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  • County wants second opinion on value of park

    INDIAN LAND - County Council wants a second opinion on the worth of a 9-acre park in Indian Land.

    The Lancaster County Joint Recreation Commission and the county Parks and Recreation Department have proposed selling Roy Hardin Park on Collins Road in Indian Land for $1 million. A developer is interested in building a commercial development there and wants to use the park area for storm drainage.

    Residents oppose sale of park

    Council member Bryan Vaughn, who represents Indian Land, and some Indian Land residents are against the sale.

  • Man not seriously hurt after being hit by truck

    A pedestrian was treated and released from a Charlotte hospital after being hit by a vehicle on Grace Avenue on Wednesday evening.

    Lancaster resident Francis Faile Sr., 83, was driving north on Grace Avenue in a 2005 Toyota pickup and struck Timothy Doster as Doster crossed in front of the vehicle's path, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. near the Memorial Park Road intersection.

    Doster, 42, of 1704 Parkman Ave., landed in the parking lot of The Forks gas station, Gaskin said.

  • Gangs focus of tri-county conference

    Gang involvement will be the focus of a two-day event intended to unite and motivate youth this weekend.

    Beat the Streets is a two-day conference that will address gang issues in Lancaster, Chester and York counties. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday and Saturday at the Baxter Hood Center on the campus of York Technical College in Rock Hill.

    The conference is sponsored by YouthNet, an arm of the S.C. Department of Mental Health that provides various services to children and their families in the tri-county area.

  • Two face charges in drive-by shooting

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting on French Street last week, and police are looking for two more suspects.

    Naquvis Benson, 21, was shot about 2 p.m. Jan. 23 outside the French Street duplex where he lives, according to police.

    Davatee Tymar Clinton, 20, of 722 E. Arch St., was arrested Monday by the Lancaster Police Department and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime and possession of a pistol under age 21.

  • 4-H plans Farm Fun on Saturday

    You'll get a chance to pat a bunny, milk a cow or adopt a pet at a Lancaster County 4-H event on Saturday.

    You can even bring your horse.

    Lancaster County 4-H is holding Farm Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at ACE Hardware and Garden Center, 714 S. Market St.

    A Southern States equine specialist will be offering free consultations for anyone who brings their horse. The horse can be weighed and receive a body condition score. An equine nutrition seminar is also scheduled.

  • Sun City resident Bruce Miller wants House District 45 seat

    INDIAN LAND - A Sun City Carolina Lakes resident is the first candidate to announce his intention to run for the S.C. House District 45 seat.

    First-term incumbent Rep. Mick Mulvaney said recently that he would be running for the state Senate District 16 seat, rather than for a second term in the House.

    Veteran state Sen. Greg Gregory, a Republican, is not running for re-election.

    Bruce Miller, 65, said he's been fascinated by polictics since he was young.

  • County OKs heelsplitter measure

    County Council passed a resolution Monday night that will allow development to continue in an area inhabited by an endangered mussel.

    Council passed the resolution, which was hotly debated at its Jan. 7 meeting, in a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Jack Estridge dissenting. The resolution allows water and sewer line construction and other development to continue in the Six Mile Creek basin in Indian Land, where the Carolina heelsplitter has been found.

  • Video Exclusive: Take a virutal tour - IL surgery center ready to open

    INDIAN LAND - Some of the high-tech equipment is still in giant pieces of plastic and bubble wrap, but it won't be long before it's being used during surgery at Indian Land's newest medical facility.

    Employees were slated to start moving more equipment into Springs Memorial Hospital's The Surgery Center at Edgewater last week, said the center's administrator, Rob Bashore.

    It will likely be at least another three weeks before the first surgery is done, as the last few permits are obtained and approved.

  • Teen dies in wreck

    INDIAN LAND - The Indian Land High School family is mourning the death of one of their own.

    Derek Hammaker, a senior at the school, died Sunday night in a two-vehicle accident in York County.

    Hammaker, 18, was driving east on S.C. 160 in a 1994 Honda sedan when he collided head-on about 10:45 p.m. with a 2007 Toyota Tacoma, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Hammaker was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he died from injuries he suffered in the crash.

  • Chamber offices to move to Colonial Avenue

    The offices of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, including its affiliates - the Credit Bureau and Lancaster Collection Bureau - are moving.

    After 33 years at its North Main Street location, the chamber's new address will be 453 Colonial Ave., about two blocks off Main Street in the building formerly occupied by attorney Don Rushing.