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Indian Land residents honored at annual awards lunch

March 25, 2014 

Steele Hill Community Partners Inc. presented the second annual “Making a Difference Community Awards” luncheon on recently at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, catered by Leroy Springs Catering. The Clebourne House in Fort Mill was the desert sponsor and event planner.

Five members of the Indian Land community who have “made a difference” through their professional and community service were honored. The honorees were: Lindsay Pettus, Lifetime Achievement Award; Clarence Witherspoon, Servant Leader Award; Brian Carnes, Community Service Award; Clarence McIlwain, Trailblazer Award; and Sonny Cloniger, Partners Award.

All proceeds from this luncheon benefited the Hi-Kee Summer Enrichment Program, which positively impacts the academic achievements and self confidence of children in Indian Land. The mission is to expand the learning time during the summer. Hi-Kee is a curriculum-based, eight-week summer program that delivers academic instruction (including STEM), promotes health and physical fitness and a range of enrichments like chess, sewing and field trips.

Hi-Kee starts the Monday following the last day of school in Lancaster County. The programs averages 55 kids. It is held at Steele Hill A.M.E. Zion Church, 6021 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster. Enrollment is open to all children, but space is limited. For more information visit

I would like to personally thank Fred Witherspoon, executive director of this wonderful program, for his hard work and dedication to the kids, and also to the Steel Hill A.M.E, Zion Church and pastor Sistare for letting this great program into the Church.

“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.”

Jackie Mutcheson, teacher

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