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Today's News

  • Have fun but safe July 4th

    Declaring independence from the mother country England was to be celebrated with devotion to God, pomp, parades, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the United  States to the other – forever more. That was how John Adams said the American colonies were to claim their freedom on July 2, 1776.
    However, the official declaration day wasn’t until two days later and some historians still debate the official day.

  • Is this America’s last birthday?

    America is the first country in history to be founded based on individual liberty. The principles of liberty are timeless. The concepts apply as much today just as they did more than 200 years ago.
    Our founders knew firsthand the misery and suffering caused by tyranny. They came from societies where government controlled its citizens with an iron fist. They had a solid understanding of the consequences of unchecked power.

  • Understand taxes when buying a car

    Most people like having new cars. Unfortunately, with new cars come taxes and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When buying a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office (these will vary based upon where you live in Lancaster County) and you must also pay a sales tax for the car to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • Sharing Old Glory with all

    INDIAN LAND – Joe Malinowski is doing his part to make Independence Day  as red, white and blue as possible.

    Known as “The Flag Man” back home in Austintown, Ohio, the 79-year-old retired Marine and Vietnam veteran believes everyone should have a flag on July 4.

    That’s why you’ll see him sitting at the end of his Pine Bluff Way driveway in the Legacy Park subdivision in Indian Land handing out free flags to any passing motorist who wants one. 

  • DEA busts IL smoke shop

    INDIAN LAND – Amidst the signs for hookahs and electronic cigarettes, a small, handwritten note was the only sign anything was amiss at a Panhandle smoke shop Friday, June 28.

    Taped to the front door of High Life Smoke Shop, located in the Palmetto Commons shopping center off Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521), the note read “Closed due to inventory check. Will open later. Sorry for inconvenience.”

    But according to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile, there was a lot more going on at the store than a routine inventory check.

  • July 1 means changes in law

    While July 1 signals the start of a new fiscal year for state and local government, it also marks new laws and codes take effect.

    From tampering with power meters to updating codes on abandoned buildings, the state General Assembly  changed or modified 28 statutes during  the last legislative session.

    Here are a few that most residents need to be aware of:

    H 3180 

    Allows record expungement for a person with a first-offense crime that carries a fine of $1,000 instead of $500. 

  • Fireworks safety makes Independence Day a blast

    To say the week of July 4 is the busiest time of year for area fireworks retailers is an understatement. It is THE time of year.

    According to Phantom Fireworks manager David Smith, the Fourth of July brings in  nearly four times the amount of business than the next busiest time of year, New Year’s.

    From sparklers to 500 gram mortars, the strongest legal firework available without a license, South Carolina fireworks draw customers from as far as Virginia and beyond, Smith said. 

  • County deputy chases shoplifter in Rock Hill

    An off-duty Lancaster County deputy sheriff got more than he bargained for after a recent trip to a Rock Hill home improvement store turned into a chase for a shoplifter. 

    Deputy John Hicks was speaking with a store employee at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store, at 1350 Springdale Road, just after 2 p.m. June 6, when the chase began, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

  • Teenagers report island assault

    A kayaking trip down the Catawba River turned into a scary assault for a trio of teens June 22. 

    Deputies first spoke with a 17-year-old Fort Mill boy who reported he was assaulted by an unknown man during a quick break from a kayaking trip with two friends from Indian Land, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The teen told deputies he and the two friends, both 18, had traveled down the river and were approaching the Sun City Carolina Lakes boat landing about 8:15 p.m. 

  • Speedway ready to roll after rainout

    Following the Lancaster Super Speedway rainout last week, LSS officials have set the schedule for the July 6 race.