• State recently honors ILMS


    The Lancaster County School District board recently recognized Indian Land Middle School for being chosen as a 2011 South Carolina School of Character.

    The School of Character designation is presented by the S.C. Department of Education for outstanding school climate and academic performance. The school was the only middle school in the state to receive the award. 

    It is the school’s second year in a row receiving the designation.

  • No place like new station

    INDIAN LAND – After more than five years in the making, and more than a decade dreaming about it, the Pleasant Valley Fire Department has a new home.

    Located on Possum Hollow Road, just around the corner from the department’s former home on S.C. 160, the new 14,800-square-foot Station 14 is a $2.1 million testament to what can be done when the community pulls together.

    The department opened for business Feb. 28 and was put to good use right away.

  • Farmers market applies for grant

    Members of the county’s Farmer’s Market Commission hope a new grant is just what the market needs to attract more customers. 

    The commission recently applied for a grant from the S.C. Department of Agriculture as part of its community-based Farmers Market Small Grants Program. In its application, the commission requested $1,000 to make several upgrades to the farmer’s market, including new signage along Pageland Highway and in the vendor selling area. 

  • Willie James Chisolm, 65

    Willie James Chisolm, 65

    Willie James Chisolm, 65, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.

     Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Stewart Funeral Home.  

  • ‘Shotgun’ airs Edwards’ performance

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – In Branson, Mo., playing and singing with the best of the best, Chester’s Bill Edwards made a startling discovery.
    He fit right in.
    “It was incredible,” Edwards said. “Something like that really feeds your creativity and makes you feel good about yourself.”

  • Doster sculpture on exhibit

    From Release
    Lancaster sculptor Bob Doster’s “Rising Star #2” has been chosen for exhibit by the annual North Georgia Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Dahlonega, Ga.
    The 10-foot high sculpture, built of recycled materials, was inspired by a commissioned design Doster created and installed on Greenville, S.C.’s Main Street.

  • Men plead guilty in murder case

    Christopher Sardelli
    Three Lancaster men received prison sentences ranging from 12 to 30 years after pleading guilty on several charges related to the July 2009 shooting death of a 26-year-old Lancaster man.
    Torey Robert Blackwell, 19, of 1262 Belmont Circle, Brandon Dupree McIlwain, 21, of 1010 E. Arch St., and Nicholas Marquis Dooley, 21, of 682 Shiloh Unity Road, all pleaded guilty in general sessions court.
    Blackwell pleaded guilty and received a 30-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

  • Where will new district lines be?

    Christopher Sardelli
    It happens every 10 years and can change the face of local politics in Lancaster County.
    It’s called redistricting, a process where Lancaster County Council redraws its districts based on population counts from the U.S. Census.
    And with county results from the 2010 Census expected by the end of March, council began planning for the decennial event at its March 1 meeting.

  • Conference on youth set for next week

    Reece Murphy
    The Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth is hosting a conference next week aimed at preventing youth substance abuse in rural communities.
    The three-day conference, titled 2011 Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities: Emerging Themes in the Prevention Literature, will be held March 7-9 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley building.

  • End of era for Irene Plyler

    Christopher Sardelli
    For the first time since she was a teenager, Irene Plyler is taking a much-needed break.
    Recently retired as Lancaster County Council’s first and only clerk, a job she held for more than 33 years, it’s taken Plyler a few weeks to adjust to her new schedule.
    “I was scared about retiring,” Plyler said. “I’ve been working since I was 14 years old in my father’s shoe store.”