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Today's News

  • 3 badly hurt in IL head-on crash

    Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon on Calvin Hall Road in Indian Land.
    Two victims had to be cut out of one of the vehicles, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers. Members of Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the call around 3 p.m., he said.

  • District’s ACT average still below state scores

    ACT test results are out for South Carolina’s class of 2018, and the Lancaster County School District average is slightly lower than the state average, much like last year’s scores.
    State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman warned that the scores might not be accurate due to possible testing system failures, but local school officials said Lancaster County’s numbers are correct.

  • Van Wyck picks 1st town council

    Van Wyck voters chose their first town council Tuesday, completing the nearly two-year process of protecting the rural enclave from being gobbled up by ever-expanding Indian Land.
    Choosing among nine at-large candidates, voters tapped Richard Vaughan, Cassandra Watkins, Xavier Kee and Bob Doster to guide the town through its first two years as a municipality.  
    The town’s first mayor, Sean Corcoran, ran unopposed and will be officially designated at 10 a.m. Thursday.

  • No post office at Rosemont entrance

    The U.S. Postal Service has scrapped plans to build an Indian Land post office on Rosemont Drive and is considering a new location.
    The decision comes more than a month after the USPS announced the tentative site choice and solicited public input on the proposed location off S.C. 160 (Fort Mill Highway) leading into the Rosemont neighborhood.

  • Steven Puckett named principal of Panhandle’s new elementary

    Steven Puckett, who got his first principal’s job when Harrisburg Elementary opened three years ago, will do a repeat performance at Lancaster County’s next new school – the Panhandle elementary that will open in fall 2018.
    The Lancaster County school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to make Puckett principal of the new facility, which doesn’t yet have a name. He will start the job Jan. 3.

  • Native American activist Dr. Will Goins dies at 57

    Dr. Will Goins, who had just begun an artist-in-residence program at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, died Sunday in Columbia after a heart attack. He was 57.
    Goins was a well-known and outspoken social activist, artist, writer, singer-songwriter and performer. He had been in Columbia attending the Native American Film Festival, which he founded there 20 years ago.
    “He wanted to speak for all of the unspoken people who didn’t think they had voices,” said Elsie Goins, his mother. “He was that voice for many people….

  • ‘Nutcracker’ features more than 100 local kids dancing

    Looking for a way to kick-start the holiday season?
    Each year, locals gather at Lancaster High School to watch a professional performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet that includes more than 100 local children.
    This year’s performance is 7 p.m. next Monday in the high school auditorium, 617 Normandy Road.
    Columbia City Ballet dancer Carmie Schiano Nelson says “The Nutcracker” has always been a holiday tradition for her, and she hopes to spread that tradition to anyone who sees the performance.

  • Camp Creek Road bridge to be replaced

    The S.C. Department of Transportation intends to close the aging two-lane Camp Creek Road bridge over Gills Creek in 2020 and replace it with a new one.

    SCDOT officials have scheduled a drop-in style informational public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Middle School to unveil their $2.8 million plan.

    While construction is two years away, those impacted motorists will have to find alternative routes once it starts.  

  • Saluting our community’s vets

    Indian Land High School honored area veterans Friday during its annual Veterans Day breakfast and ceremony.
    This year’s event paid tribute to 75 local servicemen and women representing all five branches of the armed services and most every war and armed conflict back to World War II.
    Representing the latter was former Navy WAVE Dollie Steele of Indian Land, one of Lancaster County’s few remaining World War II veterans.

  • Tears for the classmate who didn’t come home

    If you want to know what it means to be a hero, talk to Vietnam vet Edward Harris.
    Harris, 69, will quickly tell you he isn’t one of them, though the former Army sergeant has a Bronze Star and a pair of Purple Hearts from the year he served as a 9th Infantry M-60 machine gunner in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
    “I’m not a hero, no sir, not me…. When I hear people call us heroes, to be honest, it’s always bothered me. I did what I had to survive,” said the father of two and grandfather of four.