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Today's News

  • Junior golfers return to play

    The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association returns to play Monday with a visit to the Chester Golf Club.

    The Lancaster chapter was last in action June 19 when the juniors played the Kershaw Golf Club.

    Through three chapter tournaments, the age division points standings reflect some tight races among the golfers, ages 7-18.

    The closest race is in the boys 13-14 age division where Trey Crenshaw, the Lancaster High School ace golfer, holds a one point edge over Bruins teammate Simon Wright.

  • Indian Land alumni gather for 2017 reunion

    Indian Land Elementary School’s cafeteria was buzzing with laughter and long conversations as old friends gathered for the 2017 Indian Land alumni reunion June 25.

    The parking lot was packed as people arrived to bring in covered potluck dishes. J.O. McCorkle, an 80-year-old Indian Land native from the class of 1958, stood proudly by the tea jugs as people walked past him.

    “I made all the tea here,” McCorkle said. “So, if you want, you can just call me the tea-maker.”

  • ILHS teacher, students visit Vermont

    An Indian Land High teacher and two students visited Vermont in June to do research on water in the Lake Champlain basin and bring their new skills home to put into practice.

    Dr. Thomas Townsend, Anna Juarez and Nisha Patel visited Burlington, on the east side of Lake Champlain, from June 19-23 along with 19 other groups from high schools in Vermont and Puerto Rico.

  • Exhausted searchers can’t find Jerell White

    With few clues and exhaustion setting in, dozens of rescuers late Friday ended their third day searching fields and forests for Jerell White, who vanished after an altercation at a party early Wednesday in the Primus community.
    “Everyone is worn out,” Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said. “We plan to start back… first thing” Saturday morning.
    White’s family is desperate for answers, said his uncle Eddie White.

  • Sheriff issues warning on fentanyl derivatives

    The growing opioid epidemic prompted Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile this week to issue a warning to residents about the dangers of new derivatives of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opiate.
    Faile alerted the public about two recent fentanyl offshoots, far more dangerous than the original synthetic. The two drugs are acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl.

  • Heath Springs man charged in child-pornography case

    A Heath Springs man has been arrested on a child-pornography charge that will be prosecuted by the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
    James Thomas Lee Martin, 26, of 415 W. Caston St., was charged June 30 with one count of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

  • Rain or shine: The work goes on

    Rain, mud and humid weather could not stop these young people looking to do a good deed. The Catawba Salkehatchie Camp worked this year to repair five area homes – one in Indian Land, two in Van Wyck and two in Fort Mill.
    Salkehatchie is a “pioneering servant ministry” working primarily with youth and adults from South Carolina’s United Methodist Conference to repair homes for those in need. The camps are held around the state from May through August, each camp lasting a week.

  • Panhandle fire districts raise fees

    The 2017-18 Lancaster County budget includes fire district fee increases for Panhandle residents living in the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire districts.
    The new fee raises the existing $75 annual fee on homes to $90 a year.
    Overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2006 in the northern Panhandle Pleasant Valley district and in 2011 in the Indian Land district, the fees are intended as a way for the fire departments to keep pace with the growing needs of Lancaster County’s fastest-growing communities.

  • Economic gut-punch didn't keep us down

    It was 10 years ago last month that Springs Industries, the backbone of Lancaster County’s economy for more than a century, announced the closing of its manufacturing operations here.
    The Fort Mill-based company, now called Springs Global, was the largest employer in Lancaster, Chester and York counties for many decades, employing as many as 18,000 here and 25,000 worldwide.

  • Suspected triggerman charged in double murder

    A Lancaster man was charged Friday with killing two men and wounding a third in a June 29 drive-by shooting at Palmetto Place Apartments.

    SLED agents arrested Demarcus Javontia Marsh in Columbia about 2:45 p.m. on two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and three counts of possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime, Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said.