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  • Students tune in to Radio

    INDIAN LAND – Chants of "Radio" poured from the bleachers as James Kennedy entered the Indian Land High School gymnasium.

    The atmosphere was that of a rock star making his way on stage.

    Kennedy, who's better known by the nickname Radio, became a national icon after his life story was depicted in a feature film.

    Indian Land High seniors were pumped to see him and hear his story when he visited the school Tuesday.

  • Red Cross lays off workers

    Three part-time Lancaster County American Red Cross workers no longer have jobs after the chapter announced a merger with the York and Chester County chapter last week.

    Sherry Archie, board chairwoman of the Lancaster chapter, confirmed Wednesday that the three positions were cut from the local chapter.

    "It's just part of working through this transition period," Archie said. "Their employment had to end as a cost-saving factor."

  • Convoy of Corvettes to drive through county on Saturday

    A staple of American automotive luster will be found in large quantity in downtown Lancaster on Saturday morning.

    At about 10 a.m., between 30 and 40 Chevrolet Corvettes, arguably America's preeminent sports car, will converge in the parking lot across from Charley's Cafe on Main Street to "jump off" for a drive through the Midlands.

  • FM squad mining IL for donations

    INDIAN LAND - Indian Land residents should be aware that their financial support of a nearby rescue squad will not benefit them at all.

    For years, the Fort Mill Rescue Squad in York County has sent letters and placed phone calls to Panhandle citizens, asking for money to improve protective services, said Lanny Bernard, Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services director.

  • Indian Land home running on sunshine

    INDIAN LAND - Peter Manfre's power meter sometimes runs backwards.

    Manfre is working with York Electric Cooperative in a net metering project. He collects solar power at his home on Henry Harris Road. What solar energy his home doesn't use goes back onto the power grid to be used by other customers of the utility.

    Manfre's system has 24 panels that collect solar power. They work best on cold, clear fall days, he said. On a recent overcast, chilly day, the system was likely generating almost nothing, maybe 300 watts, he said.

  • Strip mall gets a face lift

    A local real estate company is investing $200,000 to $250,000 in the renovations of a strip mall on South Wylie Street in Lancaster.

    Izco bought the building, which formerly held Perry's Pharmacy, from a private owner last fall. In December, renovations started on the interior and exterior of the building, said Izco managing partner Phillip Scott.

    When the renovations are complete, the results will be a contemporary commercial building, Scott said.

    "We will make it look real nice," he said.

  • VA office wants volunteer drivers

    If you can drive a van and enjoy spending time around veterans, you may be of service to the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs office.

    The office needs van drivers to take veterans to medical appointments at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia and the Rock Hill VA Clinic. The van goes to the Columbia center Monday through Thursday, and to the Rock Hill clinic on Fridays. Drivers work on a volunteer basis.

    "It's strictly volunteer," said Veterans Affairs Officer Linda Blackmon. "There's no money involved."

  • Fort Lawn council honors soldier killed in wreck

    FORT LAWN - Fort Lawn Town Council unanimously agreed Feb. 4 to honor one of its own, the late Army Spc. Charles Messer, for his service to his hometown and nation.

    Council adopted a resolution presented by Police Chief Richard Smith that will honor Messer and express sorrow and sympathy to his family and friends.

    Messer, 20, was serving in Iraq when he injured his arm when an improvised explosive device hit the Humvee in which he was riding. He was in rehabilitation in Texas for the injury.

  • National Symphony's brass ensemble engages students

    Angela Hilton had a guest spot in the National Symphony Orchestra's brass ensemble on Tuesday.

    Hilton, an eighth-grader at Andrew Jackson Middle School, is normally a flute player. But she got a chance to try the tuba, playing the pivotal moment in "Pop Goes the Weasel" with the rest of the ensemble.

  • Death penalty trial set to begin in July

    PAGELAND - Gary Miles is expected to go on trial for his life in July. He's accused in the drowning death of a hitchhiker whose body was found in Lancaster County in 2006.

    Judge Steven John has reserved the weeks of July 7 or July 14 as potential dates for a Chesterfield County jury to hear the case.

    Miles is charged with murder of Mike Dennis Clanton, 43. He was reportedly beaten after being offered a ride and drowned in a pond off S.C. 207. His body was dumped near Heath Springs.