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  • Panthers coming south?

    At last week’s big press event, York and Lancaster counties both got shout-outs as possible sites for a relocated Carolina Panthers headquarters and practice facility, but York seemed to be several strides ahead.
    Lancaster officials were caught a bit off guard by Gov. Henry McMaster’s press conference March 13, attended by a bevy of York County politicians.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said he was aware that discussions between the state and the team began a few months ago, but he hasn’t heard anything since.

  • Trek to Everest’s base

    Tim Old nearly choked on his drink.
    He and wife Amelia were dining out when she broached the idea of hiking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity.
    “My first reaction was disbelief and shock,” he recalls. “It wasn’t something that would ever come to mind.”
    As a freelance travel writer, Amelia is known for her adventurous spirit. She shares tales of her philanthropic-focused trips on her blog Passports from the Heart.

  • ‘Buddy Plan’ signing Sunday

    Don McCorkle grew up in the Panhandle, and Bruce Logan grew up in Detroit.
    But their lives are forever linked through their individual relationships with McCorkle’s lifelong friend Jacky Bayne.
    Pronounced dead twice – once in the field and once at a hospital – Bayne was in a coma for 30 days after he was horribly wounded by a land-mine explosion on July 17, 1967, near Chu Lai, Vietnam.
    Call Bayne’s miraculous survival the X-13 factor.

  • Park honors AJ’s birthday Saturday

    by Laura Ledford/Andrew Jackson State Park
    Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 252nd Birthday Celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
    Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items were made by hand during Jackson’s time. If you are lucky, you might get to chat with Old Hickory.

  • IL motorcyclist dies after hitting log truck

    An Indian Land man died March 11 when his motorcycle collided with a logging truck on U.S. 21 near Fincher Road north of Fort Lawn.
    According to the Chester County Coroner’s Office, the victim, Robert William Hritsko, 56, died of blunt-force trauma.
    Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the wreck, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m., was the result of Hritsko’s motorcycle crossing the center line.

  • Another corporate headuarters targeting Indian Land

    The location of another corporate headquarters in the Panhandle will hinge on getting an 87-acre tract on Charlotte Highway rezoned from residential to general business.
    Nicknamed “Project Silver” by the Lancaster County Economic Development Department, the developer is interested in building a two-story, 150,000-square-foot office building on the tract, which is between Thousand Oaks Road and Windsor Trace townhomes.

  • Legion chief visits IL post

    While many veterans’ organizations around the country are facing declining membership and dwindling participation, American Legion Indian Land Post 250 is swelling its ranks.
    On March 4, the post was honored by a visit from National Commander Brett Reistad, in his mission to discover how successful posts increase and retain their membership.

  • YMCA scales down plans for IL facility

    Indian Land’s YMCA has hit some bumps in the road since the plans for the cutting-edge fitness center were announced at the end of last year.
    The 35-day partial federal shutdown set construction back by about two months, while a shortage of private fundraising has restricted the scope of amenities at the facility, which will be built at the CrossRidge Center development off U.S. 521.
    “A lot of doors have just not opened for us,” said Upper Palmetto YMCA CEO Moe Bell, frustrated by the lack of private donors.

  • ‘Santiago Strong’

    Three months ago, Santiago Buther was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, suffering from a fast-onset brain cancer that had left him unable to walk or eat.
    Today, the 8-year-old is back home in Indian Land, kicking a soccer ball in his backyard and running circles around his friends.
    His fight against the life-threatening disease is not over, but his regained mobility has encouraged him, his family and his Van Wyck Elementary classmates and staff, who have rallied behind him since the diagnosis.

  • IL post office inching forward

    The U.S. Postal Service is finally moving forward with its plans for the construction of the new Indian Land post office.
    The chosen site, which was identified in late 2017, is near the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160 on a parcel just west of Lowe’s Home Improvement.
    More than a year after the site was first identified, the lease for the facility is under negotiation, and its design and layout are being finalized, USPS real estate specialist Kurtis Bullard said Feb. 26.