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  • Winter's last gasp?

    A quick burst of snow hit Lancaster County early April 2, a far cry from the previous week’s 70-degree sunshine.
    Snow flurries began shortly after 8 a.m. and at times came down in clumps the size of golf balls. The precipitation transformed into sleet and rain within a few hours. Schools and county and city offices stayed on normal schedule despite the bad weather.
    The north end of the county, in the Indian Land and Van Wyck areas, received the most snow on the ground, less than an inch, while others only received a slight dusting of snow and sleet.

  • Get your pets vaccinated at rabies clinics

    Faulkner Animal Hospital will hold spring vaccination clinics at nine locations across the county through April 30. All clinics are 6-7:30 p.m.
    Rabies vaccines cost $6. All other vaccines, including canine distemper/parvo and kennel cough, and feline 4-way FVRCPP and leukemia, cost $16.
    According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, 100 confirmed positive cases of rabies were reported in the state in 2018. The three cases reported in Lancaster County involved raccoons.

  • IL population leap to spur change

    The drastic change coming to Lancaster County government after next year’s U.S. Census is likely to be even greater than officials have been expecting.
    Population growth in the Panhandle is the fastest in the state and shows no sign of slowing, according to new figures released at the March 25 South Charlotte Partners’ Regional Transportation Summit in Ballantyne, N.C.

  • Low-cost rabies vaccine clinics scheduled

    Faulkner Animal Hospital will hold spring vaccination clinics at nine locations across the county through April 30. All clinics are planned from 6-7:30 p.m. Rabies vaccines cost $6. All other vaccines, including canine distemper/parvo and kennel cough, and feline 4-way FVRCPP and leukemia, cost $16.

  • State fire chiefs to remember Dennis Straight

    The S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs and other members of the state’s fire service will gather at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, to remember firefighters who have died while serving their communities.
    The ceremony is at the S.C. Fallen Firefighters Memorial, housed on the grounds of the S.C. Fire Academy, 141 Monticello Trail in Columbia.
    One line of duty death occurred Nov. 7, 2018, in Lancaster County.

  • IL Action Council needs infusion of members, energy

    The Indian Land Action Council, a community group intended to educate and inform residents about important local issues, is gearing up for its annual election of officers April 18.
    But the group’s participation is on the decline, according to ILAC President Evan Freeman.
    “We’re pretty low at this point,” he said.
    In 2015, the group had 82 members, but the numbers have plummeted since then, with membership now sitting at 30.

  • Cook gets 10 years in child-porn case

    An Indian Land man was sentenced March 20 to a decade in state prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
    Ray Gene Cook Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and received a 10-year term from Circuit Judge Roger Henderson in Lancaster.
    According to a press release from the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, an agent with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force downloaded a file from Cook’s computer containing child pornography in May 2016.

  • Local QT sells $2M lottery ticket

    Three Powerball players in South Carolina woke up as millionaires Thursday morning, and one of those tickets, worth $2 million, was sold at QuickTrip in Indian Land.
    The S.C. Education Lottery reported two tickets worth $2 million and one ticket worth $1 million were sold for the March 20 Powerball drawing featuring a $550 million jackpot.
    Jonathan Gonia, store manager of the QuickTrip at 9565 Charlotte Highway – the one just south of S.C. 160 – said Powerball ticket sales recently increased.

  • County’s oldest veteran dies at 105

    Fred Rom, the oldest military veteran in Lancaster County and one of its great storytellers, died March 16, just 18 days shy of his 106th birthday.
    The son of Austrian immigrants and a decorated World War II soldier, the Sun City Carolina Lakes resident had a lifetime of experiences that few could top.
    Talk about seeing it all, Rom witnessed the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, as well as Babe Ruth smacking monster home runs at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

  • Second IL Relay For Life is Saturday

    After a successful debut last year, Indian Land’s second Relay For Life is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30 at Harrisburg Elementary School.
    “Lots of people think it’s a race – it’s not,” said the event’s leader, Lauren Thomas, who explained that Relay For Life is about bringing together the community to honor and celebrate cancer survivors and those fighting the disease.