https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Florence soaks Panhandle https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/florence-soaks-panhandle <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a18y4877.jpg" alt="Indian Land resident Matt Leist walks his dog Carly on Sunday morning in the pouring rain and winds of Florence along Gold Wing Road." title="Indian Land resident Matt Leist walks his dog Carly on Sunday morning in the pouring rain and winds of Florence along Gold Wing Road." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Hurricane Florence&rsquo;s damage in the Panhandle wasn&rsquo;t as extensive as some of its neighboring counties and parts of North Carolina, but the Indian Land and Van Wyck areas didn&rsquo;t get away scot-free this weekend.<br /> Lancaster Fire Rescue Director Darren Player said he thinks the county was fortunate not to see the expected amount of rainfall and high winds.<br /> ILVFD to get 3 more firefighters https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/ilvfd-get-3-more-firefighters <p> Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Sept. 10 to add three full-time firefighter positions at Station 10 in Indian Land, which will allow paid round-the-clock fire protection there for the first time.<br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be around 1,000 calls this year. It was almost 900 last year,&rdquo; Indian Land Fire Chief Tom Pickard said Sept. 11, before hustling out to answer a call that came into the station while he was on the phone.<br /> Right now, five full-time firefighters at ILFD staff the station from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.<br /> Events mark 9/11 terrorist attacks https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/events-mark-911-terrorist-attacks <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/28639color.jpg" alt="Former Indian Land Fire Chief Mike Magette mugs for the camera at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Charlotte on Sept. 8. Magette is now the county&#039;s deputy fire marshal." title="Former Indian Land Fire Chief Mike Magette mugs for the camera at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Charlotte on Sept. 8. Magette is now the county&#039;s deputy fire marshal." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant was one of many local first responders who attended events Sept. 11 marking the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.<br /> Grant remembers that day vividly.<br /> He was doing paperwork in his office when John Boy and Billy interrupted their radio show with news that an airliner had crashed into one of the twin towers.<br /> When another plane hit the second tower 17 minutes later, he knew the nation was under attack.<br /> IL Fall Festival countdown begins https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/il-fall-festival-countdown-begins <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0184color.jpg" alt="District 1 school board member Melvin Stroble surprises Indian Land Fall Festival team member Robin Hensel with special recognition for her hard work and service to the community. She is in charge of coordinating volunteers for this year’s event. RIGHT: Festival chairman Mike Neese, right, chats with Ken Buck, a candidate for the District 7 school board seat, at the festival kickoff Sept. 8 at The Ivy Place. " title="District 1 school board member Melvin Stroble surprises Indian Land Fall Festival team member Robin Hensel with special recognition for her hard work and service to the community. She is in charge of coordinating volunteers for this year’s event. RIGHT: Festival chairman Mike Neese, right, chats with Ken Buck, a candidate for the District 7 school board seat, at the festival kickoff Sept. 8 at The Ivy Place. " align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> The Indian Land Fall Festival team marked its official kickoff for the November event at The Ivy Place in Van Wyck on Sept. 8. There are only 45 days left until the big event on Nov. 3-4.<br /> Nearly 150 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members, event planners, sponsors, vendors and volunteers enjoyed a dinner from Archie Boy&rsquo;s BBQ under the big tent. Organizer Mike Neese thanked participants and gave them an overview for this year&rsquo;s bigger plans.<br /> County rated safe, livable, but roads need work https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/county-rated-safe-livable-roads-need-work <img src="https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/sites/www.carolinagatewayonline.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2018-09-19_at_2.08.17_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> Word of mouth is always the best advertising.<br /> A county-funded survey shows that&nbsp; almost 70 percent of Lancaster County residents like living here so much that they&rsquo;re recommending that others move here.<br /> &ldquo;I can tell you why,&rdquo; said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re moving here because of the cost of living. And you can&rsquo;t say that it&rsquo;s just Indian Land anymore.&rdquo;<br /> A homebuilder, Harper has sold 11 new homes this year south of the Lancaster city limits.<br /> District bans unauthorized drone flights https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/district-bans-unauthorized-drone-flights <p> Lancaster County School District has prohibited the use of drones on school property, unless the operator first clears it with the school district and has a commercial drone license from the Federal Aviation Administration.<br /> &ldquo;We always want to do all we can to keep our students, staff and visitors safe,&rdquo; said Superintendent Jonathan Phipps in a LCSD release. &ldquo;We can&rsquo;t ignore the potential for a drone flown improperly to put people and property at risk.&rdquo;<br /> It's Official 9-19-18 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/its-official-9-19-18 <p> <strong>IL fire district board to meet Sept. 19</strong><br /> The Indian Land Fire Protection District Commission meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, 185 Six Mile Creek Road, Indian Land.</p> Buisness Briefcase 9-19-18 https://www.carolinagatewayonline.com/content/buisness-briefcase-9-19-18 <p> <strong>Lancaster County Career Fair canceled</strong><br /> The Lancaster County Career Fair scheduled for Sept. 20 has been canceled and will be rescheduled later. Applications for current vacancies can still be made online at www.mylancastersc.org/jobs and paper applications are available at the human resources office at 101 N. Main St., Lancaster; or by emailing jkennington@lancastercountysc.net.</p>