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  • Second time charm for Plum Quick?

    The owners of Indian Land’s Plum Quick Motors say they’re confident the second time was the charm in their pursuit of a record for the world’s fastest golf cart.
    Officials with Guinness Book of World Record turned down Carson, Robby and Rick Steen’s first record attempt in July 2012 at Mooresville Dragway in their tricked-out beauty of a golf cart, Tee Time.
    Despite a blazing 98.06-mph eighth-mile run, Guinness officials said the one-seat, roll cage-equipped Tee Time didn’t look enough like a traditional golf cart.

  • Explosives firm responds to local concerns

    Editor’s note: Carolina Gateway ran a story Aug. 14 on Dyno Nobel opening an explosives plant in Van Wyck. Readers responded with further questions on the emergency preparedness plans by the company, community and county.
     

    Dyno Nobel, an international explosives manufacturer, remodeled and opened a plant on Steele Hill Road in June to produce an explosive used mostly in the mining and construction industry.

  • IL family cycles for a cause

    by Michele Roberts/For Carolina Gateway
    An Indian Land family has made a bike ride for charity a family tradition, with three generations riding together in the annual Bike MS: PGA Tour 150K Cycle to the Shore bike ride, held Sept. 28-29 in Florida.
    Ricky Montgomery, 44, has participated in the ride six times.
    His father, David Montgomery, 74, has ridden in the event for 15 years.
    Ricky Montgomery’s son Jeremy, 14, has ridden twice now, and his nephews Tyrese Washington, 13, and Thomas Washington, 15, took their first ride this year.

  • March of Dimes grants deadline Friday

    From March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter
    COLUMBIA – The March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter is accepting applications for its 2014 community grants.
    In 2013, the chapter awarded more than $400,000 in community grant funds to organizations in South Carolina to address unmet maternal and child health needs.
    The Chapter Community Grants Program is designed to invest in projects that further the March of Dimes mission, support the National Prematurity Campaign objectives and further the strategic goal of reducing disparities in birth outcomes.

  • Austin rocks the Lake House

    Celebrity and fitness expert Denise Austin made Sun City Carolina Lakes the first stop on her national tour introducing Rite Aid’s Wellness65+ for seniors.
    The new program is an extension of Rite Aid’s customer loyalty program.
    The Sept. 24 event, which included a wellness fair with screenings, pharmacists’ consultations and prizes, was highlighted by two 15-minute “Just Rite for You” classes with Austin. She discussed and demonstrated age-appropriate exercises, along with shaping, toning and strength training.

  • Shutdown affects local agencies

    At least one program that serves Lancaster County’s poor has closed due to the federal government shutdown last week. Others are facing the same fate in coming weeks should the shutdown drag on.
    Meanwhile, officials with other local programs funded wholly or in part by the federal government say services will, for the most part, remain unaffected for now.

  • Mulvaney speaks out on government shutdown

    On Oct. 2, U.S. Rep Mick Mulvaney, R-SC Dist. 5, released the following statement on the government shutdown:
    “I’ve received a good many calls and emails this week from folks expressing their opinions about the government shutdown. I’m grateful for the feedback and I am listening to your concerns.
    “The House of Representatives is doing everything we can to reopen the government.

  • Obamacare enrollment underway

    Despite the ongoing political battle in Washington, D.C. to defund and repeal it, the age of Obamacare started Oct. 1.
    Americans can finally log on to the Health Insurance Marketplaces websites to decide options for themselves under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    While the law may be contentious, its requirements still stand, and if you’re like many, you likely have a number of questions about the law and how it applies to you.
    If so, read on for a primer.
    What are Health Insurance Marketplaces?

  • Range to open near new school

    A firearms training academy and indoor firing range will open in spring 2014, less than a mile from the new Indian Land elementary school on Harrisburg Road.
    The Range at Ballantyne, at 9873 Harrisburg Road, will be about seven-tenths of a mile south of the new school, slated to open next fall.
    The retail firearms store and state-of-the-art training facility will feature 18 indoor firing lanes, including multiple rifle lanes.

  • Neighbors fire suggestions at explosives plant in VW

    Amidst concerns over operations and safety, explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel reached out to its Van Wyck neighbors at a community meeting Aug. 6 to introduce themselves and say their product was safe.
    The international company remodeled and opened the plant on Steele Hill Road in June to produce an explosive used mostly in the mining and construction industry.