two counts of arson for fires set at the 180-year-old courthouse, which was still being used as a court facility, and at Barfield’s office across the street.

    Barfield said 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett will try the case.

  • 14 charged in prostitution sting in city

    The Lancaster Police Department has arrested 14 men and women on prostitution charges since December.

    According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports, the department’s crime suppression unit conducted the sting using a woman informant or an undercover officer.

    The woman was propositioned by the men either in the parking lots of The Market convenience store or Market Street Seafood. In each case, the men offered money for sex, the report said.

    The 10 men arrested in the sting were charged with solicitation of prostitution. Those arrested were:

  • IL man on inauguration: ‘It was like time stood still’

    Signs and posters of Barack Obama lined the streets of the nation’s capital and complemented the red, white and blue banners to offer a true feel of patriotism.

    Indian Land resident Fred Witherspoon was among the herds of people walking those streets, hoping to make it to the National Mall. He said the massive crowd made him feel like a sardine in a tight-fitting can.

    Witherspoon said he vividly recalls those sights from his trip to Washington, D.C., where Obama was sworn in last week as the 44th president of the United States.

  • City Council not ready to fund Artisan Center

    Artists will have their own studios to render new creations. College instructors will have more space to hold classes and the community will be able to attend workshops and exhibits that highlight local art.

    That’s the vision of Christina Chastain, a local artist hoping to open The Artisan’s Center in downtown Lancaster. She’s been working on the project for about two years.

    But she needs funding to see her vision come true.