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  • Building relationships through construction

    INDIAN LAND – Certain residents from a retirement community in the Panhandle have been reaching out to students at Indian Land High School in a special way.

    For about two years now, the Sun City Carolina Lakes Woodworkers Guild has partnered with ILHS to mentor and assist students who take building construction classes.

    Members of the guild help with projects that include the construction of pens, lazy Susan rotating trays and stackable tables. The guild also helps judge student competitions, said Mark Bonda, building construction instructor at Indian Land High.

  • County preps to apply for grant funds

    Community needs for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods were the subject of a special discussion at Lancaster County Council’s meeting last week.

    Grazier Rhea of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments held a public hearing at the March 29 meeting to gather ideas about community needs for housing, public facilities and economic development. The annual discussion is used to develop a needs-assessment list so the county can apply for Community Development Block Grant funds.

  • Kershaw group requests $10,000 for tennis courts

    KERSHAW " The Kershaw Park Council asked Town Council for $10,000 to renovate the tennis courts at Stevens Park at council’s March 15 meeting.

    The town will likely be unable to contribute, but Beverly Timmons said the project will go on. And with colorful balloons tied to the podium in Town Hall, she told council members about the kick-off for the park’s master plan.

  • Teacher tackles questions, wins $12,500 on ‘Millionaire’ game

    INDIAN LAND – Christine Miller had an idea what the final answer was, but wasn’t sure she wanted to risk the money.

    Miller, an Indian Land resident and fifth-grade teacher at Rea View Elementary School in Waxhaw, was on a roll and had already earned $12,500 on an episode of  “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” which taped last November.

  • Man dies after his pickup explodes

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man was killed after his pickup truck apparently exploded after he ran into a ditch Monday.

    Roger Wayne Self, 43, of 4011 Victory Road, was pronounced dead at the scene by Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Kelley Hughes said Self crossed Rob Neal Road coming out a driveway in his 1997 Chevrolet pickup about 4:20 p.m. and ran into a ditch.

    Self tried to drive out of the ditch, but the truck became stuck, Hughes said. The truck caught fire and Self got out of the truck.

  • Man who shot self with stolen gun dies

    A Fort Mill man who accidentally shot himself with a stolen weapon after a burglary and robbery at an Indian Land home on April 8 has died.

    Larry Joe Smith, 29, of 113 Allison St., Fort Mill, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after the incident, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff’s Office. He died that night, Baker said.

  • County will own new fire station

    Who will own the new Pleasant Valley Fire Station when it’s completed? The fire department or the county?

    Usually, fire departments own their own stations, but the county will own the Pleasant Valley Fire Station because the county issued $2.5 million in bonds to pay for the building, now under construction  on Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land. This will be the first fire station owned by the county.

  • School to host its 12th annual Spring Festival this Saturday

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Elementary and Middle schools’ Parent-Teacher Associations invite everyone to their 12th annual Spring Festival this Saturday.

    The festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the elementary school bus parking lot. The festival, which has an international theme, will feature games, rides, food, a silent auction and entertainment.

  • Hayride beats world record

    INDIAN LAND – Running alongside a fleet of pickup trucks and trailers full of hay bales and cheering people, Lauri Pistolis screamed in excitement Saturday morning.

    “We’re breaking a world record everybody,” Pistolis yelled, stopping every few feet to pump her fists in the air. “Everyone start your engines.”

    Pistolis then climbed aboard the lead truck, ready to become a part of history.

  • County leads state in census response

    Lancaster County is leading South Carolina as the county with the highest census participation.

    As of April 7, Lancaster County had a 70 percent mail-participation rate for the U.S. Census, already matching the total participation rate from the 2000 census.

    The rate surpasses South Carolina’s 63 percent response rate, as well as the United States’ rate of 62 percent.

    Developed for this year’s census, the mail-participation rate shows the percentage of census forms mailed back by households that received them.