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  • Men try apparent card scam at Publix

    Deputies are looking for two men who tried to buy a slew of gift cards at an Indian Land supermarket late last month in what might have been a scam.
    Employees with Publix, 8360 Charlotte Highway, called 911 about 5:30 p.m. March 22 to report two men they say tried to buy goods under false pretenses, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    A store manager told deputies at the scene that a man tried to use a Walmart Visa debit card to buy three Visa gift cards, knowing there was not enough money on the debit card, the report said.

  • County United Way names Outlaw as new director

    Though her title is different, Melanie Outlaw says her role will remain the same.

    Outlaw, who’s worked for the United Way of Lancaster County since 2009, has been named the agency’s executive director. Her first official day in that position was March 1.

    Before the announcement, Outlaw’s title had been resource development coordinator. But because the local United Way office had no executive director, Outlaw assumed those duties as well.

  • Deputies seize sweepstakes machines

    Lancaster County deputies have seized sweepstakes machines across the county in the past few weeks, making good on a notice Sheriff Barry Faile gave businesses.
    In February, Faile gave fair warning to owners of the recently outlawed machines to remove the devices from their premises voluntarily during a two-week grace period, or “Take your chances.”
    Last month, deputies followed through with the promise and seized 15 machines at four different establishments since March 7. The machines were taken before a magistrate, who deemed them illegal.

  • Free tax preparation help available

    With Tax Day less than two weeks away, elderly and low- to moderate-income taxpayers still have time to take advantage of free tax preparation help from two area organizations.
    Indian Land residents Rachel Dod and Joyce Bell both got tax prep help this spring – Dod from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in Indian Land and Bell from AARP Tax Aide in Fort Mill.
    While this was the first time Dod has used the service, Bell has been coming to AARP Tax Aide for awhile.

  • Action Council Report: ILAC discusses landfills, grants, more

    More than 30 residents attended the March 20 meeting of the Indian Land Action Council at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.
    Landfill legislation

  • Sims Foundation awards $908,0000 in grants

    Direct health services and health education are among the projects funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s most recent grant awards.  
    Ten organizations are the recipients of grants totaling $908,605.

  • Board chooses bid for new school

    Lancaster County school board members tentatively approved acceptance of a bid for construction of Indian Land’s new elementary school during its March 19 meeting.
    The new school, which will be built at 10251 Harrisburg Road, is intended to serve students in the county’s densely populated northern tip.
    District officials hope to break ground on the new campus in mid-April for an August 2014 opening.

  • How many gas stations do we need?

    It doesn’t take an expert in microeconomics to realize that those long lines of cars with North Carolina license plates at northern Indian Land gas stations are there to fill up on cheap South Carolina gasoline.
    With South Carolina’s gas taxes and fees totaling 35.2 cents a gallon, 21 cents less than North Carolina’s 56.2 cents a gallon, Indian Land has become a boomtown of sorts for gas stations looking to cash in on our northern neighbors’ thirst for cheap gas.

  • IL natives honored for community impact

    by Michele Roberts/For Carolina Gateway
    About 80 people attended Steele Hill Community Partners Inc.’s inaugural Making a Difference Community Awards luncheon March 16 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Indian Land.
    The luncheon had a two-fold purpose – to recognize Indian Land residents who have made an impact on the Panhandle community and to raise money for Steele Hill Community Partners’ Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program.

  • Council approves more funds for paid firefighters

    Overtime, equipment and training costs for the county’s new paid daytime firefighters are now completely covered, thanks to a transfer of funds recently approved by Lancaster County Council.
    Council approved a budget transfer of $62,000 to cover a long list of non-grant covered items during its March 11 meeting. The vote was 6-0. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent on a previously scheduled trip.