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Today's News

  • County fixes Edenmoor roads

    Indian Land – Jane Tanner didn’t expect to see any progress as she drove through the crumbling streets of the Edenmoor neighborhood last Tuesday. 

    Taking a few minutes to show a friend around the stalled residential development, located between Jim Wilson Road and S.C. 75 in Indian Land, Tanner had just finished examining the completed, but still vacant, recreation center. 

    The building, finished several years ago, now sits covered from roof to foundation in graffiti. 

  • Council to revise freeze on rezoning

    Lancaster County Council will discuss a change to its freeze on property rezonings in Indian Land at its Monday meeting. 

    Council recently imposed a moratorium on rezonings in the Panhandle area, though council members are considering an exemption for planned development districts. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the amendment is in response to a developer’s request to create a 100-acre PDD in the Indian Land area. 

  • Fletcher is S.C.’s best caseworker

    Julie Graham

    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County’s Chaundra Fletcher has been honored as the S.C. Caseworker of the Year at a recent foster care conference.

    Nominated for the award by the children she serves, Fletcher has worked at the Lancaster County Department of Social Services since April 2007. 

    The honor was given to a surprised Fletcher during the Independent Living Conference by the S.C. DSS and the University of South Carolina.

  • Closet Ministry to help with school needs

    Families in need can get back-to-school items through a service known for its generosity in the community. 

    The Closet Ministry will host its latest free shopping day on Saturday at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster. 

    The free event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is open to anyone in the area who’s going through tough times and may not be able to provide clothing for their family. A special emphasis this time will be placed on bookbags, school uniforms and other children’s clothing. 

  • Animal rescue group moves into new home

    Friday was a good day for Paws in the Panhandle, as volunteers began moving into the organization’s new home base.

    Located at 10681 Barberville Road, the oak tree-shaded property includes a 121-year-old, three-bedroom home with more than enough room for expansion as the organization grows, Paws in the Panhandle founder Gloria Davey said. 

    The organization, dedicated to creating a no-kill animal shelter in Indian Land for Lancaster County, closed on the 3-acre property Thursday, Aug. 4. 

  • Consider serious options for improving our roads

    John Baker

    During the last few months, there have been several letters to the editor in respect to the deplorable condition of the roads in Lancaster County.

    None of us are happy with the deteriorating pavement, potholes and the increasingly questionable safety of the bridges, small and large.

    However, before we can come to terms with the problem and enact a solution, we must first come to terms with the costs to be incurred (i.e., what is the real cost of road maintenance).

  • Faris left her mark on Indian Land High

    The start of the 2011-12 school term will feature David Shamble in the principal’s office at Indian Land High School. Shamble, a former assistant principal since 2007, is replacing Kathy Faris.

    Faris, the IL principal for the last five years, resigned her post in mid-July, about a month before the start of the upcoming school term.

    Shamble, who considers Faris his mentor,  will no doubt continue many of the initiatives she started. But he will also have his own  agenda for the Class AA high school.

  • Stolen register found under home

    Lancaster police officers made a surprising discovery last week when a cash register stolen from a restaurant almost 10 months ago was found under a mobile home. 

    Officers arrived at a Westgate Circle home, located in a mobile home park near S.C. 9 Bypass, on July 27 about a report of several items found under a vacant rental unit, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Help needy students get school supplies

    It’s hard to believe that school is starting in just a few days. It seems like it was just yesterday that students and teachers were wrapping up the school year and looking forward to summer break. 

    Now teachers and other school personnel are busy preparing classrooms, unpacking books and planning study lessons.

    And many students and their parents are busy preparing for the new year by buying clothes and school supplies.

    But many families struggle getting back-to-school wardrobes and school supplies.

  • Tax-free what?

    By now you’ve no doubt heard of South Carolina’s annual back-to-school tradition called the Sales Tax Holiday.

    Now in its 12th year, the first weekend in August event has become the time for savings-conscientious parents to stock up on all their children’s back-to-school needs from crayons to corsets.

    Locally, the sales and use tax holiday means a savings of 8 cents per dollar ... Wait a minute. Corsets? 

    Yes, corsets. You didn’t read that wrong.