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Today's News

  • Family grateful for help during search for child

    I would like to send out a truly heartfelt thank you to the Lancaster County Sherrif’s Office, EMS and all of the special teams that were called in to help in locating my daughter Zoe Helms on the evening of Feb. 26.

    I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of support from neighbors, some of whom I did not even know. There is no way to describe how literally sick you feel when you cannot find your child. I have to commend everyone for coming together and showing true concern, love and support. Everyone was very diligent in the search and reassured me that they would find her.

  • New post office a welcome IL addition

    Almost five years ago, the U.S. Postal Service began looking for someone to open a contract post office in the Indian Land area.

    Last month, someone finally took them up on the offer.

    Janice and Paul Slagle, who own the Panhandle Food Store and Valero (formerly Citgo) gas station, opened a contract postal unit in their store on Feb. 10.

    The store is located at one of Indian Land’s busiest intersections – U.S. 521 and S.C. 160.

  • Burke exemplifies caring for others

    She stopped by the office to tout the awards of two outstanding Lancaster County residents. Marvin Starks, general manager of Nibrol, a window treatment manufacturer in Lancaster, had received the W. Perry Gaines Award.

    The man the award was named after was a long-time chairman of the State Job Training Council and avid supporter of the state’s workforce development system. The award is given to someone who embraces that same philosophy.

  • Radical action needed to clean up economy

    Get real L.R. Maguire, (Obama diverts discussion about his plan, March 6.) The Republicans controlled Congress the last six years of Clinton’s presidency and the White House and Congress the first six years of Bush’s presidency. You say the mortgage crisis is Clinton’s fault? Clinton’s idea to make home ownership more available to the poor and middle class was well-intended, but it took the complicity of Republicans and Democrats to exploit that idea and create this crisis.

  • Legal system not about justice

    I am writing because of the headlines in the March 1 edition of The Lancaster News. One article was about a young man who killed someone in this community and the other about a kidnapping.

    I will precede my comments with the fact that our solicitor, Doug Barfield, had already spoken with me concerning the reduced charges for which this young man pleaded guilty. This is not a criticism of the solicitor’s office. This is about our legal system.

  • Kershaw voters go to polls Tuesday

    KERSHAW – Four candidates are vying for two seats on Kershaw Town Council, and one incumbent is uncontested.

    Town residents will cast their votes at the Kershaw Recreation Center, 200 Close Circle, on Tuesday. The polling place will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Morris Russell, 41, and Pat Catoe, 66, are running for the District 4 seat. Incumbent Harold Williams, who has served on Town Council for eight years, decided not to run for reelection.

    Randy Seegars and John S. “Jody” Connell, 49, are running for the District 3 seat.

  • Faulkner-McIlwain steps into new role as manager at Indian Land Senior Center

    Indian Land’s new Council on Aging site manager brings heart to her job preparing activities and meals for area senior citizens. 

    Elvira Faulkner-McIlwain started her new role in December.

    She is the second manager for the program since the sudden illness and death of former director Lynda Adams last June.

    Faulkner-McIlwain retired from Joslyn Clark Controls after 32 years to care for her ailing mother. When she was ready to return to the workforce, she started looking for a part-time job.

  • Weather postpones JAARS event at Lancaster County Airport

    The plan for JAARS to unveil its new Kodiak airplane at Lancaster County Airport on Saturday have been pushed back.

    With weather forecasters calling a 70 percent chance of rain and a high temperature in the mid-40s Saturday, JAARS spokesman Arthur Lightbody said the event was canceled.

    “The few visitors who would probably come would have a miserable experience exploring the exhibition tables and the plane would likely not be able to fly,” Lightbody said.

  • Gospel singing event will raise money to help Miles

    The Help Jody Miles Committee has been busy planning several fundraisers, including a gospel concert coming up Saturday.

    Miles, 56, who has served as director of Christian Services for 17 years, needs a liver transplant.

    She contracted hepatitis C in the 1980s from a blood transfusion, and the disease has damaged her liver.

  • Spring weather to end

    The air in Lancaster was aromatic with the smell of charcoal and hamburgers on the grill Sunday, as residents enjoyed temperatures in the 80s.

    Just a week ago, many residents were rushing to the store for a last-minute bread and milk run in preparation of a predicted 3 to 7-inch snowfall. The county got 2 to 4 inches of snow March 1 and 2.

    The week has started off with mild temperatures, with a high Wednesday of 83, according to the National Weather Service. But on Thursday, temperatures will begin to cool, with a high of 57 predicted.