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  • Driver dies in S.C. 5 wreck during storm Friday

    VAN WYCK – A Fort Lawn man was fatally injured in a wreck during Friday’s storm when another vehicle hit his truck on S.C. 5, causing it to flip over.
    Mark Sikes, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene April 19 by the Lancaster County’s Coroner Office.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, Sikes was driving south on S.C. 5 at Steele Hill Road in his 1994 Ford pickup shortly before 3:30 p.m. He slowed to turn and was hit by a 2002 Kia driven by Darrick Lamont McClintock, 42, of Rock Hill, Miller said.

  • Del Webb Library celebrates spring

    from Del Webb Library at Indian Land
    From egg hunts to story times, the Del Webb Library at Indian Land was hopping the week leading up to Easter.
    Youth Services Librarian “Miss Maggie” Keeble kept the kids entertained while many were out on spring break by offering a dozen programs over the course of a week, each one with its own egg hunt and goodies for participants.

  • Groundbreaking on the Greenway

    The Lindsay Pettus Greenway broke ground behind the Barr Street Learning Center on April 11, with dozens of people wielding shovels and garden spades amid a flurry of celebratory bubbles.
    The trail will cut through the city of Lancaster, connecting people to schools, sports facilities, downtown, shopping areas and the hospital. As planned, it eventually will be about 5 miles long and run along Gills Creek.
    Butterflies were re-leased during the ceremony in honor of conservationist and local historian Lindsay Pettus of Indian Land, whom the greenway is named for.

  • ‘You got it!’

    A Charlotte woman has stepped forward with the $2 million Powerball ticket bought at an Indian Land QuikTrip last month and says she’s retiring early.
    The winner told S.C. Education Lottery officials she was filling up her car at the store at 9565 Charlotte Highway and sent her son in to buy a ticket. He checked her Powerball ticket the next day.
    “You got it!” he screamed when he saw the first five white ball numbers matched those drawn on March 20 – 10, 14, 50, 53, 63.

  • 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.