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Vandals rip up, knock over 13 tombstones

Historic cemetery desecrated

By Greg Summers

Vandals damaged 13 gravestones in the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Arch Street last week, wrenching them from bases and smashing some of the historic markers beyond repair.
The devastation had local historian Lindsay Pettus almost in tears Monday morning as he walked through the cemetery surveying the damage. Some of the markers date back to 1836.
Pettus, president of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, said the vandals struck the cemetery sometime between Aug. 15 and noon Saturday.

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142 acres on U.S. 521 to cost $5.2 million

District picks site for new IL high school

By Hannah Strong
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The Lancaster County School District has agreed to pay $5.2 million for 142 acres along U.S. 521 and will build the new Indian Land high school there, according to Superintendent Gene Moore.
The site is on the east side of 521 between Niven Road and Witherspoon Trail, across the highway from Steele Hill AME Zion Church and just north of Millstone Creek subdivision. It is nearly 5 miles south of Indian Land High School.

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Suspect pleads guilty in 2013 Kershaw slaying

By Reece Murphy

A murder suspect has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 killing of a Kershaw man during an argument at the victim’s home.
Ronald Eugene Reed Jr., 42, formerly of 3591 Rocky River Road, Heath Springs, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Lancaster County General Session Court, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.
Reed is one of two suspects in the Aug. 21, 2013, shooting death of 30-year-old Bryan Matthew Hatchel at his home on Harold Faulkenberry Road.


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Plant is huge taxpayer, will be missed

Losing Duracell costly to city, county, schools

By Greg Summers

Melanie Outlaw can’t recall ever riding by the Duracell plant on S.C. 9 Bypass West and not seeing cars in the parking lot.
But with the battery manufacturer’s recent announcement that it was shutting down production by 2019 and cutting  430 jobs, she realizes that day is coming.
“I have to admit I thought they’d be here forever,” said Outlaw, who is executive director of United Way of Lancaster County. “Duracell is a good, viable company that’s always been an active partner in the community.


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New clues in Kershaw equipment theft

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A heavy truck stolen in Kershaw Feb. 8 has turned up in Richland County, and surveillance footage from where it was found has given the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office new clues about the theft of the truck and some equipment stolen with it.
The truck, a 1989 Ford F-450 service truck, was stolen from a home in the 300 block of Lynnfield Street in Kershaw, along with a 7-ton trailer, an excavator and a number of tools. Home video surveillance footage showed the truck being driven away, but provided few useful clues.


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Duke alerts customers about new phone scam

Duke Energy is warning the public about a new, aggressive scam targeting the company's S.C. customers, using sophisticated telephone technology to make the crime harder to detect.
Duke says customers are receiving an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a Duke Energy representative. The scammer warns that Duke will disconnect the customer’s electric service if the customer fails to make a payment very quickly.


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Kershaw wants SCDOT to replace caution light with stoplight

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The S.C. Department of Transportation may have rejected a 2014 request from town officials to replace the caution light at the intersection of East Marion and North Matson streets with a traffic signal, but that doesn’t mean the town is giving up on the matter. 


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Work on school multipurpose facilities to begin in March

Construction zone ahead

By Hannah Strong

Lancaster County School District board met Thursday morning to discuss the layout of the three facilities that will begin construction in March.


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Town hall meeting to address underage drinking

By Mandy Catoe

The Coalition for Healthy Youth is sponsoring a town hall meeting for parents and their teens to come together with community leaders and experts to discuss underage drinking. 


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Voters to decide whether stores can sell beer and wine on Sundays

Sunday alcohol sales petition cleared for ballot

By Hannah Strong

Besides voting for the county’s next president in November, Lancaster County voters will also help decide whether the county will allow Sunday beer and wine sales in stores.

A petition to allow Sunday beer and wine sales in county stores was officially cleared this week to appear as a referendum on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

The Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office received the petition July 6 with 7,014 signatures. 


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