• KLS annual event set for April 2

    Feb. 12 is a day which Donna White often struggles with each year.

    If one knows White’s family history, it’s understandable.

    White’s son, Ryan Mc-Kinney, died Feb. 17, 2006, and five days earlier was the last time White spoke to her son.

    McKinney died of cardiac arrhythmia due to missed diagnosis and altered medications in treating Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a neurological disorder that is not life-threatening, but is life-altering.

  • Authorities respond to three fires

    A Lancaster man returned home to find his house in flames Thursday morning.

    The man was shopping at Walmart when he received a phone call that his house, at 2844 Oakland Drive, Lancaster, was on fire, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

    He told sheriff’s deputies, who were already on the scene, that he left his home at about 10:30 a.m. to go shopping. While at Walmart, he received a call from one of his roommates who said a neighbor had called to say the house was on fire, the report said. 

  • State recently honors ILMS


    The Lancaster County School District board recently recognized Indian Land Middle School for being chosen as a 2011 South Carolina School of Character.

    The School of Character designation is presented by the S.C. Department of Education for outstanding school climate and academic performance. The school was the only middle school in the state to receive the award. 

    It is the school’s second year in a row receiving the designation.

  • No place like new station

    INDIAN LAND – After more than five years in the making, and more than a decade dreaming about it, the Pleasant Valley Fire Department has a new home.

    Located on Possum Hollow Road, just around the corner from the department’s former home on S.C. 160, the new 14,800-square-foot Station 14 is a $2.1 million testament to what can be done when the community pulls together.

    The department opened for business Feb. 28 and was put to good use right away.

  • Farmers market applies for grant

    Members of the county’s Farmer’s Market Commission hope a new grant is just what the market needs to attract more customers. 

    The commission recently applied for a grant from the S.C. Department of Agriculture as part of its community-based Farmers Market Small Grants Program. In its application, the commission requested $1,000 to make several upgrades to the farmer’s market, including new signage along Pageland Highway and in the vendor selling area. 

  • Willie James Chisolm, 65

    Willie James Chisolm, 65

    Willie James Chisolm, 65, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.

     Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Stewart Funeral Home.  

  • ‘Shotgun’ airs Edwards’ performance

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – In Branson, Mo., playing and singing with the best of the best, Chester’s Bill Edwards made a startling discovery.
    He fit right in.
    “It was incredible,” Edwards said. “Something like that really feeds your creativity and makes you feel good about yourself.”

  • Doster sculpture on exhibit

    From Release
    Lancaster sculptor Bob Doster’s “Rising Star #2” has been chosen for exhibit by the annual North Georgia Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Dahlonega, Ga.
    The 10-foot high sculpture, built of recycled materials, was inspired by a commissioned design Doster created and installed on Greenville, S.C.’s Main Street.

  • Men plead guilty in murder case

    Christopher Sardelli
    Three Lancaster men received prison sentences ranging from 12 to 30 years after pleading guilty on several charges related to the July 2009 shooting death of a 26-year-old Lancaster man.
    Torey Robert Blackwell, 19, of 1262 Belmont Circle, Brandon Dupree McIlwain, 21, of 1010 E. Arch St., and Nicholas Marquis Dooley, 21, of 682 Shiloh Unity Road, all pleaded guilty in general sessions court.
    Blackwell pleaded guilty and received a 30-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

  • Where will new district lines be?

    Christopher Sardelli
    It happens every 10 years and can change the face of local politics in Lancaster County.
    It’s called redistricting, a process where Lancaster County Council redraws its districts based on population counts from the U.S. Census.
    And with county results from the 2010 Census expected by the end of March, council began planning for the decennial event at its March 1 meeting.