• IL town vote clears last state hurdle

    Indian Land residents should get the chance to vote on becoming a town no later than the third week of April.

John Delfausse, vice president of Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), said Tuesday, Jan. 9, that the group submitted its election commission nominees to S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond’s office Friday, Jan. 5.

    “It’s to the point now that when the secretary of state approves the commission, they’ve got 20 to 90 days to hold the election,” Delfausse said.

  • Missing 10-year-old boy found

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Tuesday, Jan. 9, that missing child, Dequarris Whitted, had been found and was safe.
    "He is back home and everything is fine," Faile said about 8:30 p.m. He did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding how the 10-year-old was found.
    Deputies had been looking for Dequarris since 2 p.m. He went missing after getting off his school bus.
    He was last seen walking toward York County on S.C. 160 from the entrance of the Arlington neighborhood in Indian Land.

  • Red Cross issues tips for winter weather

    from American Red Cross/Western North Carolina Region

  • Winter storm warning issued for Lancaster County

    Lancaster County is under a winter storm warning from 2 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, according to the National Weather Service.

    Lancaster County School District canceled classes Wednesday, as did Fort Mill, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Union counties in North Carolina.

    The highest amounts of snowfall predicted are in parts of Lancaster and Chesterfield counties nearest to the North Carolina state line. Total snow accumulations of up to 2 inches are expected.

  • Neighbors clash with Red Ventures

    A plan for an apartment complex at Red Ventures’ Indian Land campus was allowed to move forward with taller buildings last week with the granting of a zoning variance, despite objections from neighbors at Black Horse Run.
    The project, approved with the Red Ventures master plan, includes four apartment buildings with a total of 260 units, a landscaped commons area and a road connecting the campus with the RedStone shopping center in which the company is a partner.

  • County gets half of region road projects

    This is shaping up to be a banner year for local road improvements.
    Lancaster County is getting half of the S.C. Department of Transportation road projects slated for the Catawba region, which includes Lancaster, York, Union and Chester counties.
    DOT ranks the projects each year based on feedback from each county, with counties grouped by district.
    And yes, a healthy dose of politics usually plays into the decision, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • Pressley’s Recycling tax-sale finalized

    The notorious Pressley’s Recycling Center property in Indian Land has a new owner following the completion of a yearlong tax-sale grace period that ended last month.
    According to Lancaster County property records, the sale to retired Chester businessman Bill Mullis during a tax sale in Lancaster last year was finalized Dec. 15.
    The sole bidder, Mullis paid $88,000 for the property during the auction, an amount that covered $87,776 in outstanding taxes owed by Ron Olsen of Charlotte and his company Crisis Hill Inc., the recycling center’s parent company.

  • Go purple: Indian Land to host its own Relay for Life

    Lauren Thomas has seen this day coming for a long time. In her mind, she knew it would happen, but she just didn’t know when. Now she is overcome with joy.
    “It’s so incredibly exciting; it’s like a dream come true!” Thomas said.
    What’s so exciting?
    Indian Land is finally going to host its own Relay For Life. The event will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 24 at the Indian Land High School football field.

  • Coming to Indian Land this year: Incorporation vote, post office, shopping

    Lancaster County Panhandle residents saw movement on several long-awaited developments in 2017, including efforts to hold votes on incorporation, work on two new shopping centers and plans for a new post office, all of which are expected to come to fruition in 2018.
    Incorporation vote
    The biggest Panhandle stories of 2017 involved the intertwined incorporation efforts of Van Wyck and Indian Land.

  • Grandmother charged in death of 3-year-old, too

    The grandmother of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder was arrested Friday, Jan. 5, in connection with the toddler’s beating death.
    Tracy Helms Schroeder, 48, of Rock Hill, has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child.
    Schroeder signed an agreement Sept. 1 with the S.C. Department of Social Services to be Lilly’s primary caregiver, according to the arrest warrant.
    “That agreement was put in place for a specific reason – for the welfare of that child,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant.