Today's News

  • Understand your homeowner’s policy

    The devastation left by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has reminded us how important it is to understand the fine points of homeowner’s insurance.
    It’s always best to know ahead of time what a contract covers in the event that you may actually need it. Here are some things to be aware of regarding homeowner’s insurance.

  • Fired worker alleges race bias in Gerdau Ameristeel lawsuit

    A former employee at Gerdau Ameristeel’s Lancaster plant is suing the company, alleging racial discrimination and retaliation in his May 2016 firing.
    Dirk Mitchell, a Pageland resident, was employed at the company’s Riverside Road facility for two years. He was hired as an inspector on a production line making railroad spikes, according to the suit, and a dispute over an inspection led to his dismissal.

  • Sheriff gets grant for DUI deputy

    The chances of getting busted are about to go up for drunk drivers in Lancaster County thanks to a sheriff’s office grant from the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
    Announced during Monday night’s county council meeting, the $157,116 grant will pay for salary, benefits, a vehicle, uniforms, equipment and training for a third deputy on the sheriff’s office’s DUI Enforcement Team starting Oct. 1.

  • Council votes to lease Indian Land space

    County council unanimously voted Monday to lease space for a satellite county government office in the Panhandle.
    “We wanted to move forward in the Indian Land area for the convenience of the residents,” said council Vice Chair Charlene McGriff, who led Monday’s meeting in the absence of council Chairman Steve Harper.
    The county will sign a letter of intent with the property owner on 2,200 square feet of space at The Commons of Doby’s Bridge. The strip center is at 8451 Charlotte Highway, just past the Gate station on U.S. 521 North.

  • Indian Land accounts for all growth in local schools

    The number of students attending Indian Land schools has increased more than 10 percent since this time last year, while the population of most of the county’s other schools has declined slightly.
    Of the county’s four high schools, only Indian Land High increased its student body from last school year.
    Indian Land’s school growth is driven mostly by the Panhandle’s two elementary schools.

  • Predawn wreck with 2 vehicles kills Lancaster motorcyclist

    A motorcyclist was killed early Monday after he was struck by two vehicles in Indian Land.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Breck Higgins, 49, of Lancaster.
    Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the collision happened about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Marvin and Henry Harris roads, about 3 miles outside Fort Mill.
    Miller identified the other two drivers as Joseph Michael Hatten of Indian Land and John Joseph Donohue of Fort Mill.

  • No need to redo Sunday alcohol vote

    The S.C. Department of Revenue has affirmed Lancaster County’s 2016 vote that legalized Sunday off-premises alcohol sales after hashing out two opposing state attorney general opinions on the matter.
    Michael Lewis, SCDOR regulatory manager, notified county officials Sept. 19 of the agency’s decision.
    “The department has chosen not to cancel the Sunday sales temporary permits in your county/municipality on June 30, 2018,” Lewis wrote in a letter.

  • Blackmon: ‘Someone tried to kill me’

    An Arch Street house belonging to incoming Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon went up in flames Monday morning, the second of her residential properties to burn this month.
    As investigators documented the scene inside, a distraught Blackmon stood outside 701 E. Arch St., the location of her nonprofit foundation. She said the fire was an attempt to murder her before she can take office.

  • Pickup plows into flatbed

    A man was severely injured Monday morning when his pickup slammed into the back end of a flatbed semi hauling metal pipe on U.S. 521 in Indian Land.
    According to Lancaster County Fire Marshall Russell Rogers, the accident happened about 9:41 a.m. just south of Rebound Road in front of the school district’s new elementary school.

  • Column: Good governance by officials is the taxpayers’ expectation

    There are two important lessons we can learn from Hurricane Irma: One, that we as a nation possess remarkable resolve when faced with adversity. And two, that we offer too much praise to government leaders who are simply doing their job.