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  • 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.

  • 3-car IL crash sends 2 to hospital

    Traffic clogged the intersection of U.S. 521 and Jim Wilson Road shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, when three cars collided at the stoplight.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue (LCFR), said there was a small fire after the wreck when fuel leaked onto the grass near one of the battered vehicles. A landscaper, working nearby, quickly put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, Player said.
    A door had to be removed from one of the vehicles to get the driver out.

  • New $1.2M EMS station will have 4 bays

    Indian Land’s new EMS station is designed and ready to be built, and the county has accumulated enough money in fees paid by developers to seek construction bids on the $1.2 million project.
    “It’s awesome to see, because our call volume dictates that we need four ambulances in the Indian Land area. The need is definitely there,” said Lancaster County EMS Director Clay Catoe.

  • Planning board votes against changing UDO on Thread Trail

    When the doors closed for the Feb. 19 Lancaster County Planning Commission meeting, only standing room remained.
    Commission Chairman Charles Deese said it was the largest crowd he has ever seen at a planning commission meeting.
    The hot topic on the agenda was a proposed amendment to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance affecting the Carolina Thread Trail Overlay District. The proposal would kill the requirement that subdivision developers in the district build segments of the trail.

  • IL rescuers haul worker out of 35-foot-deep pit

    Rescuers hauled an injured man from a 35-foot-deep hole at a construction site in Indian Land on Feb. 19.
    The man was part of a crew installiing a sewer lift station behind the Covington neighborhood, near Harrisburg and Barberville roads, said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
    Rogers said something fell on top of the man’s leg while he was inside the hole, resulting in a possible fracture and other medical issues.
    He was unable to climb out on his own and had to be packaged for transport and safely lifted out of the hole, Rogers said.

  • STATE CHAMP: Drakeford wins state mat title

    ANDERSON – Indian Land High School junior 160-pounder Markeith Drakeford followed the mat plan all the way to the state championship podium.
    Drakeford, in his first trip to the Class AAA individual state championship tournament, captured the gold with a 6-4 decision over Chester High School’s Ly’ Terrence Mills on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Anderson Civic Center.

  • DW Library expansion design revealed

    Nearly five years after voters approved updating Lancaster County’s three libraries, architects are showing us how two of the projects will look.
    McMillan Pazdan Smith recently unveiled its sleek, modern design for the expansion and refurbishment of the main Lancaster County Library, and an addition to Del Webb Library in Indian Land that blends into the existing structure.

  • Driver in IL wreck faces DUI charges

    The driver in an Indian Land wreck that killed three people and injured two others Jan. 27 has been charged with three counts of felony DUI.
    Felicia Shontell Coffey, 27, faces up to 25 years in prison on each of the DUI counts. She wept and thanked Magistrate Van Richardson on Friday, Feb. 1, as he set her bond at $30,000 – $10,000 for each DUI charge – along with certain restrictions.

  • Child-support payment system changes

    Starting Feb. 4, about 3,000 Lancaster County parents started making child-support payments through the S.C. State Disbursement Unit in Columbia instead of the local clerk of court’s office.
    Lancaster is one of 14 counties in the state to make the change in February, but it is a federal mandate that eventually will affect every county nationwide.
    Four counties – Aiken, Fairfield, Sumter and York – were the pilots for the S.C. changeover, making the switch in October.

  • State has $2.9M for county residents

    The state has a $550 million pot of unclaimed financial assets in Columbia, and some of it might be yours, just for the asking.
    Last week, state officials produced a searchable database of 1,700 accounts totaling $2.9 million that belong to Lancaster County individuals, businesses, organizations, estates and trusts. And those are just the accounts with $500 or more in them.
    Local optometrist Johnny Dukes was on the list. He was a forgotten beneficiary on an insurance policy, collecting  $3,200.