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LAKE WYLIE, SC (AP) — A modern survey of the state line between North Carolina and South Carolina has sent 93 property owners into another state.

The border was first drawn in the 1700s, but wasn’t surveyed again until now. The new line was drawn with computers and GPS systems, narrowing it down to the centimeter.

The old border was off by several hundred feet in some areas.

The owner of a Lake Wylie store says he will likely have to close because he is now in North Carolina, where gas is 30 cents more a gallon and he can’t sell fireworks.

For property owners, most of them around Charlotte, it will be a bureaucratic nightmare of changing schools, phone numbers, driver licenses and even the lawmakers they call to complain about the problems.

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  • Sensible Sandlapper Gal

    Our state borders need to be left alone! After a few hundred years, everything is mute. Why isn’t “possession is 9/10th of the law” applying? Greed and keeping other important facts from the public are the reason.

    We are trying to honor a dead king. Why? He was never an American!!

    We have starving citizens, homelessness, unemployment, and natural disasters that are devastating lives!!! *****Help them with these resources!******
    Don’t disrupt anymore lives. This is sheer craziness and bureaucracy at its finest! Use common sense, please.

    People own property where they wanted to purchase it. Stop the madness, waste of resources, and mental abuse, and future financial torture of these loyal U.S. Citizens!!

    By the way, one of my parents is a Tarheel. My family is half Sandlapper and half Tarheel. I am Sandlapper born and raised. But, I am a Sandy heel or a Tarry lapper, as well. I love both states just the way they are!

  • ncsnoangel

    I agree, I live in NC and they are greedy people, thinking seriously of moving to SC. NC needs to leave it alone

  • Guesttoo

    Why not just give these properties a “Sunset” clause? Leave the current property owners alone and leave the property as-is until it changes hands. At that point, it would revert to the state that the survey indicates it rightfully belongs to.

    Families could vote for candidates that they are familiar with, kids could continue to go to the schools that they are already a part…nobody has their lives disrupted.

  • Patricia

    They should just leave it alone.It has been like that for over 300 years.Why should they try to fix something that is not broken to begin with NC could take payment for the sale of the land To SC .and let SC keep it . NC makes a little money. How simple that would be. that would be less stressful to everyone. Thank you for listening. Pat

  • MapFolder

    There have been a number of state boundary corrections in the last few decades. Keep in mind, most boundaries were mapped with the old rod and chain method of surveying and the GPS wasn’t even something that could be comprehended yet. Even the US border isn’t perfect. The town of Derby Line, Vermont is separated by the US/Canada border and even has its library split by an international boundary. Cool! “Fort Blunder” in New York state was build in Canada due to surveying errors. Even the glorious four corners monument is just over 1,800 feet from where it would be if placed by modern mapping/surveying methods. But the courts determined that the location of the monument is the official spot, right or wrong, so a couple of the states just aren’t as right angled as they thought they were in that location. Brian Unger’s show How the State Got Their Shapes covers a lot of these really cool topics.

  • SCgirl

    Looks like NC is once again getting greedy. All of this tax dollar waste on something ridiculous. Leave it that way it has been since the 1700’s. Aren’t there bigger issues to be handled? Common sense just isn’t so common.

  • ChefnSurf

    … common sense does not apply. What’s the point in paying for a new survey that just creates more problems. If you look for trouble, you’ll probably find it. It would be nice if governments fixed existing problems instead of looking for new ones.

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