Fort Mill has seen its share of change. A story we published last week about the impending demolition of the Banks Street school complex is the perfect example. The building, which started as a high school in 1952, evolved to fit the town’s changing needs and eventually hosted every grade level and a variety of academic and other community programs.
The town – and the greater Fort Mill Township area – has been transformed, from textile town to bedroom community and now a growing, vibrant destination for business and families. A once tiny school district is the pride of South Carolina and even now, as construction is underway to expand its two high schools and create new elementary schools, plans are being made to build more. Superintendent of Schools Chuck Epps said during a recent state of the community address that a third high school will be needed in less than 10 years and predicted that when Fort Mill is fully developed, the district will have doubled in size.
In the meantime, the Town of Fort Mill has doubled its physical size through annexation and is likely to expand even more. Neighboring Tega Cay has also extended its footprint and wants to grow. In the township’s panhandle, Indian Land seems to add people and businesses daily and is acknowledged as the engine of Lancaster County’s rapid growth.
Through it all, the Fort Mill Times has grown as well.
With a circulation approaching 30,000, it’s among the largest weekly newspapers in the state. Along the way, your local newspaper has been a leader in an evolving industry. It was the first weekly paper in S.C. to print in full color. When the Internet started to become a part of readers’ daily lives, it was one of the first in the state to launch a website, and it was out in front of the coming trend with a social media presence.
Now we have another change to tell you about: The Fort Mill Times is moving off Main Street.
At the end of this month we are moving out of our current location at 124 Main St., but we’re not going far! We will still be inside town limits at 422 Hwy. 21 Bypass (ZIP code 29715) and easy to find in a retail center about two minutes south of the Peach Stand, just around the corner from Fort Mill High.
Please bear with us while we make this transition over the next two weeks, and remember that we’re here for you. Our phone number will remain the same and you can contact us by email, on our Facebook page and on Twitter.
We hope you come visit us in our new home. We’ll look forward to seeing – and serving – you there!