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  • Moving deluge down the river

    After significant rainfall across both Carolinas this past Sunday and Monday, the Catawba River Basin is struggling to move all of that water down to the flatlands.
    Duke Energy on Wednesday opened gates at the Fishing Creek and Cedar Creek dams, to alleviate the buildup of water runoff from across the Piedmont and the mountains. The power company is expecting Lake Wateree to rise and eventually spill, but the lake is not expected to go above 101 feet.

  • Lancaster’s Dr. Jairy Hunter retires as university president

    By 1989, at age 42, Dr. Jairy Hunter Jr. had accomplished what he had set out to do as president of what was then called Baptist College at Charleston.
    In five years, the Lancaster native had rescued the school from financial crisis, charted it on a steady path and was ready for his next career move – perhaps returning to a larger, secular university.
    But all that changed when Hunter heard a passage from his mother’s diary, read during her funeral.

  • IL school sidewalk plan hits roadblock

    The plan to build sidewalks near Indian Land Middle School on River Road is on hold for now after county officials learned this week that the estimated cost of construction has soared from $161,000 to $248,000.
    County council was told earlier this month that S.C. Department of Transportation cost estimates for the project were too low. DOT gave new higher estimates to the county April 19.  

  • Stay ‘prayed up,’ ready for change

    Jennifer Pinckney is a survivor.
    Three years ago, she and her 6-year-old daughter, Malana, crouched under a desk as bullets pierced the walls around them.

  • Nice day for a ride

    The American Legion Riders of South Carolina’s state Legacy Ride covers 600 miles in 3 days and supports a scholarship fund for children of fallen military and disabled veterans. The ride stopped at Lancaster's Post 31 on Saturday.

  • Former IL volleyball coach Seidel files suit

    The former coach of the Indian Land High girls’ volleyball team, whose brief tenure at the school ended last year before his team played its first regular season game, is now suing for back pay, according to a lawsuit.
    In his suit filed April 3, James P. Seidel has demanded the Lancaster County School District pay him $2,161 in coach’s supplemental pay that he argues the district promised him in writing upon his departure from the school.

  • Van Wyck sticks with UDO for now

    VAN WYCK – Anyone who wants to build in the county’s newest town must follow the county regulations spelled out in the Unified Development Ordinance.
    The Lancaster County Council unanimously voted March 9 for a memorandum of understanding with Van Wyck to keep the UDO in place for now. In other words, nothing will change until Van Wyck gets its is own zoning ordinances in place.
    “You remember it took a year and a half for us to do that,” said County Attorney John Weaver, noting that the county UDO rewrite took from March 2015 to October 2016.

  • No arrests yet in hit-and-run

    Amber Green of Indian Land is just 42 years old.
    “But in the past week,” she said, “I feel like I’ve aged 10 years.”
    A week ago, her son, Wilkie, 4, and husband, Nathan, 41, were run over after an unidentified teen just south of Charlotte stole a case of beer from a Blakeney Village grocery and jumped into a waiting getaway car.

  • Craft Stand owner running for mayor

    The mayoral race expanded yet again Monday and now includes a fifth candidate.
    Don Geraghty, co-owner of The Craft Stand on Main Street, has filed in the special mayoral election to fill the term of the late Mayor John Howard. It’s his first run for public office.
    “I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” said Geraghty, 44. “I’m not a Lancaster native, but I’ve met the best people in my life here, and I want to see the city prosper.”

  • Lancaster County joining I-77 Alliance

    RICHBURG – Almost four years after giving Lancaster the economic brushoff for membership, the I-77 Alliance has warmed up to include the county in the regional partnership that lures businesses to the area.
    The county will join the alliance, which includes Chester, Fairfield, Richland and York counties, on July 1.
    “As far as I’m concerned, this ranks at the very top of the good-news scale,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper. “This is really a great day in Lancaster….