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  • Fake news alert: No IL town vote yet

    A fake newspaper clipping posted on an Indian Land community Facebook page saying residents had “overwhelmingly voted to incorporate” angered incorporation foes, some of whom said it was a conscious attempt by supporters to keep opposing voters from the polls.

    The Nov. 30 post on the “Concerned Citizens of Indian Land” Facebook page by a user named Barry B. Baker shows what appears to be a photograph of a newspaper called “The Gate.” 

  • IT chiefs on alert against hackers

    Lancaster County and the city of Lancaster are battening down the hatches when it comes to their computer systems, after a hacker immobilized Mecklenburg County’s system, forcing the county to revert to paper for all business. 

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis says that every system has a weakness, and it’s a constant battle to keep up to date.

    “No system is bulletproof,” Willis said. “The bad guys are coming up with newer stuff every day. The weak link is the end user. 

  • INSP sues developer, county over 521 tract

    INDIAN LAND – The Inspiration Network (INSP) is suing Lancaster County and N.C.-based UHF Development Group for the right to develop an 88-acre portion of its property along U.S. 521 south of CrossRidge.  

    The lawsuit was filed Tuesday with the Lancaster County Clerk of Court’s office. It says INSP has already spent $6 million grading 61 acres in preparation for development, and that it is negotiating a “time-sensitive” project that might fall through if its dispute with UHF and the county isn’t resolved soon.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Under county policy, when a deputy takes possession of such property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping.   
    The office works to identify owners and reunite them with their property. 
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • SCDOT holiday roadside assistance is now a bit easier

    From release

    Contacting S.C. Department of Transportation roadside assistance crews has become a little easier, just in time for holiday travel.
    The SCDOT has added a new feature on its 511 App to allow motorists to contact State Highway Emergency Program. Selecting the “SCDOT SHEP Roadside Assistance” tab connects users with the closest dispatch phone number.
    The program has helped about 800,000 motorists across the state since its inception in 1996.

  • Christmas Basket Fund donations top $3,000

    Two weeks after its kickoff, the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund is a third of the way to its goal.
    The fundraising drive, organized by HOPE in Lancaster,  had raised more than $3,000 as of Friday afternoon. This year’s goal is $10,000.
    The money raised will go toward 400 Christmas meal food boxes prepared for families in need. Those families will be chosen through local agencies and HOPE’s Senior Food Pantry.

  • Devastating fallout for towns

    If you live in Lancaster, Heath Springs or Kershaw and think you don’t have a dog in the Panhandle incorporation fight, you are mistaken.
    Incorporation by Indian Land would directly affect taxpayers in the county’s other towns because the new municipality would be far more populous and would suck up a large majority of Local Option Sales Tax revenue.
    Raised through a local 1-cent sales tax, LOST money is used to provide tax relief for local homeowners through property-tax credits.

  • CBS series ‘Lucky Dog’ brings rescued terrier to Lancaster home

    Scout, a frisky 4-month-old poodle terrier, scooted between the legs of Lancaster executives and one TV star at Nutramax Laboratories’ warehouse on Flat Creek Road.
    Brandon McMillan, the host of CBS’ Emmy-winning Saturday morning show “Lucky Dog,” was sitting at a conference table with Nutramax CEO Dr. Todd Henderson and veterinarian Dr. Robert Devlin.
    The executives in business suits broke out in smiles as they twisted and turned in their chairs to give the black-and-white terrier a pat on his head.

  • Rotary Club cookbooks on sale now

    The Lancaster Rotary Club has published its first-ever cookbook to raise money for its charitable projects.
    Rotary member Danelle Faulkenberry brought all of the local recipes together. She said the book is a combination of the club’s recipes and its history and memories since its founding in 1942. Most of the recipes in the book are simple and require only three to five ingredients to complete.

  • Postal service gets another earful on IL post office location

    U.S. Postal Service officials attended yet another tough meeting with Indian Land residents Tuesday night on the latest proposal for an Indian Land post office.
    The meeting at the CrossRidge Auditorium came about three months after a raucous meeting at Indian Land’s York Tech Campus about a proposed site on Rosemont Drive near the Rosemont subdivision.