Today's News

  • Council considers special tax district for Brookchase

    In an effort to repair the roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood, a group of Indian Land residents want to create their own tax district.

    Residents of the Brookchase neighborhood, located off U.S. 521 near Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light, have gathered enough signatures on a petition to lobby Lancaster County Council for an election to create a special tax district. The petition calls for the special tax district as a means to generate funding for work left unfinished by the neighborhood’s developer.

  • Time to allow sale of alcohol on Sunday

    An Indian Land woman is hoping to get a referendum on the ballot in November 2012 that would let Lancaster County voters decide whether they want to OK the Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at restaurants in the county.

    We not only favor putting the referendum on the ballot, we also favor approving the referendum. We believe Lancaster County restaurants should be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks on Sunday if they want to.

    Why not?

    What’s the point of restricting Sunday sales of alcohol at Lancaster County restaurants?

  • Woman assaulted during robbery

    A clerk at a cell phone store told police she was pistol-whipped by two teenagers who robbed the store Tuesday night.

    The woman told Lancaster police that two teenagers, who appeared 16 or 17 years old, came into the Cricket store at 1129-A S.C. 9 Bypass West about 6:40 p.m. The woman said she was talking on her Apple iPhone to her boyfriend when the teens came in and she laid the phone on the counter, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

  • County honors Belk with employee award

    At first, Maj. David Belk didn’t give his nomination for Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter much thought.

    As second-in-command at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Belk, 48, saw his name listed along with several other county employees on this quarter’s ballot for the employee award. He figured that’s where the attention would end.

    But as County Council neared its July 27 meeting, several council members urged Belk to make sure he was in attendance.

  • 'They’re burning down the town'

    When Pat Parsons crested the hill near Bojangles’ on U.S. 521 about 7 a.m., Aug. 4, 2008, he saw flames shooting from the roof of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Parsons, then a sergeant with the Lancaster Police Department, had received a call from his lieutenant, James Kirk, that the 180-year-old building was on fire and that he was needed at the scene.

    “My first thought when I crested the hill was, ‘Please let this be an electrical fire, an accident,’ but I knew in my gut it wasn’t,” Parsons said.

  • Helping out in Haiti

    Eddie Leaphart hopes a local yard sale will help provide food and shelter for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

    Leaphart, owner of a small home repair company in Lancaster and frequent visitor to Haiti, has been busy raising funds for his next trip to the Carribean country.

    During his last trip to Haiti in May, Leaphart distributed several tents and bags of rice using money he had raised in Lancaster County. And with help from Lancaster’s At Salon Dimensions, he’s hoping to replicate those efforts.

  • Local man needs kidney, pancreas transplant

    A charity motorcycle ride will be held Saturday to help a Lancaster man raise money for a dual transplant.

    David Geiger, 61, was diagnosed with diabetes and heart failure in 1984. And four years ago, he learned that he was suffering from renal cancer, too.

    Doctors say he needs a kidney and pancreas transplant.

    Friends and family are holding a charity ride Saturday to help pay for a transplant, which will cost about $425,000.

    The motorcycle ride will begin noon at Buford Sports Cafe, 1423 N. Rocky River Road.

  • Hero gets his due, finally

    After about six hours of intense enemy fire on a Cambodian hillside, former U.S. Army Capt. John P. “Jack” Monahan knew his platoon could not hold its position. There was little food, water and ammunition left.

    They would have to withdraw. They adjusted artillery barrages to cover their movement. The wounded Monahan led the survivors to safety several hundred yards down a hill while carrying a wounded soldier on his hip with one hand and firing an M-16 with the other.

    They came to rest behind some huge tree stumps. That was May 19, 1970.

  • Practice begins today

    The sounds of summer, as of early today, sport whistles, shouts, grunts and groans as the 2010 high school football season kicks off with preseason drills.

    Practice begins today for three of the four county schools, with AJ getting the early start. Lancaster has a morning practice, with Buford starting in the afternoon. Indian Land starts its preseason practice on Monday morning.

    The work today is geared for the opening of the season a month from today.

    Andrew Jackson

  • Pope brings Hawg Tuff camp to IL

    Former Indian Land High School football coach Mike Pope will return to the Lancaster County Panhandle for a day of football at the Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway.

    Pope will bring his Hawg Tuff football minicamp to the Indian Land Recreation Center on U.S. 521 on Saturday.

    The camp, open to youngsters ages 9-14, is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Camp registration is 8 to 9 a.m. The registration fee is $10, which includes two hours of instruction on offense and two hours on defense.