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  • 'You just smile all day'

    Lancaster County will hold its second-annual Special Olympics in May, and the committee is seeking donations and volunteers, starting with a fundraising event at Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries on Monday night.
    The fundraising event is from 5-9 p.m. at Hwy 55 on S.C. 9 Bypass East. Fifteen percent of all dine-in and carryout sales go to the Lancaster County Special Olympics, and donations will be collected as well.

  • Van Wyck targets litter control

    VAN WYCK – Van Wyck Town Council is setting its sights on litter control and prevention.
    At its Feb. 4 meeting, the council voted to pass the first reading of an amendment to its litter prohibition ordinance. Mayor Sean Corcoran said the anti-litter ordinance, passed a few months ago, is a means to address the never-ending accumulation of roadside trash in the town.

  • Tracts scarce for mega-sports complex

    Plans for the “mega-sports complex” north of the Lancaster city limits have hit a hurdle that might be hard to leap – the escalating cost of land as the Panhandle building boom creeps southward.
    So far, county leaders have not been able to find a suitable 100-plus-acre tract near the U.S. 521 corridor between Lancaster and Indian Land. That’s what they proposed for the centralized multi-purpose recreation facility, which would be funded by county hospitality taxes.

  • Lancaster’s 1st black deputy: ‘I feel like I paved the way’

    Jimmy Brown grew up wary of the police. As a young, black man living in the racially polarized South, he avoided interactions with law enforcement at all costs.
    “I used to be afraid of policemen,” said Brown, now 76. “I didn’t mess around. I could meet one coming along the road, and I’d get in the ditch.”
    The Barr Street High graduate didn’t realize the role he would play in Lancaster County’s African-American history – as the first black sheriff’s deputy here.

  • Federal grant will upgrade Heath Springs sewer facility

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs will get a much-needed $1.4 million upgrade at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, thanks to a federal grant that pays for 86 percent of the work.
    The money for the upgrades is coming from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program facilitated by the S.C. Commerce Department.
    Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to provide the $190,000 local match to get the federal funding.
     “It’s an old, old plant really in need of some major upgrades,” said town council member Elaine Lehr.

  • ‘Santiago Strong’

    Three months ago, Santiago Buther was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, suffering from a fast-onset brain cancer that had left him unable to walk or eat.
    Today, the 8-year-old is back home in Indian Land, kicking a soccer ball in his backyard and running circles around his friends.
    His fight against the life-threatening disease is not over, but his regained mobility has encouraged him, his family and his Van Wyck Elementary classmates and staff, who have rallied behind him since the diagnosis.

  • Power outage shuts down Buford schools


    Buford students got the day off Friday after an electrical transformer blew near the schools, causing outages at all three campuses as well as 1,900 homes and businesses.

  • IL Rotarians want to form 2nd club

    In the 12 years since the Indian Land Rotary Club was established, a lot has changed in the northernmost point of the county.
    With far more businesses, residents and issues to face, Indian Land might be primed for a second Rotary club, which would meet at lunch to complement the breakfast club.
    “The reason for the lunch club is because of the expansion of Indian Land,” said past club President Tracy Little, who started the first IL Rotary. “If we’ve had that much success with the breakfast club, we can have success with the lunch club.”

  • Planning board votes against changing UDO on Thread Trail

    When the doors closed for Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting of Lancaster County Planning Commission, only standing room remained.
    Commission Chairman Charles Deese said it was the largest crowd he has ever seen at a planning commission meeting.
    The hot topic on the agenda was a proposed amendment to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance affecting the Carolina Thread Trail Overlay District. The proposal would kill the requirement that subdivision developers in the district build segments of the trail.