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  • Two IL schools win Palmetto awards

    Indian Land Elementary and Middle schools were among five schools in Lancaster County to win this year’s prestigious Palmetto Awards for academic excellence.
    Presented by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee, the awards are given to schools with absolute and improvement ratings based on the state’s annual schools report card.

  • Snow big deal

    It slowed traffic, closed schools and turned parking lots into sheets of ice, but did last month’s snowstorm break the county’s bank accounts?
    Not as much as you’d think it might, say county officials.
    Despite the severity of the storm, which dropped between 6 and 10 inches across the county and created slick spots on roads that were impassable for days, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said cleaning up the snow didn’t significantly strain the county’s finances.

  • CCA offering heating assistance

    Carolina Community Actions Inc.

    Carolina Community Actions Inc. is accepting applications through April to assist low-income families with heating bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The maximum allowed for qualified applicants is $500 per household, with a minimum direct assistance of $225.

  • McCoy answers residency questions

    Questions about residency continue to surround one of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the District 16 state Senate seat.
    With the primary just four days away, residents are asking if GOP candidate Rob McCoy lives in the district or not.
    McCoy, one of five people seeking the GOP nod, has had a Heath Springs address that is located in state Senate District 27.
    But he is said to have since moved to a house on West Shiloh Unity Road in Lancaster, which is located in District 16.

  • The Soundtrack of Black America

    It’s hard for Dennis Jones to explain the concept of chords and octaves. He’d rather spend that time trying to convey the immaculate feeling soul music gives him.
    Jones, a Lancaster native who’s played the keyboard for more than 30 years, breaks out into a rhythmic clap and dance routine on the spot. With no radio or instruments around, he imagines an upbeat drum cadence while pretending to play a piano melody at the same time.
    He says there’s nothing else in life that can give him such a thrill.

  • Senate primary Tuesday

    In less than a week, local voters will decide which GOP candidate will represent that party in the District 16 state Senate special election.
    Brian Carnes of Indian Land, Greg Gregory  and Rob McCoy, both of Lancaster, Wendy Petzel and Mike Short, both of Fort Mill, will face off in the Republican Party primary on  Tuesday, Feb. 22.
    District 16 covers most of Lancaster County, Fort Mill and other areas of eastern York County.

  • Local couple suing county, concrete firm

    An Indian Land couple has filed a lawsuit against Lancaster County and a concrete company near their home in an effort to stop what they say is an ongoing nuisance that affects their health and property.
    Ernest and Shawnee Garvin, who filed the suit Dec. 16, 2010,  live on Cole Creek Drive in the Brookchase neighborhood. Their home is located within 50 yards of the Blue Dot Redi-Mix LLC facility on Northfield Drive in the 521 Commerce Business Park, according to the lawsuit.

  • Five GOP candidates share views at forum

    State taxes were mentioned early and often by the Republican candidates running for the open District 16 Senate seat.
    Those five candidates discussed tax rates, government restructuring and a host of other issues Feb. 7 during the Before You Vote forum at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Brian Carnes, Greg Gregory, Rob McCoy, Wendy Petzel and Mike Short took turns answering questions on a rotating basis.
    State taxes

  • ILMS to host local Mini-Relay for Life

    Although Lancaster County’s Relay for Life is scheduled for May 6-7, a group of Indian Land residents hope to raise the stakes this year with a Mini-Relay for Life of their own scheduled for May 14.
    In preparation for the event, the group will hold a team meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. The church is located at 238 Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160), across from Lowe’s Home Improvement.

  • FOIL seeking concrete answers

    A group of Indian Land residents met with Lancaster County Council members Feb. 1 to bring council up to speed on the issue of concrete plants near their homes. They also expressed frustration with what they see as the county’s lack of action on the issue.
    Friends of Indian Land (FOIL) is a nonprofit advocacy group formed in 2007 by residents of the Lakeview Landing and Brookchase neighborhoods to gain relief from concrete plants in the nearby 521 Perimeter Commerce Park.