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Today's News

  • Santa’s visit welcome

    INDIAN LAND – “Thank you, Santa,” said Jeremy Ashe, after watching his three children open their stockings from the man in the big red suit on Christmas Eve.

    The Ashes were one of nearly 20 Indian Land families visited by Santa in his annual ride with members of the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire departments.

    Ashe’s family is like many in the area who have had a challenging year in the tough economy and needed a little extra help with Christmas.

  • Year in Review – #3

    There was bad economic news all over in 2008.

    Here in Lancaster County, the unemployment rate was in the double digits and the county had one of the highest percentages of unemployed residents for most of the year. The jobless rate here was blamed largely on the loss of textile jobs, particularly those from Springs Global, which shuttered its manufacturing plants here and elsewhere in the region in late 2007.

    In May, Springs Memorial Hospital announced it was laying off 43 employees.

  • Year in Review – #5

    On the morning of July 9, Ronnie William Cairnes Sr., 55, the operator of Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop, was shot to death while standing outside his business at Blakley Crossroads, not far from the Chester County line.

    His killer was Darren Winchester, 46, who lived across the road from the store.

    Cairnes’ family said Winchester had threatened to harm Cairnes a number of times before. Winchester had also tried to set fire to Cairnes’ business, a brother of Cairnes said.

  • 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.