Today's News

  • Block party to address youth violence

    More than once, LaVern Shropshire reminded her sons that poor choices might one day lead to unintended consequences.
    And that day was Dec. 4, 2015, when her sons – Naquavis Aqueece Benson, 29, and Jarvis Mandrell Benson, 38, along with a friend, 30-year-old Jarvarius Deshawn McGee, were shot to death in a triple homicide at a home near Pineville.
    The Bensons, police say, were there for McGee’s birthday.

  • Abuse case against local dad dismissed

    Staff Reports
    Child-abuse charges against a Lancaster father have been dismissed and expunged, and court documents say state investigators found the allegations “unfounded.”
    Randy Lorenzo McIlwain of 1446 Winthrop Ave. was charged on April 27, 2017, with three misdemeanor counts of cruelty/depravation to children. His children, who were 7, 12 and 15 at the time of the allegation, were taken into emergency protective custody.

  • What would it cost to become a town?

    Of all the issues in the Indian Land incorporation debate, none sits closer to the heart of the matter for most Panhandle residents than taxation.
    With a little more than two weeks left until the March 27 referendum, many voters simply want to know the answer to two basic questions before they decide: How much will it cost and what will it buy me?
    The answer is, there’s no way to know until after the decision is made.
    If residents decide to incorporate, the new town of Indian Land’s first town council will decide the answers to both questions.

  • Strike Eagle surprise!

    Rochelle Moore
    Goldsboro News-Argus

    GOLDSBORO, N.C. – Dylan Bolles-Prasse of Lancaster has spent a lifetime battling sickness while trying to maintain a normal life.
    But Monday was not a normal day. Dylan, 12, had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, suiting up in flight gear and sitting in the cockpit of a F-15E Strike Eagle.
    The Indian Land Middle School sixth grader became Pilot for a Day at an annual program hosted by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

  • NASC raises curtain on 2 new art exhibits

    From release
    Two art exhibits debut this week at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, and there will be opening receptions for both Wednesday in conjunction with Native American Studies Week.
    Beginning at 11:15 a.m., a reception will be held for the exhibit “Kahes’vkus Tvm Vehidi: Return of the Pee Dee.” Curated by members of the Pee Dee Indian Tribe, this is the third exhibit created for the NASC by an S.C. tribe or tribal group.  

  • Fire consumes 3 Sun City homes

    INDIAN LAND – A fire whipped by strong winds quickly destroyed three houses and damaged two others Thursday afternoon at Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    An army of firefighters rushed to the scene from at least six departments, extinguishing the blaze after a little more than two hours. No residents or firefighters were injured.

  • Tribute to 17 Parkland victims strains local students, teachers

    Students and teachers filed silently out of classrooms at Andrew Jackson High School at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
    Some leaned against doorways. Kids sat on the floor with their knees up to their chests, heads buried in crossed arms. The only sound was sniffling, as many, including several teachers, fought back tears.
    For 17 somber minutes, AJ mourned the 17 students and faculty shot to death Feb. 14 in Parkland, Fla.

  • Canceling concerts fails on 3-3 tie vote

    A move to scrap Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series of concerts came close to passing Tuesday night, as city council members fretted over the program’s $150,000 deficit for this fiscal year.
    After an hour-long executive session to discuss the Performing Arts Series, which has generated about $89,000 in revenue this year, council member Linda Blackmon made a motion to discontinue the concerts.
    The vote failed on a 3-3 tie, with Blackmon, Hazel Taylor and Sara Eddins in favor, and Gonzie Mackey, Kenny Hood and Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris against.

  • Rep. Norrell: Make ‘revenge porn’ illegal

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell has introduced legislation to make revenge porn a crime in South Carolina, targeting the latest form of online harassment and breach of privacy.
    The Lancaster Democrat’s bill in the S.C. House would make the crime a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or as much as a year in prison.

  • Suspicious behavior leads to Indian Land drug arrest

    A Charlotte teen was arrested in Indian Land for trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to sell after a curious deputy followed a hunch and tailed the teen’s car.
    Justice Blake Mendler, 19, was arrested March 5 in an incident that began shortly before midnight at the Indian Land McDonald’s.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said the deputy was patrolling the restaurant parking lot when he saw Mendler’s Ford Focus pulling out and noticed the three passengers in the car watching him as they rode away.