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  • Walnut Creek Trail segment reopened

    After being closed a week for repairs, a segment of the Walnut Creek Trail in Indian Land has been reopened for public use, according to Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Director Hal Hiott.
    For safety reasons, Hiott closed part of the trail last month after a dangerous hole formed under a boardwalk on the trail in the Walnut Creek subdivision, located at the southern end of Indian Land.
    “We are back in business and trail (is) open,” Hiott said by email.

  • Backhoe rodeo champ

    After two decades of trying, Lancaster’s David Knight has ascended to heavy-equipment heaven, winning the state backhoe rodeo last week on a crowded downtown Greenville street.
    Knight, 46, is the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District’s sewer-construction foreman. He has worked at the district for 18 years, and before that he was a backhoe operator for the city of Lancaster.
    “I’ve placed in the regionals and state before, but this is this first time I’ve won,” said Knight, who now heads to the national championship.

  • Grace Clyburn at 100: ‘Life has been good’

    On Aug. 8, Grace Truesdale Clyburn, known to many in Kershaw as “the Dodd’s lady,” reached 100 years old.
    And if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, her new great-grandson, Baker Lewis Gunn, was born on the same day – a fitting birthday present for someone whose family is so important to her.
    “I have been blessed all my life,” Clyburn said Tuesday. “I have a good family. I was brought up in a good family. Things just have been real good for me. Life has been good to me.”

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Under county policy, when a deputy takes possession of such property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping.   
    The office works to identify owners and reunite them with their property. 
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • No mechanism for deporting Borbonio after earlier arrests

    Abel Olivo Borbonio, an undocumented immigrant charged with reckless homicide in the Aug. 4 death of a Lancaster man, was not deported after several earlier arrests because the federal program that flagged him for removal last week did not exist yet.
    Borbonio, 42, was picked up from the Lancaster County Detention Center by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on Aug. 7, after he was charged with driving without a license and paid a $2,500 bond.

  • Impact fees could help pay for IL’s growth spurt

    Call it the high price of bringing development to the Panhandle.
    County leaders will move forward on rolling out impact fees on new construction in the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire districts to relieve the strain on the county coffers and help pay for the ever-increasing capital needs in those areas.

  • 2 file for school board District 7

    Two candidates signed up for the District 7 school board seat before the filing deadline Tuesday, so we won’t have a write-in election to replace departing incumbent Don McCorkle.
    Ken Buck, 56, and Chris Campbell, 52, will compete in November for McCorkle’s seat, after the three-term incumbent announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election.
    “I want to be able to give back to the community what some of those 30 years of experience gave me,” said Buck, a retired teacher and principal. “It’s where my heart is.

  • Garris challenges Mayor DeVenny

    The Lancaster mayor’s race this fall will be a rematch for the top two candidates in last month’s special election, as filing closed Tuesday with Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris opposing new Mayor Alston DeVenny.
    “I decided to give it another try because I’ve served on city council for 10 years, I’ve been a strong advocate to the communities in the city, the citizens, the businesses, and I want to continue seeing Lancaster move forward,” said Garris, who filed late Monday.

  • Duke plans to build 100,000-volt transmission lines in IL

    Duke Energy is working to boost its electrical capacity as residential, commercial and industrial growth continues to boom in Indian Land and neighboring Fort Mill.
    The latest major endeavor is the proposed construction of a series of massive 100,000-volt transmission lines and towers Duke intends to tie-in to a new substation to be built at the Keer America textile plant near S.C. 160 in northern Indian Land.

  • Kershaw Fire Department to replace 2 trucks

    KERSHAW – Two new custom-built apparatus – a rescue truck and a brush truck – are on the way for the Kershaw Fire Department, now that the money is lined up.
    On Monday night, Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved a 10-year loan with BB&T that pays for the $309,000 rescue truck. The town will pay a 4.36 interest rate on the loan, which puts the annual cost at $37,262.13. The town is to close on the loan Monday.