• Local QT sells $2M lottery ticket

    Three Powerball players in South Carolina woke up as millionaires Thursday morning, and one of those tickets, worth $2 million, was sold at QuickTrip in Indian Land.
    The S.C. Education Lottery reported two tickets worth $2 million and one ticket worth $1 million were sold for the March 20 Powerball drawing featuring a $550 million jackpot.
    Jonathan Gonia, store manager of the QuickTrip at 9565 Charlotte Highway – the one just south of S.C. 160 – said Powerball ticket sales recently increased.

  • County’s oldest veteran dies at 105

    Fred Rom, the oldest military veteran in Lancaster County and one of its great storytellers, died March 16, just 18 days shy of his 106th birthday.
    The son of Austrian immigrants and a decorated World War II soldier, the Sun City Carolina Lakes resident had a lifetime of experiences that few could top.
    Talk about seeing it all, Rom witnessed the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, as well as Babe Ruth smacking monster home runs at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

  • Second IL Relay For Life is Saturday

    After a successful debut last year, Indian Land’s second Relay For Life is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 30 at Harrisburg Elementary School.
    “Lots of people think it’s a race – it’s not,” said the event’s leader, Lauren Thomas, who explained that Relay For Life is about bringing together the community to honor and celebrate cancer survivors and those fighting the disease. 

  • Paying N.C. only option to recycle plastic and glass

    If you’re an environmentally conscious Lancaster County resident who wants to recycle glass and plastic, your only remaining option is just across the state line, but it comes at a cost.
    Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County allows non-county residents to drop off recyclables.
    “Lancaster residents may self-haul their recycling to the Foxhole Full Service Convenience Center,” said Jeffrey Smithberger, Mecklenburg County’s solid waste management director.

  • Panthers coming south?

    At last week’s big press event, York and Lancaster counties both got shout-outs as possible sites for a relocated Carolina Panthers headquarters and practice facility, but York seemed to be several strides ahead.
    Lancaster officials were caught a bit off guard by Gov. Henry McMaster’s press conference March 13, attended by a bevy of York County politicians.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said he was aware that discussions between the state and the team began a few months ago, but he hasn’t heard anything since.

  • Trek to Everest’s base

    Tim Old nearly choked on his drink.
    He and wife Amelia were dining out when she broached the idea of hiking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity.
    “My first reaction was disbelief and shock,” he recalls. “It wasn’t something that would ever come to mind.”
    As a freelance travel writer, Amelia is known for her adventurous spirit. She shares tales of her philanthropic-focused trips on her blog Passports from the Heart.

  • ‘Buddy Plan’ signing Sunday

    Don McCorkle grew up in the Panhandle, and Bruce Logan grew up in Detroit.
    But their lives are forever linked through their individual relationships with McCorkle’s lifelong friend Jacky Bayne.
    Pronounced dead twice – once in the field and once at a hospital – Bayne was in a coma for 30 days after he was horribly wounded by a land-mine explosion on July 17, 1967, near Chu Lai, Vietnam.
    Call Bayne’s miraculous survival the X-13 factor.

  • Park honors AJ’s birthday Saturday

    by Laura Ledford/Andrew Jackson State Park
    Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 252nd Birthday Celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23.
    Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items were made by hand during Jackson’s time. If you are lucky, you might get to chat with Old Hickory.

  • IL motorcyclist dies after hitting log truck

    An Indian Land man died March 11 when his motorcycle collided with a logging truck on U.S. 21 near Fincher Road north of Fort Lawn.
    According to the Chester County Coroner’s Office, the victim, Robert William Hritsko, 56, died of blunt-force trauma.
    Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the wreck, which occurred shortly before 5 p.m., was the result of Hritsko’s motorcycle crossing the center line.

  • Another corporate headuarters targeting Indian Land

    The location of another corporate headquarters in the Panhandle will hinge on getting an 87-acre tract on Charlotte Highway rezoned from residential to general business.
    Nicknamed “Project Silver” by the Lancaster County Economic Development Department, the developer is interested in building a two-story, 150,000-square-foot office building on the tract, which is between Thousand Oaks Road and Windsor Trace townhomes.