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  • ‘Mack’ McDonald longtime IL fire volunteer, dies at 57

    On the outside, DeWayne “Mack” McDonald could sometimes come across as gruff. 

    But beneath that outer layer was a man who fiercely loved his family, his neighbors and the Indian Land community that he moved to in 1970.

    A diabetic and two-time kidney transplant recipient, McDonald died Friday after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.

  • Local produce drop-offs at Gregory YMCA

    The family-run farm Bush-N-Vine is bringing its Community Supported Agriculture program to Lancaster, with weekly drop-offs at the Gregory YMCA.
    The York-based farm has been in the Hall family for more than 150 years. It started the CSA program in 2010, when Sam Hall returned home after graduating from Clemson University.
    “I needed to bring something to the table,” explained Hall, who runs the farm with his father and is responsible for initiating the program.

  • Price tag for IL rec center comes in slightly under initial estimate

    Civil engineers have projected the cost of remodeling and expanding the Indian Land Recreation Center on U.S. 521 at $4.3 million, about $200,000 less than anticipated.
    The money would come from an $11 million bond referendum that voters could consider in November’s general election if Lancaster County Council approves three readings to have it added to the ballot. First reading of the referendum ordinance passed unanimously June 11.  

  • 5 community groups get $74K in hotel-tax money

    Five local causes are getting extra money from the local accommodations tax for marketing to boost tourism.
    Lancaster County Council passed a resolution Monday night that awards a little more than $73,000 to the Indian Land Fall Festival, Lancaster County Council of the Arts, Community Playhouse of Lancaster County, Lancaster County Council on Aging and The Children’s Council.
    An advisory committee chaired by Dean Faile, president of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, recommended the grant awards.

  • Radio exec dies in IL motorcycle collision

    An N.C. man died Saturday after his motorcycle crashed into an SUV on S.C. 160 near Calvin Hall Road in Indian Land.
    The victim was Nathan Richie, 53, of Matthews, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese. Richie was director of digital programming at Entercom Charlotte and an adjunct professor at Carolina School of Broadcasting.

  • Fierce heat settles in

    For construction workers at Lancaster High School, this week’s scorching heat means longer workdays, protracted breaks, mountains of empty plastic water bottles and impromptu gatherings in the shade.
    “You drink plenty of water and try to stay out of it as much as you possibly can,” said brick mason Londell Alston, as he spread a layer of mortar for a row of bricks on the façade of the new LHS multipurpose building.

  • Money issues dominate mayor forum

    Four of the five Lancaster mayoral candidates faced off Monday night at a public forum focused mostly on financial issues – economic development, downtown revitalization and city-staff retention.
    Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty spoke for an hour before a crowd of about 100 at the Lancaster Mayoral 2018 Candidate Forum at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.

  • County holds ribbon-cutting on IL center

    INDIAN LAND – This delay can be blamed on the computers, or at least the lack of two at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center.
    The Lancaster County government satellite office will open on Monday June 18.
    But for the next month, only the engineering and stormwater departments will be operating in the new building, along with the auditor’s office on Tuesdays.

  • 3 TLN staffers win national writing awards

    The Lancaster News has won three awards in the 2018 National Newspaper Association editorial contest.
    Athena Redmond, the paper’s lead page designer, won the first-place award for serious-column writing in the 6,000-11,999 circulation category.

  • 4 candidates squaring off at Monday’s mayor forum

    Lancaster’s mayoral election is three weeks away, and so far the five candidates have been making little noise.
    That will change Monday evening, when at least four of the five will converge on USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium for the Lancaster Mayoral 2018 Candidate Forum.
    The forum will be the community’s chance to meet, speak to and hear from the candidates running in the July 10 special election to fill the remaining term of the late Mayor John Howard.