• Adopting a little girl from India

    It’s not an uncommon scene in Lancaster County – a team of volunteers gathering to paint, repair, clean and spruce up the home of someone who needs a helping hand.
    But the blitz of activity Sept. 22 at Susie Callahan’s house in Lancaster wasn’t a church mission project. It was part of the effort to help Gretchen Wilhelm adopt a little girl from India.

  • Rabid raccoon attacks IL residents

    Lancaster County’s third confirmed rabies case of the year was reported last week after two Indian Land residents were exposed through contact with a wild animal.
    The two have been referred to their health-care providers after they were “scratched and bitten” by a raccoon on Oct. 10, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    The raccoon was caught Oct. 12 and tested positive for rabies on Oct. 13.

  • Walnut Creek Trail, bridge still closed

    The Walnut Creek Trail and the suspension bridge over Twelve Mile Creek have been closed since Florence came through Lancaster County in mid-September.
    The slow-moving storm dumped 5 to 9 inches of rain over most of the county, swelling Twelve Mile Creek to flooding proportions and submerging the suspension bridge between the Carolinas.

  • 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.