• BHS team wins calculus coaster contest

    A roller coaster ride in Ohio was the inspiration behind a winning calculus project.

    Buford High School seniors T.J. Roberts and Taylor Threatt created a roller coaster display called TNT, which was voted the best of all displays presented by calculus students in Lancaster County School District.

  • County official says land was rezoned for Rite Aid

    A Charlotte developer got the initial OK at County Council's last meeting to move forward with The Village at Doby's Bridge.

    The proposed development, on U.S. 521 across from the intersection of Doby's Bridge Road, will include retail and office space.

  • Be aware of new tax laws before you file

    Uncle Sam and the state of South Carolina are knocking at the doors of Lancaster County residents again, looking for their share of taxes from 2007.

    And of course, there are always new things to be aware of in a new tax season.

    Each year, the federal government changes various standard and itemized deduction amounts because of inflationary reasons. New deductions are also added.

  • Officials keep close eye on winter storm

    Local officials are keeping a close eye on the movements of a winter storm heading toward the state.

    Lancaster County is under a winter weather advisory from 7 p.m. tonight to 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Wintry precipitation is forecast to develop across the region by late tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Light snow will develop and mix with sleet and rain. There may be a period of light snow after midnight. The weather service said light accumulation is possible, but will be less than an inch.

  • First day at new ILMS like second Christmas

    INDIAN LAND – There were sticky notes on the lockers that told each student which one was theirs.

    Even though some had trouble mastering their combinations, they were glad that the lockers were considerably larger than the ones they had been using at their former school.

    Tuesday was the first day of class for Indian Land Middle School students in the recently renovated building that used to serve as the high school.

    Aside from having new lockers, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders appeared happy to have a building to call their own.

  • Veteran officer retires – sort of

    Tim Witherspoon has been involved with law enforcement since he was 9.

    Back then, he was part of the Lancaster Police Department's youth patrol and later became a police cadet, in which he was able to ride around with officers to get a first-hand look at police life.

    He knew then that law enforcement was his calling.

    Nearly 30 years later and a full cop career behind him, Witherspoon has decided to retire. His last day was Jan. 3.

  • Laid-off Springs' workers not bitter in NPR interviews

    National Public Radio "Morning Edition" host Steve Inskeep was surprised to hear that a Springs Industries job was much more than, well, a factory job to many former Springs workers.

    On Monday and Tuesday, Inskeep was in Lancaster with NPR producer Emily Ochsenschlager and production assistant Nicole Beemsterboer to talk with former Springs workers about the plight of textiles and how they've coped since they lost their jobs.

  • Spratt talks about national debt, presidential race Democrat Club

    The mounting national debt, congressional progress and the presidential race were front-burner topics for U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, when he spoke Jan. 8 in Indian Land.

    Spratt met with about 125 people at an event sponsored by the Democrat Club of Sun City Carolina Lakes at The Lake House.

  • Former FrontDoor CEO files suit

    A Charlotte businessman has opened the door to a court case in Lancaster County.

    Robert M. Davis Jr., former chief executive officer of the failed FrontDoor Communications, has filed a lawsuit against Carroll Edwards and Dean Harrell.

    Harrell asked County Council last year to authorize $300 million in bonds for development at Catawba Ridge, which is in western Lancaster County along the Catawba River.

    Davis is suing Harrell and Edwards, Harrell's business partner, for breach of contract.

  • Recent rainfall helps with drought, but water-use restrictions continue

    Late December rainfall has likely delayed Stage 4 drought restrictions a bit longer, officials say.

    While he expects an official update from Duke Energy on Catawba River and lake water levels early next week, Lancaster County Water and Sewer District Manager Mark Knight said his hunch is that recent rain has brought another delay to Stage 4 restrictions, which would require at least a 30 percent reduction in water use from all customers.