Today's News

  • Eatery offers oven-baked pizzas

    INDIAN LAND – The name of Indian Land’s first brick-oven pizza restaurant means “friends” in Italian, which is fitting since its owners are childhood pals.

    Rob Ross and Jimmy Warner opened Amici Italian Lovin’ Oven in September to offer the area something unique.

    The restaurant is located next to Carolina Bistro, which is also run by the pair. The restaurants share kitchen space and staff to reduce overhead costs.

    “It’s a friendly, fun, family place,” said Gloria Ross, Rob’s wife and daytime manager.

  • Parents deserve more educational choices

    Great schools are not just an economic necessity for our state; they are a fundamental right for the children living in South Carolina.

    In the last decade, countless well-intended policies for school improvement have been discussed and adopted by state lawmakers and local school boards alike.

    The results have been uniformly disappointing.

  • Give the gift of a lifetime

    “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk” was once the rallying cry for an army of young people campaigning to curb impaired driving among their peers.

    In it lies a simple proposition: that friends have a special responsibility to keep each other safe and alive. And it worked.

    From the early 1980s to the mid-’90, alcohol-related crash deaths among youth plummeted by 60 percent.

    Thousands and thousands of lives saved through the selfless act of speaking up to protect another.

  • Who is the oldest person living in South Carolina?

    Question:  My grandmother will be turning 106 years old later this month. While planning how we would celebrate this event, my sister asked if I thought our grandmother was the oldest person in South Carolina.

    I did some research on the Internet and was not able to find out who the oldest living person in South Carolina is. 

    Does the Office on Aging keep up with this information and, if so, do you recognize this milestone in some way?

  • Suicide is a selfish act

    There is a question that goes, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer is yes. We should show love and compassion and not be selfish. Suicide is a selfish act. Those who take their lives in their own hands are only thinking about themselves, not the loved ones left behind to mourn their death.

    If you are considering suicide, stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about how you can help someone else. We are living through some hard times. Sometimes a smile will uplift someone’s day.

  • Warriors launch region play with sweep of Lions

    INDIAN LAND The Indian Land Warriors launched Region III-A basketball play in impressive fashion, taking two from visiting Lewisville on Tuesday night.

    The IL teams captured the sweep with blazing starts.

    The Lady Warriors shot to an 18-4 lead after one period on the way to a 62-19 win.

    The Warriors, in the nightcap, bolted to a 32-13 spread after one period en route to an 83-74 win over the LHS boys.

    In the opener, Mariah Williams keyed a balanced attack as the Lady Warriors forged a 40-7 halftime lead on the way to the 43-point win.

  • S.C. Legislature is facing challenges

    As many of you know, the S.C. Legislature meets from January until about June each year. This means about a week from now state lawmakers will be back in Columbia.

    While each year brings unexpected developments – neither Boeing nor the governor’s misdeeds were on the radar at the outset of 2009 – there are a couple of matters that will definitely get a lot of attention this year:


  • Woman seeks help finding Roxie

    I am writing this letter because I want everyone to know that I lost my best friend on Oct. 27. She was friendly, playful, sweet and the love of my life. She is a golden retriever named “Roxie.” I have done everything I know to get her back.

    Maybe someone who is reading this has taken her in and doesn’t know she is mine. She is micro-chipped. Roxie was wearing a teal blue harness when she broke loose from her tags at a park in Waxhaw.

  • AJ Vols take pair from rival BHS

    BUFORD Andrew Jackson tuned for Region IV-AA basketball play, rolling to a pair of solid road wins over county rival Buford on Tuesday night.

    The Lady Volunteers took a 50-39 win and the AJ boys completed the sweep with a 61-35 victory.

    AJ started fast in the nightcap, building a 23-8 edge after one period as Drew Gardner hit nine of his 13 points in the opening period. Gerard Brace, who paced the Vols with 16, netted six in the opening period as did Tremaine Jackson.

  • Practice caution celebrating new year

    It’s time to ring in a new year. In doing so, many will have partying in mind as they wind down 2009 and welcome 2010.

    Many of these parties will include alcohol, a common practice.

    New Year’s Eve, the threshold of “out with the old and in with the new,” often involves drinking alcohol.

    We don’t mean to throw cold water on celebrations, but there should be planning and caution in making a good time just that.

    We want folks to have a good time, make no mistake, but think before you drink, or drink too much.