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Sheriff gets grant for DUI deputy

By Reece Murphy

The chances of getting busted are about to go up for drunk drivers in Lancaster County thanks to a sheriff’s office grant from the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
Announced during Monday night’s county council meeting, the $157,116 grant will pay for salary, benefits, a vehicle, uniforms, equipment and training for a third deputy on the sheriff’s office’s DUI Enforcement Team starting Oct. 1.


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Council votes to lease Indian Land space

By Greg Summers

County council unanimously voted Monday to lease space for a satellite county government office in the Panhandle.
“We wanted to move forward in the Indian Land area for the convenience of the residents,” said council Vice Chair Charlene McGriff, who led Monday’s meeting in the absence of council Chairman Steve Harper.
The county will sign a letter of intent with the property owner on 2,200 square feet of space at The Commons of Doby’s Bridge. The strip center is at 8451 Charlotte Highway, just past the Gate station on U.S. 521 North.


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Predawn wreck with 2 vehicles kills Lancaster motorcyclist

By Greg Summers

A motorcyclist was killed early Monday after he was struck by two vehicles in Indian Land.
The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Breck Higgins, 49, of Lancaster.
Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the collision happened about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Marvin and Henry Harris roads, about 3 miles outside Fort Mill.
Miller identified the other two drivers as Joseph Michael Hatten of Indian Land and John Joseph Donohue of Fort Mill.


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No need to redo Sunday alcohol vote

By Greg Summers

The S.C. Department of Revenue has affirmed Lancaster County’s 2016 vote that legalized Sunday off-premises alcohol sales after hashing out two opposing state attorney general opinions on the matter.
Michael Lewis, SCDOR regulatory manager, notified county officials Sept. 19 of the agency’s decision.
“The department has chosen not to cancel the Sunday sales temporary permits in your county/municipality on June 30, 2018,” Lewis wrote in a letter.


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She blames arson as yet another of her properties burns

Blackmon: ‘Someone tried to kill me’

By Mark Manicone

An Arch Street house belonging to incoming Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon went up in flames Monday morning, the second of her residential properties to burn this month.
As investigators documented the scene inside, a distraught Blackmon stood outside 701 E. Arch St., the location of her nonprofit foundation. She said the fire was an attempt to murder her before she can take office.


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Man airlifted after wreck in front of IL elementary site

Pickup plows into flatbed

By Reece Murphy

A man was severely injured Monday morning when his pickup slammed into the back end of a flatbed semi hauling metal pipe on U.S. 521 in Indian Land.
According to Lancaster County Fire Marshall Russell Rogers, the accident happened about 9:41 a.m. just south of Rebound Road in front of the school district’s new elementary school.


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Pan-Hellenic Council’s Meet and Greek set for Sunday

Yolandar Knox
The Pan-Hellenic Council of Lancaster

The recently formed Pan-Hellenic Council of Lancaster will host a Meet and Greek from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Lancaster Community Center, 508 E. Meeting St., Lancaster.
The chapters of the Lancaster Council are inviting all inactive members of the Divine Nine Greek-lettered organizations in the surrounding area to join us for networking, food, music and socializing with other local area Greek-lettered members. This is a free event.


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Motorcyclist dies in Indian Land crash

By Greg Summers

A motorcyclist was killed early Monday after he was struck by two vehicles in Indian Land.
The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Breck Higgins, 49, of Lancaster.
Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller said the collision happened about 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Marvin and Henry Harris roads, about 3 miles outside Fort Mill.
Miller identified the other two drivers as Joseph Michael Hatten of Indian Land and John Joseph Donohue of Fort Mill.


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80 children, parents turn out for farm’s grand opening

'Party, party'

By Hannah Strong

A new farm in Van Wyck dedicated to children with special needs raised nearly $1,700 during its grand opening Sept. 16.
Bristol’s For Joy, a 20-arce farm, was started by Rebecca Templeton Barrows to create a safe, welcoming place for kids with special needs, including her 6-year-old daughter, Bristol, who is autistic.
The farm was filled with more than 80 smiling faces on grand opening day.
Kids and parents rode horses, petted ferrets, chickens and goats, and won raffled prizes.


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Heath Springs plans 1967 state championship reunion

Charles Ussery
For The Lancaster News


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