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  • Get ready for change spurred by IL leap in population

    The drastic change coming to Lancaster County government after next year’s U.S. Census is likely to be even greater than officials have been expecting.
    Population growth in the Panhandle is the fastest in the state and shows no sign of slowing, according to new figures released at last week’s Regional Transportation Summit in Ballantyne, N.C.

  • Sinning and dancing

    The Lancaster Community Playhouse is bringing a 1970s Broadway musical back to the stage. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” opens April 4 at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.
    Based on a story written by Larry King, the musical was inspired by the Chicken Ranch – an illegal but tolerated brothel in La Grange, Texas.
    Director Joe Timmons said the story is set in the late 1970s in a brothel operated by Miss Mona Stangley near the fictional town of Gilbert, Texas.

  • Thread Trail mandate in UDO is safe for this year

    The Lancaster County Council has rejected removing the Carolina Thread Trail mandate from the county’s master zoning and development plan, and it will study the possibility of even stronger requirements.
    The council voted unanimously Monday night to take no action on the issue over the next 12 months, leaving in place a provision in the Unified Development Ordinance that requires subdivision developers to build Thread Trail sections into their projects.

  • IL Action Council needs new infusion of members, energy

    The Indian Land Action Council, a community group intended to educate and inform local residents about important local issues, is gearing up for its annual election of officers April 18.
    But the group’s participation is on the decline, according to ILAC President Evan Freeman.
    “We’re pretty low at this point,” Freeman said.
    In 2015, the group had 82 members, but the numbers have plummeted since then, with membership now sitting at 30.

  • Guilty plea on federal weapon charge

    COLUMBIA – Another Lancaster man faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, the third in four months to plead guilty to weapons charges in federal court.
    Deangelo Raheem Roseboro, 25, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a person who has been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a year.
    The charges stem from a December 2017 arrest by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies.

  • 'It's about the passion'

    KERSHAW – Christie Watson talks about food like what she is – a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.
    “What makes good food? Being fresh. A frozen burger versus a grass-fed burger, and a hormone-fed cow versus a free-grazing cow is way different. It’s about being the freshest of the fresh. It’s quality and it’s passion.
    “I am passionate about what I do,” she says, almost grabbing and shaking you with the words. “You have one shot, and that one shot will make you or break you.”

  • Second IL Relay For Life is Saturday

    After a successful debut last year, Indian Land’s second Relay For Life is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday at Harrisburg Elementary School.
    “Lots of people think it’s a race – it’s not,” said the event’s leader, Lauren Thomas, who explained that Relay For Life is about bringing together the community to honor and celebrate cancer survivors and those fighting the disease. 

  • Miss Amazing Madelin Gray takes the stage to ribbon dance

    Last weekend, Melissa Gray cheered from the crowd as her 8-year-old daughter performed on stage at the 2019 South Carolina Miss Amazing Pageant.
    Madelin, a second grader at Fort Mill Elementary, sparkled on the red carpet, interviewed with the judges and exhibited her dance routine like any other pageant contestant at the event Saturday.
    But Miss Amazing isn’t your regular beauty pageant.
    It’s specifically designed for women and girls with special needs.

  • Low-cost rabies vaccine clinics scheduled locally

    Faulkner Animal Hospital kicks off its month-long spring vaccination clinics April 2 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Buford community.
    The animal hospital will hold clinics at nine locations across the county through April 30. All clinics are planned from 6-7:30 p.m. Rabies vaccines cost $6. All other vaccines, including canine distemper/parvo and kennel cough, and feline 4-way FVRCPP and leukemia, cost $16.

  • Pet-adoption trailer to help shelter place more animals

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter now has a vehicle in its fleet to make pet adoptions easier for those who can’t get to the facility on weekdays.
    A new, $24,000 mobile-adoption trailer that carries dogs and cats to pet-adoption events is now on the road.
    “If we can get the animals out, we can get the traffic and get a lot more moved,” said County Administrator Steve Willis.
    The aluminum trailer has viewing areas for 12 dogs and eight cats, as well as an interior workstation.