• 14th Indian Land Fall Festival promises fun for all

    The 14th-annual Indian Land Fall Festival once again promises a stellar day of entertainment, kids’ activities and community fun.
    The free event Oct. 5-6 will be held at the Indian Land schools complex from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    Two stages will host more than a dozen performers throughout the weekend, including Southern rock bands Whits End and Red Dirt Revival. Current and classic hits will be performed by Flipside.

  • Longleaf pine’s importance to S.C. explained in KVLT series

    Longtime local forestry expert Charles Babb is passionate about the restoration of the longleaf pine in South Carolina and the importance of controlled burns in that effort.
    Babb, a certified prescribed-fire manager, is the next presenter in the Katawba Valley Land Trust speaker series. He will speak on the subject at 7 p.m. this Thursday at USCL’s Carole Ray Dowling Center. The free event is co-sponsored by the university.

  • HS moves up tree-lighting to Sunday before Thanksgiving

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town officials will get the jump on the yuletide season this year by staging “Heath Springs for the Holidays” on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
    “We will be the first…. As you’re having your turkey, you will see the holiday decorations up,” said retired educator Dr. Zora Denson, who is the town’s community relations volunteer. She updated town council members on the plans at Tuesday’s monthly council meeting.
    This year’s event is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24. 

  • Lancaster County raised to moderate drought status

    The drought status for Lancaster County has been raised, along with 10 other counties in South Carolina, as temperatures continue in the 80s and 90s with only occasional rain.
    The S.C. Drought Response Committee upgraded the drought status from incipient to moderate Sept. 18, according to a release from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
    Other counties facing similar conditions were also upgraded, including Anderson, Cherokee, Colleton, Greenville, Hampton, Jasper, Kershaw, Lee, Spartanburg and York.

  • Out-of-towners who ask Kershaw for water must agree to annexing

    KERSHAW – Starting next month, residents on the outskirts of Kershaw wanting water and sewer service from the town must sign an agreement that their property may be annexed into the municipality if it can be made contiguous to the corporate town limits.
    Town council unanimously passed first reading of the ordinance last Monday, adding the annexation requirement. It would take effect once the second reading is approved, and that reading is scheduled for Oct. 21.

  • Could retailer’s plans for old Kershaw Springs tract revitalize area?

    KERSHAW – The abandoned Springs Mills site just north of the Kershaw town limits could be on the verge of getting much-needed business resurrection.
    The Lancaster County Planning Commission has unanimously recommended rezoning the entire 9.1-acre rectangular tract from Heavy Industrial to General Business, so that a Dollar General store can be built on part of the property. 

  • ‘I can finally go outside and play’

    Two years ago, a normal day for Cashlin Izzard was being poked and prodded in a chilly hospital and ingesting medications at all hours.
    Now the cancer-free fifth-grader spends most of his time outside with his friends or on a baseball diamond.
    Cashlin, 10, is back in school at McDonald Green Elementary now, a place he said he surprisingly missed a lot.
    “I was so happy to be out of that hospital,” Cashlin said. “It was so cold in there.

  • Upscale sports bar The Office joins ever-growing RedStone

    INDIAN LAND – Don’t be fooled by the name of new Indian Land eatery The Office, which recently opened in the RedStone development on U.S. 521.
    A sign on the wall reads, “It’s always 5 o’clock at The Office,” and the employee handbook on your table is a menu, not a guide to your new job.
    The restaurant, which had its grand opening last Friday, may have a workplace theme, but it encourages customers to kick back, relax and enjoy the chilled-out atmosphere and some good food.

  • VW showcases dining decor at Tablescapes

    For those who love to plan, decorate and entertain or just admire a creatively styled dining table, the Van Wyck Woman’s Club is hosting Tablescapes from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the fellowship hall of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church.
    There will be two dozen dining tables set with fine china and styled in themes ranging from bridal and floral to football and holiday. A few will scale things down for children’s tables.

  • Buy a ticket, lend a hand

    Benford Brewing Co. will host two benefit concerts over the next two weeks, starting with a fundraiser this Friday for a boy who dreams of becoming a rock star.
    Local blues artist Pam Taylor, along with musicians Joyann Parker of Minnesota and Ruth Wyand of North Carolina, will perform this weekend at the Backyard Blues and Brews event at Benford, located at 2271 Boxcar Road, Lancaster.
    Taylor said that although she has been through an emotional upheaval with the loss of her nephew last week, she plans to give the performance all she’s got.