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Robber runs off with hydrocodone, anti-inflammatory pills, glasses and $55 cash

Beacon Road man robbed in front yard

By Reece Murphy

A Rich Hill community man said he was the victim of an armed robbery Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, in the front yard of his home in the 2600 block of Beacon Road.

The 27-year-old victim told Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies he was packing his SUV for work about 5:30 a.m. when a man wearing dark clothes, gloves and a camouflage ski mask approached him from behind, pointed a gun at him and ordered him to freeze.


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Three Indian Land residents arrested, a fourth sought

Deputies find pot plants inside home

By Jesef Williams

INDIAN LAND – A recent search for a man wanted on a bench warrant in another county led authorities to the discovery of marijuana plants inside a Panhandle home.

Aaron Huffstetler, 21; Kayla Nichole Demarco, 23; Cassandra Denise Moffitt, 21; and John Walden, 37, were each charged Aug. 28 with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspects reportedly live at 9225 Wallace Park Lane, Indian Land.

Deputies came to the home that morning looking for Walden.


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Gold mine plans spark concerns

By Chris Sardelli

Intense disagreement over rezoning plans by Haile Gold Mine almost got one resident removed from the podium at Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 27 meeting. 


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Council passes first reading of smoking ordinance by 5-2 vote

County set to curb public smoking

By Chris Sardelli

Does the future of Lancaster County include smoke-free restaurants and bars, as smokers catch puffs of cigarettes outside?


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A.R. Rucker encourages school involvement by fathers

Breakfast with dad

By Reece Murphy

As anyone with a busy family knows, the morning rush is usually not the most conducive time of day to stop and have a little quality time with the kids.


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Internet scam costs victim $60,000

By Chris Sardelli

A rash of scams in the county, including one that swindled a resident out of $60,000, has local authorities warning people to be aware of online predators.  

The warning comes after a Lancaster County resident was scammed after meeting an unknown suspect on an online Christian dating website, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 


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Excitement mounts for president’s speech

Locals attending DNC in Charlotte

By Jesef Williams

Erica Simpson said if necessary, she probably would have paid for a ticket to Thursday’s Democratic National Convention event at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

That’s where President Barack Obama will officially accept his party’s presidential nomination during a speech to culminate a week in which tens of thousands of people from around the country – and abroad – have descended on Charlotte.

And Simpson has been right there in the mix.


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Police arrest four after finding drugs inside Pardue Street home

By Jesef Williams

Four people were arrested on drug charges last week after Lancaster police searched a Pardue Street home that contained marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Mandrell Javon Brown, 30, 701 Coldstream Road, Heath Springs, has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm.


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Once in a blue moon

By The Staff

Tim Deaton caught this photograph of the blue moon from the front yard of his Kershaw home between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The term “blue moon” doesn’t refer to the color, but to the rarity of the occurrence. Blue moons are defined as the fourth full moon of the year or the second full moon of the month. The latter definition covers Friday’s event, since the first full moon of the month was Aug. 1. Blue moons happen every 2.7 years and the next one is set to occur July 31, 2015. 


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DNC to affect Charlotte commute

By Reece Murphy

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The Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department has announced road closures and traffic restrictions associated with the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) Sept. 4-6, including some that will affect Lancaster County residents who travel in the Charlotte area.


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