Today's News

  • Sun shines on IL Fall Festival

    About 14,000 people turned out Saturday, Sept. 28, for the eighth annual Indian Land Fall Festival at the City of Light.
    “I think it’s one of the best festivals so far,” said Indian Land Rotary Club President Kevin Lanier. “We had a beautiful day and are thankful to the Indian Land community for making it a success.”

  • ‘Project Vino’ moving forward

    Plans for a potential multi-million dollar economic development project to set up shop in Lancaster County are moving forward, though the identity of the company involved remains unknown.
    Three ordinances and a resolution related to the still not publicly named Project Vino were discussed during Lancaster County Council’s Sept. 23 meeting.

  • Library adopts tighter meeting room policy

    Lancaster County Library Board approved a new countywide policy that bars after-hours use of meeting rooms at local libraries by outside groups.
    Prompted by liability concerns, the board approved the new policy by a nearly unanimous vote during its monthly meeting Sept. 23.
    The new policy requires community groups that use meeting rooms at the Lancaster County Main Library in Lancaster and Del Webb Library in Indian Land to meet during the day or wrap up meetings 15 minutes before closing time. The Kershaw Library does not have a meeting room.

  • Residents asked to help shape area’s future

    Organizers of a 14-county Charlotte region initiative called CONNECT Our Future are asking Lancaster County residents for their input in helping develop a strategic plan to guide the region’s growth over the next 40 years.
    Three CONNECT Our Future Community Growth Workshops are 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Building, 509 Hubbard Drive.
    Preregistration is requested by going online at http://bit.ly/LancasterCounty or by calling (704) 714-4438.

  • Bojangles’ to open by end of year

    Bojangles’ is moving southward with construction on its second Indian Land location well underway at the corner of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and Collins Road near the Cross Creek shopping center.
    Bojangles’ spokeswoman Aliza Darnell said the new 38,000-square-foot restaurant with seating for about 75 customers is scheduled for a December opening.
    Darnell said the restaurant will have a big celebration when it does.

  • Council fuming over gas station ordinances

    The growth of gas stations in the Panhandle can continue unfettered, as a pair of ordinances meant to place strict guidelines on their development failed during Lancaster County Council’s meeting Sept. 23.
    A slew of concerns, from overregulation of gas stations to the overall appearance of Indian Land, were debated as council tackled second reading of the two ordinances.

  • County jobless rate declines

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce jobs report for August released last week indicated Lancaster County’s unemployment rate is moving in the right direction again since a sizable increase in June.
    According to the report, Lancaster County’s estimated unemployment rate for August is 10.1 percent, down a tenth of a percent from July’s adjusted rate of 10.2 percent.

  • District 2013 SAT scores increase

    The average composite SAT score for college-bound Lancaster County School District seniors increased overall last year, reversing a slight downward turn in 2012, but still lagging behind state and national averages.
    Meanwhile, the average scores at two county high schools also increased.
    The SAT is one of two widely accepted national college entrance tests designed to assess students’ college readiness. Unlike the curriculum-based ACT, the logic-based SAT tests a student’s understanding of subject area concepts.

  • Tebow speaks at Pregnancy Care Center event

    Ashley Lowrimore/ for Carolina Gateway
    Protecting young mothers and the value of life were the focus of the keynote address given by guest speaker Pam Tebow at the 15th annual Pregnancy Care Center Fall Fundraising Banquet on Sept. 19.  
    Tebow, mother of NFL player Tim Tebow, spoke of her own experience to a crowd of about 250 people at the City of Light in Indian Land.  

  • MHS Panthers claw IL Warriors

    The Indian Land Warriors gave the visiting McBee Panthers a win Friday, Sept. 27.
    McBee turned two of Indian Land’s three turnovers into 14 points to take a 28-21 victory at the IL Reservation.
    The Warriors looked to have overtime in sight for the second straight game with the ball on McBee’s 35 and only two minutes left, but fate wouldn’t have it.’
    The Panthers’ defense forced three George Morris incompletions and sacked Morris on fourth down to seal the game.