http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Smooth start to new school year http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/smooth-start-new-school-year <img src="http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/iles_kindergartner_alison_fox_4849-1.jpg" alt="Indian Land Elementary kindergartner Alison Fox waits in line for a tour of her new school to begin Thursday, Aug. 17. " title="Indian Land Elementary kindergartner Alison Fox waits in line for a tour of her new school to begin Thursday, Aug. 17. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> More than 12,000 students &ndash; more than a third of them from Indian Land &ndash; began the new academic year at Lancaster County School District&rsquo;s 22 schools on Thursday, Aug. 17.<br /> It was smooth sailing most of the day, except for some traffic congestion around the district&rsquo;s many on-going construction projects.<br /> Indian Land&rsquo;s four schools welcomed about 4,420 students Thursday.<br /> IL post office in the works http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/il-post-office-works <p> Indian Land may finally be getting its own post office.<br /> The U.S. Postal Service notified Lancaster County officials last week that plans are under way for a &ldquo;new retail and delivery services facility project&rdquo; in the fast-growing community of more than 20,000 residents.<br /> Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper received a letter from USPS real estate specialist Michael K. Bullard, saying a possible site has been selected and a public meeting about the plan will be held next week.<br /> Panel issues no decision on IL incorporation http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/panel-issues-no-decision-il-incorporation <p> COLUMBIA &ndash; A legislative committee questioned Indian Land incorporation proponents for nearly two hours Friday, Aug. 18, but ended the hearing with no decision, saying it would meet again at some unspecified date.<br /> About 17 people representing both sides of the incorporation issue attended Voters for a Town of Indian Land&rsquo;s (VTIL) hearing before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation in Columbia. If the committee approves the proposal, voters will get to decide the issue.<br /> Council OKs IL stormwater fee again http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/council-oks-il-stormwater-fee-again <p> In a decision that didn&rsquo;t seem to please anybody, Lancaster County Council passed second reading of an ordinance Aug. 14 that would add a $75 stormwater fee to the tax bills of homeowners in the Panhandle.<br /> The fee would also impact commercial property, varying by size.<br /> The fee, which requires one more council vote, could raise $1.57 million in the first year, to be used to start a new county department that would address stormwater issues. &nbsp;<br /> It's Official 8-23-17 http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/its-official-8-23-17 <p class="p1"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><b>Lancaster County GOP meets Aug. 24</b></span></span></p> <p class="p2"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><span class="s1">The Lancaster County Republican Party meets at 7 p.m. Aug. 24, at the office of Mike Williams Builders, 1351 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster.&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> Business Briefcase 8-23-17 http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/business-briefcase-8-23-17 <p class="p1"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><b>Morning Business Connections Aug. 25</b></span></span></p> <p class="p2"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><span class="s1">Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce&rsquo;s next Morning Business Connections is 8:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 25 at INSP&rsquo;s CrossRidge Cafe, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land.</span></span></span></p> School Notes 8-23-17 http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/school-notes-8-23-17 <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;">&nbsp;<b style="font-family: &quot;News Gothic&quot;; font-size: 15px;">IL Middle&nbsp;holds open house Aug. 29</b></span></span></p> Coming Up 8-23-17 http://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/coming-8-23-17 <p class="p1"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:verdana,geneva,sans-serif;"><b>Clemson naturalist to speak at USCL</b></span></span></p>