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IL, PV fire district residents to get new tax bills

By Reece Murphy

Panhandle residents and business owners in the Indian Land and Pleasant Valley volunteer fire departments service areas will soon receive new tax bills to rectify overcharges in their fire protection district fees.

The new bills are in response to a tabulation mistake in which residents were charged $90 for their annual fire protection district fee instead of the correct $75 fee. 

County officials were initially unsure how to proceed with correcting the mistake since there were no clear statutory fixes. 


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State percentage now at 9.1

County jobless rate declines

The jobless rate in Lancaster County declined for another consecutive month, according to figures recently released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

In September, Lancaster County posted an employment rate of 11 percent, a drop from the 12.6 percent from August. In July, the rate was 13 percent.

These numbers are all a decline from the county’s September 2011 rate, which was 13.8 percent, according to a Department of Employment and Workforce media release.


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Izzard leads police officers on chase

Camden man faces burglary charge

By Jesef Williams

A Kershaw County man was arrested here last week after he reportedly broke into a Lancaster home and then fired gunshots.


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No arrests made in Oct. 25 incident

Police probe Pardue Street shooting

By Jesef Williams

A resident of Palmetto Place Apartments said it’s hard to sleep at night with the shooting that occurs in her neighborhood.

The housing complex, formerly known as Pardue Street Apartments, was disturbed last week by an apparent shooting that authorities continue to investigate.

At 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, officers with the Lancaster Police Department came to the complex in response to a call about a shooting.


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Man reports mob assault in Indian Land

By Chris Sardelli

The investigation is ongoing in the case of a possible mob assault on an Indian Land teen earlier this month.

A sheriff’s deputy learned of the assault after responding to a home in the 1500 block of Juniper Hills Lane in Indian Land just after 7:45 p.m. Oct. 21, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The 17-year-old male victim told the deputy he was walking home from a friend’s house on South Legacy Park Boulevard when he was approached by a group of people he knew, including two men and a woman.


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‘Operation Lights Out’ tracks whereabouts of convicted sex offenders; five now fugitives

County cracks down on sex offenders

By Chris Sardelli

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One man was arrested this week and five others are being sought as part of a sweeping, joint sex offender operation between local and federal authorities.
The joint initiative, dubbed “Operation Lights Out” and comprising members of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals, was revealed during a press conference Friday, Oct. 26, at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center.


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Department recieves 2012 Santee Cooper Excellence in Law Enforcement award

Sheriff’s office wins award

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Members of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office learned last week their agency was the winner of a state excellence award.
The sheriff’s office is this year’s recipient of the Santee Cooper Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, according to a sheriff’s office press release.


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School board joins settlement in federal antitrust case

By Reece Murphy

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Lancaster County school board members agreed to join municipalities and other entities across the country in a settlement with a major international investment bank resulting from a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust case that gained international attention last year.


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Cyber attack exposes nearly 4M taxpayer numbers

SCDOR breach exposes Social Security, debit and credit card info

from S.C. Department of Revenue

COLUMBIA – The S.C. Department of Revenue announced Friday that about 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers have been exposed in a cyber attack.

Of the credit cards, the vast majority (all but about 16,000) are protected by strong encryption deemed sufficient under demanding credit card industry standards to protect the data and cardholders.

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Poll site no longer at Indian Land High School

Belair 1 precinct moves to Sun City

By Reece Murphy

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved a polling place and name change for Indian Land’s Belair I precinct.

Despite Justice Department notification in early October, state elections officials began sending voters notice of the change only late last week, thanks largely to a precinct resident’s curiosity regarding the status of the pending change. 


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