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  • 3 days of rain cause flooding

    INDIAN LAND – The sump pump at Nita Brown’s home sure picked a bad time to go out.
    Thursday afternoon, Brown had about a half inch of water in her basement on Ander Vincent Road, off Waxhaw Highway. 
    “I’m so sick of this mop, but the ground is just so saturated that there’s no place for the water to go. I’m ready for it to stop,” said Brown, who lives adjacent to a small tributary that flows into nearby Twelve Mile Creek.

  • Sigh of relief! Roof fix done before week’s drenching rain

    County officials bypassed the normal budget process last month to make $68,000 in emergency roof repairs to the donated Barnett Building on West Meeting Street, after Hurricane Florence damaged the structure.
    It’s a good thing they did. Without those repairs, this week’s four days of flood-inducing rains would have compounded the repair costs.
    The roof of the two-story building was damaged during Hurricane Florence in September.

  • 2nd arrest in Kings Circle shooting

    A second arrest has been made in the Nov. 1 Kings Circle shooting, with a search still under way for two other suspects.
    Travis Phillip Miller, 35, was arrested Nov. 6 after deputies and investigators found him hiding in the basement of a North Catawba Street home. He was charged with first-degree burglary, attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He was found carrying a stolen 9mm and was also charged with possession of a stolen pistol.

  • No room at animal shelter

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has seen a major influx of dogs over the past month, taking in an overwhelming 100 of them in just two weeks.
    The shelter is set up with only 31 runs to hold dogs, and shelter Director Alan Williams said he tries not to double up the runs to keep the animals from passing along diseases. A distemper outbreak shut down the shelter in May 2017.

  • Crackdown on passing school buses

    The Lancaster County School District is installing cameras on school bus stop signs to catch drivers illegally passing buses whose lights are flashing and stop signs are extended.
    “The bus stop arm cameras help us send a strong message that we’ll do whatever it takes to catch people who put our students at risk,” Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said.

  • Licko’s Celtic band returns with ‘Highland Echoes’

    If you enjoy the TV series “Outlander” or the stage show “Riverdance,” or if you were among the audience at the standing-room only Celtic Christmas concerts in Lancaster in 2015 and 2016, you won’t want to miss “Highland Echoes – The Holiday Tour.”
    The performance by The Jennifer Licko Band is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Lancaster’s Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St.

  • County honors 2 high performers

    Lancaster County Council highlighted the accomplishments of two county workers Monday night.
    Sgt. Michael Hinson of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was named the top county employee for the third quarter of 2018. And Stuart Barfield, chief of planning operations for Lancaster County Emergency Management, received the county’s Thumbs Up Award.
    A deputy since 2008, Hinson is a patrol sergeant for District 3, which includes the southern part of the county.

  • Fire/rescue procession to honor Dennis Straight

    A memorial service for fallen Van Wyck firefighter Dennis Straight will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church of Lancaster.
    Straight, 59, was struck and killed while directing traffic after a wreck at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 last week. He was the assistant chief at Charlotte Road-Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department and had been with the department for 20 years.
    He was an active volunteer in the town of Van Wyck and at Andrew Jackson State Park.

  • Nonprofit plans halfway house in Kershaw to help women

    Almost 10 years ago, after serving a five-year prison sentence, Le Tanya Williams founded Battered But Not Broken, a nonprofit that provides housing for women who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and have previously been incarcerated.
    “Our aim is to help women and give them the tools to become productive members of society,” Williams said this week.
    The program already has two halfway houses in Chester, the House of Magdalene and the House of Ruth, and is now branching into Lancaster County. 

  • New place to gather, get healthy, have fun

    Lots of new details and images of Indian Land’s new YMCA have been revealed, showcasing the facility’s prime amenities and cutting-edge design.  
    An eight-lane swimming pool, cross-fit functional training, yoga and spin rooms, and an indoor walking track are only a few of the features planned for the sleek, contemporary structure.
    A zero-entry outdoor pool – think of a beach without sand – and waterpark are also in the cards, contingent on additional funding.