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  • Weaver takes job near coast

    Lancaster County Attorney John Weaver is still retiring, though it won’t be as soon as he originally planned.
    Beaufort County officials announced last week that the 71-year-old Weaver has been hired as the county’s interim administrator. Weaver will start his new job Nov. 12.
    “I agreed to do it for six months. This wasn’t planned, and I never saw it coming,” said Weaver,  who was set to retire Dec. 31.

  • Schools could run out of money by 2021

    Research presented in September to Lancaster County leaders, predicting how our rocketing growth will affect local government revenues, paints a rosy picture for the county and a foreboding one for the school district.
    The study by Clemson University’s Regional Economic Analysis Laboratory (REAL) shows that while the county government gains operating revenue from the arrival of new residents, the schools do not.

  • Reid Pointe voters to decide on special road tax

    Voters in the Reid Pointe subdivision off S.C. 160 will have one more question on their Nov. 6 election ballots than everyone else, but it’s a question they’re ready to get answered.
    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a resolution Aug. 13 that allows Reid Pointe residents to decide if they should create a special tax district and borrow up to $700,000 to pay for street repairs to get the subdivision’s roads brought up to standard and accepted into the county system.

  • Lucky again, as storm blows past us

    Tropical Storm Michael whipped through Lancaster County with 50-mph gusts Thursday, Oct. 11, but caused little disruption here, after obliterating parts of the Florida Panhandle and killing six people.
    Darren Player, the local emergency management director, said the county fared extremely well, as it did last month during Hurricane Florence’s devastating slow crawl across the Carolinas.
    “We were blessed. It could’ve been a whole lot worse than it was,” Player said. “And if you look at the people around us, they did get a lot worse.

  • IL Fall Fest includes 3 entertainment stages

    Expanding with a third stage and a second day of shows, the bigger and better Indian Land Fall Festival offers lots of opportunities for good music and entertaining performances Nov. 3 and 4.
    On Saturday, Nashville recording artist Kasey Tyndall will take the Comporium Main Stage in the afternoon, singing her hits, such as “Bar That’s Open” and “Everything is Texas.” Tyndall got her start several years ago after winning a radio contest to sing a song with Keith Urban.

  • Center of Michael now passing over county

    Tropical Storm Michael, a former Category 4 hurricane, moved into Georgia and South Carolina overnight Wednesday and continues to move across the Piedmont.


    At 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, and was moving northwest at 23 mph.

  • Schools, county offices close Thursday ahead of storm

    Lancaster County School District and Lancaster County offices will be closed Thursday, Oct. 11, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Michael.
    “Because of the wind factor… it’s just not safe for our buses to be on the road. We just want to make sure our students are safe,” school district Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said Wednesday.
    Phipps said the district will monitor conditions throughout the day Thursday before making a decision on Friday classes. The fast-moving storm is expected to be out of South Carolina before dawn Friday.

  • Tropical-storm warning issued for county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has placed Lancaster County under a tropical-storm warning due to the projected path of Hurricane Michael.


    The warning was issued at 11:04 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.


    The latest weather forecasts indicate that much of the county will pelted with an estimated 4 to 6 inches of rain through Friday morning, with 6 to 8 inches possible in the eastern-most portion of the county near the Chesterfield County line.


    Tropical-force winds ranging from 39-52 mph are also expected with higher-speed wind gusts possible.


  • Hurricane Michael targeting S.C.

    Less than a month after Hurricane Florence brought historic flooding to the eastern parts of the state, South Carolina is under threat of substantial rain from Hurricane Michael.
    Late Tuesday, Oct. 9, Michael was a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds at 120 mph. The storm was 420 miles south of Panama City, Fla., moving north in the Gulf of Mexico at 12 mph.

  • Reaching for the sky – New ILHS walls go up

    The new Indian Land High School, a gleaming, modern campus full of amenities and aspirations, is rising out of the red clay, with footings being poured and walls begining to jut skyward.
    Facilities Director David Small is pleased with the construction progress at what will be the Lancaster County School District’s newest high school, with $90 million in construction scheduled for completion in 2020.
    “Everybody’s pushing and working together to get the job done. We’re ready to use our facilities,” Small said.