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Man fatally injured in Harrisburg Road accident

By Reece Murphy

A Charlotte man died Sunday night from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident in Indian Land.
S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth said the accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Harrisburg road approximately 2 miles south of the state line at Pineville.
Edgeworth said the accident happened when William Justin Rigsbee, 28, of the 3000 block of Sterling Court, Indian Land, driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck south on Harrisburg Road, ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch, which caused the pickup to overturn.


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Man sentenced for possession of a firearm

By Chris Sardelli

A Lancaster man was sentenced this week for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, more than a year after he was arrested during an undercover sting.
Thomas Brice McManus, 61, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia sentenced McManus to 27 months in jail, followed by two years of supervised release and $200 in special assessments.


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County Council to choose citizens committee

By Chris Sardelli

Lancaster County Council will nominate a citizens committee to review a proposed firearms ordinance at its Monday meeting.
Council will choose and appoint residents from Districts 1, 3 and 6 for a committee to discuss the creation of a negligent discharge of firearms ordinance.
The proposed ordinance, which would place liability on a shooter if a round from a firearm leaves their property and causes damage or injury, was created in response to the shooting of a horse in the Panhandle last summer.


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ILES is considering leadership curriculum

A school full of leaders

By Reece Murphy

With a mandate to prepare students for life beyond the classroom, modern education calls for more than simply teaching students the traditional “three Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic – especially when preparing them for the modern job market.
With that in mind, Indian Land Elementary School, with help from the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, is considering a new leadership curriculum called “The Leader in Me.”


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Democratic Party to hold meeting

The Lancaster County Democratic Party will hold its precinct reorganization meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the following locations:
• Del Webb Library for those in Van Wyck, Belair, Belair II, Pleasant Valley and Pleasant Valley II
• 212 Main St., for those in Antioch, Camp Creek, Chesterfield Avenue, Douglas, Dwight, Erwin Farm, Gooches Crossroads, Hyde Park, Jacksonham, Lancaster East, Lancaster West, Riverside, Springhill, Unity, Wylie Park


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Legislators exempt themselves from Sunshine Law the created

Reach Brundrett
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When it comes to releasing public e-mails and other internal communications, the governor’s office isn’t the only place that likes to play secrecy games.
In fact, for more than 30 years, state law has shielded the S.C. General Assembly from releasing documents showing what it does behind the scenes.


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Recent murder triggers memories of 1980 incident

Deja vu tragedy

By Jesef Williams

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 When Jimmy Brown heard about the abduction and murder of Hope Melton last month, he was immediately taken back to April 1980.
More than 30 years ago, Brown, then a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy, was an integral part of the investigation into the kidnapping, rape and killing of 18-year-old Rebecca “Becky” Eudy.


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S.C. rep. says he wants more time with family

Neal not running this term

By Reece Murphy

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After nearly 14 years representing Lancaster County and House District 44 in Columbia, S.C. Rep. Jimmy Neal (D) said Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012.
Neal’s announcement came just two days after a Heath Springs business owner announced his intention to challenge Neal for the District 44 seat in this year’s general election.


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Man sentenced for possessing firearms

Christopher Sardelli
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A Lancaster man was sentenced this week for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, more than a year after he was arrested during an undercover sting.
Thomas Brice McManus, 61, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.


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Police: Montgomery stole from public works complex

Lancaster man charged with grand larceny

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Police have nabbed the man they say stole brass pipe fittings and fixtures from city of Lancaster service trucks Monday.
The Lancaster Police Department has charged John Elliot Montgomery, 40, 352 City Ave., with criminal trespass and grand larceny. He is being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on bond, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.
The bond amount wasn't listed.


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