• Active shooter training begins today at VWES

    from Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release

    Personnel from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster County Fire and Rescue, Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services will be engaged in active shooter training at Van Wyck Elementary School, 4945 Charlotte Highway, each Tuesday and Thursday during daylight hours beginning today, June 11, for the next three weeks.

    The training dates are June 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27.

  • ILHS football player hurt in wreck

    An Indian Land High football player was seriously injured Wednesday, June 5, in a head-on collision on U.S. 521 near Possum Hollow Road.
    Ethan Wayne Swanner, a senior lineman for the Warriors, was headed east on Possum Hollow Road in a 1965 Ford Mustang shortly before 8 a.m., according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    The 17-year-old disregarded a stop sign, striking another vehicle driven by Jessica Maegan Pepper, 18, of Charlotte, Miller said.

  • YMCA breaks ground in Indian Land

    On what Lancaster County Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert described as “a golden day in Lancaster County,” community leaders, businesspeople and government officials gathered Friday, May 31, at INSP CrossRidge to break ground on the Indian Land YMCA. 

  • $10 million scratch-off lottery win for IL man

    An ordinary lunch break became extraordinary when Indian Land resident James Belich won $10 million playing the N.C. Education Lottery’s Supreme Riches Scratch-off.
    “You never expect it,” Belich said, according to a lottery press release. “You think maybe you’ll win something, but not $10 million. It’s unbelievable.”

  • Van Wyck plans candlelight vigil

    Members of the Van Wyck community are reeling since the nation’s drug crisis has invaded their small town.
    Since January, four young people from the rural town have died from drug and alcohol-related causes, said local resident Janice Witherspoon last week.
    Witherspoon and several other members of the community have organized a candlelight vigil for Thursday evening to address the tragic deaths and to raise awareness about the epidemic.

  • Business leader Elmore dies

    VAN WYCK – It’s always been easy for Sonny Hinson to find best friend Troy Elmore’s calling card.
    “If I got home from work and the field in front of the house was cut, I knew it was Troy that had done the cutting,” Hinson said Friday, May 31, rocking on his front porch.
    Since the 1980s, the two of them shared loads of coffee and laughs on that porch. But now Hinson sits alone, pondering the unexpected loss of his tractor-loving buddy.

  • Parks & Rec camps include reading

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation 2019 summer camp have a new spin this year, with a focus on encouraging kids to read over the summer break.
    “I’m excited,” said Mike Barnes, Parks and Rec’s summer day camp program supervisor. “We’ve made a commitment to dedicate time for the kids to read.”
    Barnes’ department partnered with the Lancaster County Library for the initiative, which aims to bridge the gap over the summer, encouraging children to continue to learn outside of school.

  • Seniors can get USDA free produce vouchers

    From release
    The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program returns this summer to help supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce and support South Carolina’s small farmers.
    The seasonal USDA grant program allows individuals age 60 and older to buy fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers’ markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs from May through Oct. 15.

  • Red Flag Fire Alert now in effect

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. Forestry Commission issued a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert on Wednesday, May 29.

    The alert discourages all outdoor burning whenever weather conditions elevate the risk of wildfire.
Weather forecasts for the next three days include very low relative humidity and elevated drought conditions across most of the state.

    When combined with dry fuels on the ground, those conditions create the potential for outdoor burning to escape areas of containment and rapidly spread.

  • A kidney for Luke

    After two years of surviving with 20 percent kidney function, Luke Brown might finally have the chance to live a normal life.
    During Erin Brown’s pregnancy, her doctors noticed a red flag – her baby’s bladder was larger than normal.
    The day after son Luke was born in April 2017, doctors performed an ultrasound and saw that his kidneys were small and underdeveloped. His blood work revealed kidney failure, and doctors diagnosed him with end-stage renal disease.
    Erin and her husband, Jeff, were shocked.