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Today's News

  • Religious News 1-9-19

    Temple Solel meets Jan. 11
    Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish congregation, holds Shabbat services at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 (second and fourth Fridays of each month) in the community room at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill. For details, call (803) 610-1707 or visit www.templesolelsc.org or Temple Solel SC on Facebook.
    St. John’s posts events
    St. John’s United Methodist Church, 160 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, will hold the following events this month:

  • Coming Up 1-9-19

    Duke Energy to test sirens Jan. 9
    The outdoor warning sirens around the Catawba Nuclear Station will be tested at about 11:50 a.m. Jan. 9. The 89 sirens within 10 miles of the Catawba Nuclear Station will be tested for three minutes to make sure each siren works properly. For details on the sirens, visit www.duke-energy.com/NuclearEP.
    Upcoming area blood drives
    American Red Cross
    • Jan. 9, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Comporium, 318 Stewman St., Lancaster

  • County recycling cutback starts Jan. 21

    For years, Lancaster County residents have been encouraged to separate recyclable materials – glass, plastics, metals, cardboard and newsprint – from their household garbage.
    But starting Jan. 21, some of that is going to change.
    Thanks to what’s being dubbed the “Great Recycling Crisis,” local residents no longer will be asked to separate glass and plastics from their trash. There will no longer be bins for plastics and glass at the county’s 12 convenience sites.

  • ‘Regional gem right in our backyard’

    The span over Twelve Mile Creek, a graceful swinging walkway suspended by cables, is winning awards and drawing praise from hikers along Lancaster County’s section of the Carolina Thread Trail.
    “We have a regional gem right here in our backyard,” said County Planning Director Penelope Karagounis, marveling at the bridge and 3.5-mile walking trail that connect Indian Land’s Walnut Creek subdivision and Waxhaw’s Mill Bridge neighborhood.

  • District targets ‘rampant’ vaping by students

    Lancaster County School District started random metal-detector scans last year to target weapons, but the contraband turning up most is e-cigarettes.
    “We’ve had about 51 instances since the beginning of school,” said LCSD Safety Director Bryan Vaughn. “Vaporizers are rampant in schools.”
    Vaporizers, or electronic cigarettes, have become common in the last decade, marketed as a way to help smokers kick the habit.

  • In Memoriam: Remembering those we lost in 2018

    Mack McDonald, longtime IL fire volunteer, dies at 57
    On the outside, DeWayne “Mack” McDonald could sometimes come across as gruff.
    But beneath that outer layer was a man who fiercely loved his family, his neighbors and the Indian Land community.
    A diabetic and two-time kidney transplant recipient, McDonald died June 15 after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.

  • Fireman: You can’t ever show fear

    Lancaster County has 13 active volunteer firefighters in the county who are 70 or older. Indian Land’s Paul Blackwelder, 80, is one of them.
    Blackwelder has been with Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department for 63 years and credits the success of the department to the “bang-up firemen” that volunteer there.
    “I give credit to my guys who’ve all these years made our department what it is,” he said.

  • County may charge private trash haulers more

    Lancaster County’s garbage-disposal costs are soaring as the Panhandle’s population skyrockets, and officials are considering a new payment system to shift more of those costs to the people producing the trash.
    “We’re seeing so much coming in that it’s overwhelming,” said Jeff Catoe, the county’s public works director.
    There’s even more pressure on the county now because changes in the marketplace have ended almost all recycling, adding to the tonnage going into landfills.

  • A bookworm’s national tour

    by Anne Murphy/Special to Carolina Gateway
    Reading takes you places. When we immerse ourselves in a novel, we get to visit places that are not immediately available. Whether you want to catch the Hogwarts Express to work on your defense against the dark arts, solve a few crimes with everyone’s favorite titian-haired sleuth, Nancy Drew, or simply prolong your beach vacation by visiting Elin Hilderbrand’s Nantucket without all those tourists, books can take you anywhere.  

  • ILHS teams bring Christmas cheer

    The Indian Land High School baseball teams left the diamond the weekend before Christmas to bring some holiday cheer to a struggling family in their community.
    Third baseman/pitcher Jay Hildreth, 18, headed up the effort, inspired by his parents and grandparents, who have been working with Serving Our Neighbors, a nonprofit devoted to helping families who have fallen on hard times or undergone a recent tragedy.  
    Hildreth went to his coach, Joey Robinson, in October to tell him that he wanted to give back to the community with the help of his baseball team.