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  • No 2018 Christmas parade in Van Wyck

    Tension between Van Wyck and Indian Land has flared again, with Van Wyck canceling its long-running Christmas parade after Indian Land scheduled its inaugural parade on the same afternoon.
    “There will be no Christmas Parade in Van Wyck this year,” said Pat Oglesby, the Van Wyck Christmas Parade chairman, in a post on the town’s Facebook page.

  • Local EMS workers in danger zone along coast

    SURFSIDE BEACH – Lancaster County EMS paramedic Charlie Garcia may have to go on a diet when he returns home after helping out with emergency services in Horry County after Hurricane Florence.
    “A lady just walked into the station with a pound cake. I’m afraid to come home, cause I’m gonna be about 50 pounds heavier,” Garcia said Tuesday. “It’s been a blessing. There is a true spirit of community down here, and everyone is pulling together.”  

  • Still room for vendors at IL Fall Festival

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    When the Indian Land Fall Festival returns Nov. 3-4, visitors will have no shortage of vendors to explore. 

    Want steampunk-inspired jewelry, handmade soap or new gutters for your house? You can find it as you browse the nearly 200 art, craft, business and nonprofit vendors that have signed on for the two-day festival at the Indian Land schools complex. 

  • Heath Springs upping business-license fees

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town of Heath Springs’ bargain-basement fees for business licenses are on the way out.

    Town council unanimously approved an eight-tiered classification system last week that sets a minimum fee ranging from $35 to $70 based on business type, as well as a rate based on gross income. 

    The new fees take effect May 1, 2019.

  • Despite storm, we’re on track for ‘fantastic’ autumn colors

    Steven Bradley
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – As some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway reopened for the first time after being cleared from Hurricane Florence, there was little to suggest the storm would put a damper on a vibrant fall color season in the southern Appalachians.
    Ample rainfall over the summer and warm temperatures continuing well into September could delay the display slightly, but Clemson University forest ecologist Don Hagan reported few signs Florence should hinder an abundance of autumn hues.

  • Hope and Legos

    When a Texas youngster named Winston heard the appeal for donations to victims of Hurricane Florence, he knew what he wanted to give.
    Winston, who lives near Houston, had survived Hurricane Harvey. After the hurricane, Winston felt very sad. He knew there would be children like him in the Carolinas.

  • Lancaster man arrested on child-porn charges

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after being accused of sending child pornography over social media.
    According to the S.C. Attorney General’s office, Damien James Clark, 25, was arrested Friday by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office after investigators received a tip from the Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) hotline that traced him here.

  • Sheriff reviews circumstances of man’s killing

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was tight-lipped Tuesday about the ongoing investigation into Monday’s shooting death of a Lancaster man at a home near Erwin Elementary School.
    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese identified the victim as Jamey Randal McCants, of 929 Confederate Ave.
    According to a sheriff’s office release, McCants, 44, was shot once in the upper torso at a home on Maplewood Avenue.
    Authorities responded to the scene at 1:20 a.m. Monday, according to a media release from the sheriff’s office.  

  • Her long fight is over

    Julie Stone had an infectious smile and a fighting spirit, which she used for many years to inspire others who carry the burdens of breast cancer.
    The Indian Land mother of three died Sept. 16 after the cancer finally overpowered her. She was just 40 years old.
    “Watching someone fight breast cancer as hard as she did has absolutely changed my life,” said Kate Powers, one of Stone’s best friends. “She would tell me to slow down and do what was important. She had an understanding of time that makes all the sense in the world now.”

  • Lancaster man charged in child-porn case

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor after being accused of sending child pornography over social media.
    According to the S.C. Attorney General’s office, Damien James Clark, 25, was arrested Friday by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office after investigators received a tip from the Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) hotline that traced him here.