• Annual events mark 9/11 terrorist attacks

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant was one of many local first responders who attended events Tuesday marking the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    Grant remembers that day vividly.
    He was doing paperwork in his office when John Boy and Billy interrupted their radio show with news that an airliner had crashed into one of the twin towers. When another plane hit the second tower 17 minutes later, he knew the nation was under attack.

  • County adds 3 firefighters in Indian Land

    The Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Monday night to add three full-time firefighter positions at Station 10 in Indian Land, which will allow paid round-the-clock fire protection there for the first time.
    “We’ll be around 1,000 calls this year. It was almost 900 last year,” Indian Land Fire Chief Tom Pikard said Tuesday afternoon, before hustling out to answer a call that came into the station while he was on the phone.
    Right now, five full-time firefighters at ILFD staff the station from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

  • We all know the drill – Water, bread, batteries

    Water, bread, milk, beans, batteries and other essentials needed to ride-out a heavy storm were flying off of shelves at local stores Tuesday afternoon as consumers prepped for the wake of Hurricane Florence.
    Nikki Brinkman had her Walmart buggy loaded down with candles, non-perishables, charcoal, paper products and gallons of sweet tea. She said she bought extras of everything to get ready for the storm.
    “I think everyone is underestimating what it will do,” she said, noting that she remembers when Hurricane Hugo came through nearly 30 years ago.

  • Brace for impact

    Lancaster County expects tropical-storm-force gusts to arrive here about noon Thursday as Hurricane Florence nears a devastating landfall on the Carolinas coast, but that forecast could worsen if the storm’s track shifts even slightly southward.
    Wind is expected to be the main culprit here, as rainfall in the county from Thursday through Monday is expected to total just 2 to 4 inches.
    All of that depends on the massive, 500-mile-wide Category 4 storm staying on its current path. It is expected to make landfall about 2 a.m. Friday.

  • McMaster orders coastal evacuation

    COLUMBIA – Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the mandatory evacuation of an estimated 1 million people in eight coastal S.C. counties beginning at noon Tuesday as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas.
    “We do not want to risk one South Carolina life in this hurricane, so we’re willing to suffer some inconvenience…. This is a very dangerous hurricane,” McMaster said at a Monday afternoon briefing.    

  • McMaster holds 2:30 p.m. brief on Hurricane Florence

    COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will hold a media briefing at 2:30 p.m. today to update the public on Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on the state.
    Local officials are also meeting at 3 p.m. today at the Emergency Operations Center on White Street to discuss the storm, which intensified to Category 4, with winds in excess of 130 mph as it continues to bear down on the Carolina coast.

  • 900 students attend state’s annual FFA convention

    Tom Hallman
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Those who don’t believe in perpetual motion machines have never been to a South Carolina FFA convention.
    Take more than 900 high school students. Suit them up in spiffy, matching blue corduroy jackets. Pack them into a Clemson University auditorium and crank up the volume on the speakers.
    With all due respect to the first law of thermodynamics, energy indeed can be created.

  • Awash with watercolor

    The colors of nature filled the Native American Studies Center on Thursday evening with the unveiling of its new exhibit, “The View from My Window,” showcasing the work of Catawba artist DeAnn Beck.
    The vibrant display is a collection of watercolor paintings and graphite drawings depicting flowers, animals and landscapes, including scenes of the Catawba River.
    “It’s overwhelming, it’s exciting, it’s terrifying – all at the same time,” Beck said at the opening of the exhibit.

  • No progress on getting building for the library

    Downtown Kershaw may look a lot emptier next month when Wells Fargo shuts down its branch on Hampton Street.

    The Kershaw branch will close its doors Oct. 10. Josh Dunn, a spokesperson for Wells Fargo, said the company is in the process of letting its customers know about the change, but the ATM will remain attached to the vacant building.

    Dunn said the company tracks customer behavior, and customers are increasingly using online and mobile banking rather than walking into a branch.

  • Atlantic storm threatens East Coast

    Tropical Storm Florence is expected to again strengthen into a major hurricane, with forecast tracks taking the storm toward the East Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.
    The NHS expects Florence to make a turn toward the west-northwest and west with a decrease in forward speed through Saturday. The storm may begin to move faster toward the west-northwest over the western Atlantic early next week.