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  • Tropical-storm warning issued for county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has placed Lancaster County under a tropical-storm warning due to the projected path of Hurricane Michael.


    The warning was issued at 11:04 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.


    The latest weather forecasts indicate that much of the county will pelted with an estimated 4 to 6 inches of rain through Friday morning, with 6 to 8 inches possible in the eastern-most portion of the county near the Chesterfield County line.


    Tropical-force winds ranging from 39-52 mph are also expected with higher-speed wind gusts possible.


  • Hurricane Michael targeting S.C.

    Less than a month after Hurricane Florence brought historic flooding to the eastern parts of the state, South Carolina is under threat of substantial rain from Hurricane Michael.
    Late Tuesday, Oct. 9, Michael was a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds at 120 mph. The storm was 420 miles south of Panama City, Fla., moving north in the Gulf of Mexico at 12 mph.

  • Reaching for the sky – New ILHS walls go up

    The new Indian Land High School, a gleaming, modern campus full of amenities and aspirations, is rising out of the red clay, with footings being poured and walls begining to jut skyward.
    Facilities Director David Small is pleased with the construction progress at what will be the Lancaster County School District’s newest high school, with $90 million in construction scheduled for completion in 2020.
    “Everybody’s pushing and working together to get the job done. We’re ready to use our facilities,” Small said.

  • As developers close in, IL couple gives up horse farm

    In 1996, Charlotte Cannon bought Fox Point Farm in Indian Land and built it into a successful horse-riding business.
    She and her husband, Tommy Robinson, taught riding lessons five days a week and hosted summer camps at the 20-acre farm off Henry Harris Road.
    “It’s a very family-orientated business,” Cannon said. “I’ve taught the parents and the children. I just adore doing this job.”

  • Festival promises family fun

    Soaring swings, towering slides, furry farm animals and a Ferris wheel are all planned to entertain children of all ages at the Indian Land Fall Festival on Nov. 3 and 4.
    The 13th annual event promises to surpass past events with the new two-day festival held at the Indian Land schools complex off River Road.

  • Wider S.C. 160 on the horizon

    Motorists stuck during rush hour on the Panhandle’s most congested east-west corridor are seeing a lot of work alongside S.C. 160, but state officials say the widening project is still about two years from completion.
    Melanie Mobley with the S.C. Department of Transportation said the target for finishing the new thoroughfare is June 30, 2020, but that date is subject to change.

  • No 2018 Christmas parade in Van Wyck

    Tension between Van Wyck and Indian Land has flared again, with Van Wyck canceling its Christmas parade after Indian Land scheduled its inaugural parade on the same afternoon.
    “There will be no Christmas Parade in Van Wyck this year,” said Pat Oglesby, the Van Wyck Christmas Parade chairman, in a post on the town’s Facebook page.

  • IL, Lancaster library plans move ahead

    Nearly four years after voters approved a bond referendum to pay for library renovations and expansions, the Lancaster County Library Board has decided where the $8 million will be spent.
    The board last week approved a 5,000-square-foot addition to the Lancaster County Library and a 1,000-square-foot addition to the Del Webb Library in Indian Land.
    Still evolving are the plans for Kershaw, which is trying to acquire the soon-to-be-vacant Wells Fargo building downtown and move its library branch there. That issue is unlikely to be settled for at least a month.

  • VFW car show rolling into IL Fall Fest

    Rev up your engines and wipe down the dash because the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual Honor Our Heroes car show is coming to the Indian Land Fall Festival on Nov. 3.
    Indian Land VFW Post 12136 hosts the annual event as part of its community involvement mission.
    “It’s a win-win,” said IL VFW Commander Jim Taylor, who’s organizing the show. The VFW gets to help the community, as well as build awareness of its programs.

  • Muddied Waters: Landowner says runoff from ILHS construction spoiling pond

    Growth can be good, but sometimes it’s messy.
    That has certainly been the case for Milton Hood, 61, a retiree who owns a roughly 30-acre homestead he has dubbed Falling Springs, located just off U.S 521 at the extreme southern edge of Indian Land.
    The outstanding feature of Hood’s property is a 2-acre pond, fed mainly by a nearby stream, an idyllic spot for fishing, family activities, or just quiet reflection and relaxation.