• Florence soaks Panhandle

    Hurricane Florence’s damage in the Panhandle wasn’t as extensive as some of its neighboring counties and parts of North Carolina, but the Indian Land and Van Wyck areas didn’t get away scot-free this weekend.
    Lancaster Fire Rescue Director Darren Player said he thinks the county was fortunate not to see the expected amount of rainfall and high winds.

  • ILVFD to get 3 more firefighters

    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Sept. 10 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 Pickard said Sept. 11, 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.

  • Events mark 9/11 terrorist attacks

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant was one of many local first responders who attended events Sept. 11 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.

  • IL Fall Festival countdown begins

    The Indian Land Fall Festival team marked its official kickoff for the November event at The Ivy Place in Van Wyck on Sept. 8. There are only 45 days left until the big event on Nov. 3-4.
    Nearly 150 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members, event planners, sponsors, vendors and volunteers enjoyed a dinner from Archie Boy’s BBQ under the big tent. Organizer Mike Neese thanked participants and gave them an overview for this year’s bigger plans.

  • County rated safe, livable, but roads need work

    Word of mouth is always the best advertising.
    A county-funded survey shows that  almost 70 percent of Lancaster County residents like living here so much that they’re recommending that others move here.
    “I can tell you why,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper. “They’re moving here because of the cost of living. And you can’t say that it’s just Indian Land anymore.”
    A homebuilder, Harper has sold 11 new homes this year south of the Lancaster city limits.

  • Roof leaks close IL library; expected to reopen Tuesday

    A pesky roof leak from drenching rains related to Hurricane Florence temporarily shut down the Del Webb Library in Indian Land on Monday, Sept. 17, but repairs are underway in hopes of reopening it by noon Tuesday.

    Del Webb Librarian Nancy Berry and her husband, Travis Berry, discovered the damage about lunchtime Sunday when they stopped by there after church. 

    “There was no hearing it; you could see it. We have dribbles of water and puddles where we’ve never had them before,” she said.

  • County convenience sites reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday

    After a four-day closing related to Hurricane Florence, the county’s 12 convenience sites will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

    “The Republic Landfill in Lee County reopened this morning,” Willis said just before lunchtime Monday. 

    He said trash containers at the county sites are being picked up now, so they will be empty on Tuesday.

    Willis pleaded for frustrated users to “quit leaving bags of trash in front of the convenience sites.”

  • Drawn-out disaster begins

    After making landfall on the N.C. coast about 7:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Hurricane Florence is headed this way, though the massive 300-mile-wide storm isn’t in a hurry to get here.
    According to a Friday afternoon update from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Florence was centered about 35 miles east of Myrtle Beach and moving west at about 5 mph.

  • Staggering amount of rainfall coming to Lancaster County


    Lancaster County is expected to accumulate up to 13 inches of rain over the next three days, a sobering prospect for Darren Player, the county’s top emergency management official.

    “This storm is historic for us if it actually turns out to be what they’re predicting,” said Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue.

  • Shelter opens for up to 125 at Buford High

    As Hurricane Florence pounded the coast and inched inland Friday, Sept. 14, Lancaster County Emergency Management and the Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at Buford High School.