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Today's News

  • BB&T opens in Carolina Commons

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land residents have a new place to manage their money since BB&T opened its newest branch at Carolina Commons on Dec. 15.

    The bank offers a wide range of products and services for individuals and businesses at its new location, one of 1,400 sites in 11 states.

    Despite its large size, BB&T operates as community banks through its structure of more than 30 individual regions to respond to the different economic needs of their clients.

  • Year in Review – #2

    2008 was a historic election year, and South Carolina was in the national spotlight in January, when both the Democratic and Republican parties had their first-in-the-South primaries here.

    Only two candidates campaigned in Lancaster County – Republican John McCain, who made a stop at Sun City Carolina Lakes late in 2007, and Democrat John Edwards, who made two stops in the county before the primary.

    McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, won the GOP primary on Jan. 19, after which he was the clear frontrunner in the race for the Republican nomination.

  • Year in Review – #1: Top Story of Year

    At 5:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, a woman on her way to work called 911 to report that the historic Lancaster County Courthouse was on fire. Firefighters who rushed to the scene hoped for the best, but arrived to find the building engulfed in flames.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell learned how serious the fire was as he was driving to the scene. He heard firefighters already there ask for more water pressure.

  • Year in Review – #4

    The county got some unwanted national attention in early October when Forbes.com, the online version of Forbes magazine, ranked the county as “the most vulnerable town” in America.

    On this top-10 list, Forbes.com cited the county’s 12.2 percent unemployment rate for August. It also noted that only 18.6 percent of the workforce here has an associate’s degree or higher and said about 20 percent of residents live at or below the poverty line.

  • Year in Review – #7

    Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford made many Lancaster County residents proud when he made his second appearance in the Olympic Games in Beijing in August.

    Crawford, an Indian Land High School graduate and a former All-American runner at Clemson University, was looking to repeat the success he had in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. There, he won the gold medal in the 200-meter race.

    But Crawford wasn’t able to repeat his 2004 success. Usain Bolt of Jamaica overshadowed all other runners in the 2008 games, winning three gold medals, including the medal for the 200 meter.

  • Year in Review – #10

    In early June, Lancaster City Council pulled $198,000 in funding to See Lancaster, a nonprofit group that promotes downtown business revitalization and economic development in the county.

    See Lancaster receives most of its funding from the city’s hospitality tax revenue, which is generated from the 2-cents-per-dollar tax on food and beverages sold at restaurants in the city.

  • Year in Review – #9

    Retired Lancaster police officer Ray Knight was just trying to help at a wreck scene on Lynwood Circle when he was shot in the face on June 27.

    As Knight approached the car, the occupants ran in the opposite direction, and one of those occupants shot Knight, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said.

    Knight was the second person shot in that area that night; he had no idea the occupants of the wrecked car were somehow connected to a shooting.

    “He was going to render aid – doing what he was trained to do and was brutally shot,” Cauthen said.

  • Jazz up TV tailgating this bowl season

    Your favorite college football team has made it to a bowl game. Congratulations!

    Your game plan includes hosting a get-together with family and friends around the TV set to root on your favorite team.

    Tailgating around the TV gives you a great opportunity to add a little special menu flavor to the festivities.

    Since the kitchen is only a room or two away, you can think outside the normal tailgating line-up that you are limited to in a stadium parking lot.