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Today's News

  • Schools to close Friday

    The Lancaster County School District just announced that all Friday classes are cancelled. After-school programs will still be held Thursday, but there will no extracurricular activities after 6 p.m. Thursday or on Friday.

    “Right now, our area isn’t expected to get any major effects of Hurricane Florence until Friday,” said school school superintendent Dr. Jonathan Phipps. “Of course, we’ll continue to monitor the storm forecasts and adjust as necessary.”


     

  • Distribution, manufacturing fuel Fort Lawn resurgence

    Brian Garner

    Landmark News Service

    A quiet revitalization is going on at the four former Springs Industries plants in Fort Lawn, led by Springs Creative CEO Derick Close.

    Close bought the Fort Lawn plants that his family used to own – Elliott, Frances, Leroy and Riverlawn – and has made them the components of Springsteen Logistics, a division of his Springs Creative Group.

  • Chamber drive nets 30 new members

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce bumped its membership up by almost 10 percent  in its annual membership  drive. 

    “We are excited to welcome 30 new members who have joined the chamber and partner with us to make Lancaster County a better place to live, work and do business,” said Dean Faile, the chamber’s president and CEO.

  • Lights of Hope

    Nearly 200 people attended the Lights of Hope event at Eastside Baptist Church on Saturday to pray for those trapped in addiction and remember those who lost their lives to it.
    The Saturday event featured special music, a candlelight vigil and speakers touched by the opioid epidemic.
    Delois Carpenter and her husband, Rick, leaders of the local addiction outreach ministry Chainbreakers, led the guest speakers, followed by Sheriff Barry Faile, Donna Wright, Coroner Karla Deese and Wes Keziah.
    Wright lost her daughter in September 2015 to an addiction.

  • Candidate's Column: School board needs new philosophy

    My name is Chris Campbell and I am running for the Lancaster County school board’s District 7 seat to represent Indian Land.
    I’ve lived here in Indian Land almost 10 years. I have two children who have attended ILES and ILMS, and now I have one at ILHS. I know many of you from the community and many from coaching and volunteer work in this community.
    We have seen a lot of growth in Lancaster County, by way of Indian Land, in the last 10 years, but I don’t think we have been quite prepared for the growth.

  • Editor's Column: Fear of another Hugo makes us shudder

    If you are old enough to remember the night Hurricane Hugo sucker-punched this part of the state 29 years ago, you’re probably spending today telling people how horrible it was.
    And you’re warning them not to ignore the predictions about Florence, the 500-mile-wide Category 4 storm pointed straight at the Carolinas coast. Landfall is expected late Thursday.

  • False alarm on Sunday’s school alert

    The Lancaster County schools issued an alert Sunday about a report that a couple was telling people a van would pick up schoolchildren Monday morning, but it ended up being a false alarm caused by miscommunication between a bus driver and a resident.
    “Fortunately, it seems in this situation it was an honest mistake and miscommunication,” said school district Safety Director Bryan Vaughn.

  • Rock Hill grounds Indian Land, 34-7

    Lee McManus

    For The Lancaster News

    ROCK HILL – Indian Land was again on the road Friday night, this time against the Rock Hill Bearcats.

    For a while it looked as if it might be deja vu all over as, just as they did last week, the determined Warriors kept it close in the first half in their 14-9 comeback win over York.

    Class AAAAA Rock Hill, however, used a strong running game and stout defense to turn a 7-0 lead into a 34-7 win over the Warriors on Friday night at District Three Stadium in Rock Hill.

  • Annual events mark 9/11 terrorist attacks

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant was one of many local first responders who attended events Tuesday marking the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    Grant remembers that day vividly.
    He was doing paperwork in his office when John Boy and Billy interrupted their radio show with news that an airliner had crashed into one of the twin towers. When another plane hit the second tower 17 minutes later, he knew the nation was under attack.

  • County adds 3 firefighters in Indian Land

    The Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Monday night to add three full-time firefighter positions at Station 10 in Indian Land, which will allow paid round-the-clock fire protection there for the first time.
    “We’ll be around 1,000 calls this year. It was almost 900 last year,” Indian Land Fire Chief Tom Pikard said Tuesday afternoon, before hustling out to answer a call that came into the station while he was on the phone.
    Right now, five full-time firefighters at ILFD staff the station from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.