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  • IL Rescue Squad celebrating its 15th anniversary

    INDIAN LAND – After several incarnations and 70 different members, the Indian Land Rescue Squad is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week.

    What began as a small rescue squad run out of a local fire department on Nov. 1, 1994, has blossomed into a full-fledged rescue group with its own building located in front of the Lancaster County Recreation Center on U.S. 521.

  • McGriff 'moving forward' after win

    Charlene McGriff breathed a sigh of relief after learning she’d won Tuesday’s special County Council District 2 election.

    Waiting with her daughter, Michelle, and her 6-year-old granddaughter, Caiyla, at her office, McGriff heard about her victory about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

    This wasn’t supposed to be an election that would cause McGriff worry. Officially, she was uncontested, as there was no Republican candidate on the ballot.

  • Police search for rock pelters

    Police are on the hunt for those responsible in a series of rock-throwing incidents that have damaged vehicles on the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    The latest incident happened about 7 p.m. Friday as a motorist was driving past The Bonus Room self-storage center on the bypass. The driver reported to the Lancaster Police Department that a rock hit the hood of his truck. Damage to the truck is estimated at $500.

  • District looks to control political activity

    The Lancaster County School District is taking measures to prevent certain political activity from occurring on school grounds.

    The school board voted unanimously Oct. 20 on first reading of a policy that will prohibit campaigning and the distributing of campaign material on district property.

    The policy has to pass one more reading before it is adopted.

  • Mulvaney kicks off U.S. House race

    Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney said he will run a “very simple, straightforward kind of campaign” against U.S. Rep. John Spratt.

    Mulvaney made it official Monday and announced his campaign for the 5th District Congress seat, held by Spratt, a Democrat who has served in Congress for 27 years.

    The 5th Congressional District includes Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Marlboro, Newberry and York counties and parts of Florence, Lee and Sumter counties.

  • Police: Woman filed false report

    Only days after reporting an armed robbery, a Lancaster woman has been charged with filing a false felony report.

    Sylvia Criminger Stacks, 59, of 1205 Claredon Dr., was arrested on Nov. 15 and charged with filing a false report of armed robbery two days earlier.

    According to an incident report, Stacks told police on Nov. 13 she was at work about 7 p.m., cleaning the Comporium building on North White Street.

    Stacks said she was in front of the building cleaning up cigarette butts when she was approached from behind, the report said.

  • Scouts to collect food on Saturday

    Clayton Homes of Lancaster is teaming up with local Boy Scouts to produce what they hope will be the largest food drive in recent memory.

    The Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves Boy Scouts in five districts in upstate South Carolina, including Chester and Lancaster counties, participates yearly in “Scouting For Food,” in which scouts encourage residents in their communities to leave canned goods outside their door steps to be donated to charity.

  • Lancaster woman killed in crash

    A Lancaster woman was killed in a head-on collision on S.C. 903 on Sunday.

    Kelly Reeves, 31, 1305 Hawthorne Road, was pronounced dead at the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford. She died of head and chest trauma, Crawford said.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Reeves was driving a 1999 Suzuki and headed west on S.C. 903 when she crossed the center line about 5:40 p.m. at Community Lane.

    Reeves hit a 2005 Cadillac driven by Myrtle D. Henderson, 71, 1147 Potter Road, head on, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

  • Hospital CEO to step down

    Tom McDougal is stepping down as chief executive officer of Springs Memorial Hospital.

    McDougal, who came to Springs Memorial in January 2008, will become the CEO of Medical West Hospital in Bessemer, Ala. The move to the 300-bed medical center will bring the Alabama native much closer to family.

    He will remain with SMH hospital through December and start his new position at Medical West Hospital on Jan. 1.

    Springs Memorial announced McDougal’s decision on Friday.

  • Grandmother shares cancer story

    INDIAN LAND - With her bright blue eyes and big smile, you might never guess that the stylishly dressed silver-haired woman who addressed an Indian Land High School class Oct. 15 had just spent the last two years fighting for her life.

    But that’s just what Brenda McCarver, 56, told the class, detailing her recent dual battle with breast and tonsil cancer.

    McCarver’s granddaughter, Lindsey Woods, 16, invited her grandmother, “G-ma,” to speak to Jeannie Jamison’s Consumer Homemaking I class on the school’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day.