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  • Help find missing IL man

    An 83-year-old Indian Land man has been missing since Wednesday morning,  July 18, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding him.

  • IL man charged with attempted murder

    An Indian Land man and a Lancaster woman have been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping after a woman showed up at a Lancaster home June 21 with deep cuts and bruises covering her body, claiming she had been abducted and beaten by them.
    Thomas Clarence “T.C.” Dial, 34, has been arrested and warrants will be served on Alicia Danielle Bellue, 33, of Lancaster. Both are charged with grand larceny, attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

  • Cancer victim’s pot took circuitous trip from Alaska

    Steven Michall never planned on becoming an outlaw, but his undying love for his dying wife turned him into one.
    Battling non-small cell lung cancer, Michall’s wife had the misfortune of being diagnosed in South Carolina, he said, where medical marijuana remains illegal – despite ongoing but failed bipartisan attempts by state lawmakers to change that amid objections from the state’s law enforcement establishment.

  • On a mission to legalize medical cannabis (part 1 of 2)

    As far as Indian Land mom and activist Michelle Simonetti is concerned, it’s high time that South Carolina legalize medical marijuana.
    Too many people are suffering without it needlessly, she said.
    It’s not about getting high, Simonetti noted. It’s all about getting well.
    “I want people to see it as a medical issue,” she said.
    And a lack of legal medical marijuana also is too often turning desperate patients or their caregivers into criminals, she lamented.

  • Deese named state’s Coroner of the Year

    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese has been named the S.C. Coroner’s Association’s 2018 Coroner of the Year.
    “I was certainly surprised and very honored to receive the award,” Deese said. “I wake up every day with the drive and passion to make a difference, and it was very unexpected for that to be recognized on the state level.”
    Deese has worked at the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office for 13 years, but was only elected coroner a year and a half ago.

  • 3rd arrest in hit-and-run incident

    The third and final suspect in a hit-and-run that seriously injured an Indian Land businessman and his young son has turned himself in to authorities.
    Ralph Cornelius Hall, 20, of Des Moines, Iowa, is facing a felony charge of a passenger fleeing an accident causing injury or death, in addition to a misdemeanor larceny charge, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

  • Outdoor-cooking fires damage 2 homes

    Two Indian Land homes suffered significant damage last week after outdoor-cooking equipment was left unattended and caught fire.
    The first fire occurred just before 6 p.m. June 25 and started when a propane-gas grill was left on outside a home in Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said the propane tank did not explode, but a safety valve, designed to keep the tank from exploding, began to release pressure and ignited too close to the home.

  • 2nd arrest in hit-and-run that hurt IL man

    A second suspect is behind bars facing a felony charge in connection with an April hit-and-run that seriously injured a 41-year-old Indian Land businessman and his 4-year-old son.
    Isaiah Ray Staley, 21, of Fort Mill was arrested June 11 and remains in the Mecklenburg County jail, pending a $5,000 bond on a charge of a passenger fleeing an accident involving injury or death, according to jail records.

  • Independence Day celebrations

    Lancaster County
    Celebrate Freedom event June 29
    Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1841 N. Rocky River Road, Lancaster, will host a Celebrate Freedom event at 6 p.m. June 29 with free food, a showing of the movie “I Can Only Imagine,” games, bounce houses and a fireworks show beginning about 9:30 p.m. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. For details, email bethlehem@comporium.net. 

  • IL recreation center expansion $4.3M

    Civil engineers have projected the cost of remodeling and expanding the Indian Land Recreation Center on U.S. 521 at $4.3 million, about $200,000 less than anticipated.
    The money would come from an $11 million bond referendum that voters could consider in November’s general election if Lancaster County Council approves three readings to have it added to the ballot. First reading of the referendum ordinance passed unanimously June 11.