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  • The Indian Land Exorcist

    Holy Cross Eastern Orthodox Church in Indian Land is unique in a region that prefers its steeples and stained glass.

    The church itself consists of little more than a tiny chapel in a converted garage attached to a nondescript cinderblock house, painted white, trimmed in light blue and crowned with an ornate brass cross. 

  • Coroner: Man died of medical condition while fishing

    A Lancaster County deputy coroner is calling the death of a man found on a local pond “a medical condition” not a drowning.

    The body of Gerald Deaton, 77, of 2558 Beckham Lane was found Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6201 Parker Drive in a 12-foot aluminum boat in Kershaw, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    “The boat was partially submerged and he was in the front of the boat,” Broome said. “We're thinking it (Deaton's death) is medical.”

  • Man jumps from eighth-floor window at SMH

    A man was seriously injured after he jumped from an eighth-floor window at Springs Memorial Hospital on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 26.

  • Three county players to play in North-South All-Star game

    A trio of Lancaster County senior high school football players have been named to play in the 67th annual North-South All-Star game at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, Dec. 13.

    The three players from Lancaster County include Lancaster High School senior wide receiver Jay Hood, Andrew Jackson High School quarterback Kolby Whitley and Indian Land High kicker Shea Rodgers, who will play for the North team.

    The North coaching staff also includes AJ veteran head coach David Moore.

  • Candidates visit IL Democrats

    S.C. Sen. Brad Hutto, Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson and Dr. Tom Thompson attended the Indian Land Democratic Club meeting Sept. 25.
    Hutto, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, said it was time for South Carolina to have a U.S. senator focused on the needs of the state.
    “Lindsey Graham is talking about everything but South Carolina,” Hutto said.
    ”You see him on Sunday talk shows constantly and none of the time is he talking about us. I am running to be a U.S. senator for South Carolina, not to be the junior Secretary of State.”

  • Norell to serve as parade marshal

    Denyse Clark
    dclark@thelancasternews.com
    S.C. Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) has been named grand marshal of the 2014 city of Lancaster Christmas Parade, “Red Roses and Candy Canes.” The parade is 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in historic downtown Lancaster, said Caroline Hasty, events and promotions manager for See Lancaster SC.
    Hasty said the city’s selection committee for the Christmas Parade brings about 10 names for the honorary grand marshal position each year.

  • Brown, Yow vie for S.C. House 53 seat

    On Nov. 4, residents in eastern Lancaster County and Chesterfield County will choose between Democrat Amy Brown and Republican Richie Yow in a race to fill the open S.C. House District 53 seat currently held by Rep. Ted Vick (D).
    Vick, who served as a state representative for the past 10 years, decided to not seek re-election in 2014.
    Amy Brown
    Though this is Brown’s first try for the District 53 seat, she does have a history in politics.
    Brown has served the last 18 years on Chesterfield Town Council, including a stint as the town’s Mayor pro tem.

  • Pelham maintains allegations

    A Lancaster pastor and community activist spoke before the Lancaster County school board for a second time Tuesday evening, Oct. 21, maintaining allegations of racism in the district’s recent hiring of a new secondary education director.
    The Rev. AnThony Pelham, pastor of Faith, Hope and Victory Christian Church pastor says county school district officials and board members intentionally disregarded two better qualified black female candidates in July by hiring new secondary education director Butch Dutton, who is white.

  • Council reveals 'Project Rock'

    A tax agreement that will eventually result in better Internet connectivity for local Comporium customers was approved by county officials earlier this month.
    Minutes after revealing that a company previously known only as “Project Rock” was actually local Internet, telephone and cable provider Comporium, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved final reading of a fee-in-lieu of tax agreement for the company during council’s Oct. 13 meeting.

  • Helping her homeland

    For one Indian Land resident, the Ebola crisis in Liberia is very personal. Edith Kpaeyeh moved to America in 1991, fleeing the West African nation’s second civil war, but many of her family members remain there.
    They face hunger and disease in the midst of current crisis as the nation shuts down in response to the deadly virus.
    Kpaeyeh knows how challenging life can be in Liberia during a crisis, having lived through several before coming here.
    First civil war